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Mapping the Tech Exodus: San Francisco + Austin

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LEARN HOW AUSTIN'S TECH SCENE HAS CHANGED DURING THE PANDEMIC W/ AUSTIN TECH ALLIANCE'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SARAH ORTIZ, HOSTED BY sf.citi.

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Join sf.citi for the final installment of our event series, Mapping The Tech Exodus, in which we explore the changing landscape of tech and its effects on San Francisco and emerging tech hubs across the country. Austin Tech Alliance's Executive Director, Sarah Ortiz Shields, will speak to sf.citi’s Executive Director, Jennifer Stojkovic, about the factors contributing to the ongoing migration of tech workers and companies outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as approaches Austin is taking to attract tech talent.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, few industries have adapted to our "new normal" and shift to remote work like the tech industry. Many tech workers have jumped at the opportunity to live and work in a city outside the Bay Area with a higher quality of life, more affordable housing, and fewer taxes. In fact, the once-bustling tech epicenter of San Francisco has seen its population plummet as tech workers and companies relocate across the country.

On the other hand, few cities have benefited from the tech migration more than Austin. Over the years, Austin amassed an impressive tech presence as prominent tech companies established satellite offices in the Texas capital. And since the start of the pandemic, several noteworthy tech companies and founders have made more permanent moves to Austin. Welcoming over 45,000 people in 2020 and named the number 1 spot in the country for upcoming commercial real estate investment, Austin is quickly rising up the ranks of top tech cities. Will Austin's business-friendly regulations, ecosystem of tech-focused universities, and “Keep Austin Weird” eccentricity be enough to continue its recent tech success?

On April 14, join sf.citi and Austin Tech Alliance as we compare the tech trends and policies between San Francisco and Austin.

sf.citi has been tracking the latest developments in the tech exodus here. Take a look and come prepared with questions.

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*Note: Given the shelter-in-place mandate for COVID-19, this event will be hosted online. The Zoom link will be emailed to attendees prior to the event .*

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