Central Texas is a sprawling region stretching from Austin in the south to Lubbock in the north, and taking in the green, rolling Hill Country in the east as well as the stark plains of the Llano Estacado to the west.
The Hill Country is a region richly endowed with scenic beauty. Many consider it the real heart of Texas, and the sight of bluebonnets covering the landscape in spring is one of the state's most famous images.
Austin is the major city of this part of Central Texas. Once known mostly as the state capital and home of the University of Texas, Austin has recently become just about the most un-Texas-like part of the entire state. A stampede of new residents has doubled the population since 1990, and Austin now has a reputation as a quirky, wired, and very creative city--much like San Francisco. Also much like California's Bay Area, Austin has recently attracted a spate of high-tech firms that have made it the Silicon Valley of Texas.
The Llano Estacado ("palisaded plain") is also considered by many to be the real heart of Texas, and it could hardly be more different: dry, open, windswept, and very "western." Here, cattle ranches and cotton fields are dotted with oil wells, and the cities and towns change far slower than frenetic Austin. Lubbock is the largest city of this part of Central Texas.
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Technological 'bells and whistles' in spotlight at Austin area's first 365 by Whole Foods store
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At first glance, the Austin area's first 365 by Whole Foods Market in Cedar Park looks much like a traditional grocery store: the packed aisles inside a cavernous space, distinct produce, meat and dri...
In the Office: Deliberate approach necessary to raise venture capital in Austin (Video)
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Companies in t...
Austin Marathon's economic impact grows to $34M
Apr 25, 2017 3:54 pm
The 2017 Austin Marathon on Feb. 19 funneled an estimated $34.4 million into the local economy during race weekend.
That is an increase of $8.7 million from last year's event, according to a study by...
Apr 25, 2017 12:34 pm
The best-performing public high schools in Austin, according to new U.S. News ranking
Apr 25, 2017 4:01 am
The top-ranked public high school in Central Texas is the Austin school district's Liberal Arts and Science Academy.
The magnet school received the honor as part of U.S. News & World Report's ann...
Sprint targets largest Texas expansion since the ?90s
Apr 24, 2017 8:57 pm
Sprint said Monday it will open 79 stores in Texas this year, the company?s largest expansion in the state since the mid-'90s launch of Sprint PCS.
Six of the openings will be in the Austin area, a s...
Pollo Tropical closes 30 more stores, including in Austin; parent company plans brand revamp
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The parent company of the Pollo Tropical restaurant chain is shuttering 30 locations, including two in the Austin area, as it prepares to relaunch the brand.
Fiesta Restaurant Group (Nasdaq: FRGI) an...
Whole Foods could be bought by Albertsons, report says
Apr 24, 2017 7:36 pm
Another day, another report of a potential buyout bid aimed at Whole Foods Market Inc.
This time it's Albertsons, the third-largest U.S. grocery chain by revenue, that is considering an acquisition o...
Government contractors tap into task order funding
Apr 24, 2017 3:19 pm
Getting a bid awarded for a federal government contract can be an exciting experience as an entrepreneur. The adventure starts when you see an allocated amount of money for the project set aside and y...
The case for Kroger buying Whole Foods Market, according to Credit Suisse analyst
Apr 24, 2017 12:46 pm
Kroger Co. could be a logical buyer for Whole Foods Market Inc. after all.
A Wall Street analyst wrote in a report to clients on April 20 that a Kroger acquisition of Austin-based Whole Foods (Nasdaq...