We asked thoughtful locals why the 1970s left such a lasting imprint on Austin. We received many provocative answers, which we’ll share here first.
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Gus Garcia, retired CPA and former Austin mayor
By the late sixties, I had learned how Austin’s economic engine worked, and to quote the Chamber of Commerce types, Austin’s economic wheel had only two spokes — UT and the state of Texas. Along the way, the business community operatives had decided that to make Austin prosperous, the city needed some strong economic entities.
Those conversations culminated in the recruitment efforts that brought IBM, Texas Instruments and a few other smaller businesses to Austin. In my opinion, the arrival of those large companies and the executives who came with them changed Austin in a very significant way, probably including having some kind of effect on the city’s cultural identity.