The Austin Index: Monitoring a City’s Progress

Developed in 2002 by the Bureau of Business Research (BBR), the Austin Index began as a pilot project to benchmark the economy of the Austin-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area (MSA). The Index uses twenty indicators (measurements) to illustrate Austin's performance today and compares it to that of other leading U.S. high-tech regions. This issue of Texas Business Review (TBR) introduces the Austin Index, providing a sampling of the kinds of analysis and information made available by this resource.