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TIP Strategies is a privately held Austin based economic development consulting firm committed to providing quality solutions for public & private sector clients.

Economist: The definition of a ‘job’ is changing

Jon Roberts recently discussed the future of jobs with the Austin-American Statesman. The employer-employee relationship is transforming at a fundamental level, and more workers will opt out of traditional jobs and move into what he and other economists have dubbed the Free Agent Economy. Read more...


Affordable Care Act Could Be Good for Entrepreneurship

One major barrier to entrepreneurship in the United States — beside the usual risks involved with starting a company — is that it has been difficult to get health insurance on the individual market. Economists have looked at whether this insurance-related job lock is deterring self-employment and the formation of new businesses, and the data suggest it is. Read more...


Funding Opportunity: Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership

In early May, the White House announced the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) in an effort to grow the US manufacturing sector. The Economic Development Administration has allocated $4 million to support the development of 20 to 25 regional strategies. Read more...


Project Update: City of Clearwater's Downtown Tech District Grows

Clearwater company, GreatCircle Studios, boosts Downtown Technology District with assistance from CRA and City of Clearwater. In a vote by the CRA’s Board of Directors, it was unanimously agreed that GreatCircle Studios would receive a grant that has enabled the burgeoning company to expand to new offices in the downtown region. Read more...


Data Visualization: Map of 58,288 Flight Routes Illustrates Global Connectivity

This map of flight routes, designed by a young Canadian GIS consultant named Michael Markieta, traces some 60,000 routes on major and regional airlines around the globe. One of the things that leaps out at first glance is the plethora of connections in the Eastern United States, East Asia, and most of all Europe, which makes sense given those regions' wealth and population density. Read more...


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