AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin City Council on Thursday heard its first formal pitch regarding a proposal that could more than double the local workforce of computer giant, Apple Inc.
"What we are told is that there are other locations under consideration, Phoenix being one of them," said Dave Porter of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. "This is a very competitive situation.
"It just so happens the process that we have to go through here in Austin requires us to become public much sooner than it does in most cities."
Apple's plan that could bring some 3,600 jobs to Austin first surfaced last week when Gov. Rick Perry announced that the state would be willing to kick in some financial incentives. But the city would also have to ante up about $8.6 million over 10 years to seal the deal.
The council has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for March 22. A vote could also take place at that meeting.
Apple already has a workforce of about 3,100 at its North Austin location . If a deal with Austin to expand goes through, Apple could break ground on an expanded facility later this year and hiring would likely begin by 2016.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.
A Lago Vista couple faces child endangerment charges after authorities found their home covered in feces and garbage.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The man who fell into a flood control channel and drowned last month was identified Friday as 57-year-old Ronald M. Allen.