KXAN (AUSTIN) - It's no coincidence Austin has become home to thousands of Californians. The Austin Chamber of Commerce makes it a point to recruit companies from the Golden State.
In May, the chamber is teaming up with several Austin business leaders and taking off to San Jose, Calif., for what they call peer-to-peer selling.
"We go have our business leaders tell the Austin story," said Dave Porter, Austin Chamber of Commerce executive director for economic development, "what it is like doing business to other CEOs in the bay area."
The chamber is reaching out to 45 tech industry companies over two and half days.
"All over the place," Porter said. "From San Francisco to Silicon Valley, we're calling on companies that have an interest in knowing more about Central Texas."
Yash Sabharwal with Xeris Pharmaceuticals can tell them what they need to know. The drug company came to Austin from California three years ago.
"It kind of became a no-brainer that Austin was the number one place to go," Sabharwal said. "The state has a low tax and regulatory burden, it has a low cost of living, and a lifestyle and culture that is attractive to both east coast and west coast professionals."
Sabharwal also says because there are so many entrepreneurs in Austin, you see a lot of strong investment.
That's the message Austin's Chamber wants to send.
So far their efforts have proven successful. HID Global, a security solutions company, is building a manufacturing warehouse in Austin. The chamber made a cold call to them when they were in Irvine, Calif.
Between 2004 and 2012, 72 corporations relocated to the Austin area from California. The chamber had a hand in dozens of those moves.
"Our whole goal here, besides job creation, is diversification of the economy," Porter said, "and we want to diversify the technology base."
Austin's Chamber of Commerce makes about 16 trips a year to other cities. The trip to San Jose is one of four major trips this year. They'll take one more to California in the fall and others to Chicago and New York City.
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