AUSITN (KXAN) - If you have a problem with something high-tech in your home, Stuart Rench can probably help fix it sitting at his desk. Four years ago, he decided to move that desk to Austin from Florida.
"The way the community takes you in and gets you up to speed as if you've been here forever was amazing," Rench said.
His company – Ihiji – provides remote monitoring and diagnostic tools for tech companies for installations and troubleshooting. He set up Ihiji in the Austin Technology Incubator and watched his IT service grow. So far, so good... and now, so Google.
Kansas City was the first to get Google Fiber, and the tech industry there has grown ever since. Already known as the tip of the Silicon Hills, Austin could see a similar trend after Tuesday's announcement that it would soon follow suit.
"We're going to see a lot of ripple effect from that," said Kyle Cox with ATI. "This is pretty massive news for the city. Following in the footsteps of what we've seen in Kansas City, there's been a lot of startups created."
Major companies like Apple, Facebook, and eBay already set up shop in Austin... thanks in part to state enterprise grants. Google already has an office here and is not getting that money from the state. But its mere presence - along with those other giants - means the area is attractive.
It is part of why Rench moved to town, and he said Google is proof he chose the right place.
"It's going to create a gravity center where move people are going to be heading into here just to take advantage of that and all the other little spinouts."
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.