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."
Light snow flurries were reported early Saturday just north of the KXAN viewing area. Sub-freezing temperatures along with a slight chance of light snow, sleet and freezing rain will continue through Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.