AUSTIN (KXAN) - During his trip to Austin on Thursday, President Barack Obama emphasized the economy.
But before any of his stops and speeches, he signed an executive order that could boost business by opening up government information.
"It is going to be a matter of what data gets released," said C.K. Sample with Chaotic Moon, a mobile-application company based in south Austin.
The order would open up even more government databases to public use and in a fashion that is machine readable, making it easier for technology to process.
By making the databases public, the Obama administration hopes it will promote job growth and the development of new products utilizing the information.
Sample believes if there is an opportunity to create business with the newly released information, it could lead to growth.
"If there is a market for that, we can make an app for it and create jobs."
Data.gov is a site created in 2009 as a part of the Open Government Initiative and it already contains hundreds of thousands of government databases that many companies have already used to their advantage.
"The government looks at this as an asset that they are offering back to the American people," said Sample. "It just depends on how bin an asset it is and how much we are going to be getting."
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.