AUSTIN (KXAN) - President Barack Obama will be in Austin next week, the White House confirmed Friday. No details were provided about where the president will appear.
"On Thursday, May 9, President Obama will travel to Austin, Texas, for events on the economy," the White House statement said. "Additional details on these events will be forthcoming."
The Texas Democratic Party said the president's visit will highlight "private sector job growth."
"We're excited he's coming to Austin," said William Hailer, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party. "He was in Dallas last week. It goes to show the importance of Texas even though it's an official visit."
On April 25, Obama was in Dallas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Later that day, he spoke at the memorial service for the first responders who died in the fertilizer plant blast in West.
"Austin is an innovation economy, a tech economy," said Drew Scheberle, senior vice president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. "We don't have oil and gas, we don't have a big international airport, we have to stay on the cutting edge of technology and learning and innovation."
"We have a pretty solid overlap on what Austin companies are doing, what our delegation is doing and what our president is doing, that may be why he's coming here," Scheberle added.
Austin may be a liberal hotbed, but the state is generally conservative. At party headquarters, they hope an improving economy and more presidential visits turns that around.
"We're going to change the narrative on that," Hailer said. "I think folks in Texas are excited the president has focused on creating jobs, good paying jobs. Good paying jobs for working families, and that's why we're going to eventually turn this state blue."
The president is no stranger to Austin. The city was among the first places he campaigned after launching his bid for president in 2007. He also was here in July, and he visited the Texas capital in May 2011.
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