UT Austin ranked No. 29 in 2014 world universities list....

The Center for World Rankings placed the University of Texas at Austin No. 29 among the world's top 1000 universities for the 2014 year.

The CWUR uses eight measures to rank the world's top universities. Those measures include: Quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact and patents.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is the only other Texas university in the top 100. It is ranked No. 66. Texas A&M and Rice University are not far behind at No. 105 and No. 108, respectively.

Austin Area Home Sales Hit An All Time High In The Month Of June

According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report released today by the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), Austin-area home sales reached an all-time high for the month of June, increasing 13 percent year-over-year to 2,997 single family home sales in June 2014. Mid-year statistics show Austin-area home sales increased three percent year-over-year to 13,426 homes sold, putting 2014 on pace to potentially exceed 2013’s all-time high in sales volume.

Rackspace Going Back to School

Rackspace Hosting will move 570 of its employees into Austin Community College's (ACC) Highland campus.

Through a public-private partnership, the tech company will occupy the four-story, 194,000-sf former Dillard’s space in the campus that was previously Highland Mall.

Plans are to open offices that will house all of Rackspace’s local operations in one location in late 2015 with a proposed 20-year lease.

How creative is Austin? Forbes says it's one of America's best....

Here's more proof of Austin’s reputation as a mecca for creative types: Forbes has ranked Austin the fourth-most-creative large city in America.

Austin comes in behind San Francisco, Boston and Nashville but ahead of New York City, based on surveys of sites used by creative such as Kickstarter, Bandcamp and ReverbNation.

Austin Unemployment At 4.4%

Austin’s jobless rate in June was 4.4%, ahead of the national average of 6.3% and the Texas average of 5.1%. This with Austin dropping 0.3% from May. The Texas job growth is at an impressive 3.3% based on the 371,000 jobs added over the last year.

Austin 4th Worst Traffic Congested City in US

According to this year's INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, Austin is 4th worst (only Los Angeles, Honolulu and San Francisco were worse) for traffic congestion.

The summary goes on to say that:
"The only people who don't hate traffic jams are economists. Why? There is a direct correlation between increase in traffic on the road at rush hour and an increase in employed labor.

Texas No. 1 in location desirability for job seekers, report shows....

Texas ranks No. 1 in location desirability for job seekers, and is also the top destination in the U.S. for oil and mining job-related searches, a report released Tuesday shows.

Location desirability rankings are based on the total number of external job searchers. The more external searches a state has, the higher it appears in the desirability rankings. Rankings are based on a normalized scale with Texas equal to 100.

Who Have Been Ranked The Top 7 Hospitals In Austin?

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked Scott and White Healthcare as the best Central Texas hospital, in a report announced in the ABJ. Seton Medical Center was ranked close behind.

These were two of the seven Austin-area hospitals placed on the list and ranked Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, in Texas.

To assemble the rankings the magazine evaluated 4,743 hospitals’ performance in 16 specialty areas during 2013 such as cardiology and cancer treatment based on factors such as overall patient safety and death rates for those specialty areas.

Builders Say Labor Shortages Grow More Widespread

Builders Say Labor Shortages Grow More WidespreadThe real estate industry has called for homebuilders to ramp up construction to meet inventory shortages. But homebuilders increasingly are facing significant labor shortages that is making it more difficult to complete projects, a new study shows.

The Five Best Guacamoles in the United States — Plus Recipes!....

Guacamole needs no introduction: The creamy, buttery avocado-based spread is beloved across the country, whether you eat it by the salted chip, on a taco, or by the spoonful. With summer in high gear, we decided to find the best guacamole recipes worth traveling for — and begged, bargained, and bribed their chefs for the recipes.



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