Austin tries to raise its profile among African-American professionals

By | March 10, 2013

Austin is on the cover of another national publication.

The cover of the March technology issue of Black Enterprise magazine, however, does more than add to Austin’s traffic jams. Austin, similar to many other technology centers, has trouble attracting black professionals.

Five local African-American professionals appear on the March cover of Black Enterprise —a goal of Natalie Cofield, president of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce.

“Austin is on the map,” Cofield announced at a Saturday afternoon party to unveil the cover and celebrate the chamber’s new Black Technology Council. “I wanted to be sure African-Americans got it.”

Austin and its technology community doesn’t lack for exposure, but the African-American population has been dwindling for years and the lack of a critical mass of African-Americans has attracted the attention of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and several of the region’s largest tech employers. (Austin Statesman)

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