Austin’s 2019 economic outlook: Still strong, but could slip from ’18 pace

In 2019, the Austin metro area won’t find it easy to match its 2018 economic accomplishments.

Last year got off to a fast start with the January announcement that Austin had beaten out a couple of hundred other cities to make the short list of sites under consideration for a huge Amazon Inc. project. That development ended up going elsewhere, but 2018 finished with a big win when Apple Inc. unveiled plans in December to spend $1 billion on a new corporate campus in Austin that eventually could employ 15,000 people.

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