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Mayor addresses Oak Hill Business group

June 20, 2014

Mayor Lee Leffingwell spoke in Oak Hill about Austin’s population growth, economic success, traffic congestion, the popular and “jam-full” MetroRail Red Line, and water supply—an issue he said was “over-hyped”.

Leffingwell addressed the Oak Hill Business and Professional Association during the association’s June monthly meeting at Mandola’s Market.

Leffingwell said Austin, which is approaching 2 million people, is fortunate to have economic growth alongside a population boom.

“Growth is one thing; success is another. We have been very successful in economic development. Sometimes people confuse population growth and economic growth, but they’re not the same thing. You can have one without the other. In fact, if you have one without the other that’s a really bad thing,” Leffingwell said. “I tell people all the time ‘let’s not argue about whether or not our city wants to grow because it is going to grow.’”

Leffingwell said he credits Austin’s friendly business climate for its steady growth.

“We’re recognized across the nation—around the world even—for that economic success,” Leffingwell said.

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