As part of a public-private partnership with ACC, San Antonio tech company Rackspace Hosting will open offices in the Highland campus and bring 570 employees to Austin. The Rackspace and ACC partnership should mean opportunities for ACC students to have paid internships and technology training. ACC’s Highland campus will open its first phase this fall.
Rackspace, a cloud management company, plans to open the Highland offices in 2015 in space that used to house Dillard’s. The nearly 200,000-square foot space will be renovated, and Rackspace has said it plans to expand its workforce there in the future.
ACC’s board of trustees voted earlier this month to authorize contract negotiations with Rackspace, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The news may also a shot in the arm for proponents of Project Connect’s proposed Central Corridor route. The current route would run from the East Riverside Corridor to the Highland campus. Many transit advocates have worried out loud that the Highland section of the planned route wouldn’t have the ridership to support a high capacity transit line.
The Rackspace move, along with ACC’s development of its Highland campus, might allay some of those worries.
This is not the first time Rackspace has shown a dedication to urban infill development. Rackspace’s Geekdom program, a technology-focused collaborative co-working space, recently expanded its downtown San Antonio presence with an eye toward a downtown entrepreneurial tech district.
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