MIND FACTORY Unlike Youngstown, Birmingham or Rhode Island, Austin has had a business development strategy in place since the 1980s. "We made a very clear and conscious decision that above all we were going to kowtow to the creative classes," said Lee Cooke, a former mayor. From food to music and entrepreneurial opportunities, Austin has focused on attracting creative people. "It's very simple. Creativity begets creativity," said local state senator Kirk Watson. Austin's strategy ...
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