Tesla CEO Elon Musk indicated plans to create a number of jobs at Giga Texas that would make the electric vehicle company one of the largest private-sector employers in or near Austin.
In a tweet Thursday, Musk said the southeast Travis County factory, which now serves as the company's headquarters, will be an investment of more than $10 billion over time and result in 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs.
Giga Texas is a $10B+ investment over time, generating at least 20k direct & 100k indirect jobs— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1639681356
Musk made the comment in response to a tweet about the $60 million in property tax rebates local officials granted Tesla for the factory. Originally, the plant was announced in summer 2020 as a $1.1 billion investment that would create about 5,000 jobs. Later on, Musk said at least 10,000 workers would be needed by the end of 2022.
It’s uncertain if the plans he tweeted will ultimately happen. If they do, Tesla would be in step with H-E-B, according to the Austin Business Journal, which said the grocer ranked in the top spot as of July with 19,008 employees.
In an interview earlier this month with the Wall Street Journal, Musk confirmed Giga Texas, where production on the Model Y is expected to start in the coming weeks, was near completion. The site will also be used for production of the long-anticipated Cybertruck, which was spotted on a test track with new features last week, as well as the Model 3. An analyst told the Austin Business Journal that Tesla will likely see a slow kick-off to production in the early years, eventually hitting 500,000 per year as the Fremont and Shanghai factories reached.
Hiring also appears to be underway at the factory. Tesla had 400 jobs posted just a few weeks ago, and the number has now dropped to 167. Aside from Tesla, Musk’s other ventures like underground tunnel builder The Boring Company and Neuralink, which works on brain implants, are also seeing growth locally.
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With major entertainment events slated for October, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is gearing up for a busy month.
Artists and music lovers are set to pack into Zilker Park for The Austin City Limits Music Festival in the coming two weekends. Following that, Formula One will bring racing fans to the Circuit of the Americas.
For those two events, the airport is anticipating high passenger days with 30,000 or more people departing flights.
ABIA recommends arriving at least two and a half hours in advance for domestic flights on those days. For ACL, it's expected on both Sundays of the festival along with the Monday and Tuesday after. The F1-driven high passenger days are expected on Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23-26.
\u201c#AustinCityLimits visitors, you\u2019re in for a weird and wild ride \ud83e\udd18\u262e\ufe0f \n\nFlying in or out of our airport? We got firm and fun tips for you: https://t.co/RawVRalOXN\u201d— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) (@Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)) 1664894083
F1, especially, could draw in loads of travelers as the three-day event saw 400,000 attendees last year. ABIA warns that highways leading to the airport may see even higher traffic than usual around the event and that travelers should plan their route accordingly.
Bailey Grimmett, a spokesperson for ABIA, said travel numbers come in 24 hours in advance. So, it's hard to predict if the airport will see travel volumes at the same levels that have happened around previous F1 races or if it'll top ACL's flight traffic.
Still, she says historical knowledge points to a chance for it.
“We've had that Monday after F1 break the record for single busiest in airport history," Grimmett said. "So context clues I would say yes, but I can't confirm that. But the historical background points to that."
In anticipation of the high volume of flyers, the airport received additional TSA officers for security screening through the end of October. To prepare even further, the Department of Aviation and partners hosted a job showcase and hiring fair to address the continued labor shortage the airport has experienced.
Relief from hectic travel days is on the horizon with November likely to see a slowdown.
"I don't anticipate it will be as busy as October just because we don't have as many events going on," Grimmett said. "Thanksgiving is kind of our primary holiday that we see a lot of passengers coming in and out of the airport."