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John Deere hiring for new tech hub on South Congress

John Deere's new office on South Congress will house nearly 100 employees working on tech. (John Deere)

They may not be behind a desk, but farmers can use tech just like many other industries. With the launch of an innovation hub south of downtown, John Deere is trying to boost technological advancements for the agricultural industry.

According to Austin Inno, the hub will be on two floors at 1333 S. Congress, above Austin boot company Tecovas, and 75 to 100 people will be hired to work there in the next year or so.

"Deere's mission has always been about helping farmers sustainably feed a growing global population,” said Jahmy Hindman, Chief Technology Officer at John Deere. “We're looking for people who want to help create technology that will have a significant impact on their communities and the world."

John Deere says the new office will help the company develop solutions for farms and construction worksites. John Deere noted that it's also hoping to connect with the technology community in Austin along with local universities and startups.

The company chose Austin because they see it as “a growing destination for some of the brightest minds in technology,” adding that the talent pool for software and data analytics were especially key for the decision.

New hires will include data scientists and engineers, systems and software engineers and others skilled in machine learning operations.

Other companies also see Austin as a premier site for tech hubs, including those like Walmart and Ford and Amazon, bringing on loads of new tech hires.


Austin's airport consumer satisfaction drops from a year ago, below Texas peers

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Flyers are less satisfied with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport than a year ago, a new study shows.

Research firm J.D. Power placed ABIA at No. 15 on a list ranking overall customer satisfaction at large airports, a slip from last year’s spot at No. 7. Other Texas airports secured rankings ahead of Austin, with Dallas Love Field at third, Houston Hobby at eight, and San Antonio International Airport at ninth.

Dallas/Ft. Worth ranked eight in the "mega airport" category.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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