Several Austin businesses expand

Many local business operators see growth opportunities in Austin, as this city has helped many professionals. In fact, people who check out some of the homes for sale in Austin might soon find new businesses coming to the area and existing firms expanding their operations.

Sutherland Ashbill & Brennan LLP, a law firm that employs 425 attorneys across seven locations worldwide, is one such example. This firm recently expanded its Austin office by moving to larger headquarters and adding seven new lawyers to its team.

"We opened in Austin in 1993 representing our energy clients in Texas regulatory matters," Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman said. "Today, in addition to having one of the preeminent energy regulatory practices in Texas, we've brought together a team of accomplished Texas litigators with consummate appellate experience from both sides of the bar. This is an exciting time of growth for our firm in Texas."

Prominent architect joins local company
Sixthriver Architects is another Austin business that hopes to enhance its reputation with a recent addition. This company recently partnered with a well-known architect who could help the business improve its profits.

According to the Austin Business Journal, Sixthriver Architects will work with Houston architect Ed Reh, who will split his time between Austin and Houston. Reh has 30 years of experience as an architect and helped create local landmarks including the Arboretum, Amber Oaks and the Plaza at the Lake.

Sixthriver President Rollie Roessner said he feels that Reh can be a valuable asset to his company and the Austin community. However, Reh could be just one of several additions to the business.

The Sixthriver team currently includes 25 staff members, but Roessner said he hopes to further expand his company.

Austin adds jobs
Austin is a favorable city for job seekers, a reflection of its economic growth over the past few years.

Recent data further highlight the impact employers have had on local residents. The newspaper reports that a November 2012 survey of 102 major U.S. metros showed that Austin added 23,800 jobs between September 2011 and September 2012 - a 3.8 percent gain during this time frame.

The Austin area has seen its workforce grow rapidly in 2012. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that the region's civilian labor force and total nonfarm workforce increased between April 2012 and September 2012. Meanwhile, the area's unemployment rate dropped 0.2 percent in this period.