Greetings from the Welcome Center staff and board. Exciting as it is, moving to a new community can be stressful when searching for housing, schools, daycare and other amenities that make you feel at home. We are pleased to offer you our assistance in your transition to our community.
Austin is a great place to live! We are currently home to more than twenty-four thousand residents. Austin has many things to offer including the Mayo Health System - Austin, Spam Museum, extensive bike and walking trails, a vibrant arts community, and many sports programs both for participation and enjoyment. Our website will tell you more about who we are and what we do. Take the time to visit Austin and let us know how we can help you!
The Welcome Center serves the City of Austin as the community’s multi-cultural center, building community by welcoming newcomers, supporting residents in transition and creating access and opportunity.
Our objectives are:
- To provide a place to welcome our new neighbors.
- To provide guidance and services to assist newcomers in their transition into the community.
- To collaborate with agencies and organizations for a better way to address multicultural issues.
- To provide community education for the native population to the economic and social value in developing a new multicultural community.
- To develop program and services that open economic opportunities to newcomers.
Community Growth and Impact
During our 2009 - 2010 fiscal year, the Welcome Center staff impacted the lives of 2,464 adults, children, and seniors in the Austin Community.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census data, Mower County's population grew to 39,163, a 1.5 percent increase. Most of that growth can be attributed to Austin, as the city's population grew by more than 1,000 people increasing from 23,314 in 2000 to 24,718 in 2010. These totals are projected to increase over the next five years based on U.S. Census statistcal trends. During our 2009 - 2010 fiscal year, the Welcome Center staff impacted the lives of 2,464 adults, children, and seniors in the Austin Community. The Center also assisted 197 new clients. Through this positive intervention we help empower individuals from under-served and under-represented populations to build assets, promote resiliency, develop self respect and independence, and become self-sufficient.