This study was commissioned by the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association (ARMA) and by the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Additional support came from Austin Community College, City of Austin Economic Development, and Workforce Solutions Capital Area.
The 2017 Central Texas Manufacturing Workforce Study consists of two components:
- An online survey available to the public from June 12, 2017 through September 22, 2017, which generated a total of 156 responses. The survey captured a wide range of perspectives from companies throughout the region.
- A small focus group attended by eight senior representatives of regional manufacturing firms. The focus group provided an opportunity for the research team to dive more deeply into some of the topics that stood out in the survey responses.