San Antonio’s Rackspace looks to ACC Highland for expansion

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A San Antonio based tech company is looking to team up with Austin Community College to expand its footprint in Austin.

On Tuesday, the ACC Board of Trustees authorized the college to move forward with an agreement to renovate the former Dillard’s women’s space at ACC Highland and lease it to Rackspace Hosting.

Rackspace is an IT company that focuses on cloud services.

While the company’s headquarters is in a renovated mall in northeast San Antonio, the company does have an office in north Austin.

According to Brandon Brunson, a spokesperson for Rackspace, the Austin office currently has 570 employees. Since they have so many employees in Austin, the company runs a shuttle from the San Antonio office to the Austin office several times a day.

The partnership between Rackspace and ACC is expected to bring paid internships for ACC students, enhancement of tech training, and other education benefits.

“This partnership will bring even more energy to the area and accelerate the transformation taking place at Highland,” says Rob Golding, CEO of Live Oak-Gottesman. “This is a win for the college, its students, Rackspace, and the entire community.”

Since the agreement hasn’t been finalized, Brunson says no specific timetable has been set for if/when Rackspace will move to the Highland location. According to ACC, they are hoping the company will settle into its new location by the end of 2015.

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