Move into Silicon Labs' space signals major shift for national nonprofit

Feb 24, 2014
Austin Business Journal

The nonprofit Communication Service for the Deaf has moved to Austin from Sioux Falls, S.D., and taken nearly 16,000 square feet of prime space in one of the Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Nasdaq: SLAB) buildings downtown on Cesar Chavez Boulevard


The move brings 50 of the national organization’s more than 1,000 employees into Austin with the goal of being connected to members of the city’s deaf community, anchored by the Texas School for the Deaf


“Austin is also an emerging… technology and business community,” Anthony Mowl, the group’s marketing director, told Austin Business Journal. “Both the technology/business and deaf communities allow us to tap into a strong workforce, attract talent, and have access to a network of people who can help us with our objectives. Before relocating to Austin, we considered a number of locations, including the Bay Area, [and] Washington, D.C., but ultimately felt that Austin offered us the best fit."


The move also puts CSD into a hub of technology talent who Mowl hopes will help create advancements in video communications technology, software development or interactive media aimed at the deaf community


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