Austin Community College (ACC) and Rackspace announced July 15, 2014 of their plans for a public-private partnership at Highland Mall, making the area the new Austin tech hub. The collaboration will include paid internships by ACC and assistance with education. Rackspace will also be employing more than 570 employees. Bill Blackstone, director of Rackspace’s Austin operations says, "The location sits well with our employees’ overall commute". More on the story here.