The Burson-Marsteller Austin office, part of Burson's Public Affairs practice, was established in 2000 to complement the rapidly expanding Dallas office and to assist the agency's clients in the Texas capital. Burson-Marsteller Austin works with clients in sectors including information technology, healthcare, insurance, energy, and with numerous state government agencies. In addition to traditional public relations work, the office specializes in public education campaigns and in providing advocacy communications support to clients with issues before state government.
Both the Austin and Dallas offices did groundbreaking work on the issues surrounding deregulation of Texas' electricity market, managing a high-profile, multi-year, multi-million dollar public information campaign for the state's Public Utility Commission. The agency's team is presently managing two major state agency communication initiatives. The first, for Secretary of State Roger Williams, is a statewide $5 million voter education project related to the federal Help American Vote Act, and also a $8 million public information campaign announcing changes in eligibility for certain social services programs as the prime communications subcontractor to Accenture for its client the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Burson-Marsteller Austin also works locally with timber, paper manufacturer and banking concern Temple-Inland, one of Austin's four Fortune 500 companies; WellMed, a San Antonio-based primary care physician practice management firm; and, the Texas Residential Construction Commission, a state regulatory agency. Burson-Marsteller Austin also manages corporate communications for the Midwest ISO, the Indianapolis-based electricity grid manager for fifteen midwestern states and one Canadian province. Burson-Marsteller Austin also directs U.S. media activities for Accenture's oil and gas practice. In addition, we work with other national and international Burson-Marsteller offices and across practices on Texas related projects for national and AOR clients like Allergan; Astra Zeneca; Fluor; IKEA; Mercury, a div. of Ford Motor Co.; and Royal Dutch/Shell.