Our Vision, Mission and Values
The Austin Area Research Organization is a non-partisan nonprofit organization that builds on the savvy and brainpower of 100 leaders from the Central Texas region.
AARO was founded in 1980 by a group of CEOs who found themselves needing a forum for discussion of issues faced by rapidly growing Central Texas—issues that would impact the region’s ability to thrive if they weren’t tackled head on.
The armillary symbolizes our attempts to keep our vision on the far horizon, not the immediate future. It also embodies AARO’s efforts to find our way, working together, to solutions to our region’s thorniest problems.
Our officers are a diverse team of thought leaders that serve as the governing body of AARO. Learn more about our officers, committee chairs and vice chairs.
AARO’s members are Central Texas thought leaders. They bring diverse perspectives about important long-term issues and work to share AARO insights with a variety of public policy and decision-making bodies in Central Texas.
AARO’s staff supports the members as they carry out AARO’s mission to advance the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas. Our small but mighty team brings experience, dedication, and a passion for Central Texas.
About Our Committees
AARO accomplishes its mission to advance the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas by actively engaging regional leaders in data-driven deliberative action in these five priority areas.
AARO is committed to the successful creation of an academic medical school and research complex on the University of Texas at Austin campus—a facility that once seemed like an unattainable dream but is now Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and scheduled to accept its first class in 2016.
Energy and Water
Water and energy—few other issues are as fundamental to the very survival of Central Texas. AARO’s focus is on long-term strategies to expand our region’s water supply and to ensure an uninterrupted flow of affordable power for 21st Century Texas.
Central Texas is a region of extraordinary economic success, yet our absenteeism rates are among the highest in the state. AARO is not sitting idly by, wishing things were different. Instead, we conceived and helped midwife the birth of the E3 Alliance.
AARO believes that poverty and a lack of equality in our community can—and already are—holding Central Texas back from achieving true excellence. The Social Equity Committee did extensive research on a core issue—the widening income gap between those who have not completed their educations and those who have.
Transportation and its ugly stepsister—traffic—test off the charts as concerns for Central Texans. AARO is tackling every aspect of making the Central Texas region as efficient as it can be in building and improving new roads, tollways, rail lines, bus systems and bike lanes.
Ms. Stacy Armijo, Ms. Michelle Earley, Mr. Gerardo Interiano, Ms. Camille Jobe, Ms. Lindsey Leaverton, Mr. Mark Madrid, Ms. Kristin Marcum, Mr. Mike Odom, Ms. Tracy LaQuey Parker, and Ms. Sarah Richards.
a business-oriented, nonpartisan think tank of regional leaders who focus hundreds of hours of volunteer time each month toward making Central Texas as prosperous and sustainable as possible. The group focuses on researching long-term, big-picture issues that can be solved if the six best counties in Texas work together as a region.Learn More