Four-hundred notable regional leaders convened for AARO’s 35th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon on Monday, September 21st. Evan Smith, CEO of the Texas Tribune, engaged Steve Murdock, Juan Tornoe, Alan Graham and Joe Cantalupo in conversation about how to create a vibrant equitable and healthy region for the 7.8 M who will call Central Texas “home” in 2050.  Tom Meredith, Community Visionary, explored surprising changes in our future.  Slam Poet Champion Christopher-Michael wrote and performed a poem inspired by AARO and Central Texas.

…Acknowledgement is a bridge to solutions.
Empathy is a bridge to respect.
Education is a bridge to equality.
The sum total is a bridge to our future…
(Christopher-Michael, Austin Area Research Organization)
Austin Area Research Organization – poem

Christopher-Michael Performance

Christopher-Michael performs at AARO’s 35TH Anniversary Celebration