Reflecting on the Past and Anticipating the Future

AARO recognizes the pivotal role of research as a fundamental element in evidence-based decision-making, cultivating public trust, and shaping a sustainable and vibrant future for Central Texas. In 2023, AARO commissioned two studies aimed at delivering a comprehensive and informed perspective on the intricate dynamics of the region's growth over the past two decades.

Leadership Insights on Growth and Change in CTX

The Lookback to Roadmap qualitative research study sought to glean insights from leaders in Central Texas concerning growth challenges and regional collaboration. One-on-one in-depth interviews, in-person and virtual focus groups and online surveys of regional leaders representing diverse sectors, backgrounds, and communities across Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties, considered barriers to regional collaboration, lessons learned from the Envision Central Texas (ECT) initiative, and essential elements for fostering collaborative efforts.  Click here to read the full report.

Two Decades of Regional Growth & 2050 Data Trends

AARO’s Envision Central Texas: Looking Back and Glancing Forward report assesses the region’s growth from 2001 to 2021, comparing it with the projected growth scenarios that emanated from a regional visioning process known as Envision Central Texas (ECT), and extending the analysis to include additional metrics and considerations for future decades. Click here to read the full report.