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About the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO)

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 of Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Burnet counties. Membership is drawn from every sector of the economy, including high-tech industry and manufacturing, real estate, finance, health care, professional firms, the arts, education and charitable groups.

AARO thinks. AARO researches. AARO learns.

Without looking for credit, AARO takes the findings from our research to Central Texas’ elected leaders and to the public to advance solutions to major issues that affect every citizen in our region. Our five priority areas include energy and water, health care, education, social equity and transportation.

Our Vision and Mission

AARO Vision for Central Texas:
AARO envisions Central Texas as an exemplary region: dynamic, thriving and sustainable for all.

Our Mission:
AARO engages regional leaders in data-driven, deliberative action to advance the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas.

Our Values

AARO members:

  • Act as stewards for the greater common good.
  • Lead with integrity – individually and collectively.
  • Establish and nurture relationships of trust.
  • Think and act systemically, considering the interdependency of issues.
  • Engage in collaborative efforts that honor the wisdom inside and outside of AARO.

AARO members strive to be:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Inclusive
  • Bold
  • Humble
  • Courageous
  • Open-minded
  • Thoughtful
  • Fair