AARO Mental Health Event

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The Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) invites you to join a select group of business and opinion leaders for a Central Texas leaders’ luncheon about mental health. The program – Mental Health: Myths, Facts and Workplace Solutions – will feature information on the facts of mental and behavioral health disorders and ways to responsibly and fairly address the issue in the workplace.

Meet the 2018 class of McBee Fellows

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Mr. Jeremiah Bentley VP, Marketing & Customer Engagement – Texas Mutual Insurance Company Ms. Katherine Caffrey Assistant City Manager City of Cedar Park Ms. Merrill Davis Managing Director, Austin Hill+Knowlton Strategies Mr. Michael Doss Executive Vice President Independent Bank Group Ms. Michelle Harper President and CEO United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties Rev. Daryl Horton Assistant Pastor/Youth Pastor Mt. Zion Baptist Church Mr. Wayne Knox Chief of Staff & Clerk Huston-Tillotson University Ms. Rebecca Pastner Chief Metrics and Impact Officer St. David’s Foundation Mr. Gabriel Rojas Principal, Urban Planning Rojas Planning Ms. Leslie Sweet Director of Public Affairs H-E-B The McBee Fellowship Program is a rigorous, 13 month program for civic leadership development.  The program offers exceptional Central Texas leaders first-hand, practical experience working with regional civic entrepreneurs on a variety of public policy issues that impact the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas. AARO is pleased to know and work with the 2018 class.    

Now accepting 2018 McBee Fellowship applications

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Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) is accepting applications for the 2018 Class of Frank McBee Jr. Fellows. Completed applications are due by noon CDT on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Information and application available – click here.

Meet the 2017 class of McBee Fellows

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Ms. Shilpa Bakre Communications Strategist – Office of the President The University of Texas at Austin Mr. Wes Breyfogle Chief Executive Officer ScanData Systems, Inc. Mr. Christian Fletcher Executive Director Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation Dr. Hannah Gourgey Consultant Mr. Clint Harp Chief of Staff Lower Colorado River Authority Ms. Debbie Johnson Principal Successful Giving Mr. Rudolph Metayer Attorney Chamberlain McHaney Mr. James A. Nortey II Associate Attorney Duggins Wren Mann & Romero LLP Mr. Llyas Salahud-din Director of Major Gifts LifeWorks Mr. Juan Tornoe Partner & Chief Marketing Officer Cultural Strategies, Inc.   The McBee Fellowship Program is a rigorous, 13 month program for civic leadership development.  The program offers exceptional Central Texas leaders first-hand, practical experience working with regional civic entrepreneurs on a variety of public policy issues that impact the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas. AARO is pleased to know and work with the 2017 class. Left to Right, Back row: (1) Wes Brefogle (2) James Nortey (3) Debbie Johnson (4) Shilpa Baker (5) Rudy Metayer (6) Juan Tornoe Front row (1) Hannah Gourgey …

Vote YES on Transportation Bonds

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By CLARKE HEIDRICK and CARL RICHIE When transportation works, our lives work. We can get to work on time, get our kids to school safely and enjoy all this region has to offer. We can cheer the Longhorns on to victory; squeeze in a few laps at Barton Spring pool on the way to work; eat some of the best barbecue in Texas; and get to class on time at Texas State with less stress in our lives. When congestion strikes, when our kids can’t get to school safely, and when bikes and cars compete for right of way, we all lose and we start our days under stress and in a bad mood. Austin’s $720-million transportation bond proposal is a solid step toward addressing the mobility needs of the city and contains a good balance of regional mobility projects, corridor mobility projects and local projects like sidewalk, bicycle and urban trail improvements. The proposed improvements are designed to relieve congestion and increase flow on major corridors, build pedestrian infrastructure and create safe routes to school, and improve some of …

AARO McBee Alumni Reunion

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On Tuesday, September 20TH, AARO’s 2016 McBee Fellows hosted a gathering of former McBees at the Google Fiber Space. The event served as this year’s Fellows’ project and provided an opportunity for past Fellows to connect with current AARO members and each other. Approximately 60 guests enjoyed opening comments from President Carl Richie, lively round table discussions led by committee chairs and closing comments from Incoming President Elizabeth Christian. Guests left with a better sense of AARO’s current efforts in the region and many committees gained new perspectives on current projects.

AARO welcomes 2016 class of McBee Fellows

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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.

AARO’s Class of 2015 – New Members!

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New Members: Colette Pierce Burnette, Don Christian, Benoit Cloutier, Paul Cruz, David Hays, Fred Heldenfels, Pete Inman, Ed Kargbo, Donna Klaeger, Tim Timmerman, Jay Watson…

Texas’ Proposition 7

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A strong transportation system is fundamental to Texas’ quality of life and economic vitality, attracting new businesses and generating new jobs.  If passed, Proposition 7 would result in an estimated $3 B per year for the state highway fund. Click here to see AARO’s signed statement in support of the Proposition 7. For a detailed analysis of the proposal prepared by the Texas Legislative Council, click here.