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Meet the 2017 class of McBee Fellows

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 (2) Llyas Salhud-din (3) Christian Fletcher Not pictured: Clint Harp    

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: AARO News|0 Comments

Vote YES on Transportation Bonds

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 the worst intersections and roadways in western Austin. If we do nothing, delays will triple. The bond proposition includes critically needed bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments. These will enable more people to live closer to where they work and to walk or ride bikes safely. Voter approval will authorize a tax increase of $5/month for the average Austin home. That sounds pretty good to us. AARO also supports the $131-million Hays County transportation bond package. As the fastest-growing county in Texas and the fifth-fastest growing county in the nation, investments in transportation infrastructure are essential. The proposed projects on the Hays bond include improvements that [...]

AARO McBee Alumni Reunion

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.

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: AARO News|0 Comments

Texas’ Proposition 7

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.

AARO Celebrates 35 Years!

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 performs at AARO's 35TH Anniversary Celebration

By |September 24th, 2015|Categories: AARO News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Helping Central Texas 4-Year-Olds Prepare for School

On June 12th, AARO hosted a luncheon to to spread the word about free public school Pre-K for eligible students--featuring remarks by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and a special performance by Texas State Musician Sara Hickman.

By |June 18th, 2015|Categories: AARO News, Education|0 Comments