On Monday, September 15, 2014, AARO members approved the following public statement in support of Austin Community College District’s Propositions 1, 2, & 3: The Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) urges Central Texas voters to vote yes on the Austin Community College District’s Bond Propositions 1 & 2, and Proposition 3, the Maintenance and Operations tax cap question in this November’s Election. As an organization dedicated to advancing the long-term economic and social well-being of Central Texas, AARO is strongly committed to a system of public and higher education which is accessible to all Central Texans and meets the region’s growing and changing workforce demands. We understand that our region’s long-term success is directly connected to the quality of its education system, which directly benefits our residents and produces the workforce necessary to ensure economic prosperity. Austin Community College District (ACC) is a critical piece of Central Texas’ education system. ACC fulfills this region’s educational and workforce development needs in a variety of critical and innovative ways, such as: Workforce training, Early college/high school dual credit, Associate degrees, Career/technical certificates, …
On September 3rd, leaders from throughout Central Texas – including AARO members – gathered to remind the community that school attendance is a priority every day!
(1) Patsy Woods Martin was a winner at the Austin Business Journals Profiles in Power Luncheon (2) Carl Richie was selected as the 2014 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Fellows (3) Earl Maxwell will be recognized with the Byron E. Cox Spirit of Caring Award on September 5TH (4) Charles Betts will be the special guest and honoree at the annual Friends of Front Steps Fundraiser Breakfast.
AARO contracted with the Ray Marshall Center to research the Central Texas regional labor market in order to identify occupations in growth sectors that pay well while requiring less education than a baccalaureate degree, probe preparedness and credentialing capacity, and investigate employer perspectives regarding growth and opportunity in these occupations.
(1) Mr. Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer – St. David’s Foundation is being awarded the Nonprofit Excellence Award by GreenLights for Nonprofits Success.
(2) The Austin Business Journal’s (ABJ) Profiles in Power Nominees include three AARO members…
(3) Ms. Linda Watson, President & CEO – Capital Metro was honored at the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) with the 2014 Executive of the Year award.
On June 24th, AARO launched a region-wide Pre-K enrollment effort in partnership with school districts, health centers, community providers, nonprofits, and others.
AARO is now accepting applications for the 2015 Frank McBee Jr. Fellowship in Civic Entrepreneurship.
AARO is pleased to announce 4 outstanding regional leaders have joined AARO.
Civic updates and accolades from the AARO community.
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