AARO advances policies to enhance the economic and social well-being of Central Texas by engaging regional leaders in data-driven deliberative action, built on a foundation of data, and shaped by wisdom, vision and dedication to our region's future in five priority areas: Health, Education, Social Equity, Transportation and Water.
lacking a healthcare tax base for patient care
Continue to build on the progress of the Breast Cancer Initiative by securing additional funding for
cancer screenings and treatment for uninsured women in Central Texas. Explore new focus areas to
develop the next program of work.
2006: Incubated the Education Equals Economics (E3 Alliance), a regional, data-driven education
collaborative based in Austin, Texas, helping to build the strongest educational pipeline in the country
to drive regional economic prosperity
Members will continue listening sessions with Central Texas students, parents, education professionals
and workforce development experts to identify groundbreaking opportunities to increase student success.
Members will continue their long-standing support of Project Connect and the Capital Express Central
Project to reconstruct I-35, while seeking ways to improve regional governance, Austin-San Antonio connectivity and the MoKan corridor.
Members will conduct a study to better assess Central Texas’ water supply and seek opportunities to improve regional water governance.
2021 Frank McBee Jr. Fellows Announced
The Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) announced the 2021 Class of Frank McBee Jr. Fellows. The Fellowship is designed to seed Central Texas with leade...October 23, 2020
AARO Supports Proposition A: An Investment in Transit-at-Scale through Project Connect
The Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) urges voters to approve the City of Austin’s Proposition A to support implementation of the 2020 Project Connect...October 5, 2020
AARO’s March Toward Racial Transformation
An Open Letter from the Austin Area Research OrganizationAARO’s March Toward Racial Transformation The Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) stands with t...June 17, 2020
AARO Mental Health Event
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...January 12, 2018
Meet the 2018 class of McBee Fellows
Mr. Jeremiah Bentley VP, Marketing & Customer Engagement – Texas Mutual Insurance Company Ms. Katherine Caffrey Assistant City Manager City of...December 27, 2017
Now accepting 2020 McBee Fellowship applications
Austin Area Research Organization (AARO) is accepting applications for the 2020 Class of Frank McBee Jr. Fellows. Completed applications are due by noon...July 18, 2017
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 S...July 14, 2017
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 re...November 3, 2016
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...October 13, 2016
AARO Members Making a Difference in Central Texas
AARO Members Ms. Linda Watson, Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, Mr. Ali Khataw and Mr. Bobby Jenkins have been recognized for their contributions to the region....May 5, 2016
AARO welcomes 2016 class of McBee Fellows
Ms. Stacy Armijo, Ms. Michelle Earley, Mr. Gerardo Interiano, Ms. Camille Jobe, Ms. Lindsey Leaverton, Mr. Mark Madrid, Ms. Kristin Marcum, Mr. Mike Odom,...December 4, 2015
AARO’s Class of 2015 – New Members!
New Members: Colette Pierce Burnette, Don Christian, Benoit Cloutier, Paul Cruz, David Hays, Fred Heldenfels, Pete Inman, Ed Kargbo, Donna Klaeger, Tim...November 4, 2015
Members will work in partnership with regional public safety stakeholders to establish a Center for
Excellence in Policing. The Center will advance a holistic approach to professional development for
police officers based on data and research.