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ABJ Face 2 Face

Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., will be the Austin Business Journal’s guest speaker at its Tuesday, Dec. 6 Face 2 Face industry leader discussion, 8:30 to 10 am at Whole Foods Market, 525 North Lamar Boulevard. Personal anecdotes, stories from the boardroom and opinions on today’s ever-changing business environment are tackled in a fireside chat format with ABJ Editor Colin Pope.

“Cooking up trouble, dishing out advice, cyber poet and CEO of Rodale Inc.” – that’s Maria Rodale’s brief bio from Twitter. What that feisty bio doesn’t tell you is that her grandfather started Rodale, Inc. more than 70 years ago to inspire people to live healthier lives. Today, Rodale, Inc. is the largest, independent publisher in the United States.

For more information, call 512-494-2546 or email kdennis@bizjournals.com.
Or, go to http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/event/155562/2016/face-2-face-with-maria-rodale-ceo-and-chairman-rodale-inc.


Combs, Plonsky and Vasquez Headline Leadership Austin Engage Breakfast

Leadership Austin invites the community to attend its “Women in Leadership” Engage Breakfast on Tuesday, November 29.

The breakfast will be 7:30 to 9 am at the Palmer Events Center. Tickets are $25.00 with breakfast included.

Speakers are Susan Combs, former Texas State Comptroller; Chris Plonsky, Women’s Athletics Director at UT Austin; and, Christann Vasquez, President, Dell Seton Medical Center.

Women account for more than half of the U.S. population. They earn almost 60 percent of undergraduate degrees and 60 percent of all master’s degrees. They are 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, and 59 percent of the college-educated, entry-level workforce. Yet, women in our country only comprise 14 percent of executive officers, 8 percent of top earners and 4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs.

For more information, go to https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/leadershipaustin/eventRegistration.jsp?event=1360& to register and purchase tickets.


Core Values for Public Participation

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has issued core values for those who practice public participation. Developed over a two- year period with broad international input, IAP2 identified aspects of public participation which cross national, cultural, and religious boundaries. The hope is that practitioners will use these to make better decisions regarding the interests and concerns of potentially affected publics.

The core values include:

1. Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process.

2. Public participation includes the promise that the public’s contribution will influence the decision.

3. Public participation communicates to participants how their input affected the decision.

For more information on additional core values, visit the IAP2 Web site at www.iap2.org.


Lower Bus Fares

The Capital Metro Board of Directors has voted unanimously to eliminate the premium category of the agency’s fare structure, which will take effect January 8, 2017. With this change, all Local, MetroRapid and Flyer service will cost $1.25 for a single ride, $2.50 for a day pass, $11.25 for a 7-day pass and $41.25 for a 31-day pass.

The fare reduction will be the first service initiative implemented as part of Connections 2025, a year-long comprehensive planning study that involved a top to bottom review of the agency’s entire bus system. For more information, visit capmetro.org/farechange.


Driverless Vehicles

Austin has been chosen by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute to join an “Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles,” which is the first global initiative for leading cities to work together to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles.

The program will tap experts across a wide range of practice areas and concerns, from technologists and urban planners to experts in the areas of inequality and mobility. In addition to Austin, the inaugural cities include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Los Angeles, California.; Paris, France; and Nashville, Tennessee.


US 183 South Expressway

As drivers and neighbors have noticed, construction is underway on US 183 South. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) and TxDOT are building a new expressway with three lanes in each direction on an eight-mile section of US 183 between US 290 and SH 71. The $743 million project will also reconstruct the US 183 general purpose lanes and add $25 million worth of pedestrian and bicyclist facilities.

Construction activities began in April 2016. A proactive community outreach program to communicate with adjacent residents, businesses and property owners accompanies the project. It includes a Good Neighbor Program that addresses construction-related issues and participates with neighborhoods and groups along the corridor on community events and initiatives.

The project will open in phases between 2019 and 2020, offering greater mobility for users of the corridor.

For More Information:
E-mail: www.183south.com/contact
Twitter: @183South
24/7 bilingual telephone hotline: 512-640-0060 or toll-free at 1-855-245-4272


City of Austin Invites Input on Code Next

The initiative to revise Austin’s land development code is underway and the public is invited to join the discussion on Speak Up Austin, the city’s online discussion portal, http://speakupaustin.org/discussions. Speak Up Austin allows residents to instantly share comments and suggestions related to local government and quality of life.

CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what can be built, where it can be built, and how much can (and cannot) be built.

This initiative to revise the Land Development Code is a priority program out of Imagine Austin, our community’s plan for the future adopted by City Council in 2012. For more about CodeNEXT, go to http://www.austintexas.gov/department/what-codenext.


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