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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.


Downtown Wastewater Tunnel Completion Celebration Set for Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 1:30 pm

The community is invited to attend a brief ceremony headed up by Mayor Lee Leffingwell and the Austin City Council on October 30 at 1:30 pm to celebrate the completion of the City’s Downtown Wastewater Tunnel. It is one of the largest and most complex wastewater infrastructure projects built by Austin Water over the last decade to respond to desired residential and business growth in the downtown corridor.

The celebration will be held on the lawn at Riverside Drive and South First Street just east of the Long Center. Restoration of construction areas at shaft sites in six neighborhoods is underway. Permanent iron manhole covers are all that will remain at the surface.

The 3.9 mile gravity tunnel was constructed 50 to 80 feet underground from the Seaholm Power Plant site near Shoal Creek and Cesar Chavez in central Austin  to South Pleasant Valley Road near Kreig Field in southeast Austin. The installed pipe varies from 36 inches in diameter at the upstream end of the tunnel, to 54 inches in diameter in the middle, to 90 inches at the downstream end.  The tunnel was constructed with two tunnel boring machines that were 120 inches in diameter and 84 inches in diameter.

Tunnel construction made the decommissioning of two lift stations possible, which reduces energy consumption, maintenance cost, and frees up downtown land area for other uses — including the new central library (Shoal Creek Lift Station) and increased park area (Toomey Road Lift Station).

Congratulations to the project team for such a successful project!


San Marcos 2035: Inviting Citizens, Youth to Help Draw Blueprint for the Future

The City of San Marcos invites the best experts on San Marcos—its residents—to help shape the city’s future at a “Design Rodeo” scheduled Sept. 10-14 at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Public participation in five days of creative workshops is the most critical event in the development of the Comprehensive Master Plan.

Anticipating 33,000 additional residents by 2035, the plan will serve as the City’s blueprint for land use and transportation, environment and sustainability, parks and facilities, neighborhoods and housing, and economic development in San Marcos.

“No one knows our community better than the residents of San Marcos,” said John Foreman, Planning Manager and coordinator of the comprehensive plan process.

“They know better than anyone how we should protect our natural resources, maintain efficient transportation, focus on our unique heritage and support a business climate that provides quality jobs and opportunities,” he said.

Some of the special stakeholder groups invited to participate in the sessions throughout the week include representatives of neighborhoods, religious organizations, economic development, education, environmental groups, culture and the arts, real estate professionals, retail stores and downtown, transportation and utilities. The process will include local high school students, who are working with the City on a Youth Master Plan.

The public is invited to come any time during the day and watch planners and specialists work with stakeholders to create different community design scenarios.

For more information, call 393.8230, send an email to dream@sanmarcostx.gov, or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/dream. The latest updates are posted for Facebook and Twitter followers at www.facebook.com/CityofSanMarcos  and www.twitter.com/CityofSanMarcos .


San Marcos 2035: Inviting Citizens, Youth to Help Draw Blueprint for the Future, Sept. 10 – 13

The City of San Marcos invites the best experts on San Marcos—its residents—to help shape the city’s future at a “Design Rodeo” scheduled Sept. 10-14 at the Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Public participation in five days of creative workshops is the most critical event in the development of the Comprehensive Master Plan.

Anticipating 33,000 additional residents by 2035, the plan will serve as the City’s blueprint for land use and transportation, environment and sustainability, parks and facilities, neighborhoods and housing, and economic development in San Marcos.

“No one knows our community better than the residents of San Marcos,” said John Foreman, Planning Manager and coordinator of the comprehensive plan process.

“They know better than anyone how we should protect our natural resources, maintain efficient transportation, focus on our unique heritage and support a business climate that provides quality jobs and opportunities,” he said.

Some of the special stakeholder groups invited to participate in the sessions throughout the week include representatives of neighborhoods, religious organizations, economic development, education, environmental groups, culture and the arts, real estate professionals, retail stores and downtown, transportation and utilities. The process will include local high school students, who are working with the City on a Youth Master Plan.
After the Design Rodeo, planners and consultants will start writing and illustrating the Comprehensive Plan to guide growth, preservation and development for the next 20 years. The Planning and Zoning Commission will review and make recommendations on the plan before consideration and adoption by the City Council in early 2013.

For more information, call 393.8230, send an email to dream@sanmarcostx.gov, or visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/dream. The latest updates are posted for Facebook and Twitter followers at www.facebook.com/CityofSanMarcos and www.twitter.com/CityofSanMarcos .


Attend Bond Development Open House Feb. 7

You are invited to attend an open house and learn about the City’s bond development process and guiding principles, provide your input on community needs and priorities, and hear music from Austin-area musicians!

The open house will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 4:30 to 8 pm, at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Last fall, the Austin City Council established a Bond Election Advisory Task Force to identify and prioritize bond funding for capital projects that will advance the vision identified by the Imagine Austin comprehensive planning process. This begins the process of planning for a potential bond election where Austin voters decide whether the City should borrow money to fund specified city infrastructure, facilities, or other capital improvement projects or programs.

Free parking is available at the Palmer Events Center garage. Light refreshments will be served along with live music from some of Austin’s great local talent. Stop by when it’s convenient for you and stay as long as you like. City staff will be on-hand to answer questions. For more information and updates on the bond development process, visit: www.AustinTexas.gov/BondDevelopment .


Manor Expressway Project hosts 2nd Business Outreach Meeting

A lunch meeting for businesses in the Manor Expressway construction zone was held on Friday, January 27 at Brown Distributing. Jeff McCall of Central Texas Mobility Constructors (CTMC) and Steve Pustelnyk, Director of Communication for the Mobility Authority made presentations on the state of the project and answered questions. Lunch was provided by CTMC and Brown Distributing. Business Outreach Meetings will be held on a quarterly basis throughout the project life cycle. To get on the invitation list, please contact Jackie Nirenberg on the Manor Expressway Project Hotline at 512-684-3252.


Manor Expressway Project Business Outreach Meeting

Businesses in the Manor Expressway construction zone are invited to attend a Business Outreach Meeting on Friday, January 27 at 11:30 at Brown Distributing 8711 Johnny Morris Rd. Lunch provided by Central Texas Mobility Constructors and Brown Distributing.


Montopolis Neighborhood Meeting

Montopolis residents on Wednesday, Feb. 1, will hear an update at 6 pm at the Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Boulevard, on the City’s plans to install an odor control facility in southeast Austin. Construction on the project will begin this spring. When complete, it will reduce wastewater odors from the Govalle Wastewater Tunnel. The Govalle Tunnel Centralized Odor Control Project involves modifying the interior of the existing drop shaft located in Roy G. Guerrero Park (400 Grove Boulevard), but most of the other construction will take place on Patton Avenue east of US 183, just north of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The City purchased property on which the facility will be built in 2009 as part of the airport noise mitigation program.


CTRMA’s 183A Northern Extension Team and Group Solutions Will Help Block House Creek “Light Up The Night”

The Central Texas Regional Authority and the 183A team sponsored the second annual “Light Up The Night” event for the Blockhouse Creek Homeowners Association that has been rescheduled for December 31st. The event involved placing hundreds of Christmas luminaries along a 3 1/2 mile loop surrounding the neighborhood. Block House Creek will host Cocoa Christmas, a fun-filled event that features hayrides to view the beautiful luminaries, Christmas carolers stationed throughout the community, treats, and of course, Santa. Group Solutions and the 183A team have become honorary Block House Creek residents over the life of the 183A extension construction, having forged a relationship with the neighborhood through strong communication initiatives and community involvement.


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