Imagine Austin Priority Program Teams


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Each of the eight Priority Program teams associated with Imagine Austin presents a brief description of the program and the members of the team, as well as work already taking place and items on the horizon.

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  • Support of and participation in 3 Day Startup, One Semester Startup, Texas Venture Labs, Austin Technology Incubator, and other programs to support and promote entrepreneurship and skills in the college student population.Participation in STEM Council to promote STEM skills and their transfer to the workforce. Support of Skillpoint Alliance and Capital Idea to support skills improvements in the working population and in the pipeline of children coming up through the K-12 system and beyond.Participation in Opportunity Austin and support of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce to promote regionalism and business growth throughout the Austin region.Partnership with ACVB in True Austin program as community expert to develop marketing strategy to promote tourism, etc.SBDP:Classroom education for small business owners, one-on-one business coaching, annual events for lending and small business supportBizOpen program to help small business owners navigate the development and permitting processLocally Austin recently launched a new version of its online map and directory of locally owned, small businesses at
  • Promoting economic development focused on TOD’s and redevelopment areas such as Green Water Treatment Plant.Increased efforts to promote employment of historically under-employed segments of the population and ex-offender population.SBDP is planning a small business needs assessment study for 2013 to be used in conjunction with results from Imagine Austin to evaluate new and existing programs.
  • Austin’s healthy economy is in part a result of its vibrant, local creative sector. “Creative Economy is an economic concept based on creative assets generating economic growth and development. It includes interlocking industry sectors that focus on providing creative services or creating and promoting intellectual property products.”“Creativity is the engine of Austin’s prosperity.” Austin’s healthy economy is in large part a result of its vibrant, local creative sector. Arts, culture, and creativity are essential keys to the city’s unique and distinctive identity and are valued as vital contributors to our community’s character, quality of life and economy.
  • Understand the needs of the Creative Sector in order to assist its growth.Integrate Creative Economy strategies in redevelopment to create whole communitiesCultivate relationships and partnerships across the creative sector and across boundaries with other sectors
  • Artspace Market Survey – Surveying the creative community to identify space needs Business Retention and Expansion Program
  • Developing a cultural tourism and heritage planComprehensive PlanCreative Ambassador ProgramStrengthening business and nonprofit managementNeeds Assessment of for profit creative industriesCoordination with partners to identify gaps in organizational and business management and identify strategies for assistanceIntegrating creative cpace strategies into Imagine Austin implementation
  • HHSD Through core partners: Travis County Veteran’s Services, Central Health, St. David’s Foundation, Seton Healthcare Family, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health , Austin Regional Campus worked from August 2011 to July 2012 to conduct the CHA. The CHA process included multiple community forums, focus groups and other feedback opportunities to inform priority areas for the CHIP.The Healthy Community code includes revisions to Austin’s land development ordinances that make it easier to produce and access healthy, sustainable food and to lead a more active lifestyle.Tobacco-free environments, including outdoor areas, worksite, schools , and multi-unit housing to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.Increase access to healthy foods through community gardens; healthy food retail establishments such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture, corner and neighborhood stores, and supermarkets; and increase accessibility to federal food and nutrition assistance programs.
  • *Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan Continued Public/Stakeholder Participation.CHIP will be finalized and implementation will begin in April 2013.*Sustainable Food Policy Board initiatives for sustainable local food production, distribution and food safety.*Live Tobacco-Free Austin on-going promotion of tobacco-free environments*Community Transformation Grant InitiativesCollaborate with PDRD to revise TCM and Subdivision StandardsCollaborate with PARD to increase joint use agreements and public land use for community gardensIncrease farm direct opportunities, farmers markets, and community gardens such as school gardens
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  • Imagine Austin Priority Program Teams

    1. 1. Priority Programs Priority Program #1: Priority Program #2: Invest in Compact Sustainable Water Priority Program #8: Priority Program #4: Align Code Green Infrastructure Priority Program #3: Priority Program #6:Workforce Development Household Affordability Priority Program #5: Priority Program #7: Creative Economy Healthy Austin
    2. 2. IACP Priority Program No. 1Invest in a compact and connected Austin.
    3. 3. Priority Program #2: Priority Progam #1: Sustainable Water Invest in Compact Key Elements• Capital investments and economic development support Growth Concept• Implement high capacity transit system• Build complete streets• Plan and implement demonstration corridors• Leverage funding and partnerships
    4. 4. Priority Program #2: #1: Sustainable Water Invest in Compact Team MembersLead: Austin Transportation, Public WorksProject Manager: Keri JuarezPDR Liaison: Stevie GreathouseTeam: Erica Leak, PDRD-Urban Design; Jill Faganand Greg Kiloh, EGRSO; Keri Juarez, LouisLindsey, Kit Johnson, and Annick Beaudet, PublicWorks; Gordon Derr, Transportation; John Warrenand Molly Scarborough, Capital Planning Office;Additional members to be determined
    5. 5. Priority Program #2: #1: Sustainable Water Invest in Compact In the Works• Rewrite of Transportation Criteria Manual to support complete streets• Implementation of Strategic Mobility Plan• Implementation of Bicycle and Sidewalk/Pedestrian Plans• Development of Urban Trails Master Plan• Implementation of Bike Share• Development of Airport Boulevard, East Riverside Corridor, and South Lamar Boulevard Plans• Urban rail planning and identification of transit corridors through Project Connect• Implementation of 2012 Transportation Bond projects and strategic coordination of capital improvement projects
    6. 6. Priority Program #2: #1: Sustainable Water Invest in Compact On the Horizon• Implementation of Burnet and North Lamar Corridor improvements• Identification of funding for implementation of high capacity transit system• Strategic economic development investments in identified centers and corridors• Further development of complete streets• Enhanced development review process• Reporting on work through IMMPACT
    7. 7. IACP Priority Program No. 8Revise Austin’s developmentregulations and processes to promote a compact and connected Austin.
    8. 8. Priority Program #8: Align Code Key Elements• Promote a compact and connected city• Preserve the character of neighborhoods• Promote affordability• Integrate nature into the city• Ensure the delivery of efficient services• Provide clear guidance in a user-friendly format
    9. 9. Priority Program #8: Align Code Team MembersLead: George Adams and Garner Stoll, PDRAssistant DirectorsProject Manager: to be determinedPDR Liaison: N/ATeam: Multi-department “committee of staff”team to be assembled
    10. 10. Priority Program #8: Align Code In the Works• Informal outreach to key stakeholders• RFQ to hire consultant firm• Hiring 3 positions in PDR to manage program• Appoint advisory group
    11. 11. Priority Program #8: Align Code On the Horizon• Multi-year public process• Public/Stakeholder Participation Plan• Listening and Education Sessions
    12. 12. IACP Priority Program No. 2 Sustainably manage our water resources.
    13. 13. Priority Program #2: Sustainable Water BackgroundWater is central to Austin’s identity & wellbeing• Context o Rapidly growing population (demand, impacts) o Fragile Central Texas environment o Climate change & drought o State and regional regulatory complexity
    14. 14. Priority Program #2: Sustainable Water Key Elements• Ensure resilient, reliable & affordable water supply for future generations• Protect public health & safety• Protect rivers, lakes, creeks & aquifers• Incorporate conservation, innovation & best management practices• Lead collaboration at the state, regional & local levels
    15. 15. Priority Program #2: Sustainable Water Team MembersLeads: David Juarez (AWU) & Daryl Slusher (AWU)/ Joe Pantalion (WPD)Project Managers: Teresa Lutes (AWU) / Jean Drew (WPD)PDR Liaison: Matt DuganTeam: AWU: Drema Gross, Tina Bui, David Greene,Joe Smith, Jeff Fox, Mike Castillo, Danielle Martin.WPD: Jose Guerrero, Mike Personett, Matt Hollon,Erin Wood, Chris Herrington.
    16. 16. Priority Program #2: Sustainable Water In the Works• Watershed Protection Master Plan implementation• Watershed Programs and Regulations• Non-Degradation Policy in Barton Springs Zone• Integrated Water Management Plan Updates• COA-LCRA Water Partnership• Implementation of Council-approved Joint Committee on Finance Recommendations (AWU)• Capital Improvements• Auxiliary Water Study
    17. 17. Priority Program #2: Sustainable Water On the Horizon• New Watershed Protection Ordinance (WPO)• Regional & State Water Plan Updates• Ongoing Coordination with Regional Partners
    18. 18. IACP Priority Program No. 4Use green infrastructure to protect environmentally sensitive areas and integrate nature into the city. DefinitionGreen infrastructure is strategically planned and managed networksof natural lands, parks, working landscapes, other open spaces, andgreen stormwater controls that conserve and enhance ecosystems and provide associated benefits to human populations.
    19. 19. Priority Program #4:Green Infrastructure Goal / Objectives Goal Manage Austin’s urban and natural ecosystems in a coordinated and sustainable manner. Key Objectives• Encourage and/or require increased public and private investment in green infrastructure• Maximize ecosystem functions and services, including recreation and transportation, provided by green infrastructure on city-owned and private lands• Improve inter-departmental collaboration and coordination in the management of city-owned lands
    20. 20. Priority Program #4: Green Infrastructure Key Elements• Create an integrated green infrastructure plan and ongoing program• Perform an initial inventory and evaluation of existing green infrastructure resources and identify needs and gaps• Develop targets and priorities for conservation areas, parks, trails, farmland, etc.• Develop guidance, public education and demonstration projects of green infrastructure• Track and monitor project costs and benefits
    21. 21. Priority Program #4:Green Infrastructure GI2T Lead: Mike Personett, Watershed Protection Project Manager: TBD PDR Liaison: Paul DiGiuseppe, Planning & Development Review Team: Sustainability Office Austin Energy Austin Fire Department Austin Water Utility Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Review Public Works Real Estate Services Watershed Protection
    22. 22. Priority Program #4:Green Infrastructure GI2T Organization Green Infrastructure Priority Program Implementation Team • Sustainability Office • Austin Fire Department • Austin Energy • Austin Water Utility • PARD • PDRD • Public Works • Real Estate Services • Watershed Protection Open Space Public Lands Acquisition Regulatory Policy Sub-Team Management Sub-Team • Needs/gaps/priorities • LDC revisions • Standards of care for vegetation management • Acquisition strategies • Watershed Protection Ordinance • Urban Forestry Management Plan • Criteria manual revisions • Riparian Zone Restoration Program • Invasive Species Management Plan Implementation • Wildfire fuel mitigation • Integrated Pest Management • Climate protection • Watershed education
    23. 23. Priority Program #4:Green Infrastructure In the Works • Bond Funding for Parks, Trails & Open Space • Austin/Travis County Wildfire Mitigation Task Force • Invasive Species Management Plan Implementation Open Space Land Development Acquisition Regulatory Policies (WQPL, other) • Urban Agriculture Programs Standards of Care for Bicycle / Trails Master Plans Vegetation Mgmt Urban Forestry Wildfire Fuel Plan / Program • Green Stormwater Solutions Mitigation Green Infrastructure Climate Riparian Zone Protection Restoration Plan / Program Plan • Urban Forestry Management Plan Integrated Pest PARD Long Management Range Plan Watershed Invasive Species Protection Management Plan Ordinance Urban Education/ Agriculture Outreach
    24. 24. Priority Program #4:Green Infrastructure On the Horizon • Watershed Protection Ordinance • Sustainable Land Management of City Properties • Community Wildfire Protection Plan • LDC and criteria manual revisions (IACP Priority Program #8) • Urban Trails Master Plan • Green Streets Criteria
    25. 25. IACP Priority Program No. 3Continue to grow Austin’s economy by investing in our workforce, education systems, entrepreneurs and local businesses.
    26. 26. Priority Program #3: Workforce Development Key Elements• Develop a widely skilled workforce• Recruit new businesses; retain and expand existing businesses• Tap into Austin’s entrepreneurial spirit• Partner with businesses, education agencies and non-profits to meet workforce and business development goals
    27. 27. Priority Program #3:Workforce Development Team MembersLead: Brian Gildea, EGRSOProject Manager: Eve Richter, EGRSOPDR Liaisons: Meredith Bossin, Kathleen FoxTeam:EGRSO: Janet Seibert, Preston Stewart, MonaSanchez, Vicky ValdezPARD: Laura Esparza
    28. 28. Priority Program #3: Workforce Development In the Works• EGRSO supports and/or participates in the following: • 3 Day Startup • One Semester Startup • Texas Venture Labs • Austin Technology Incubator • STEM Council • Skillpoint Alliance • Capital Idea • Opportunity Austin • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce business and workforce efforts • True Austin (partnership with Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau)• Small Business Development Program • Classroom education and one-on-one coaching for owners • Annual events for lending and support • BizOpen program supports navigating permit process • Locally Austin online map and directory• Any Given Child – CoA (PARD, EGRSO, HR, Libraries) partnering with AISD
    29. 29. Priority Program #3: Workforce Development On the Horizon• Economic development focused on: • Transit Oriented Development • Redevelopment areas such as Green Water Treatment Plant• Increased efforts to promote employment of: • Historically under-employed segments of the population • Ex-offender population • Artists• Small business needs assessment study in 2013
    30. 30. IACP Priority Program No. 5 Grow and invest in Austin’s creative economy• “Creative Economy is an economic concept based on creative assets generating economic growth and development. It includes interlocking industry sectors that focus on providing creative services or creating and promoting intellectual property products.” • Individuals, nonprofits, and businesses • Arts and culture and creative industries • $4.35 billion in economic activity, over $71 million in City tax revenues, and almost 49,000 jobs• Creativity is the cornerstone of Austin’s identity and economic prosperity• Continued strategic investment is needed
    31. 31. Priority Program #5: Creative Economy Key Elements• Understand infrastructure needs• Develop creative spaces• Create programs to strengthen and grow sector• Integrate creative economy strategies in redevelopment• Create and implement a comprehensive cultural and heritage tourism plan• Cultivate relationships and partnerships• Identify additional financial resources
    32. 32. Priority Program #5: Creative Economy Team MembersLead: Megan Crigger / EGRSOProject Manager: Janet SeibertPDR Liaison: Kathleen FoxTeam:EGRSO – Janet Seibert, Civic Art Program Consultant Megan Crigger, Cultural Arts Program Manager Jim Butler, Creative Industries Manager Meghan Turner, Arts in Public Places Administrator Vicky Valdez, Small Business Development Program Manager Preston Stewart, Business Information Specialist Don Pitts, Music Program ManagerPARD – Laura Esparza, Heritage, Arts, Nature Division ManagerPDRD – Kathleen Fox, Senior Planner Paul DiGiuseppe, Principal Planner
    33. 33. Priority Program #5: Creative Economy In the Works • Artspace Market Survey • Programs • Family Business Loan Program • Music Venue Assistance Program • Artist Studio Tour Registration • MACC Latino Arts Residency Program • Partnerships • CreateAustin Accountability Working Group • Creative Enterprises Team • Any Given Child • Smithsonian Affiliation Program
    34. 34. Priority Program #5: Creative Economy On the Horizon• Developing a cultural tourism and heritage plan • Comprehensive Plan • Creative Ambassador Program• Strengthening business and nonprofit management • Needs Assessment • Coordination with partners• Integrating creative economy strategies into redevelopment • Creative Space Development Tool Kit • Place-making strategies
    35. 35. IACP Priority Program No. 7Create a Healthy Austin Program
    36. 36. Priority Program #8: HealthyCode Align Austin #7: Key Elements• Improve Public Health• Improve Opportunities for active lifestyles• Improve nutrition and food access• Strengthen local food system• Improve access to health care
    37. 37. Priority Program #8: HealthyCode Align Austin #7: Team MembersLead: HHSD Philip Huang/Shannon JonesProject Manager: Cassie DeLeon/Filip GecicPDR Liaison: Pamela LarsonTeam: Staff from HHSD, PARD, PDRDEGRSO, Public Works, Transportation
    38. 38. #7: Priority Program #8: HealthyCode Align Austin In the Works• Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan • Obesity • Healthy food access • Active transportation • Access to primary care and mental health/behavioral health services.• Healthy community code• Tobacco-free environments• Increase access to healthy foods
    39. 39. Priority Program #8: HealthyCode Align Austin #7: On the Horizon• Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan• Sustainable Food Policy Board initiatives for sustainable local food production, distribution and food safety.• Live Tobacco-Free Austin on-going promotion of tobacco-free environments• Community Transformation Grant Initiatives
    40. 40. IACP Priority Program No. 6Develop and maintain householdaffordability throughout Austin.
    41. 41. Definition of “Affordable Housing” The federal government defines housing as “affordable” if no more than 30% of a household’s monthly income is needed for rent, mortgage payments and utilities. Housing costs are also examined in the context of area median family income (MFI). The current MFI for the Austin area for a family of 4 is $75,900.
    42. 42. Definition of “Household Affordability”Household affordability is aboutthe costs of housing, utilities, taxesand transportation.
    43. 43. Key Elements• Promoting the development and preservation of housing opportunities for very-low to moderate-income individuals and families.• Developing and utilizing regulatory rules and programs to promote affordability and connectivity in housing, utilities and access to transit.
    44. 44. Team MembersLead: NHCD - Rebecca GielloProject Manager: NHCD - Kelly NicholsPDR Liaison: Paul DiGiuseppeTeam: Key staff to be identified fromNHCD/AHFC, PDR, EGRSO, HHSD, CPIO andother departments and local entities
    45. 45. In the Works• Identifying funding for a Comprehensive Housing Market Study.• Identifying and planning for non-federal funding sources for affordable housing development.• Achieving 350-unit community goal of Permanent Supportive Housing for the chronically homeless.
    46. 46. Priority Program #6: Household Affordability On the Horizon• Conduct a Comprehensive Housing Market Study to update available data on housing needs and gaps at all income levels and for specific subpopulations.• Revise the Land Development Code to better achieve affordability throughout the community.• Supporting the Community Development Commission in making recommendations regarding an Affordable Housing Siting Policy to direct the City’s geographic investment in affordable housing.