Thursday, May 26, 2022

News from the Economic Development Department of the COA


People's Gallery Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us on June 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. for an opening reception to celebrate the 17th Exhibition of the People's Gallery at Austin City Hall. The no-cost exhibition features paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other media by local artists. View artworks throughout City Hall, meet the artists, and enjoy light refreshments and live music.
Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits
The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant provides cost share/matching grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 for creative placemaking projects. Our Town projects must demonstrate a specific role for arts, culture, and design as a part of strategies that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, or social outcomes. These projects lay the groundwork for systemic change and center around equity. 
To qualify, local organizations must first apply for an endorsement of the application from the City of Austin by June 22. If you have questions, join the Cultural Arts Virtual Open Office hours on June 8 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Review the Draft Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines
The Economic Development Department is seeking feedback on Draft Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines. The Heritage Preservation Grant serves to preserve and promote Austin's irreplaceable historic sites and heritage tourism experiences through capital, planning, educational, or marketing projects that engage tourism. Provide feedback on the Draft Heritage Preservation Grant Guidelines by June 7. Questions? Attend Heritage Tourism Virtual Open Office Hours every second and fourth Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. No appointment is required.
Community Navigator Program
The Economic Development Department’s Community Navigator Program supports local businesses, non-profit organizations, and creative professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this initiative, local entities can receive no-cost assistance like one-on-one coaching, business classes, technical support, and application assistance for grants and resources. Learn more and register for the Community Navigator Program.

Seeking Input for the City’s 2022-2023 Budget

The City of Austin Budget Office is seeking resident input and feedback on city services and budget priorities. Take the short survey to help the City prioritize services that impact how you live, work, play, and more.
Community Feedback on Housing Spending
Share your feedback on the City of Austin's plan for spending federal funds dedicated to addressing homelessness and housing instability in our community. Learn about the American Rescue Plan Act allocation.

Community Goals for Equitable Transit-oriented Developments
The Equitable Transit-Oriented Development strategy helps shape inclusive and accessible communities. These communities integrate residential, business, and public spaces within walking distance of transit stations. Take a survey to share your feedback on six priorities for the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development strategy.
Create a More Sustainable Workplace
Eighty-five percent of Austin’s landfill waste comes from businesses and multifamily communities. Most of that waste is reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Help lead Austin toward a more sustainable future and inspire change at your job or in your multifamily community. Find more ways to create a sustainable workplace: 
  • Start a Green Team: Encourage employees to participate and empower them to reduce waste and recycle better.
  • Reduce paper use: Take steps toward a paperless policy when possible. Provide email receipts or change processes to reduce printing.
  • Review purchases and processes to reduce waste: Find vendors that offer take-back programs for materials and provide single-use items.
  • Collect batteries and electronics: Austin and Travis County residents can schedule an appointment to drop off these items for free at Austin’s Recycle and Reuse Drop-off Center.
  • Buy durable and repair broken items: Access Austin Energy's rebates and incentives to help make smart energy choices and save money.

City of Austin Activates Cold Weather Shelters on Saturday, Feb. 17  

  Finding the status of shelters by calling 512-972-5055   AUSTIN, Texas -  The City of Austin is opening overnight cold weather shelters on...