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Point Austin: Dis Connect
Urban rail may be going off the tracks
News Column  June 12, 2014, by Michael King

Point Austin: November Mobility Bond Begins to Take Shape
Consensus on the proposed $720 million bond remains a work in progress
News Column  August 11, 2016, by Michael King
"...Even allowing for the multimodal improvements included in the corridor upgrades, some folks are objecting that there is simply not enough allowance for mass transit options. The most vocal and persistent critics have been the handful of light rail advocates associated with the "Central Austin Community Development Corporation," who say they will again press Council today to add a separate, $398 million rail "Minimum Operable Segment" proposition to the ballot – a line to run from Downtown up the Guadalupe/Lamar corridor to Crestview Station...."

Merck in Austin?
Pharma firm considers “Innovation” location, Austin city incentives
DAILY News  April 3, 2017, by Michael King
"...• Merck (Merck Sharp & Dohme Corporation) anticipates an investment of $20,532,000 million in construction, as well as an estimated $2 million in annual expenditures for local services and an estimated $500,000 in annual local purchases...."

Who Benefits From a Reconnected Austin?
News Story  January 31, 2014, by Robyn Ross
"...The "value creation" touted as a benefit of the Reconnect Austin plan may have side effects, says Bo McCarver. McCarver is chair of the Blackland Community Development Corporation, a provider of affordable housing in the neighborhood east of I-35 between Martin Luther King Jr..."

ARA, CRP, E-I-E-I-O -- The Central East Scorecard
An introduction to the East Austin revitalization efforts.
News Story  August 29, 2003
"...The city office that (through federal dollars) funds the ARA and other community development projects. The Austin Housing Finance Corporation, the city's affordable housing arm, is overseen by NHCD and its director, Paul Hilgers...."

Elgin Agrarian Community Promises Co-op Living on the Blackland Prairie
“It’s like an urban twist on traditional farming.”
News Story  September 15, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...Garret­son hired the Cooperation Group to recruit and organize members of the residential cooperative. Under Donovan's guidance, the steering committee has drafted the certificate of formation, which establishes the co-op as a corporation in the eyes of the state of Texas, and bylaws, which articulate how the co-op will be governed..."

Urban Renewal, Sustainable Development, and ... Fluoride?
Preview Pt. One of a crowded Council agenda
DAILY News  December 12, 2011, by Wells Dunbar
"...The project will include completion of a Master Plan, resulting in Planned Unit Development (PUD) rezoning; engineering for subdivision and site planning for review and approval by the City of Austin; infrastructure construction plans and architectural design guidelines for new sustainable residential and commercial development. The initiative will be led by the City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office (NHCD), in partnership with the Austin Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)..."

Point Austin: Our Neighbors' Keepers
More than one way to save a neighborhood
News Column  June 22, 2012, by Michael King
"...This Friday morning, groundbreaking will be celebrated on what is intended to be a groundbreaking effort: the first "Com­mun­ity Land Trust" home in Austin and, according to its founders, the first such effort in Texas. The last legislative session (not exactly distinguished for progressive lawmaking) enabled nonprofits like the Guad­a­lupe Neigh­borhood Devel­op­ment Corporation ( to establish community land trusts as a way of preserving affordable housing for low- and moderate-income homeowners..."

KMFA: The Man Behind 'Classically Austin' Leaves for Portland
Jack Allen, the man who recharged Austin's classical radio station, is off to do the same for a West Coast station
Arts Story  June 27, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The changes didn't always come smoothly, but they got results. Since his arrival, memberships have been on a steady climb, pledge drives have been setting new records, and the station obtained a major Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the first time in its history..."

Point Austin: Samsung's Domain
The city eagerly raises the corporate incentive flag, and we're all expected to salute
News Column  August 19, 2005, by Michael King
"...10), to meet with their neighbors and neighborhood associations and discuss the proposal, and to attend the public hearings around town scheduled to address the pros and cons of the deal. No doubt you're all ready to skip work and attend the City Council meeting this morning (Thursday) in order to hear your elected representatives finally discuss the potential merits of committing $58.5 million in a 20-year incentive package to the Korea-based corporation in return for its agreement to invest $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion in a (300-millimeter, OK!) chip-manufacturing plant over the next 10 to 20 years..."

Urban Rail: Which Way to Connect?
Project Connect recommends a rail corridor – and transit advocates board opposing trains
News Story  December 13, 2013, by Mac McCann and Michael King
"...Quite a few advocates strongly denounced the Highland recommendation, especially on social media. For example, the Downtown advocacy group, Central Austin Community Development Corporation, tweeted, "@cdcatx: Breaking it down: Lamar and Riverside seem frankly head-and-shoulders above the rest."..."

Economics From the Bottom Up
A profile of Accion Texas, CDC, and other microlenders
News Story  August 10, 2001, by Kevin Fullerton
"...But what Okoro needed to take charge of her circumstance was capital. She found it when someone directed her to a nonprofit lending group called Accion Texas, which uses government grants and contributions from banks and other corporations to provide loans for very small businesses..."

Bedfellows Getting Strange
Urban rail project slammed from opposite wings
DAILY News  June 9, 2014, by Michael King
"...A few days later (June 5), the Central Austin Community Development Corporation, a community organizing nonprofit, issued a press release announcing a “powerful grassroots coalition” to oppose the Project Connect plan, arguing instead for the Guadalupe-North Lamar corridor. Issued by CDC Director Scott Morris, the release was co-signed by representatives of the Crestview, Highland, Hyde Park, and Northfield neighborhood associations, and UT-Austin student government, collectively self-described as “serving over 100,000 Austinites.” The release argues against Project Connect’s current plan: “Our groups strongly support light rail, but Project Connect's East Riverside to Highland Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) would result in a broken system, an ineffective transportation investment for our city and region, and a politically non-viable ballot measure.” (Morris is also treasurer of “Our Rail,” a PAC organized to support only a Guadalupe-Lamar alignment and to oppose any Project Connect plan for the Highland corridor.)..."

Hatching a Plan
Austin's emerging culinary creative class is sharing talent and resources to find the right recipe for success
Food Story  June 18, 2004, by Virginia B. Wood
"...David Ansell is certainly not the first Austin entrepreneur to finance his dreams with credit cards, but it's a safe bet that many first-time small-business people don't have that kind of financing available to them. So just how does the talented cook with a wonderful recipe get over the first big hurdle to getting his or her product into the marketplace? Two years ago, it looked as though the local nonprofit Austin Community Development Corporation had come up with a solution to that problem..."

Dueling Bondage
Mayor and council members consider transportation packages
DAILY News  June 13, 2016, by Michael King
"...Also floating in the ether is a light rail plan proposed by the Central Austin Community Development Corporation, a small nonprofit group hoping to revive the Guadalupe/Lamar corridor as a site for rail – one of the contentious issues in the 2014 defeat of the last light rail plan. They’ve gotten support from the Urban Transportation Commission, and Commissioner J.D..."

The ARA Faces the Music
For the Austin Revitalization Authority, Eastside renewal proves to be a long, slow dance
News Story  August 29, 2003, by Amy Smith
"...As it turns out, the town homes slated for 12th Street ended up in the ARA plan as a compromise solution to another rancorous matter. The homes are part of the Anderson Hill affordable-housing project, formerly known as SCIP II (Scattered Cooperative Infill Program), another pet project of Eric Mitchell's, initially developed by the Anderson Community Development Corporation and its consultant, former city housing director Gene Watkins..."

Naked City
Headlines and Happenings from Austin and Beyond
News Story  April 22, 2005, by Lee Nichols and Cheryl Smith
"...• Austin Housing Finance Corporation, along with the Enterprise Foundation and Austin Community Development Corporation, announced Tuesday that they would award $256,000 in grants to 10 local nonprofits. The funds will be used to create more affordable housing for homeless, disabled, and low-income citizens..."

Naked City
Austin Stories
News Story  November 8, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...Poole organized Blackland in the 1980s to fight UT expansion that decimated the Eastside neighborhood between MLK and Manor Road. In 1992, after years of controversy, the university agreed to turn its remaining area properties over to the Blackland Community Development Corporation, which Poole cofounded and which now provides transitional and senior housing in the neighborhood..."

Dallas Re:Visions Itself
Dallas aims to move ahead of the class in sustainable development
News Story  June 12, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...The three finalists awarded cash prizes: Forwarding Dallas (Portugal), chosen for European-style massing, vegetated screens, and innovation; Entangled Bank (North Carolina), selected for striking full-block massing and arrangement of sustainable systems; and Greenways Xero Energy (San Francisco), chosen for creating a sense of community with bold greenway plans. The Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, a "grassroots, faith-based" organization focused on affordable housing, is the project's lead developer..."

Climbing Mount Compost
Austin's next big zero-waste project is feeding nature's recycling program
News Story  April 23, 2015, by Robyn Ross
"...Not so for Wheatsville Food Co-op, which has been voluntarily composting since 2012 yet has seen its costs remain static. The stores donate edible food to the Blackland Community Development Corporation, and then the remainder goes into organics collection bins..."

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