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How DPS's Occupation of a Border Town May Have Crippled Its Economy
Rio Grande City sees a marked decline in sales and tourism
News Story  October 5, 2017, by Debbie Nathan
"...The unemployment rate is up, notes Dalinda Guillen, Rio Grande City's director of its Economic Development Corporation. (Joblessness is not; the rate fell from a high of 14.2% two years ago to 11% in May.) All those guys who were hired out of Rio Grande City a couple of years ago to leave town and work on the Eagle Ford Shale pipeline were sending paychecks back home to their families, but then the work ended and the guys came back, and maybe they're working now but making less money...."

Housing Blueprint Strategery
City Council works Merck, Housing Plan, Austin Oaks PUD
DAILY News  April 17, 2017, by Michael King
"...The allies included the UT Dell Medical School, the Central Healthcare District, Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Community College, Austin ISD, Seton Healthcare, the Chambers, Capital IDEA, et al. Among these institutional supporters, the handful of opponents last week and Thursday – mostly at the notion of providing any financial tip to a major corporation – couldn’t gain much traction...."

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...."

Standing Rock Pipeline Protests Bring New Life to Old Struggles
“It’s about all of us”
News Story  September 29, 2016, by Greg Harman
"...Since the Obama administration has placed the most contested section of the Dakota pipeline on hold, it could be that the standoff continues into the winter. Mean­while, Energy Transfer Partners recently sold a $2 billion share in the pipeline to Marathon Petroleum Corporation and Enbridge Energy Partners, adding significant investor pressure to push through...."

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..."

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...."

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..."

Fighting to Stay
As Austin's housing market booms, its poorest residents fight to exist
News Story  April 14, 2016, by Joseph Caterine
"...The strategy is not a new one. It was pioneered by the Blackland Com­munity Development Corporation in East Austin, which was incorporated in 1983 to stem the tide of UT-Austin's eastward expansion..."

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..."

Black Eastsiders: Powers a Friend
Will the next UT president continue Powers' work repairing the relationship between UT and East Austin?
News Story  July 17, 2014, by Jessica Luther
"...Yet since 2006, when Powers became president, the tension has been easing. Bo McCarver, board chair of the Blackland Com­munity Development Corporation, formed after the UT annexations in an attempt to provide affordable housing in the East Campus area, told Austin Post earlier this year that East Austin residents and UT are "getting on pretty good now..."

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

Dissenting Voices
News Story  June 12, 2014, by Michael King
"...Even as the Project Connect proposal moves closer to official approval and enabling votes, opposition to the urban rail project continues to simmer. Last week, two groups otherwise unlikely to find common ground – mass transit supporters Central Austin Community Develop­ment Corporation and highway enthusiasts Coalition on Sustainable Transporta­tion – both issued salvos strongly opposing the current Project Connect proposals...."

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.)..."

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..."

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."..."

'Nothing Is Done Alone' Extended Interview
The TxCC and their role in Bastrop's recovery after the fires
DAILY Chronolog  December 2, 2013, by Kate X Messer
"...PS: Bastrop County would have called the state Department of Emergency Management, which then calls FEMA. FEMA contacts the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS, which includes AmeriCorps, FEMA Corps, etc.), who then reaches out to local conservation corps, and that's how they brought us in..."

Project Connect Draws a Line
Group makes official recommendation to Mayor Leffingwell
News Story  November 22, 2013, by Mac McCann
"...Not all transit advocates welcomed the decision. Scott Morris of the Central Aus­tin Community Development Corporation said, "We're disappointed in the initial recommendation in that it really does not serve the residential densities in Austin north of the river..."

Working 'The Corner'
Neighbors and officials plan one more effort to save the neighborhood around 12th and Chicon
News Story  July 13, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Some change is already in store for 12th and Chicon, with the construction of a roughly 45-unit development of affordable, owner-occupied housing and ground-floor retail being built by the Chestnut Neigh­bo­rhood Revitalization Corporation, an affordable housing non-profit that bought several lots along Chicon between East 12th and 14th streets. Demolition of existing structures is likely to happen by the end of the month, and Sean Garretson, CNRC president, says the units should be ready for move-in by fall 2013..."

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..."

Brigid Shea: 'A Proven Leader'
Brigid Shea sits down for a Q&A on a wide range of city topics
News Story  April 27, 2012, by Amy Smith
"...Let's see if we can come up with a better way to partner that benefits both of us where we're not going to be hated by the citizens. I think it was a terrible way to welcome Apple to town to have them be trashed on the radio talk shows and trashed on the news blogs and have people actively resenting that we gave this money to the company that's literally got the largest cash reserves of any corporation outside of banks in the history of the planet. [page]..."

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