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City Hall Hustle: Milk Cows and Cash Cows
AE's uncertain future means wobbly program budgets
"...the utility in general. (See "All Things Budgetary ... and WTP4.") But as budget adoption nears, there's another battle..."

Sept. 3, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Arts and the Economy
A new study shows that Austin's cultural sector contributes over $2.2 billion to the local economy and is responsible for close to 44,000 permanent jobs
"...expended on music concerts, art museum visits, stage shows, and whatnot have a hardcore impact on the fiscal health..."

April 14, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Oak Hill Redevelopment: Varying visions for town center
Concept of town center node in Oak Hill looks like it's getting tougher - not easier - as city's neighborhood plan progresses
" open house attended by about 100 residents Saturday. And while much of the draft plan focused on trying..."

June 29, 2007 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Smart Growth Is Dead, Long Live Smart Growth
As Sixth + Lamar teeters, the Domain aims to pick up Austin's new-school incentive package.
"...million budget shortfall, why is the Domain -- a brand-new, planned, mixed-use project in Northwest Austin whose developers are..."

May 2, 2003 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Wild Card: Austin Energy and the PUC
Shadow of PUC hovers over Austin Energy and city budget
"...Discussing the FY2014 city budget, the mayor and several City Council members mentioned the uncertainty facing the..."

Feb. 22, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Spencer To Head Neighborhood Housing and Community Development
"...appointed Betsy Spencer to head the city's Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Office. The move comes at a time..."

Dec. 24, 2010 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Developing Stories: East Riverside: The Road Ahead
Let's capture the value – and federal funds
"...this corridor can advance many community goals, including environmental and fiscal sustainability, as well as comprehensive planning for growth...."

March 5, 2010 News Column by Katherine Gregor

City Budget Breakdown
The final presentation of the city's $525.3 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2007 is Friday, Aug. 31; the focus: Major Utilities and Infrastructure and Growth Management – yea haw!
"...fiscal year 2007. Having previously wheeled out public safety and social-service presentations, it's easy to mistake for quiet housekeeping..."

Sept. 1, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

The Power to Change
A quick sound check with the Austin mayoral candidates
" in the Live Music Capital. Since the general economic downturn has dominated most political discussions, OTR polled the..."

April 30, 2009 Music Post by Austin Powell

Visa Wants a Chargeback
Governor and city propose economic development deal
"...Last week Gov. Rick Perry's office and Austin announced a proposed economic development deal for..."

Nov. 26, 2012 News Post by Michael King

Savings or Slush?
In a tight budget year, Austin Energy's debt management fund is under scrutiny.
"...evidence, perhaps, that City Manager Toby Futrell's share-the-pain strategy, and months of lowered expectations for city spending, have had..."

Aug. 23, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Ott Taps More Fort Worth Talent
Anthony Snipes named city chief of staff
"...for the City of Fort Worth for five years and is now the Assistant Director for the Fort Worth..."

May 8, 2008 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Samsung Invests $3.6 Billion
Austin gets biggest foreign investment in the U.S.
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell and City Manager Marc Ott announced this morning that Samsung..."

June 9, 2010 News Post by Katherine Gregor

City Hall Hustle: The Wages of Faith
Perfect and good face off in US Farathane incentives debate
"...The proverbial bread in question was the city's proposed economic development deal with US Farathane, a maker of plastic..."

Dec. 23, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 12/1/10
Sunny outlook for economic incentives?
"...Council’s holding a special-called meeting to discuss an economic development agreement with SunPower. We’ve got the deets below..."

Dec. 1, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

You’ll Never Hear Fred Frith Plunk
Avant-garde UK guitarist explores the notes behind the notes
"...Saturday at the ND, Austin hosts something rare and likely beautiful. Guitarist/composer Fred Frith says the last time..."

Jan. 31, 2014 Music Post by Jim Caligiuri

Council: Get Your Motors Running
Instrumental Incentives, Rainey Street, and more …
"...National Instruments incentives proposal, moving houses from Rainey Street, and just how much parking should be mandated Downtown...."

March 6, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Culture Cash
Austin's artists and arts groups are working hard to survive the economic downturn, and now more than ever it's essential for the city that they do.
" mind all the worst stereotypes of the arts and its practitioners as elitists out of touch with regular..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Can the Bands Play On?
The Live Music Task Force tunes up to protect Austin's claim to fame
"...of Austin Music to call attention to the dire economic realities of the local music scene. In a nutshell,..."

July 18, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Ho-Ho-Homegrown Holidays
Austin's independent "iconic" businesses hope we'll all put them on our list
" works to raise awareness of the value – economic, cultural, and keepin'-it-weird – of patronizing stores, restaurants, and..."

Dec. 8, 2006 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Greenbacks for Green Space
City moves to make development pay more for parks
"...chasing preschoolers around playscapes. Part of Austin's special character and appeal is the city's integration with nature; like our..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Who Will Be the Arts Tsar?
The two finalists for the job of cultural arts program manager addressed the public Oct. 23.
"...And then there were two...."

Oct. 31, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

The Daily Hustle: 9/14/10
Council makes amends, amendments
"...her plans to trim Austin Energy's funding of the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. While really tinkering around..."

Sept. 14, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Austin Energy Wins Round One
Austin Energy fends off rate case with only minor loss
"...a panel of state administrative law judges. Five parties and representatives of the utility were ready to debate dry..."

March 8, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

The Making of Downtown North
The Domain may sound like just another fancy mall – but planners say it's the seed of a second Austin
"...It's been derided as a shopper's Disneyland and pre-emptively dismissed by many Central Austinites as a..."

Sept. 28, 2007 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Feedback of a Different Kind
At last week's arts funding forum, artists gave city officials an earful – but not what they expected
"...No, it wasn't "this isn't fair" or "that's horrible," and it didn't involve any word beginning with the letter..."

March 12, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

There Goes the Sun
Austin's clean-energy industry appears poised to take off -- but city leaders seem surprisingly unenthusiastic.
"...Austin politics, nobody really gets to vote for Mom and apple pie. There's always some constituency that's disgusted by..."

Nov. 28, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Arts Consultants: Connect the Cultural Dots
The city's consultants recommend a new, one-stop shop and more funding for Austin's arts programs.
"...with an important initiative of City Council related to economic development." That timing was largely accidental, but what a..."

Dec. 20, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Back to the Drawing Board
Council rejects proposals for the creation of city music and arts departments
"...Council supporters of the Live Music Task Force – and its chief recommendation, creation of a city music department..."

May 22, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
The city takes feedback on its proposed improved cultural contracts system.
"...Citizens and local artists and arts groups got their first preview..."

Oct. 10, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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