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SO WE CAN GET HIM IN THE ROOM.

THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR PATIENCE WHILE WE TRY TO WORK THAT OUT AND THANK YOU CITY HALL FOR YOUR ATTEMPTS TO HELP US OUT.

AND ALSO THANK YOU, MARY KAY, FOR HANGING OUT IN THE PARTICIPATION ROOM.

WE'RE GLAD THAT AT LEAST WE CAN HEAR YOU AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO SHARE YOUR PRESENTATION SHORTLY.

MY NAME IS MICHELLE

[CALL TO ORDER]

POLGAR.

TODAY IS THE 21ST OF JULY, 2021.

IT IS 5:40 PM.

I'M CALLING THIS MEETING OF THE ARTS COMMISSION TO ORDER, UH, FIRST A ROLL CALL.

UH, VICE-CHAIRS THIS MAN COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, COMMISSIONER FLORES, MR. VANDYKE COMMISSIONER MOCK COMMISSIONER GRAY HERE.

MR. SMALL BOOK.

THANK YOU.

AND THOSE ARE THE COMMISSIONERS WE HAVE ON DYESS.

AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, WE ARE ONTO CITIZENS

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE TWO CITIZENS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THIS EVENING.

THE FIRST IS SHARON BOWER ANDERSON.

DO WE HAVE SHARON ON THE LINE? NO.

LAST TIME SHARON WAS HERE.

SHE ALSO HAD A CONNECTIVITY ISSUE SO SHE COULD HEAR ME.

YES, I CAN.

AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MORE FROM YOU.

OKAY.

HI EVERYONE.

THANK YOU.

CHAIR PERSON, POLL GAR AND COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SERVICE.

UM, I'M REALLY HERE VERY QUICKLY JUST TO INTRODUCE YOU TO AIX ATX THEATRE, WHICH IS A NEW NONPROFIT HUB FOR THEATER GOERS.

AND FOR THEATER MAKERS, WE LAUNCHED OUR WEBSITE, ATX THEATER.ORG JUST EIGHT DAYS AGO.

AND UM, OUR PUBLIC FACE IS QUITE NEW AND THAT PUBLIC FACE WILL SERVE TO PROMOTE THEATER GROWING IN AUSTIN TO BENEFIT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CITY, AS WELL AS THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ARTS LOVING CITIZENRY AND 85 THEATER COMPANIES.

IT'S ACTUALLY MORE THAN 85, UH, IN AUSTIN.

SO WE ARE UNITING ALL THE THEATER COMPANIES AND KIND OF SERVING AS A MARKETING MEGAPHONE FOR THEATER.

SO I JUST WANTED TO BRING YOU THAT LITTLE BIT OF GOOD NEWS IF YOU HAVEN'T CHECKED OUT OUR WEBSITE YET, PLEASE DO SO.

AND, UM, SINCE WE'RE HEADING INTO STAGE FOUR AND PROBABLY BACK TO ZOOMING THEATER FOR A WHILE, UM, I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT, UH, WE ARE BEING PURPOSEFUL ABOUT, UH, TRYING TO MAKE THEATER MORE ACCESSIBLE AND MORE TRANSPARENT AND MORE EQUITABLE IN AUSTIN.

THAT'S ALL I HAD TO SAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS ANDREW.

KANADA.

ANDREW, ARE YOU WITH US? DO WE HAVE A NUMBER FOR HIM? DO YOU NOT EMORY? DO YOU HAVE ONE? UM, LET ME SEE WHAT I CAN FIND.

OKAY, ANDREW KANADA CAN YOU HEAR US? AND WE SURVEY THE CALL ON USERS THAT WE DON'T HAVE NAMES FOR AND THE ATTENDEES LIST.

MR. CASTILLO.

I SEE COMMISSIONER GARZA'S IN THE PARTICIPANT LIST.

WE CAN MOVE THEM OVER.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO ANDREW'S WHEN YOU NEED THE LAST FOUR, A FIRST SIX NUMBERS ARE FOR ANDREW ANYTHING FIRST, UM, FIRST FOUR WOULD BE FINE.

FIRST FOUR.

OKAY.

HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

LET ME LOOK BACK UP.

UH, WOULD BE A 5, 6, 5, 4.

OKAY.

I'M NOT SHOWING THAT COLUMN USER YET.

I'M NOT EITHER.

OKAY.

WELL WITH THAT, WE WILL MOVE

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

ON TO ITEM ONE, A APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

DO YOU, I HAVE A MOTION COMMISSIONER FLORES, COMMISSIONER ASSESSMENT, UH, COMMISSIONER FLORES.

WHAT ARE YOU MOVING? BOTH ONE AND TWO, ONE COMMISSIONER FLORES IS MOVING, UM, MINUTES FOR JUNE 30TH, 2021 FOR APPROVAL.

COMMISSIONER ASSESSMENT IS SECONDED.

ANY DISCUSSION NOTES, ALL IN FAVOR, ALL OPPOSED ANY ABSTENTIONS THAT PASSES.

THANK YOU.

UM,

[00:05:01]

ITEM A TO JULY 19TH, 2020 MINUTES.

MOTION TO DO I HAVE A MOTION, A MOTION BY COMMISSIONER MOCK TO PASS THAT SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER CASTILLO ON FAVOR, ANY OPPOSED EXTENSIONS THAT ALSO PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

THANK YOU.

CHAIRS

[2a. Check in]

REPORT.

WELL, HI, IF YOU WANT, IT'S BEEN SO LONG SINCE I'VE SEEN YOU.

I'VE MISSED YOU.

I HOPE YOU'VE HAD A LOVELY 36 HOURS OR SOMETHING.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

UM, I WANTED TO CHECK IN AND SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE HEAVY LIFT ON MONDAY.

I THINK THE CONVERSATION WAS REALLY EXCITING AND, UM, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT WE'RE HEADING IN AND REALLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE WORK THAT WE HAVE BEFORE US.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH ON THAT.

UM, I WANT TO SORT OF REMIND EVERYBODY THAT AS WE GO THROUGH THIS, THERE WILL BE TIMES THAT THERE ARE CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE SORT OF BROAD IN.

AND SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TRY TO STAY WITH SPECIFICITY, TRY TO, UM, AVOID AS MUCH AS WE CAN STRAW MAN ARGUMENTS, TRY TO GET REAL INFORMATION FROM PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.

UM, AND ALSO I ALLUDED TO THIS ON MONDAY, UM, THE WHOLE IDEA OF, OF A TRANSLATION CHALLENGE, RIGHT? EVERYBODY HAS THEIR OWN FRAMEWORK AS WE'RE HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CULTURAL FUNDING, ABOUT ARTS, ABOUT EQUITY, UM, AND HAS A SET OF ASSUMPTIONS IN THEIR HEAD THAT NOT EVERYBODY THEY'RE TALKING TO KNOWS ABOUT.

SO I WANT US TO MAKE A COMMITMENT, TO BE GENEROUS WITH EACH OTHER, TO TAKE, UM, TO MAKE THE POSITIVE ASSUMPTION ABOUT THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING TOGETHER AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE REALLY ARE DOING THE WORK TOGETHER, UM, AND TO REM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

AND I KNOW THIS IS CHALLENGING IN THE CURRENT TIMES, BUT TO TRY TO COME UP, UH, AT THE WORK WITH AN ABUNDANCE MINDSET, RIGHT, THAT WE'RE NOT LIVING IN A SCARCITY MENTALITY.

IT'S, IT'S THE ABUNDANCE, IT'S WHAT WE CAN DO TOGETHER.

UM, AND JUST TO SORT OF KEEP ALL THAT IN YOUR HEAD AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THESE CONVERSATIONS.

UM, AND WITH THAT,

[2b. Art in Public Places liaison report]

UM, I'M GOING TO GO ON TO, WE HAVE AN ART AND PUBLIC PLACES, LIAISON REPORT, AND WHAT ARE WE MISSING? OUR AIP PAPERS.

SO, UM, IN FACT, AS I LOOK AT MY LIST OF REPORTS, DO WE HAVE, IS CARL IN THE PRESENTATION ROOM? DO WE HAVE CROSS SETTLES IN THE ROOM AT ALL? I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM.

I DON'T HAVE A CURL YET.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, AND KIMBERLY KEATON COMMISSIONER CADEN IS NOT IN, CORRECT? CORRECT.

WELL, THERE YOU GO.

1, 2, 3, MOVING ON TO NUMBER

[3a. Special presentation from the Visit Austin Foundation by Mary Kay Hackley, Visit Austin Foundation Executive Director]

THREE, SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS.

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE MARY KAY HACKLEY FROM THE VISIT AUSTIN FOUNDATIONS, SHE'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, AND SHE IS UNFORTUNATELY AND TECHNICAL PURGATORY A LITTLE BIT TONIGHT.

SO SHE'S SITTING IN OUR ATTENDEES ROOM.

WE CAN'T SEE HER BEAUTIFUL FACE, BUT WE'LL BE ABLE TO HEAR HER LOVELY VOICE AND SEE HER LOVELY PRESENTATION.

SO THANK YOU, MARY KAY FOR JOINING US.

AND AT THIS POINT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU AND ASK AVI TO HELP HER WITH THE PRESENTATION.

UM, IT'S A PLEASURE.

HI, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

MA'AM WONDERFUL.

WONDERFUL.

WELL, THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR AND COMMISSIONERS ARE REALLY, I'M SO SORRY THAT YOU CAN'T SEE MY FACE, CAUSE I'D LOVE TO BE ABLE TO, TO HAVE DIRECT CONTACT WITH YOU, BUT I AM GLAD TO BE HERE.

I'M SO THRILLED TO BE INVITED AND REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE, UM, ABOUT THE VISIT AUSTIN FOUNDATION.

UM, I KNOW THEY'RE TRYING TO GET THE PRESENTATION PULLED UP, SO, UM, WE'LL HOPEFULLY GET THAT GOING HERE SHORTLY.

WHICH PRESENTATION IS THIS? IT'S CALLED VISIT ON, I JUST TITLED IT VISIT AUSTIN FOUNDATION.

OKAY.

STAND BY PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

I THINK WE STILL NEED TO RECEIVE IT THROUGH CITY HALL.

SO IT MIGHT TAKE HIM A MINUTE.

IF IT'S EASIER FOR YOU ALL.

I GUESS I CAN JUST TALK MY WAY THROUGH THE PRESENTATION AND THEN WE COULD SHARE IT WITH THE GROUP AFTERWARDS.

IF THAT'LL HELP.

I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A LONG AGENDA, SO WHATEVER YOU, THAT WOULD BE GREAT CITY HALL, DO YOU THINK YOU'LL HAVE IT IN THE NEXT LIKE 45 SECONDS OR IT'S GOING TO TAKE LIKE MINUTES THE NEXT 45 SECONDS SHOULD BE GOOD.

PERFECT.

LET'S MOVE THEN.

MARY KAY.

SINCE YOU WERE STUCK IN THE, IN THE BACKGROUND, LET'S LOOK AT YOUR LOVELY PRESENTATION.

[00:10:05]

SURE.

THAT WORKS FOR ME.

YOU GOT SOME GREMLINS IN THE SYSTEM TONIGHT.

I FEEL LIKE THAT OFTEN SOMEBODY FOR THAT TO DO THE ANTI GREMLIN DANCE, WORKING REMOTE, IT'S WONDERFUL FOR A LOT OF REASONS, BUT IT POSES CHALLENGES AS WELL.

ABSOLUTELY.

OKAY.

IT'S GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER MINUTE OR SO.

OKAY.

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT IF YOU WANT.

I CAN GO AHEAD AND JUST START TALKING AND THEN WE CAN CATCH UP THE SLIDES.

UM, I WAS ABOUT TO MAKE THAT RECOMMENDATION.

THAT'S GREAT.

YES, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

WELL, JUST A LITTLE BACKGROUND FOR YOU ALL.

UM, THE FOUNDATION, UM, STARTED JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.

SO WE STARTED NOTICING, UM, A FEW YEARS AGO THAT OUR INDUSTRY HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM AS A WHOLE WAS GROWING VERY RAPIDLY.

AND WE WERE STARTING TO LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE NEEDS, UM, AND REALIZED THAT WE REALLY HAD A NEED TO CREATE A MORE FOCUSED EFFORT AROUND, UM, CREATING A SUSTAINABLE PIPELINE OF EMPLOYEES FOR THE FUTURE.

AND WE HAD SOME PERCEPTION ISSUES.

YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE, THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE, THE CAREER TRAJECTORY OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH, THAT ALL ASPECTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

SO WE STARTED THINKING ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY IN THAT WAY.

AND WE, UH, DECIDED TO FORM THE VISIT AUSTIN FOUNDATION.

UH, WE DEVELOPED A 5 0 1 C3.

SO, UM, WE RECEIVED OUR 5 0 1 C3 STATUS IN THE SPRING OF 19.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, WE'RE A VERY NEW ORGANIZATION, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE PANDEMIC, BUT THE MISSION OF THE VISIT AUSTIN FOUNDATION IS TO DEVELOP AND PROMOTE EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM COMMUNITY IN THE GREATER AUSTIN AREA.

WE FOCUS PRIMARILY ON OBJECTIVES OF HELPING, WHETHER IT'S YOUNG PEOPLE OR LOCALS IN GENERAL, UH, BUILD A CAREER IN THE INDUSTRY THROUGH MENTORSHIPS AND SCHOLARSHIPS, AND THEN REALLY TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE FULL RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE INDUSTRY AND THE BENEFITS THAT LARGE.

SO AGAIN, YOU KNOW, 5 0 1 C3 FUNDED PRIMARILY BY, UM, PRIVATE DONATIONS GRANTS, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS.

AND WE HAVE VARIOUS INITIATIVES, UH, THE KEY INITIATIVES THAT WE WORK ON, ESPECIALLY AS A NEW ORGANIZATION, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, SCHOLARSHIPS, EDUCATION, JOB TRAINING, AND THEN COMMUNITY RESOURCES.

SO I'LL JUMP INTO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

UM, WE, AS, AS I MENTIONED, WE STARTED, UM, AND INITIALLY JUST REALLY NEEDED TO GET OFF THE GROUND.

SO WE CREATED A FEW, UH, CAREER FAIRS TO GET US, TO GET US ROLLING.

UM, WE WANTED TO CONNECT PEOPLE, SEARCHING FOR JOBS WITH THOSE WHO HAD JOBS AVAILABLE.

AND SO, OH, IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S COMING.

LOVELY, WONDERFUL.

I'M ON ABOUT SLIDE FIVE, IF YOU WANT TO JUST JUMP TO THAT AND WE'LL JUST ADVANCE AS WE GO.

OKAY.

THERE JUST SOME EXAMPLES FOR YOU, ALL OF, UH, SOME OF OUR CAREER FAIRS TO LET YOU SEE HOW THOSE, HOW THOSE WENT.

UM, AND THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD START.

AND OF COURSE THEN THE PANDEMIC HIT AND, UH, YOU KNOW, OUR INDUSTRY WAS HIT VERY HARD.

A LOT OF THINGS WERE CLOSED DOWN.

PEOPLE LOST JOBS.

UM, AS THE INDUSTRY STARTED TO COME BACK AND THINGS STARTED REOPENING LIKE MANY INDUSTRIES IT'S WHERE ARE THE EMPLOYEES GOING TO COME FROM NOW? SO IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE WE ACTUALLY CREATED, UM, THE AUSTIN HOSPITALITY'S HIRING PORTAL ON THE PHILOSOPHER FOUNDATION WEBSITE.

AND WE WORKED WITH OUR, UH, OUR COMMUNITY TO PUT THEIR HIRING SITES ON THIS PORTAL.

UM, WE BACKED THAT UP WITH SOME ADVERTISING, UM, VIA A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PLATFORMS, TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT TO THIS ENTIRE REGION THAT HOSPITALITY IS HIRING, THAT THERE ARE JOBS IN MULTIPLE ASPECTS OF THE INDUSTRY, HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, EVENT PLANNING, AND PRODUCTION COMPANIES, ET CETERA, AND ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO GO TO THIS SITE AND, AND CHECK OUT THE JOBS THAT WERE AVAILABLE.

AND IT'S BEEN REALLY SUCCESSFUL SO FAR.

ALTHOUGH I WILL SAY AGAIN, LIKE MOST INDUSTRY WE ARE STRUGGLING RIGHT.

TO, UH, TO FIND WORK, BUT WORKERS.

SO, YEAH.

UM, TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT THERE TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE NEXT, IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE, UM, WE WORK WITH, UM, VARIOUS ENTITIES, UM, ON INTERNSHIPS IN HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM.

UM, IF YOU'LL CLICK TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE, WE, ALL OF OUR HOSPITALITY ENTITIES, HOTELS, NOT JUST HOTELS, BUT RESTAURANTS AND, AND AGAIN, PRODUCTION COMPANIES, UM, HAVE INTERNSHIPS REGULARLY

[00:15:01]

DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE DEVELOPED A VIRTUAL MENTOR PROGRAM WITH TRAVIS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL.

THESE WERE SOME OF THE KIDS THAT WERE IN OUR MENTOR PROGRAM AND WE HAD, UH, THEY HAD ACCESS TO, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS VIRTUAL, THEY HAD ACCESS TO LEADERS WITHIN THESE DIFFERENT ENTITIES.

UM, PEOPLE THAT THEY NORMALLY WOULDN'T GET TO WORK WITH.

THE GENERAL MANAGERS, THE HEAD OF SALES, THE HEAD OF HOUSEKEEPING, ALL THE DIFFERENT LEADERS WITH SOME OF THESE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, UH, FOR THE SEMESTER.

AND, UH, WE WORKED ON NOT ONLY SOFT SKILLS, BUT SOME, SOME PRETTY INTERESTING HOSPITALITY, SPECIFIC SKILL SETS THAT THEY HAD TO WORK ON AND PRESENT ON WITH US.

SO THEY WERE ADORABLE AND WE LOVED THAT.

AND THEN LEADING TO THAT NEXT SLIDE, UM, TO GROW THAT EVEN FURTHER, WE HAVE BEEN, UM, WORKING CLOSELY.

WE PARTNERED WITH THE AUSTIN HOTEL LODGING ASSOCIATION AND AUSTIN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, SPECIFICALLY TRAVIS EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL TO DEVELOP A HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM, TOURISM MANAGEMENT P-TECH SCHOOL.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH P-TECH INDUSTRY CAN BASICALLY, UM, UH, ADOPT A, UH, AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND STUDENTS CAN SIGN UP FOR THE P-TECH PROGRAM IN THAT INDUSTRY.

THEY CAN, UH, THEY'LL COME OUT OF THIS WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE, AND THEN ON THE JOB TRAINING AND IT'S AT NO COST TO THEM.

SO THAT FIRST P-TECH CLASS IS LAUNCHING THIS FALL.

THEY'RE TAKING APPLICATIONS RIGHT NOW, UH, AND PROMOTING THAT OPPORTUNITY.

SO AGAIN, IF YOU KNOW, UH, YOUNG, UH, STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN GETTING INTO THIS INDUSTRY, THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, UM, FOR THEM TO LEARN AND GET SOME, UM, ON THE JOB TRAINING AS WELL AS EDUCATION AT NO COST.

UM, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, THE, THE PROGRAM ITSELF WORKED TO CREATE SOME PROMOTION.

YOU SEE THE FLYER TO THE RIGHT ON THAT SLIDE, BUT THEY ALSO CREATED A VIDEO OF THE STUDENTS WANTING TO TELL OTHER STUDENTS WHY THEY THINK THIS IS SUCH A GREAT INDUSTRY TO COME INTO.

I DON'T KNOW, NOW THAT WE'RE RUNNING A LITTLE LATE, IF WE HAVE TIME TO SHOW THAT VIDEO, BUT IF SO, I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU ALL.

YES, PLEASE.

AND THERE IS SOME VOLUMES, I'M NOT SURE WHY IT'S NOT I'M SORRY.

YOU CAN'T HEAR IT.

YOU CAN SHARE IT WITH US AFTERWARDS.

YES, SURE, ABSOLUTELY.

I'LL MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO YOU IF WE WANT TO JUST WAIT AND CLICK THE NEXT FIVE.

THAT'S FINE.

NO, THIS LITTLE STORYTELLING, EVEN WITHIN THE VIDEO VISUALLY IS GREAT PROGRAM.

YEAH.

AND THEY HAVE EXPOSURE TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE BUSINESS, UM, UH, WANTING THEM TO LEARN ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE.

SO IT IS REALLY GREAT IN THERE.

THEY'RE THEY'RE SO ENTHUSIASTIC AND EXCITED.

SO, UM, CAN I ASK YOU A QUICK QUESTION? HOW LONG ARE THE, IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN FOR, YOU KNOW, I DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER TO THAT, BUT I CAN GET IT FOR YOU.

UM, AND SHARING THE BOND RUNS THE HOSPITALITY PROGRAM AND SHE IS THE BEST CONTACT.

I BELIEVE HER CONTACT INFORMATION IS AT THE END OF THIS SLOT.

I'LL ALSO SEND IT OVER TO YOU ALL.

UM, I KNOW THAT THE CLASS LAUNCHES, OBVIOUSLY WHEN, WHEN THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS, SO THEY'RE TAKING THE APPLICATIONS NOW, I'M NOT SURE IF THEY CAN CONTINUE TO APPLY AND JOIN ONCE THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS, BUT I CAN FIND THAT OUT AND GET BACK TO YOU.

OKAY, GREAT.

OH, I THINK IT'S ALMOST OVER.

WE CAN JUST GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THE NEXT WAY THAT WE SUPPORT, UM, THE INDUSTRY IS THAT WE WORK WITH THEM ON SCHOLARSHIPS.

AND I'LL ASK YOU TO JUST JUMP FORWARD TWO SLIDES WHEN THE TIME COMES.

SO WE ARE IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY, RIGHT? AND SO WE WANTED TO COME UP WITH A WAY THAT WE COULD CELEBRATE THE GREAT WORK THAT'S BEING DONE.

UM, A LOT OF THESE FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES MAKE THE, MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN GUEST EXPERIENCE AND WHETHER PEOPLE WANT TO RETURN TO AUSTIN.

SO WE REALLY WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING SO HARD TO CREATE AMAZING GUEST EXPERIENCE.

AND WE WANTED TO PROVIDE SOME OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF THOSE FOLKS WHO ARE NOT ONLY WORKING SO HARD ON BEHALF OF THE INDUSTRY, BUT WANT TO GROW THEIR CAREERS.

SO WE CREATED THE AUSTIN HEART OF HOSPITALITY SCHOLARSHIP.

SO YOU OR ANYONE, IF YOU EXPERIENCE AMAZING SERVICE, UM, FROM

[00:20:01]

SOMEONE IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, AND YOU WANT TO SAY, THANK YOU, YOU CAN NOMINATE THEM FOR A HEART OF HOSPITALITY SCHOLARSHIP.

AND THEN WE HAVE A SCHOLARSHIP REVIEW PROCESS.

AND THE RECIPIENT OF THAT SCHOLARSHIP, UH, RECEIVES, UM, FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO PURSUE EITHER, UH, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSEWORK, UH, CERTIFICATION, UH, INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS.

IT HAS TO BE SPECIFIC TO HOSPITALITY.

UM, BUT THE RECIPIENT OF THAT AWARD WILL BE THE RECIPIENT OF THE SCHOLARSHIP MONEY AS WELL TO HELP THEM PURSUE THE NEXT LEVEL OF THEIR CAREER.

SO, UM, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, YOU'LL SEE, UM, THE RECIPIENTS OF THAT SCHOLARSHIP, AND IT'S BEEN AMAZING TO WATCH THEM AND WATCH THEM GROW AND SEE WHAT THEY DO WITH THOSE DOLLARS.

AND WE'RE ANXIOUS TO SEE WHERE THEIR CAREERS WILL LEAD.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SCHOLARSHIP.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU'LL HAVE TO JUST KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR.

WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR MECCA CHAMBERS TO CREATE WHAT WE CALL RISE UP FOR HOSPITALITY.

UH, THE IDEA BEHIND THAT IS REPRESENT IMPACT, SERVE, AND EDUCATE.

AND WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THE FINAL PARTICULAR GOAL.

WE LAUNCHING THAT SCHOLARSHIP, UH, PROGRAM, UH, SOMETIME THIS FALL.

SO I'LL BE SURE TO SHARE MORE INFORMATION WITH YOU ALL AS SOON AS THAT'S FINALIZED, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE'RE A NEW ORGANIZATION.

AND SO THINGS ARE GROWING HOPEFULLY, UH, MORE QUICKLY EVENTUALLY, BUT SLOWLY FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS.

UM, NEXT SLIDE EDUCATION.

YEAH, WE'VE HOSTED SEVERAL.

UM, OBVIOUSLY BEFORE THE PANDEMIC, WE HOSTED SEVERAL EDUCATION, UM, OPPORTUNITIES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, FOR SOME, FOR STUDENTS, SOME FOR, UM, PEOPLE WORKING IN HOSPITALITY, WE WANTED TO GIVE THEM AGAIN, EXPOSURE TO PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS, THINGS, PEOPLE THAT THEY CAN LEARN FROM, WHETHER IT BE ON THE CULINARY SIDE WITH A CHEF OR THE OWNER OF A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WORKS IN HOSPITALITY.

WE WANTED TO GIVE THEM KEY LEARNINGS, GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK QUESTIONS, UM, AND EDUCATE THEM ON, ON LOTS OF DIFFERENT HOSPITALITY RELATED, UM, ITEMS. UH, WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, WE HAD TO GO VIRTUAL.

SO IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, WE HOSTED SEVERAL, UM, VIRTUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES.

SOME OF THOSE ARE ABOUT RESILIENCY AND, AND PREPARING FOR THE RE GRAND OPENING EMBRACING CHANGE.

OBVIOUSLY WE'RE ALL DEALING WITH THAT UNDERSTANDING, SAME OUR STAGES.

THERE WERE SEVERAL, UH, DIFFERENT, UH, COURSES THAT WE OFFERED VIRTUALLY, UH, THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC AND THEN COMMUNITY RESOURCES.

WE, YOU KNOW, AS, AGAIN, AS THE PANDEMIC HIT IN SO MANY, IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, SO MANY PEOPLE WERE UNEMPLOYED.

UM, WE, WE WERE WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY TO SAY, WHAT ARE THE NEEDS? UM, AND A LOT OF IT WAS, IF THEY'RE UNEMPLOYED, THEY'RE GOING TO NEED HEALTH INSURANCE POTENTIALLY.

SO, UH, IF YOU'LL GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE WE PARTNERED WITH, UM, A COMPANY, ONE MORE PLEASE TO PROVIDE A PORTAL FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS, WHETHER THEY NEEDED HEALTH INSURANCE, SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE, LIFE INSURANCE, SOMETIMES IT'S CHALLENGING NAVIGATING THAT PROCESS.

AND WE WANTED TO GIVE THEM A KIND OF A ONE-STOP SHOP WHERE THEY COULD GO AND LEARN ABOUT ALL THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THEM.

UM, SO THIS IS STILL AVAILABLE.

IT'S AVAILABLE VIA OUR WEBSITE.

IT'S A QUICK LINK, UM, TO, UH, TALK TO SOMEONE OR, OR ELECTRONICALLY COMMUNICATE TO GET, UM, YOU KNOW, OPTIONS AND, AND PRICING AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND IT'S ON AN OFF THE FEDERAL MARKETPLACE THAT OPPORTUNITY IS AVAILABLE.

SO IT'S REALLY JUST KIND OF A ONE-STOP SHOP AND WE'VE HAD SEVERAL FOLKS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.

SO I'M THRILLED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HELP SOME FOLKS GET, UM, GET INSURANCE.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, OF COURSE, NONE OF THIS IS POSSIBLE WITHOUT FUNDRAISING WAS, AS I SAID, WE'RE A VERY NEW NONPROFIT.

SO, UH, WE'RE DOING THINGS LIKE PARTICIPATING IN AMPLIFY AUSTIN.

UH, WE WERE HOLDING SOME IN PERSON FUNDRAISING EVENTS.

UM, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT ON THE NEXT FEW SLIDES THAT WE ALSO HELD SOME VIRTUAL FUNDRAISING EVENTS DURING THE PANDEMIC.

THOSE ARE THINGS THAT ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE IN WHEN, WHEN WE GET THOSE, UH, UP AND ROLLING.

AND THEN NEXT SLIDE VOLUNTEER EFFORTS.

HOW DO YOU WITH, UM, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING AND HOW DO WE ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY, KEEP GOING, IF YOU DON'T MIND, JUST A COUPLE MORE SLIDES.

ONE MORE.

WE PARTNERED UP, UM, AS, AS THE INDUSTRY WAS COMING BACK, THINGS WERE REOPENING.

VISITORS WERE COMING BACK TO TOWN.

WE WANTED TO, AS WE SAY, IN THE HOTEL BUSINESS, WE WANTED TO GET OUR FRONT OF HOUSE REFRESHED AND, AND GUEST READY.

SO WE WORKED WITH THE, UM, DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE AND, UH, THE FOUNDATION TO, UH, CREATE WHAT WE CALL OUR ATX FRONT OF HOUSE CLEANUP DAY.

AND, UM, WE HAD HUNDREDS OF, OF THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, VOLUNTEERS THAT CAME TOGETHER TO SPEND THE MORNING OUTDOOR WITH BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS IN DOWNTOWN AND OTHER HOSPITALITY HUBS, UM, INCLUDING ART AND PUBLIC PLACES WAS A PART OF IT.

UM, AND I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO JUST SEE THE RECAP VIDEO FROM THAT IT'S BRIEF.

UH, IF YOU DON'T MIND TO CLICK ON THAT VIDEO, THIS IS HER SEUSS OVER TO THE HALL WHERE AT 10 MINUTES.

SO IF WE CAN CONTINUE WITH THE REST OF THE PRESENTATION, BUT JUST WRAP IT UP, PLEASE.

SURE.

THIS IS THE LAST OF IT.

SO YEAH, I'M SORRY.

THAT'S WHERE THE LINK TAKES US.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS, BUT OKAY,

[00:25:01]

WELL, I'LL SHARE IT WITH YOU AFTERWARDS.

IT'S A GREAT RECAP VIDEO, AND IT'LL JUST LET YOU SEE, I HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU CAN VOLUNTEER AND BE A PART OF THAT NEXT TIME NEXT AND LAST SLIDE.

UM, HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED AND REALLY IT'S, IF YOU, IF YOU CAN HELP GET THE WORD OUT, NOMINATE SOMEONE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT, THAT DOES A GREAT JOB AND WORKS IN HOSPITALITY, NOMINATE THEM FOR THAT HEART OF HOSPITALITY AWARD, GET INVOLVED, HELP VOLUNTEER ON OUR CLEANUP DAYS, UH, PARTICIPATE IN FUNDRAISING EVENTS, OF COURSE DONATE IF YOU SO CHOOSE AND SPREAD THE WORD, TELL KIDDOS ABOUT P-TECH AND, AND ALL THE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING.

AND, UH, WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED AS WE GROW OUR EFFORTS.

MOVING FORWARD.

REALLY IT FOR ME LAST LOT.

IT'S JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THAT'S LOVELY.

VISIT AUSTIN FOUNDATION.ORG.

CHECK US OUT.

COOL.

HANG OUT FOR JUST A HOT SECOND, MARY KAY AND CITY HALL.

THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT VIDEO.

IF WE COULD GO BACK TO THE, JUST TO THE ROOM, THAT WOULD BE SUPER COMMISSIONERS.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR OUR GUESTS THIS EVENING? UM, FISHER MOM.

HI, I'M.

WELL, THANK YOU, MARY KAY, FOR THE LOVELY PRESENTATION.

I JUST WANTED TO KNOW WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FOUNDATION AND THE VISIT AUSTIN, OR IS THERE ANY RELATIONSHIP THERE? THERE IS, OBVIOUSLY WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE PART OF VISIT AUSTIN, BUT WE'RE SEPARATE.

IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING.

WE HAVE VISIT AUSTIN AS A SEPARATE ENTITY IN THE SENSE THAT VISIT AUSTIN IS A 5 0 1 C6.

UM, THEY RECEIVE HOT FUNDING, THINGS LIKE THAT.

THE FOUNDATION IS A SEPARATE ENTITY.

WE HAVE A SEPARATE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND WE ARE A 5 0 1 C3.

SO IT'S FULLY FUNDED BY PRIVATE, AS I MENTIONED, PRIVATE DONATIONS AND GRANTS.

OKAY.

YES.

I THINK WE, WE SAW JANINE NEED SOME HOSPITALITY, MARKETING PROMOTION AND, YOU KNOW, GETTING STAFF.

UM, BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UM, THAT'S ALWAYS A QUESTION IS THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SERVING, UM, ALL HOTEL HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY, UH, CANNOT AFFORD, YOU KNOW, TO LIVE IN AUSTIN.

AND MANY OF THEM HAS TO DRIVE IN, UM, INTO THE CITY.

SO I THINK I YOU'RE WORKING WITH THE, UH, PROJECT CONNECT, UH, TO MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW, STAFF WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO LIVE INSIDE THE CITY, HAVE THE, UM, ASSETS, THE ABILITY FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, UH, TO BRING THEM IN.

BECAUSE I THINK, I THINK, YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS FELL FOR THEM THAT IT IS REALLY STRESSFUL TO HAVE TO TAKE ONE HOUR IN ONE HOUR HOUR, AND THOSE ARE THE TWO HOURS THEY DON'T, THEY DON'T GET PAID, YOU KNOW, AND THOSE ARE THE HOURS THAT THEY CAN CANNOT SPEND WITH THE FAMILY.

SO I'M WONDERING IF THERE, UM, YOU HAVE WORKED WITH THE HOTEL INDUSTRY TO SEE IF THEY CAN PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION, YOU KNOW, UM, SORT OF LIKE A TOP FOOD TRANSPORTATION, YOU KNOW, TO BRING PEOPLE IN TO THE CITY.

UM, THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

YEAH.

I KNOW AS PARKING AS, AS SOMETIMES AT A PREMIUM AND A LOT OF TIMES YOU'RE RIGHT.

UH, JUST DEALING WITH, TRYING TO GET IN AND OUT WITH TRAFFIC AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

SO WE'LL FOLLOW UP ON THAT.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER SMALL BOOK.

HI, THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

I WAS WONDERING IF, ARE YOU ALL RECEIVING SUPPORT FROM THE CONVENTION CENTER? NO, AS I SAID, WE DON'T RECEIVE ANY HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX DOLLARS, IT'S ALL PRIVATE DONATIONS.

SO PRIVATE DONATIONS, GRANTS, THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO, UH, IN TERMS OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT, NOPE.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER CASTILLO.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

IT WAS GREAT.

UM, THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES THAT, THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE, I'M, I'M CURIOUS.

UM, WELL, FIRST I APPLAUD THAT EFFORT THAT THAT'S AWESOME.

UM, AND I'M CURIOUS HOW, WHO, WHO WE CAN GET IN THE ROOM TO, TO, UH, DO SOMETHING SIMILAR FOR THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY.

UM, AND MAYBE EVEN AN WHO, WHO WOULD, WHO DO WE NEED TO BRING TO THE TABLE TO MAYBE PUSH IT EVEN FURTHER SO THAT IT'S MAYBE SOMETHING MORE ALONG THE LINES OF HAM? UM, CAUSE I FEEL LIKE MY UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE HEALTH INSURANCE WORKS IS THE BIGGER POOL OF PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE PAIN IN, LIKE THE BETTER OPTIONS YOU HAVE.

SO I THINK WHAT YOU'VE DONE IS GREAT.

AND I'M JUST CURIOUS, LIKE WHO CAN, WHO CAN WE CONNECT TO, TO, TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND MAKE SURE THAT CREATIVE COMMUNITY HAS ACCESS TO RESOURCES LIKE THIS AND SEE IF, IF THERE IS

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A POSSIBILITY TO TAKE THAT NEXT STEP.

YEAH.

THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION.

YOU KNOW, JUST SO YOU ALL KNOW, THIS IS REALLY, I MEAN, WE HAVE IT AVAILABLE TO HOSPITALITY, BUT REALLY ANYONE WHO IS LOOKING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE OR THESE TYPES OF INSURANCE CAN GO TO THE WEBSITE AND ACCESS THIS PORTAL.

SO IT'S NOT NECESSARILY UNAVAILABLE TO ANYONE ELSE.

IT'S, IT'S REALLY THERE FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO UTILIZE IT.

UM, UH, YOU'RE RIGHT.

WE DON'T ACTUALLY PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR HEALTHCARE.

WE WERE JUST TRYING TO CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO ACCESS IT.

UH, BUT YOU KNOW, AND WE'RE ALL OBVIOUSLY A NEW ORGANIZATION.

SO, UH, FINANCIALLY WEREN'T ABLE TO DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT YEAH, THOSE ARE GREAT IDEAS.

AND I THINK AS WE LOOK AT GROWING, THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE CAN CERTAINLY, UH, TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION AND, AND ALWAYS LOOKING FOR OPTIONS TO TRY TO MOVE THE NEEDLE ON SOME OF THAT.

YOU KNOW, I KNOW IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR SO MANY, SO HAPPY TO VISIT ABOUT THAT.

UM, AGAIN, OFFLINE, I KNOW YOU'RE MEETING SO CRAZY, BUT IN TERMS OF THE AGENDA, BUT HAPPY TO TALK MORE ABOUT IT IF YOU'D LIKE TO.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I LOVE THESE, THESE THOUGHTS AND SUGGESTIONS.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, THE COMMISSION QUESTIONS.

MARY KAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

I'M PARTICULARLY EXCITED, NOT ONLY FOR THE, THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE STUDENT MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS THAT YOU GUYS ARE PUTTING TOGETHER.

UM, BUT ALSO FOR YOUR LIKE SMART AND, AND RESOURCEFUL AND INEXPENSIVE MECHANISMS FOR HELPING AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.

THE PORTALS, BOTH OF THEM, BOTH FOR THE HEALTH INSURANCE AND ALSO FOR JOB JOB LOCATIONS.

LIKE THOSE ARE GREAT, AND THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT HELP THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

UM, AND SO THANK YOU FOR THAT WORK AND, YOU KNOW, STAY IN TOUCH WITH US AND LET US KNOW HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO AMPLIFY THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING, HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO COLLABORATE, UM, AND WHAT OTHER CONVERSATIONS WE MIGHT FIND TO HAVE TOGETHER MOVING FORWARD.

I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND I AM SO, SO SORRY ABOUT THE TECHNICAL MISERY THAT IS THIS EVENING, BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR PERSEVERANCE AND YOUR TENACITY FOR HELPING.

I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANKS TO EVERYBODY WHO HELPED WITH THE PRESENTATION.

I'LL SHARE IT WITH YOU ALL AND I'LL KEEP YOU ALL IN THE LOOP ON ANYTHING COMING, COMING THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING AND HELP TO SPREAD THE WORD.

I THINK THAT'S THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS JUST GETTING THE WORD OUT THERE.

SO THANK YOU AGAIN, ALL OF YOU SO MUCH AND, AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE REST OF YOUR MEETING.

THANK YOU.

YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EVENING.

BYE BYE.

TAKE CARE.

BYE.

BYE.

[4a. Hotel Occupancy Tax Update – Sylnovia Holt-Rabb, Economic Development Department]

I'M MOVING ON TO ITEM FOUR STAFF BRIEFINGS.

WE HAVE FOUR EIGHT, THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX UPDATE ON WITH SOME OF YOU HOPE RAB FROM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

YEAH, YOU GUYS CAN BRING UP MY PRESENTATION.

THAT'S VERY, SOME OTHER LITTLE QUIET, YOU KNOW, YOU GOTTA KNOW WHAT THAT IS LAST TIME.

AND I WAS AT A HUNDRED ON MY MIND AND SOMEONE ELSE SAID, SO NOW YOU WERE SHOUTING ON THE TV.

AND I WAS JUST LIKE, OKAY.

YEAH, IT'S JUST WEIRD CONNECTIVITY STUFF.

OKAY.

I'LL SHOUT AGAIN.

AND I EVEN BROUGHT HIM INTO THE EXHIBIT.

OKAY.

IT WOULD LOSE YOU SITTING HOME.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

COMMISSIONERS.

I'M STILL NOVIA HOLT REB DEPUTY DIRECTOR WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

AND HOPEFULLY YOU CAN HEAR ME TODAY.

I WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX COLLECTION, THE FYI 22 PROPOSED BUDGET, AND JUST AN UPDATE ON THE ARCA FUNDING, WHICH HASN'T CHANGED SINCE LAST MONTH.

NEXT SLIDE, THE JUNE COLLECTIONS WERE QUITE LOW.

WE ONLY COLLECTED $15,217 DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE, BUT REMEMBER IT'S A LAG.

SO I AM STILL HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL MAKE OUR GO BACK.

I AM STILL HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL MAKE OUR YEAR IN ESTIMATE, WHICH IS COLUMN THE FIFTH COLUMN OF 4,296,000.

TODAY WE'VE COLLECTED 3 MILLION.

SO I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO PANIC YET.

IT WAS JUST A LOW MONTH,

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BUT WE'RE COMING INTO THE SUMMER MONTHS.

AND REMEMBER IT'S A 30 DAY LAG IN TERMS OF REPORTING ANY QUESTIONS.

NEXT SLIDE ON JULY 9TH, THE CITY MANAGER PRESENTED HIS BUDGET AND I WANT TO WALK YOU THROUGH CAREFULLY.

THE CULTURAL ARTS FUND, THE FIRST COLUMN REPRESENTS ACTUALS WERE OCTOBER 1ST, 2018 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2019.

AND IT SHOWS AN ACTUAL ENDING BALANCE OF $2.9 MILLION, 2019 THROUGH 20, WHICH FOLLOWS THE SAME PATTERN OCTOBER 1ST, 2019, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2020.

IT ENDED WITH AN ACTUAL NEGATIVE BALANCE OF 649,000 COLUMN THREE IS THE ESTIMATED COLUMN.

THAT IS WHERE WE TRACK.

WHAT WE THINK IS COMING IN THE PREVIOUS SLIDE.

DON'T YOU THE ACTUAL, WELL, THIS COLUMN SHOWS YOU THE ESTIMATE AND WE HOPE BY SEPTEMBER 30TH OF THIS YEAR TO COLLECT $4.2 MILLION.

BUT REMEMBER WE KIND OF HELD ALL CONTRACTS HOME.

WE WERE GOING TO COMPLETE ALL CONTRACTS.

IF ALL HOLDS WELL, WE WILL END THE YEAR AT A NEGATIVE 3.4.

AND AGAIN, THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE.

I'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE IN THE LAST COLUMN, WHICH IS THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR, BEGINNING, OCTOBER 1ST, 2021 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022, WE HAVE AN ESTIMATED AGAIN, AN ESTIMATED REVENUE OF HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

THAT IS THE W UNDER TRANSPORT.

AND IT'S CALLED OUR OTHER FUNDS.

WE ESTIMATE THAT WE WILL COLLECT $6.6 MILLION IN HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX.

BUT AGAIN, THAT LINE IS AN ESTIMATE.

THE SECOND LINE IS SOMETHING THAT THE ARTS COMMISSION ASKS FOR.

WE WILL RECEIVE A ONE TIME TRANSFER AND FROM THE BUDGET STABILIZATION RESERVE FUND A $4.8 MILLION.

I'M GOING TO SAY THAT AGAIN, ONE TIME TRANSFER IN FROM THE BUDGET STABILIZATION FUND, A $4.8 MILLION.

AND THIS WAS PART OF YOUR REQUEST THAT YOU DID NOT WANT THE FUTURE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX TO COVER THE DEFICIT FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

I'M GOING TO SAY IT ONE MORE TIME.

THERE ARE TWO SOURCES OF FUNDS COMING INTO THIS FUND NEXT YEAR, THE FIRST LINE THAT SAYS OTHER FUNDS IS THE ESTIMATE.

AND THAT ESTIMATE IS BASED ON ACTIVITIES THAT ARE COMING UP.

BUT AGAIN, WE'RE STILL IN A PANDEMIC.

THE SECOND LINE IS THAT ONE TIME, ONE TIME TRANSFER IN FROM THE BUDGET STABILIZATION BUTTON.

LET US MOVE ON DOWN TO THE SECTION CALLED PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS IN CONSULTATION WITH A STAFF AND EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP, HE HAD DECIDED OR SUGGESTED THAT WE SPEND $3.6 MILLION TOWARDS CONTRACTS.

WHY DO YOU SAY SUCH A CONSERVATIVE NUMBER? SO NOVIA IS BECAUSE WE STILL HAVEN'T COMPLETED THIS YEAR.

WE HOPE TO MAKE THE ESTIMATE THIS YEAR.

WE KNOW WE HAVE A ONE-TIME COMING IN NEXT YEAR, BUT AGAIN, WE'RE IN THIS SPACE, A PANDEMIC BUSINESS TRAVEL IS NOT TRAVELING, AND WE WANT TO TURN THIS FUND WHERE WE'RE NOT SPENDING ESTIMATES, BUT WE'RE SPENDING ACTUAL, SO IT HERE NEXT YEAR WE DO COLLECT THE 6.6 MILLION WE WANT IN THE YEAR ON A POSITIVE NOTE OF 4.9.

HE DID NOT WANT TO ESTIMATE SPENDING ANYMORE BECAUSE AGAIN, WE'RE IN THE MIDST OF A PENDANT.

WE SEE THE BARRIER COMING BACK COMING.

AND SO BASED ON OUR HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE OF THIS FUND AND WHERE WE HAVE BEEN, WE THOUGHT WE SHOULD REMAIN CONSERVATIVE.

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THAT IS MY PRESENTATION FOR THE CULTURAL ARTS BUN.

AND I'M HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER FLORES.

THANK YOU.

SO, YEAH.

AND THANK THE CITY COUNCIL OR WHOMEVER, THE TWO THAT ANSWERED OUR REQUEST FOR TAKING CARE OF THE DEFICIT, WHICH IS HUGE.

UH, OOPS.

THEY TOOK AWAY THE SLIDE THAT WAS ABOUT TO ASK A QUESTION NOW.

WELL, ASSUME ME, UH, UM, THE PROPOSED POLICY.

CAN WE GET THE COLLINS BACK? THANK YOU.

UM, ASSUMING, YOU KNOW, 6.6 COMES IN AND YOU KNOW, THE ONE TIME AMOUNT AND THE CONSERVATIVE AMOUNT, YOU'RE RECOMMENDING A 3.68.

UM, WE'RE SPENDING FOR CONTRACTS FOR NEXT YEAR.

UH, IT SHOWING THEM THAT THERE SHOULDN'T BE A CARRY OVER BALANCE THEN FOR THE SUBSEQUENT YEAR OF 4.29.

UH, SO HOPEFULLY COLLECTIONS WILL BE ABOUT WHERE THEY ARE THIS YEAR, IF THEY COME IN AT THE 6.6.

SO THAT WOULD MEAN WE'D HAVE A BETTER NUMBER FOR THE, YOU KNOW, TWO YEARS FROM NOW.

AND I GUESS THE TWO YEARS, I GET CONFUSED WITH MY FISCAL YEARS, BUT IN 22, 22, 23, WE MIGHT HAVE, YOU KNOW, BE CLOSER TO WHERE WE HAD BEEN IN THE PAST IN TERMS OF AMOUNTS FOR POP CULTURAL CONTEXT.

IS THAT, AM I FOLLOWING YOU? IS THAT CORRECT? CONTINGENT UPON PEOPLE TRAVELING AGAIN, THAT ESTIMATE IS BASED ON INDIVIDUALS TRAVELING.

YEAH, WELL, ASSUMING WE HIT IT THIS YEAR AND IT HITS ABOUT MAYBE THE SAME NEXT YEAR, BECAUSE YOU'VE RESERVED FOR ONE, TWO, IT WOULD BE, THERE WOULD BE MORE AVAILABLE FUNDS FOR CONTRACTS IN THAT SUBSEQUENT YEAR, ET CETERA.

RIGHT.

BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYTHING ABOVE WHAT'S IN LIKE CASH ONCE YOU HAVE CASH, BECAUSE THAT IS THE RIP TRYING TO PIVOT THAT WE'RE NOT WORKING WITH 100% ESTIMATE, BUT YOU'RE WORKING WITH CASH IN THE BANK AND THIS WOULD ALLOW YOU TO PIVOT, KEEP CONSISTENT, FUNNY, AT LEAST IN 23 AND IN 24, IF YOU WANT TO TAKE IT UP, YOU COULD, BUT THIS IS THE CRITICAL YEAR THAT WE CAN PIVOT.

SO IN FYI 23, WE CAN SPEND HASH NOT ESTIMATE.

SO BASICALLY THE 4.29 BALANCE, THAT WOULD BE WRONG THOUGH.

RIGHT? CORRECT.

OKAY.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS VERY CLEAR.

I APPRECIATE IT.

I ACTUALLY FOLLOWED IT THIS TIME, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YES.

I, I CHANNELED YOU, UH, CONDITIONAL FLORES.

I CHALLENGE YOU.

I KNEW I NEEDED TO TIP TOE ACROSS THE COLUMN.

ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.

THAT'S A REMINDER TO COMMISSIONERS THAT THE, UM, THE FUNDING WORKING GROUP ALSO RECOMMENDED AND THE COMMISSION SUPPORTED THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE SWITCHED TO ACTUALS AS FAST AS WE POSSIBLY COULD BECAUSE WE WERE LIVING IN SUCH SORT OF HARROWING TIMES ANYWAY.

SO THANK YOU TO STAFF FOR THIS AMAZING WORK.

AND I THINK IN THE LONG RUN, IT'S GOING TO BE A MUCH SORT OF HEALTHIER WAY TO MOVE FORWARD.

UM, AND I APPLAUD SYNOVIA YOUR, UM, YOUR CONSERVATISM IN THIS SMALL C AND THIS PROJECTION AND THE PLANNING, BECAUSE I THINK AT PRETTY MUCH EVERY TURN WE'VE THOUGHT THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC, THAT WE HAD AN IDEA OF WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND WHAT WE'VE DISCOVERED PRETTY QUICKLY IS WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, COMMISSIONER MOCK, AMY YOU'RE MUTED.

SORRY.

OKAY.

SO, SO, UH, IT IS CERTAINLY GOOD NEWS, YOU KNOW, UM, BUT AGAIN, THIS IS, UH, UH, PROPOSE A PROPOSAL FROM THE CITY MANAGER OF THIS, UM, $4.8 MILLION.

UM, DO YOU FIND IT BENEFICIAL FOR US TO TALK TO A COUNCIL MEMBER THAT WE SUPPORT THIS? YES.

IF, IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU SUPPORT, I DEFINITELY WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO TALK TO YOUR COUNCIL MEMBERS.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE IF WE CAN HAVE A RESOLUTION, IS THIS IS AN ACTION ITEM THAT WE CAN HAVE A KIND OF A STATEMENT COLLECTIVELY AS OUR US COMMISSION TO SUPPORT THIS.

IT'S A STAFF BRIEFING COMMISSIONER MOCK.

SO IT'S NOT POSTED FOR ACTION, BUT I DO THINK HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR, WITH YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER IS

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A VERY GOOD IDEA AND A HUGE DEBT OF GRATITUDE FOR, FOR HELPING US NEGOTIATE THAT VERY BIG CHALLENGE COMMISSIONER FLORIDA'S.

YEAH, THE, OKAY.

SO THE 4.8 4,000,800 THAT YOU SAID THAT COME FROM THE BUDGET STABILIZATION RESERVE, UH, WHICH YOU SIT AT WAS RESPONDING TO OUR ALREADY REQUEST TO RACE THE DEFICIT.

UH, AND YOU'RE SAYING THAT'S A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE CITY MANAGER THAT STILL HAS TO BE APPROVED.

CORRECT.

I AGREE WITH THAT.

YES.

WE SHOULD SAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE SOME MUCH YOU WIPING OUT THE DEFICIT AND EVERYTHING, BUT I DON'T THINK WE NEED ANOTHER RESOLUTION BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAD ASKED, WE HAD ALREADY MADE THE REQUEST.

SO THEY RESPONDED AND WE WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY ALL FROM, AND PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THIS 4.8 FROM THE BUDGET STABILIZATION RESERVE GOES THROUGH, BECAUSE IT MEANS THE WORLD FOR US, FOR THAT DEFICIT TO GO AWAY AND WE CAN START ON A CLEAN SLATE.

SO I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE THE MESSAGE.

AND I KNOW SELENA'S GREAT AT FORGING, UH, COMMUNICATIONS, BUT I REALLY DON'T THINK WE NEED YET ANOTHER RESOLUTION OR ANOTHER BOAT.

THAT WAS WHAT WE ASKED FOR.

AND APPARENTLY THEY LISTEN AND ARE BEING RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY AND TO OUR REQUEST.

SO THAT'S ALL, THAT'S MY 2 CENTS COMMISSIONER CHRYSTIA.

I JUST WANTED TO REMIND EVERYONE I SYNOVIA WAS SAID IT WAS BECAUSE OF OUR WORK.

UM, BUT I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT WE ALL HAD A ROLE TO PLAY, RIGHT? WE, WE PUT FORWARD THAT RESOLUTION, THAT RECOMMENDATION, WE ASKED THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND ADVOCATE AND STAFF, YOU KNOW, PUT FORWARD.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS GAVE US NUMBERS TO WORK WITH.

AND THEN CITY COUNCIL DID THEIR PART OF PUTTING FORWARD AND NOT OUR CITY MANAGERS IT'S.

SO THIS IS GOING BACK TO OUR CONVERSATION ON MONDAY, RIGHT? IT'S A RELAY RACE.

WE ALL HAVE OUR PART TO PLAY, AND THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF IT.

AND YOU KNOW, WE'RE LOOKING AT THIS BECAUSE WE ALL WORKED IN CONCERT WITH EACH OTHER.

AND I JUST WANTED TO REMIND US ABOUT THAT.

AND THAT'S THE WAY WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH ALL THESE OTHER THINGS THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH.

SO CONGRATS EVERYBODY.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS.

I WANT TO ECHO, UM, WHAT COMMISSIONER FLORES JUST SAID AND WHAT COMMISSIONER CASTILLO JUST SAID AND SAY AGAIN, FOR THOSE WATCHING AND THE PUBLIC, IN CASE YOU JUST MISSED WHAT HAPPENED, THE CITY HAS FOLDED IN $4.8 MILLION TOWARD TO TAKE CARE OF THE DEFICIT FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, WHICH ALLOWED YOUR CONTRACTS TO BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR BECAUSE HOT TAX REVENUES WERE NOT WHAT WE THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO BE.

WHEN WE STARTED THE YEAR, THERE WAS THIS LITTLE PANDEMIC THAT AFFECTED THOSE DOLLARS.

SO YOUR CITY HAS MADE A COMMITMENT OF 4.8, SO THAT, THAT MONEY DOES NOT HAVE TO COME OUT OF HOT REVENUE.

AND AT THE SAME TIME, THE CITY JUST MADE A COMMITMENT TO START TO SHIFT SO THAT WE'RE WORKING WITH ACTUAL NUMBERS AND NOT PROJECTIONS.

SO THAT MOVING FORWARD, THERE WAS MORE STABILITY AND UNDERSTANDING AND S AND, UM, UH, AND, AND SUSTAINABILITY MOVING FORWARD.

SO THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT AND VOTE THOUGH.

YEAH, WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT DONE YET, BUT WE DO NEED TO SAY THANK YOU.

IF I COULD JUST ADD, THERE WAS NO CHANGE FROM THE ARPA FUNDING PRESENTATION FROM LAST MONTH.

UH, YOU WILL HEAR FROM LAURA ODOR GUARD LATER THIS EVENING ON THE NONPROFIT GRANT, AND WE ARE STILL, UM, DETERMINING THE PATH FORWARD FOR THE OTHER CULTURAL ARTS FUNDS, UM, FUNDS FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR THAT WOULD PASS AS PART OF THE OPERA FUNDING.

THANK YOU.

SO THAT

[4c. Cultural Funding Update – Meghan Wells, Cultural Arts Division Manager]

MOVES US ONTO FOUR C, WHICH IS THE CULTURAL FUNDING UPDATE WITH MEGAN WELLS, CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION MANAGER.

AGAIN, SYLVIA, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

HELLO, COMMISSIONERS.

I JUST WANTED TO THANK THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ABLE TO JOIN AND PARTICIPATE IN MONDAY'S WORKSHOP WITH MARGIE REESE AND HER TEAM.

IT WAS AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION TO HAVE AND TO CONTINUE HAVING A, WE'RE NOT QUITE AT CSF CITY HALL, JUST TO, UM, SO I, I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE THAT THE WORK THAT THE STAFF AND THE COMMISSION DO AS PARTNERS IS REALLY CRUCIAL TO SUPPORTING AND PROMOTING OUR CULTURAL PRODUCERS, BOTH CURRENT AND FUTURE, AS WELL AS BROADENING THE ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY THAT HAS VALUE TO THIS VALUABLE CREATIVE WORK.

I'M THANKFUL FOR YOUR VOICES AND IDEAS AS ALWAYS AND HOPE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO WORK SHORT TOWARD A SHARED VISION FOR AUSTIN'S FUTURE,

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THAT WE WILL REMAIN OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITIES THAT CHANGE AND NEW BEGINNINGS BRING TO US.

WE IN THE DIVISION HAVE BEEN WORKING ON BRINGING FORWARD THE NEXT LEVEL OF PROPOSED DETAILS IN OUR PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PHASE FOR CULTURAL FUNDING, WE PLAN TO RELEASE THOSE PROPOSED DETAILS FOR PUBLIC CONVERSATION ON OR AROUND AUGUST 9TH, WHICH IS A FEW WEEKS FROM NOW THE MUSIC DIVISION AND THE HERITAGE TOURISM DIVISIONS WILL ALSO BE RELEASING THEIR PROPOSED GUIDELINES AROUND THE SAME TIME.

WE WILL HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT RELEASE SOON, INCLUDING THE OPPORTUNITIES TO TALK DIRECTLY WITH STAFF AND TO MOVE FORWARD TOWARDS APPLICATION LAUNCH DATES THAT SAID, WE ARE TENTATIVELY LOOKING AT A MID SEPTEMBER LAUNCH DATE FOR THE LIVE MUSIC EVENT FUND AND AN EARLY OCTOBER APPLICATION LAUNCH DATE FOR CULTURAL FUNDING PROGRAMS AND, AND HERITAGE PROGRAMS. WE ARE UTILIZING ALL OF THE COMMUNITY INPUT AND RESEARCH THAT MGR PARTNERS HAS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE INTERIM REPORT, INCLUDING MANY CONCRETE DATA SOURCES AS A FOLLOWUP TO THAT CONVERSATION.

I FORWARDED YOU ALL EARLIER TODAY, THE EQUITABLE ECONOMIC RESILIENCY FRAMEWORK THAT GUIDED OUR WORK AND CULTURAL FUNDING FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR AND CONTINUES TO SUPPORT THE RACIAL EQUITY LENS THAT GUIDES OUR PROPOSED PROGRAMS IN THE FUTURE.

IT'S ALSO ON OUR WEBSITE@AUSTINCREATES.COM FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO REFERENCE IT AS STILL, YOU KNOW, WE HAD MENTIONED IN HER UPDATE, WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE RECEIVED THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING RECOMMENDATION FROM THE BUDGET STABILIZATION RESERVES AND THE CITY MANAGER'S PROPOSED BUDGET TO CLEAR HOT FUND DEFICIT.

THIS IS HOWEVER, AS YOU HEARD SUBJECT TO COUNCIL APPROVAL IN AUGUST, BUT IT ALLOWS US TO WORK WITH A LARGER POT OF HOT FUNDS FOR UPCOMING PROGRAM LAUNCHES.

GIVEN THAT INCREASE IN FUNDING, THE CULTURAL FUNDING TEAM IS PLANNING TO FOCUS ON LAUNCHING TWO OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE PROPOSED BACK IN DECEMBER THRIVE, WHICH SUPPORTS A COHORT OF SMALL, TO MEDIUM, SMALL, TO MIDSIZE ORGANIZATIONS OF COLOR AND NEXUS, WHICH TARGETS INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, COLLECTIVES AND COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS AND THE COMMUNITY.

WE DO NOT PLAN TO BE ABLE TO LAUNCH ELEVATE OUR THIRD PROPOSED PROGRAM AT THIS TIME, ALONG WITH THESE HOT FUNDED PROGRAMS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLANS TO OFFER ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS, TO SUPPORT THE CULTURAL COMMUNITY THROUGH THE CREATIVE SPACE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OR C-SAT WHICH WE DISCUSSED IN JUST A SECOND, A PORTION OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT TO HELP CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS, TOURISM, MARKETING ASSISTANCE, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COURSES, AND OTHER SOURCES OF SUPPORT, NOT LEAST OF WHICH WILL INCLUDE THE FEDERALLY FUNDED ARPA RELIEF PROGRAMS ROLLING OUT NOW AND IN THE NEXT YEAR, I'D LIKE NOW TO TURN IT OVER TO KIM MCCARSON FROM THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION TO GIVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW AND UPDATE ON THE C-SAT PROGRAM, THAT'S PLANNED TO OPEN SOON.

HELLO.

SO IF YOU CAN BRING UP THE PRESENTATION THAT SAYS CSUMB THANK YOU.

SO I'LL BE GIVING YOU AN UPDATE ON THE CREATIVE SPACE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR FISCAL YEAR 21 AND 22, AND THESE ARE PROPOSED UPDATED GUIDELINES.

SO WE ARE IN THE FEEDBACK COLLECTION STAGE, UM, OF THESE GUIDELINES.

WE DON'T HAVE FINAL GUIDELINES JUST YET.

UH, BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO COLLECT YOUR FEEDBACK ON WHAT YOU HEAR TONIGHT.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

THE PURPOSE, UH, UH, HAS NOT CHANGED, UH, SOME OF YOU WHO ARE NEW, THE PURPOSE IS TO PROVIDE DIRECT SUPPORT, TO QUALIFY AND CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE FACING TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISPLACEMENT OR TO THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY DISPLACED.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

A QUICK OVERVIEW.

SO THE PROGRAM BUDGET IS A MILLION DOLLARS.

UH, THE AWARDS, UH, WOULD BE 5,000 TO $50,000.

EACH A PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY WHO, WHO CAN APPLY FOR THIS GRANT WOULD BE ARTS FOCUSED NONPROFITS, UM, CREATIVE FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES AS ALLOWED BY OUR DEFINITIONS AND THE PROGRAM GUIDELINES WITH WHICH MANY OF YOU WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH, UM, INDEPENDENT ARTISTS SEEKING SUPPORT FOR SHORT TERM AND MONTH TO MONTH COMMERCIAL LEASES.

UM, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THAT WAS ADDED LAST GO ROUND.

AND, UM, ALL THE PROPERTIES MUST BE LOCATED IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN CITY LIMITS OR ETJ, EXTRA TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HERE ARE THE DEFINITIONS FOR A FOR-PROFIT CREATIVE BUSINESS, UH, FOR LIVE MUSIC VENUE.

UM, YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE AN ESTABLISHMENT WHERE LIVE MUSIC PROGRAMMING IS THE PRINCIPAL FUNCTION OF THE BUSINESS.

AND THEN THERE ARE FIVE OUT OF EIGHT CHARACTERISTICS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE.

WE'LL GO

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OVER THOSE QUICKLY, UM, UH, DEFINED PERFORMANCE AND AUDIENCE SPACE AND MIXING DESK VA SYSTEM WRITING REC OR BACKLINE, AT LEAST TWO OF THESE AND ENGINEER SOUND ENGINEER, BOOKER PROMOTER, STAGE MANAGER, OR SECURITY PERSONNEL.

YOU WOULD CHARGE A COVER CHARGE THROUGH TICKETING OR FRONT DOOR FEE.

UM, WHAT YOU'D MARKET SPECIFIC ACTS THROUGH PRINTED LISTINGS OR ELECTRONIC LISTINGS, THE HOURS OF OPERATION COINCIDE WITH PERFORMANCE TIMES AND PROGRAMS LIVE MUSIC AT LEAST FIVE NIGHTS A WEEK.

A PERFORMANCE VENUE OR THEATER WOULD BE A ESTABLISHMENT WHERE THE PRINCIPAL FUNCTION AND MISSION IS TO PROVIDE IS TO PRESENT LIVE PERFORMANCES, PLAYS, LIVE MUSIC, FILMS, SCREAMING, SCREENINGS, ET CETERA.

AND IN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY, AGAIN, A FACILITY WHERE THE PRINCIPAL FUNCTION AND MISSION IS TO EXHIBIT PRESENT AND OR SELL ARTISTIC WORK OF A VARIETY OF MEDIUM FORMS. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHAT CAN THE GRANT BE USED FOR, UM, RENT STIPEND? SO THAT MEANS THAT THE AWARD COULD GO TOWARDS PAYING RENT GAP FINANCING, WHICH IS IF YOU BUY A PROPERTY, UM, UP TO $50,000 COULD BE GRANTED TOWARDS THAT PURCHASE.

OTHER SPACE-RELATED NEEDS SUCH AS FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU WANTED TO, UH, UPDATE YOUR BATHROOMS OR ADD BATHROOMS SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE MORE PEOPLE IN YOUR SPACE, OR MAYBE YOU WANTED TO REPLACE THE THEATER SEATS TO BRING THEM UP TO CODE AND YOUR THEATER THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A FACILITY IMPROVEMENT, UM, FUNDS COULD ALSO GO TOWARDS DISPLACEMENT RELATED EXPENDITURES, UM, LIKE MOVING COSTS, FOR EXAMPLE, OR PRE-DEVELOPMENT PLANNING, LET'S SAY YOU NEEDED TO BRING YOUR ELECTRICAL UP TO CODE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND YOU HAD TO PUT TOGETHER AN ELECTRICAL PLANT.

UM, SO FUNDS COULD GO TOWARDS THAT TOO.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HERE'S, WHAT'S DIFFERENT FOR 2122.

UM, IN THE PAST, WE'VE ALWAYS USED A REIMBURSABLE MODEL SO THAT THE AWARDEE WOULD PRESENT RECEIPTS AND THEN GET PAID UPON THE PRESENTING OF THE RECEIPTS.

UM, BUT WE ARE GOING TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

WE'RE THINKING THAT A BENCHMARK DRIVEN DISTRIBUTION SO THAT THERE WOULD BE A PORTION UPFRONT UPON EXECUTION OF THE CONTRACT AND THEN ANOTHER PORTION, UH, DOWN THE ROAD AND THEN ANOTHER, AND THEN MAYBE THE LAST, UH, PERCENTAGE OR SO 10% OR SO WOULD BE UPON A RECEIPT OF A FINAL REPORT, UH, RENT, STIPEND, HACKY RELATION.

SO IN THE PAST, WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR CURRENT RENT AND YOUR PREVIOUS ONE, AND THAT WOULD BE HOW WE WOULD BASE, UH, WHAT YOU'D BE ELIGIBLE FOR IN YOUR AWARD FOR RENT STIPEND.

THIS TIME WE'RE LOOKING AT, UM, A PERCENTAGE OF A CONTRACTED BASE AMOUNT, UM, NOT NECESSARILY THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO, UH, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN AWARD AND MINIMUM.

SO WE FOUND THAT AWARDS HAVE LESS THAN $5,000.

UH, WEREN'T VERY IMPACTFUL.

AND I THINK THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF PAPERWORK, A LOT OF, OF, UM, YOU KNOW, REQUIREMENTS AND RECEIPTS FOR A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY OVER THE COURSE OF ONE YEAR, YOU KNOW, WITH $1,200 OR A $2,000 AMOUNT.

UM, DIDN'T GO VERY FAR.

SO WE PUT IN A, UH, WE'RE PUTTING IN, UH, AN AWARD MINIMUM OF 5,000, AND WE'RE ALSO PROPOSING, UM, A LITTLE BIT OF A CHANGE ON THE NEW RECIPIENT BONUS.

SO IN THE PAST, YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN 10 BONUS POINTS FOR AN AWARD, UH, AN APPLICANT WHO HAD NEVER WON CREATIVE SPACE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AWARDS BEFORE THIS TIME, WE'RE, WE'RE CONSIDERING, UM, TONED BONUS POINTS FOR AN APPLICANT WHO HAS NOT RECEIVED C-SAT MONEY BEFORE, BUT ALSO DIDN'T GET THE RELIEF MONEY, FOR EXAMPLE, THE LIVE MUSIC VENUE PRESERVATION FUND, OR THE, OR THE LEGACY BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT, OR THE SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANT, UH, THE NONPROFIT CREATIVE RELIEF GRANTS, ET CETERA.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THERE'S ALSO SOME NEW SCORING CRITERIA FOR EQUITY, THE INTRODUCTION OF APPLICANT REPRESENTATION OF COMMUNITIES OF COLOR.

SO THIS IS THE APPLICANT OR A MAJORITY OF THE OWNERSHIP OF THE APPLICANT.

IF THE APPLICANT IS A BUSINESS BELONGS TO A SEGMENT OF AUSTIN'S HISTORICALLY UNDERREPRESENTED POPULATION IN CITY FUNDING, AND THAT INCLUDES BLACK AFRICAN-AMERICAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, ASIAN, HISPANIC, LATINO, MIDDLE EASTERN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER.

ALSO IN THE PAST, WE'VE HAD PROJECT READINESS AS A SCORING CRITERIA, WHICH WE'RE PROPOSING REPLACING WITH COMMUNITY BENEFIT.

WE FOUND THAT PROJECT READINESS COULD BE A BARRIER, ESPECIALLY

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TO UNDERREPRESENTED, UH, UH, COMMUNITIES AND, UM, HAVING MONEY IN THE BANK OR HAVING A LOAN HANDY TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PROJECT.

AND WE DECIDED THAT A COMMUNITY BENEFIT WOULD REALLY SHOW IMPACT.

AND WE WOULD LIKE TO USE THAT ONE AS A SCORING CRITERIA INSTEAD.

UM, THE PROCESS FOR SCORING AND FOR PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION IS STILL UNDER CONSIDERATION AS WE'RE RECEIVING FEEDBACK.

AND WE'RE DETERMINING, DETERMINING WHAT THE STAFF, UH, CAPACITY IS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS ME AND MY CONTACT INFORMATION.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, UM, OUTSIDE OF THIS MEETING AND YOU WANT TO FOLLOW UP, PLEASE DO, UM, KIMBERLY DOT MCCARSON AT AUSTIN, TEXAS.GOV.

AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM.

COMMISSIONER'S ASSESSMENT.

THANK YOU, KIM, FOR THAT PRESENTATION REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO PRESENT TO US TODAY.

UM, I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING MADE.

UM, THE FIRST BEING ON THE EQUITY STATEMENT THERE, UM, WE ARE VERY EXPLICITLY LISTING OUT, UM, NATIONALITIES AND CULTURES ETHNICITIES, BUT WE DON'T, WHAT I DON'T SEE IS, UM, SPECIFIC LANGUAGE REGARDING LGBTQ AND COMMUNITY, UH, THE DISABLED COMMUNITY, IS IT TO BE ASSUMED THAT THOUGH ARE ALSO BEING PRIORITIZED OR, OR ARE THOSE BEING SILOED OUT AS SEPARATE WHEN IT COMES TO THE EQUITY LENS HERE.

SO I'M HAVING DIFFICULTY THE UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE YOUR VOICE IS REALLY SOFT COMING ON MY END.

UM, BUT I THINK WHAT YOU'RE ASKING ME IS YOU DIDN'T NOTICE LGBTQ ON THE SLIDE OR DISABILITY COMMUNITIES AND YEAH.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT NOTE.

UM, THIS IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN DISCUSSING DEPARTMENT WIDE.

SO I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK ON THAT.

WONDERFUL.

IS THIS, IS THIS A LITTLE BETTER? CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY.

I'LL, I'LL SPEAK LOUDLY.

UM, GREAT.

WELL, I DEFINITELY WANT TO HEAR WHERE YOU GUYS LAND WITH THAT COMPONENT, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S BEEN SORT OF, UH, THE CONSENSUS CITYWIDE IS THAT THOSE ARE INCLUDED AS A PART OF UNDER-REPRESENTED STARKLY, UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS WHO ARE FACING SIMILAR BARRIERS.

SO JUST TO UNDERSTAND, AND SO THAT THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS WHO ALL IS BEING PRIORITIZED, UM, WITH THAT LENS.

MY OTHER QUESTION IS, UH, REGARDING THE BONUS POINTS, UH, FOR THOSE THAT HAVE NOT RECEIVED FUNDING, UH, UH, PREVIOUSLY, AND I'M, I'M CURIOUS WHAT THE THOUGHT PROCESS IS BEHIND THAT ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE IN SUCH A DIRE SITUATION, THERE IT'S SHOULD BE ASSUMED THAT MANY ORGANIZATIONS, MANY OF THE PEOPLE, THE APPLICANTS THAT WOULD BE COMING TO SISEP WOULD HAVE QUALIFIED AND NEEDED AND RELIED ON THESE OTHER FUNDING BUCKETS.

SO WHY ARE WE PENALIZING THEM BY WITHHOLDING TED POINTS POTENTIALLY? UM, AND THESE ARE ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE, THIS IS RELIEF, RIGHT? UH, ALMOST IN THE SAME VEIN AS EMERGENCY FUNDING.

SO I'M JUST CURIOUS, WHY ARE WE CREATING THAT BARRIER FOR THEM WHEN WE KNOW AND CAN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE WHOLE COMMUNITY IS SUFFERING AND HURTING AND THAT WE'RE, WE'RE ALL NEEDING TO LEAN ON THESE RESOURCES.

YEAH.

SO, UM, WE ARE, WE ARE TRYING TO, UM, BE SURE THAT FOLKS WHO MAYBE DIDN'T RECEIVE ANY RELIEF MONEY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, NOT, UM, ELIMINATING ANYBODY ELSE FROM THE COMPETITION.

SO, UM, EVERYBODY ELSE STILL HAS A CHANCE TO