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[CALL TO ORDER]

[00:00:06]

IT IS NOVEMBER 15TH.

HELLO? UM, AT 6:07 PM AND WE ARE ON A BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS ROOM AT AUSTIN CITY HALL.

LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING BEFORE PAUL, UH, TEST, TEST.

THERE YOU GO.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, LET'S TRY THAT AGAIN.

CALLING THE ARTS COMMISSION MEETING TO ORDER AND STARTING WITH A ROLL CALL.

UM, VICE-CHAIR ZISMAN PRESENT COMMISSIONER BARNS.

COMMISSIONER CASTILLO.

YEAH, COMMISSIONER FLORES.

THERE SHE IS IN THE BOX.

UH, COMMISSIONER GARZA, COMMISSIONER GARZA.

OKAY, GREAT.

I'M JUST, RICARDO'S HERE.

COMMISSIONER GRAY HERE.

COMMISSIONER KEATON IS UNABLE TO BE WITH US THIS EVENING AND SINCE WE'RE REGRETS SPECIAL CATCH-UP WITH THIS LATER IN THE WEEK, COMMISSIONER VERMONT HERE, COMMISSIONER SMALL ISN'T.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER VANDYKE.

AND HE HAS INDICATED HE IS HERE.

THANK YOU.

AND

[CITIZEN COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

WE'LL START NEXT WITH CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER LOUIS.

I'M TRYING TO READ YOUR LAST NAME.

CAN YOU HELP ME OUT ON GULU? THANK YOU.

YEP.

OKAY.

IT'S MY FIRST TIME TO ONE OF THESE MEETINGS.

SO I'M A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUT I WANTED TO INTRODUCE MYSELF.

MY NAME IS LOUIS ANGULO.

I'M A MURALIST HERE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, ALONG WITH PHOBIA ANDREI.

WHO'S ALSO A MURALIST.

I RUN SOMETHING CALLED STUDIOS IS A COMMUNITY-BASED ARTISTS, COLLECTIVE SLASH GALLERY.

A LOT OF OUR ARTISTS ARE MURALISTS, AND WE RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE LOOKING UP AT MURAL FEST WHERE WE COMMISSIONED 12 ARTISTS TO PUT UP PERMANENT MURALS AROUND THE AUSTIN.

IT'S ONGOING CURRENTLY.

AND I JUST WANTED TO, WE JUST WANTED TO, UM, TOM AND FORM PART, UH, FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH ONE OF THESE MEETINGS SO WE CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT Y'ALL DO AND SEE HOW WE CAN HELP AND BE MORE INVOLVED.

THANK YOU.

AWESOME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU HERE.

YOU DID GREAT.

YEAH.

ALL RIGHT.

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

UM, MOVING ON ITEM ONE APPROVAL OF MINUTES, UM, AND I BELIEVE THAT MINUTES WERE LATE COMING OUT.

SO IF, UH, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE A MOTION TO POSTPONE THAT UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING.

IF YOU'D LIKE TO MOTION TO POSTPONE.

DO I HAVE A SECOND, SECOND, THE MOTION TO POSTPONE AND A SECOND, WE'RE GOING TO HOLD THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR THE OCTOBER MEETING TO OUR MEETING IN DECEMBER.

WELL, OKAY.

NEXT UP CHAIRS

[2a. Updates]

REPORT.

I'M GOING TO MOVE THIS A LITTLE BIT CLOSER, CAUSE I'M GOING TO BREAK MY BACK OTHERWISE.

HI, GLAD TO SEE EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE ON THIS LOVELY MONDAY EVENING.

UM, I WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO, UM, ACKNOWLEDGE THE SORT OF REVITALIZATION REBIRTH OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY.

THERE'S LOTS GOING ON NOW.

UM, TWO WHERE TWO WEEKENDS INTO THE AUSTIN STUDIO

[00:05:01]

TOUR AND WE HAVE ONE MORE WEEKEND NEXT WEEKEND WITH EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR.

UM, THERE'S BEEN A TON OF THEATER HAPPENING IN TOWN.

UM, THE OPERA, LOTS OF PERFORMANCE HAPPENING, UM, AND PEOPLE HAVE FOLLOWING RIGID COVID PROTOCOLS AND BEING REALLY SMART AND REALLY CAREFUL, UM, SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT.

SO THAT IS SUPER EXCITING.

UM, ALSO WANTED TO RAISE IN CASE YOU WERE NOT AWARE, THE RECENT STORY OF WALKING DEAD PLANNING TO LEAVE THEIR PRODUCTION IN AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND I RAISED THIS BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME 500 CREATIVE ARTISTS INVOLVED IN THAT PRODUCTION, UM, INCLUDING NOT ONLY ACTORS, BUT ALSO TECHNICIANS, COSTUMERS, HEROINE, MAKEUP, LIGHTING, DESIGNERS, GRIPS, UM, AND THAT AFFECTS THE ART COMMUNITY.

SO, AND IF THEY ARE LEAVING BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL CONCERNS, UH, AT THE STATE LEVEL, WE NEED TO BE MINDFUL OF THAT AND I JUST WANTED TO PUT IT ON YOUR RADAR.

SO THOSE TWO THINGS, UM, AND WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO CONTINUE ON TO

[2b. Art in Public Places Liaison Report]

THE ART AND PUBLIC PLACES, LIAISON REPORT WITH COMMISSIONER BARNES.

UM, OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU.

UM, I ACTUALLY WAS UNABLE TO ATTEND THE LAST MEETING OF AIPP BECAUSE I WAS INVOLVED IN REHEARSALS.

SO, UM, SO I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S ANYTHING OF SIGNIFICANCE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CATCH THE COMMISSION UP ON ORDINANCE SEEING THAT, UH, I WAS ALLOWED TO UNMUTE.

THAT'S GREAT.

UM, HI, I'M SUE LAMB.

I'M THE ART AND PUBLIC PLACES PROGRAM MANAGER.

UH, THANKS BRETT FOR KICKING IT OVER.

I THINK I JUST WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MAKE YOU AWARE THAT WE HAVE, UM, TEMPO, UH, GOING IN THIS MONTH.

SO THERE ARE CURRENTLY FIVE INSTALLED ARTWORKS AROUND THE CITY AND SOME MORE OF THEM ARE GOING IN, UH, THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.

AND, UM, THEY'RE GOING TO BE UP FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD THIS YEAR.

UH, TEMPO IS SUPPOSED TO GO FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.

SO, UM, WE HAVE A MAP THAT I WILL DEFINITELY SEND YOU A LINK TO.

IT'S A VERY EASY LINK.

IT'S UM, BITLY B I T DOT L Y SLASH TEMPO TOUR, UH, TEMPO 2021 TOUR.

SO, UM, I'LL SEND YOU ALL A LINK TO IT, BUT, UM, WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE TEMPO PIECES THAT HAVE ALREADY GONE IN.

UM, I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO BE VERY IMPRESSED AS YOU GO AROUND THE CITY AND LOOK AT THEM AT THE END DIFFERENT, UH, AIPP, UH, LIBRARY BRANCHES, OR, UM, UH, CITY OF BOSTON LIBRARY BRANCHES THAT, UH, HAVE THEM LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

SO, UM, IT'S GOING TO BE A REALLY EXCITING TEMPO YEAR.

SO, UH, HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THOSE.

UM, AS WE, AS WE LOOK AROUND THE CITY THIS YEAR.

SO I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY THE HIGHLIGHT THAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU.

WE HAVE, UH, RECENTLY INSTALLED ARTWORK AT THE AIRPORT PORT CALLED ME UNDERWING.

SO IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FOR THANKSGIVING, PLEASE GIVE YOURSELF A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO GO TAKE A LOOK AT IT.

IT'S LOCATED DIRECTLY BETWEEN THE BLUE GARAGE AND THE, UM, CONSOLIDATED RENTAL CAR FACILITY.

AND THEN AT GATE 14, THERE IS A, AN ARTWORK THAT IS, UM, VISIBLE BY, UH, JANET'S WIDE.

IT IS ABOUT 95% INSTALLED.

THERE'S ONE MORE PIECE THAT NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED, BUT IT IS, UM, UH, UP AND RUNNING AND, UM, TO BE ENJOYED BY TRAVELERS, UH, FOR THANKSGIVING.

SO GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT THAT NEAR GATE 14 IF YOU'RE IN THE AIRPORT FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

SO THAT'S IT.

THANKS SO MUCH.

UM, THE ONLY THING THAT I WOULD ADD IS THE CHAIR OF OUR AIPP PANEL.

UM, TAMMY RUBINS HAS AN INCREDIBLE SHOW THAT'S CURRENTLY GOING ON, UM, CALLED SMALL.

AND IF I FORGET WHICH GALLERY IT'S AT, BUT I THINK YOU CAN GOOGLE THAT.

OH, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

SO IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE, PLEASE GO BY IT'S, UM, A CONSORTIUM OF FOUR ARTISTS AND IT REALLY IS AN OUTSTANDING SHOW.

SO, UM, I BELIEVE OUR, UM, PAST SHARE OF AD PP ALSO HAS A SHOW UP AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AS A MATTER OF FACT, SO GREAT STUFF.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR UPDATE, BRETT.

THANK YOU.

THAT'S IT RIGHT.

AND ANYTHING ELSE? NOPE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

[2c. AEDC/Cultural Trust Advisory Committee Report]

UM, ITEM TWO, C A E D C CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT WITH CARL SETTLES FOR ALL OF YOU HERE.

AWESOME, LOVELY.

HELLO.

UM, SO I HAVE SOME TALKING POINTS THAT I THINK MANY OF YOU WERE, UH, THAT THEY WERE SHARED WITH YOU ALL AS WELL.

UM, CULTURAL TRUST PROGRAM IS MOVING FORWARD.

UM, WE, UH, ACTUALLY STARTED, STARTED HAVING MEETINGS.

UH, YOU CAN GO IN IF YOU WANT TO FIND

[00:10:01]

OUT ACTUAL UPDATES TO THE AUSTIN, UH, CULTURAL TRUST.

IF YOU GO TO, UM, WW DOT WWW DOT AUSTIN, EDC.ORG/CULTURAL HYPHEN TRUST, AND I CAN FORWARD THIS STUFF TO YOU.

UM, YOU CAN GET ALL THE INFORMATION THAT IS GOING ON WITH THE TRUST.

UM, WE ARE GETTING UNDERWAY WE'RE ON THE WAY WITH OUR RFP, UH, PROCESS.

UM, IT'S OF COURSE IT'S BASED OFF OF, UH, THE RFI PROCESS THAT WE HAD A WHILE BACK IN TERMS OF WHAT THE NEEDS ARE.

UM, THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR RFPS IS GOING TO BE RELEASED REALLY SOON.

UM, THERE'S PEOPLE CAN ALREADY GO AND GO TO THE WEBSITE AND SIGN UP.

I THINK WE HAVE ABOUT 19 APPLICANTS, UH, OR PEOPLE THAT HAVE INDICATED INTEREST, UH, SO FAR FOR THAT, UH, TECH, UH, UH, FUNDING.

UM, SO ORGANIZATIONS HAVE THROUGH MARCH 31ST TO RESPOND TO THIS FIRST ROUND OF THE RFP.

UM, AND THE IDEA BEHIND THIS IS REALLY TO DEVELOP A PIPELINE OF, UH, PROJECTS, UH, ORGANIZATIONS, UM, AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE LIMITED INITIAL FUNDING, UM, AND A BIG PART OF THIS PROCESS IS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THERE IS DEMAND AND NEED.

UM, AND SO THIS IS RATHER THAN THIS RFP BEING THE END, IT'S REALLY THE BEGINNING OF A MUCH MORE LONGER ONGOING PROCESS.

UH, SO IF YOU HAVE FOLKS, UH, THAT, UH, ARE INTERESTED OR MAYBE EVENTUALLY INTERESTED, NOW'S THE TIME TO REALLY GET IN LINE AND, AND, AND HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT THE NEEDS ARE OUT THERE.

UH, WE EXPECT TO INVEST IN TWO TYPES OF PROJECTS WITH THIS FIRST ROUND, UM, AND THAT IS EXISTING VENUE ACQUISITION.

UM, AND THEN NEW VENUE, ACQUISITION OR CONSTRUCTION, UH, AS MANY OF YOU ALL KNOW THERE ARE THREE FUNDING SOURCES, UM, AND RIGHT NOW, AND THE TOTAL OF $16.9 MILLION, I'M GOING TO TRY AND GO, UH, PEOPLE WITH FAR BETTER EXPERTISE CAN TELL YOU SPECIFICALLY HOW THOSE THINGS ARE ALLOCATED.

UM, AND, UM, OF COURSE THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR ACTIVE WAYS TO CONTINUE TO, UH, AND BRING IN MORE ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO SUPPORT MORE THINGS IN THE PIPELINE.

AND, UM, AND, UH, AND IF YOU ARE STILL INTERESTED IN JOINING THE CTECH, UH, COMMITTEE, UH, THAT THERE'S AN APPLICATION LINK, UM, THAT, UM, I CAN, I CAN SHARE WITH YOU ALL.

AND I THINK MICHELLE, YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THAT AS WELL.

YOU CAN SHARE THAT WITH FOLKS AND THERE'S MUCH OTHER STUFF ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF.

I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO.

UM, I KNOW THAT IN JUST A BIT OF AN ASIDE, I KNOW THAT WE HAD SOME, UH, FOLKS, UH, FOR THE MUSIC MUSIC COMMISSION, UH, CAME TO THE MEETING TODAY, UH, TALKING ABOUT, UH, WAYS THAT THE ADC COULD CON CONCEIVABLY HELP WITH THIS, UH, UM, RAISE RAISING MONEY, UM, AND, AND, UH, GETTING GENERATING, UH, FUNDS OR ADMINISTERING, UH, FUNDS FOR, UH, THE, THE MUSIC COMMUNITY.

UM, I THINK THE GENERAL SENTIMENT IS, IS THAT IT'S A LITTLE PREMATURE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE A FULLY FUNCTIONING, UM, ORGANIZATION OURSELVES.

WE STILL DON'T HAVE A CEO.

AND, UM, I KNOW THAT I MET WITH HEIDI, UM, UH, A FEW COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, AND I THINK THERE WAS SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF DEVELOPING A, UH, I GUESS A, UH, A CASE STATEMENT.

AND I THINK I SEE SOME STUFF IN THE, UM, AGENDA ABOUT THAT FOR LATER ON IN THIS MEETING.

SO, UM, I'M GONNA MUTE MYSELF AND TAKE MYSELF OFF SCREEN AND LISTEN FOR WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THAT.

AND I THINK THAT'S, UM, GENERALLY IT, IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM COMMISSIONER KOSTIA.

UH, LAST MONTH WE WERE GIVEN A

[00:15:01]

DRAFT OF THE PRESENTATION FOR THE AEDC CULTURAL TRUST.

CAN WE GET THE FINAL VERSION, EITHER ADDED INTO THE BACKUP OR AT LEAST CIRCULATED WITH COMMISSIONERS SO THAT WE CAN SHARE THAT PRESENTATION? BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S THAT, THAT WAS THE TALKING POINTS THAT MR. SHUTTLES REFERRED TO.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE FINAL VERSION.

YEAH.

I BELIEVE THERE'S AN UPDATED ONE, RIGHT? GIRL.

YEAH, I THINK IT'S, I MEAN, IT'S CONTINUING TO BE UPDATED, UM, AND I BELIEVE WHATEVER WE HAVE THAT IS OUT THERE SHOULD BE ON THE WEBSITE.

UM, BUT I WILL, UH, CHECK WITH, UM, OUR CHIEF TRANSACTION OFFICER TO CONFIRM, UH, THAT, THAT, THAT IS CORRECTED.

AND IF NOT, I'D BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST RECENT COPY.

OKAY.

AND WE'LL MAKE SURE TO, WITH THAT, WITH THE NEWSLETTER THAT GOES OUT AFTER THIS MEETING, THAT WE INCLUDE THAT LINK AS PART OF THE NEWSLETTER.

UM, SO I'M GONNA APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE FOR YOU GUYS WHO SCREEN, WHICH JUST DISAPPEARED.

CAUSE I CAN'T REALLY SEE YOU VERY WELL.

SO DON'T HESITATE TO WAVE VIGOROUSLY AT ME.

AND I WILL TRUST STAFF WHO WAS JUST SITTING NEXT TO THAT SCREEN.

SO ALERT ME IF YOU GUYS ARE RAISING HANDS, DID YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER FLORES, MR. VANDYKE, MR. VANDYKE, SORRY.

I WAS TRYING TO WAVE VIGOROUSLY THE LAST AGENDA ITEM ON THE ART AND PUBLIC PLACES.

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I'M SEEING STUFF GOING ON ALL OVER THE PLACE AND IT'S AMAZING WORK AND I'M JUST BLOWN AWAY.

I DON'T KNOW IF ALL OF US, BECAUSE OF WHAT SUE AND Y'ALL ARE DOING THERE, BUT, UH, UM, IT, I FEEL LIKE IT'S GOOD ART, I MEAN, GREAT ART IN KIND OF IN YOUR FACE.

WHERE DO YOU, UH, FEEL LIKE ART'S DISAPPEARING AROUND AUSTIN? IT'S SO NICE TO SEE FRESH NEW STUFF GOING UP THAT I, I JUST LOVE LOOKING AT WHEN I GO BY, SO THANK YOU.

I WANTED TO GET IT, GET THAT IN AND I'LL TRY TO WAIT MORE VIGOROUSLY.

I THINK WE'VE GOT IT COVERED.

WE HAVE A PLAN NOW, SO WE'RE GOOD OTHER QUESTIONS FOR CARL SETTLES, MR. CASTILLO? I DON'T KNOW IF IT MAY BE INAPPROPRIATE SINCE THE MEETING JUST WAS TODAY, BUT I NOTICED ON THE ADC AGENDA, THEY WERE REFERRING TO A COUPLE OF AGENDA ITEMS, URBAN RENEWAL, AND LOTS.

I'M FORGETTING THE NUMBERS.

CAN WE GET AN IDEA OF WHAT THAT DISCUSSION WAS OR, UH, SO, UH, PARAPHRASE, WE VOTED ON, UM, AN INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT TO WORK WITH THE URBAN RENEWAL BOARD, UM, AND REALLY FOCUSING ON THE PROPERTIES AT BLOCK 16 AND 18.

UM, WE'VE BEEN, UH, I KNOW THAT AND GATLING, OUR CTO HAS BEEN SITTING IN ON MEETINGS, UH, WITH THEM.

UM, SO I THINK WE'VE, UH, ESTABLISHED, UH, A GOOD RAPPORT, UH, WITH THEM.

AND THIS INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT IS JUST BASICALLY THE STIPULATING THAT, UM, W WE'RE WE'RE GETTING THAT RELATIONSHIP DOCUMENTED AND ON PAPER.

UM, AND SO THERE'S GOING TO BE, WE KNOW THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME TYPE OF RFP PROCESS FOR BLOCK 16 AND 18, AND THE ABC WILL BE A INTEGRAL PART OF THAT.

AND THERE MAY BE SOME OTHER FOLKS THAT WERE A PART OF THAT MEETING THAT CAN SPEAK TO THAT.

IF I'M NOT SAYING THAT, UH, COMPLETELY ACCURATELY.

THANK YOU.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS, MR. SETTLES, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR REPRESENTATION AND YOUR WORK AND YOUR REPORT, AND THEN THE THOROUGHNESS OF YOUR REPORT.

UM, JUST TO REITERATE FOR THE WHOLE THING.

I'M SORRY.

I'M TRYING TO GET IT TO WORK.

YOU SHOULD BE GOOD.

IS THAT BETTER? YES, NOT AS SCARY.

OKAY.

LIKE SOME OF MY ALTERNATE EGO WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE.

UM, YEAH.

SO JUST TO REITERATE FOR THOSE WATCHING AT HOME, YOU CAN REGISTER NOW TO BE PART OF THIS ONLY PEOPLE WHO REGISTER WILL GET THE RFP WHEN IT IS RELEASED, WHAT SHOULD BE HAPPENING SHORTLY, PERHAPS AS SOON AS THIS WEEK, BUT CERTAINLY IN SHORT ORDER.

UM, AND AGAIN, THE IDEA IS TO GET A SENSE OF WHO WAS OUT THERE WITH PROJECTS THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO ACCOMPLISH, NOT JUST THINGS THAT ARE SHOVEL-READY.

SO DON'T HESITATE IF YOU HAVEN'T PUT ALL YOUR PIECES TOGETHER.

PART OF THE WORK THAT H E D C IS DOING IS TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS FIGURE THIS OUT.

SO, AND THERE ARE THERE SOME ROBUST TRAINING PROGRAMS AS PART OF THIS MISSION AND WISTIA AS PART OF THAT REMINDER, WHAT'S THE TIMELINE TO REGISTER? CAN YOU CONFIRM CARL IS REGISTRATION ONGOING?

[00:20:01]

UM, I BELIEVE REGISTRATION IS ONGOING.

HOLD ON, LET ME LOOK AT MY NOTES AGAIN.

OKAY.

IT'S SAYING THAT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE THROUGH MARCH 31ST TO RESPOND TO THIS ROUND OF THE RFP.

OKAY.

UM, AND THAT'S ALL I'M REALLY SEEING IN TERMS OF AN ACTUAL DEADLINE BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T EVEN RELEASED IT.

RIGHT.

RIGHT.

SO I WOULD THINK THAT I WOULD THINK THAT, UM, THAT THAT MARCH TIMEFRAME WOULD BE THE DEADLINE, UM, FOR, FOR PEOPLE TO, TO BE ABLE TO SUBMIT, BUT LET, LET ME, LET ME REACH BACK OUT AND CONFIRM THAT.

UM, BUT I THINK THAT IT'S GOING TO BE AN OPEN PROCESS UNTIL THAT TIME COMMISSIONER BARNS.

SO, UM, JUST SO THAT I UNDERSTAND IT, IT COULD BE THAT A PROJECT THAT, YOU KNOW, SAY I WERE TO PROPOSE A PROJECT AND IT'S, YOU KNOW, 11 MILLION, 980.

THAT COULD BE THE ONLY THING.

WHEN YOU SAY LIKE THIS ROUND, THAT WOULD TAKE ALL OF THE AVAILABLE BOND MONIES THAT WERE APPROVED.

SO UNLESS THERE WERE PRIVATE PHILANTHROPY OR OTHER TYPES OF FUNDING THAT'S BEEN SET ASIDE, THERE MIGHT NOT BE A SUBSEQUENT ROUND UNTIL THOSE FUNDS ARE SECURED.

IS THAT TRUE? UM, YOU KNOW, DEPENDING UPON WHAT'S ON THE TABLE, I THINK THAT'S GOING TO DICTATE WHETHER IT'S GOING TO BE ONE PROJECT OR TWO PROJECTS OR FOUR PROJECTS THAT WE WILL GO IN THAT, THAT WE WILL ACTUALLY START TO, UH, ADDRESS FUNDING FOR.

WE KNOW THAT EVEN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF $16.9 MILLION IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.

AND SO, UH, THE, THE BIGGEST THING WE WANT TO DO IS ESTABLISH THAT, HEY, THERE'S A, THERE'S A SUBSTANTIAL PIPELINE IN NEED OUT THERE, UH, FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS AND THAT WILL HELP BUOY US IN TERMS OF BEING ABLE TO GO OUT AND RAISE MORE FUNDS.

UM, HOPE THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION.

I THINK SO, UH, COMMISSIONER FLORES.

YEAH.

TO BRAD'S POINT, UH, UM, I BELIEVE, CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, YOU THERE, I MEAN, I KNOW WHEN WE CREATED THE, UH, YOU KNOW, THE BLUEPRINT THAT YOU ALL ARE USING FOR, YOU KNOW, THE, THE, THE USE OF THESE $12 MILLION BOND PROGRAMS. SO WE, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER IS LT OR REUSED, REBUILT OR ACQUIRED IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE READY FOR OPENING.

I MEAN, IT'S NOT GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE ONGOING.

IT'S GOING TO BE A PROJECT THAT IS COMPLETED, AND THAT WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR USE BY THE, BY THE CLUB, THROUGH, BY THE PUBLIC AND BY THE ART GROUP USE, UTILIZING THAT.

IS THAT NOT CORRECT? I, I BELIEVE THAT TO BE TRUE.

I THINK THAT'S WHY IT COULD BE ONE TO FOUR PROJECTS, DEPENDING UPON THE NATURE OF THE PROJECTS.

HEY, WE HAVE THIS POT OF MONEY, YOU KNOW, IS THIS ENOUGH TO GET ONE THING DONE OR CAN WE GET FOUR SMALLER THINGS DONE? OKAY.

DEPENDING ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE BRING TO THE TABLE IN ADDITIONAL FUNDING AND PARTNERSHIPS, ET CETERA, IT COULD BE ONE AT 12 OR TWO AT SIX OR THREE AT FOUR, ET CETERA.

YEAH.

THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, BUT THAT 12 MILLION IS GOING TO BE USED FOR THAT THOSE PURPOSES ONLY.

OKAY, GREAT.

THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING.

THANK YOU.

TERRIFIC.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? ALL RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CARL.

UM, NEXT ITEM ON THE LIST.

ITEM THREE C UM, OH, WAIT, I'M JUMPED A WHOLE SECTION,

[2d. Downtown Commission Report]

UM, ITEM TWO D DOWNTOWN COMMISSION REPORT, WHICH IS COMMISSIONER KEATON.

SHE IS NOT HERE.

THAT REPORT WILL HOLD UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING AND SEE STAFF BRIEFINGS, ITEM

[3a. ARPA and Non-Profit Relief Funding Update – Laura Odegaard, Cultural Investment Program Manager]

THREE, A ARBA AND NON-PROFIT RELIEF FUNDING UPDATE LAURA ODEGAARD CULTURAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM MANAGER.

HI, GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

LAURA ODEGAARD CULTURAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM MANAGER, UM, JUST WENT IN TO GIVE YOU ALL AN UPDATE ON BOTH THE ARTS AND CULTURE NON-PROFIT RELIEF GRANT.

UM, WE, IN THE FINAL STAGES OF THE PURCHASING PROCESS RIGHT NOW, UM, FOR THE THIRD PARTY TO GET THAT 1,420,000 TO THEM, AND THEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO SUB GRANTS THOSE 71 AWARDS THAT ARE NEXT ON THAT LIST.

UM, JUST HAD AN UPDATE FROM THE FINANCE TEAM TODAY, AND I'M HOPEFUL THAT THAT INVOICING WILL BE ABLE TO HAPPEN THIS WEEK.

AND SO FUNDS WILL HOPEFULLY GO OUT BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

SO THAT'S, UM, THAT'LL

[00:25:01]

BE GREAT TO GET THOSE 71 AWARDS OUT FOR THE NON-PROFIT RELIEF.

AND THEN THE OTHER UPDATE IS FOR THE ARPA ARTS COMMUNITY RELIEF.

AND SO THIS IS THE, UM, THE RECOMMENDATION FROM YOU ALL FOR $5.3 MILLION.

THAT'S GOING TO GO TO CORE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE RECIPIENTS FROM THIS PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR.

AND AS A REMINDER, WHICH YOU ALL RECOMMENDED WAS THAT IF AN A, IF A CONTRACTOR HAD RECEIVED OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN RELIEF FUNDS, THEY WOULD BE INELIGIBLE FOR THIS.

IF THEY HAD RECEIVED UNDER $10,000 IN RELIEF FUNDS, THEY'D BE ELIGIBLE FOR 100% OF THEIR FYI 21 GRANT AWARD.

AND THEN IF THEY RECEIVED BETWEEN THAT 10,000 AND MILLION DOLLARS, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE 85% OF THEIR PREVIOUS, UM, GRANT.

AND SO CULTURAL CONTRACT APOLOGIES FOR THIS, FOR THIS NEXT GRANT.

UM, SO WE'RE LOOKING AT 379 GRANTS FOR THIS PROGRAM.

IT'S GOING TO COUNCIL THIS THURSDAY FOR APPROVAL IT'S ITEM NINE.

UM, SO STAY TUNED FOR THAT.

UM, WHAT ELSE WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE FINANCE TEAM, THE LEGAL TEAM, AND WE HAVE BEEN, UM, TO DO ALL OF THIS IN-HOUSE HAS BEEN A TESTAMENT TO PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS FOR CITY PROCESSES.

I THINK.

UM, AND SO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IS THERE'S NOT AN APPLICATION.

THERE'S NOTHING IN ZIM GRANTS, THERE'S NO INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR ANYTHING.

IT'S BASICALLY AN EMAIL THAT'S GOING TO GO TO EVERY PRIMARY CONTACT, AND IT WILL SAY, HELLO, YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY THE CITY TO RECEIVE $14,000.

DO YOU ACCEPT THIS GRANT? YOU CLICK A BUTTON AND THEN IT WILL E-SIGN, YOU WILL HAVE YOUR CONTRACT.

YOU'LL E-SIGN IT, IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY CREATE EVERYTHING THAT THE CITY NEEDS IN OUR PURCHASING SYSTEM, AND IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY CREATE AN INVOICE FOR THEM.

SO THERE WILL BE NO BACK AND FORTH ASKING FOR, UM, EXTRA EXHIBITS INSURANCE, ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

IT'S, UM, IT'S KIND OF EXCITING THAT, THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO CREATE THIS AUTOMATION OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS.

SO IT'S BEEN, UH, A HEAVY LIFT ON A LOT OF, UM, A LOT OF COLLEAGUES OF MINE.

SO WE'RE SUPER EXCITED THAT THIS IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK.

SO EVERYONE SHOULD STAY TUNED FOR EMAILS PROBABLY TOMORROW OR WEDNESDAY.

AND THEN AFTER COUNCIL APPROVES THINGS, THEN THAT WILL BE WHEN, UM, THE ACTUAL INVOICING CAN, CAN ACTUALLY START.

UM, SO THE OTHER THING TO MENTION IS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO, UM, GIVE GRANTS DIRECTLY TO SPONSORED PROJECTS INSTEAD OF HAVING THEM GO THROUGH A FISCAL SPONSOR.

AND SO PARTIALLY THIS IS, UM, SO THEY DON'T LOSE A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF THEIR GRANTS.

UM, CAUSE SOME OF THEM, YOU KNOW, IT'S A $3,000 GRANTS.

WE DON'T WANT THEM TO LOSE $300.

SO WE'RE TRYING TO GET EVERY SPONSORED PROJECT TO REGISTER AS A VENDOR WITH THE CITY.

AND ONCE THEY DO THAT, THEY WILL, AS AN ARTIST THEMSELVES, THEY WILL RECEIVE THAT EMAIL E-SIGN AND GET A CHECK.

UM, HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF THIS CALENDAR YEAR IS WHAT WE'RE GOING FOR.

SO OPEN TO, TO QUESTIONS AT THIS POINT, COMMISSIONER MARK, AND THEN COMMISSIONER BARNS.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU, YOU KNOW, ON BEHALF OF THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THANKSGIVING IS COMING, I'M SURE THIS IS A WELCOMING, ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR THEM TO HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND THANK YOU FOR STREAMLINED IT AND MAKE IT EASY AND SAVE THOSE A PERCENTAGE, YOU KNOW, FOR THE SPONSOR PROJECT.

I REALLY WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE USING THE CORRECT TERMINOLOGY BECAUSE WE WENT BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN CULTURAL CONTRACT AND GRANT, BECAUSE THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT, THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT ENTITIES.

SO THESE ARE CULTURAL CONTRACTS.

THEY ARE NOT, THEY ARE GRANTS, CORRECT.

SO THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR THEM TO FULFILL A NUMBER OF PERFORMANCES OR ANYTHING.

IT IS JUST MONEY IN THEIR POCKET.

IT IS JUST MONEY IN THEIR POCKET TO BE USED FOR, YOU KNOW, TO PAY STAFF, TO DO, TO PAY RENT.

A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS CAN BE ELIGIBLE EXPENSES FOR THEM.

IT'S IT'S RELIEF RELATED, UM, WHICH IS IMPORTANT TO CLARIFICATION, BUT MOST PEOPLE NEED RELIEF RIGHT NOW.

UM, AND SO WE'RE USING THE LIST OF CULTURAL CONTRACTORS TO THEN GRANT THESE GRANTS OUT.

SO THAT'S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE TWO, THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER FLORES.

UM, I WAS ASKED BY A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, UH, IF AND WHEN THERE WOULD BE A LIST OF THE RECIPIENTS AVAILABLE, IS THAT GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S OUT AND AVAILABLE ON EITHER OUR WEBSITE OR THAT I

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CAN MAKE, CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO US SO THAT WE CAN SHARE THAT WITH FOLKS WHO ARE ASKING US THOSE QUESTIONS.

UM, BUT THANK YOU, FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I'M SO HAPPY THAT THIS ARPA RELIEF FUNDS ARE GOING OUT TO, TO THOSE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE AND THAT, UH, ARE BEING DONE.

IT'S BEING DONE SO SWIFTLY.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, HASSLE-FREE SO THANK YOU TO STAFF FOR PUTTING IN THE EXTRA MILES FOR, TO DO THIS AND GET THIS DONE SO QUICKLY.

UM, BUT YES, IF, IF, IF THERE IS, I KNOW YOU SAID THERE MIGHT BE SOME FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS ON LETTING OUT, YOU KNOW, UH, NAYS, BUT I, I NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO TELL THIS PERSON, GROUPS THAT WERE ASKING ME FOR THIS INFORMATION SURE THING.

UH, WE'RE WORKING ON THE LIST RIGHT NOW.

UM, I THINK THAT'S MAYBE HAVE, YEAH, SO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THIS IS SORRY, MEGAN WELLS, CULTURAL ARTS PROGRAM MANAGER, THE, UM, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REVERSED HIS GUIDANCE THAT PREVIOUSLY RESTRICTED US FROM MAKING THOSE NAMES PUBLIC.

AND NOW WE ARE ALLOWED AND IN FACT MANDATED TO MAKE THEM PUBLIC.

UH, AND SO WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING THAT, UH, LIST OF NAMES ADDED TO THE COUNCIL ITEM AS LATE BACKUP SO THAT THEY WILL, IT WILL BE POSTED ALONG WITH THE ITEM.

UM, THIS JUST HAPPENED RECENTLY.

SO FRIDAY, LAST WEEK, LAST FRIDAY.

SO WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THAT LOADED TO THE CITY WEBSITE, BUT HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE READY FOR COUNCIL ON THURSDAY.

HOPEFULLY THAT'S HELPFUL.

THAT'S TERRIFIC.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THE OTHER COMMISSION QUESTIONS.

SO I JUST WANT TO SAY, TO REITERATE WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HERE HAVE SAID, WHICH IS INCREDIBLE WORK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND I KNOW THAT IT IS A LOT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

UM, BUT I THINK THE COMMITMENT THAT IT SHOWS TO THE COMMUNITY, UM, IS EXTRAORDINARY.

AND I THINK, UM, TO COMMISSIONER MARK'S POINT, THE TIMING IS GREAT.

UM, THINGS ARE TIGHT, THINGS ARE GETTING TOUGHER.

UM, AND I LOVE THAT THAT THOSE FUNDS ARE NOT RESTRICTED, WHICH MEANS THAT THEY CAN CREATE WHATEVER THEY WANT TO CREATE.

AND THAT'S GREAT TOO.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT WORK.

ALL RIGHT, MOVING ON.

UM, THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR

[3b. Hotel Occupancy Tax Update]

AGENDA IS THREE B, WHICH IS A HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX UPDATE WITH SOME OF YOUR HOLT RAB.

I UNDERSTAND THAT THAT NEEDS TO MOVE TO NEXT MONTH.

YES, CHEER.

UM, UH, WE DON'T HAVE THE UPDATED NUMBERS AT THIS TIME, SO I WILL REPORT NEXT MONTH FOR BOTH MONTHS, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.

TERRIFIC.

THANK YOU.

[3c. Cultural Funding Review Process Update]

NEXT ITEM THREE C CULTURAL FUNDING REVIEW PROCESS UPDATE WITH MEGAN WELLS, CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION MANAGER.

HELLO COMMISSION.

UM, I HAVE A BRIEF UPDATE JUST TO KEEP YOU ALL A PRICE OF THE WORK THAT CONTINUES IN THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION.

UH, STAFF HAS CONTINUED TO DRAFT AND REFINE THE PROGRAM GUIDELINES, APPLICATION QUESTIONS, EVALUATION CRITERIA, AND THE SCORING PROCESS, UH, OF OUR PROPOSED PROGRAM ROLLOUT WITH THE GOAL OF PROVIDING THESE DRAFTS TO THE ARTS COMMISSION WORKING GROUP THAT WAS ESTABLISHED A COUPLE OF MEETINGS AGO FOR REVIEW AND FEEDBACK.

AND THEN TENTATIVELY AS THAT REVIEW PROCESS UNFOLDS.

AND YOU HAVE, UM, A RECOMMENDATION FROM THE WORKING GROUP THAT WE'LL COME BACK TO THE COMMISSION.

WE WILL THEN TAKE THAT RECOMMENDATION AND WORK THAT INTO OUR FINAL SCHEDULE FOR ROLLOUT OF THE PROGRAMS, UH, DEPENDING ON THE TIMING OF THE WORKING GROUP, WHICH I SUSPECT THERE WILL BE A WORKING GROUP UPDATE PROVIDED LATER TO THE COMMISSION.

SO I'LL WAIT FOR THAT.

UH, BUT STAFF AND COMMISSION WORKING GROUP ARE WORKING HAND IN HAND TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT PROCESS IS INCLUSIVE AND INCORPORATES THE FEEDBACK FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO, UH, WE WANT IT STILL WANT TO HEAR FROM, FROM THESE PRE-DRAFT PROGRAM GUIDELINES SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROGRAMS THAT WE ROLL OUT ARE REFLECTIVE OF THAT INPUT.

UM, I SUSPECT IF, UM, YOU KNOW, NOW THAT WE'RE INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, WE'RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT A ROLLOUT OF THESE PROGRAMS IN THE SPRING.

I CAN'T TELL YOU EXACTLY WHEN, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, I WILL KEEP YOU APPRISED AS WE WORK TOWARDS A LAUNCH, UM, OF THOSE PROGRAMS, KEEPING IN MIND THAT, UH, WE ALSO HAVE PROGRAMS ROLLING OUT THROUGH THE MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT DIVISION AND THE HERITAGE TOURISM DIVISION THAT WILL ALSO FACTOR INTO OUR LAUNCH.

SO I WILL DEFINITELY KEEP YOU UPDATED AS FAR AS THE TIMING OF THOSE PROGRAMS AS WELL.

AND, UM, OH, ONE MORE THING I JUST WANTED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION IS THAT, UH, VERY RECENTLY, UH, AS WE SHARED, UM, OUR DRAFT GUIDELINES WITH THE LAW DEPARTMENT, WHO IS OUR PARTNER, I THOUGHT PARTNER PARTNER IN THESE PROGRAM ROLLOUTS, THEY, UH, HAVE BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION IN SEVERAL RECENT, UM, DEVELOPMENTS IN CASE LAW ACROSS THE COUNTRY, UH, THAT HAVE TO DO WITH RACE AND OTHER IMMUTABLE CHARACTERISTICS

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THAT, UH, THE COURTS HAVE VIEWED AS, UM, UH, PROBLEMATIC, UH, IN TERMS OF THE CHALLENGE WE ARE FACING WITH MAKING A RACE FORWARD PROGRAM WORK.

UM, AND WE ARE TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE CASE LAW THAT IS, THAT IS TAKING THIS TAKING SHAPE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, UH, SO THAT WE CAN, UH, POSITION OUR PROGRAMS, UM, WITH SOME DEGREE OF, OF ASSURANCE THAT OUR, OUR LAW DEPARTMENT, UM, FEELS THAT WE HAVE COVERED CERTAIN BASES, UM, AND THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT RACE, UM, DIFFERENTLY THROUGH THAT, THROUGH THAT LEGAL LENS.

AND WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON OUR PROGRESS WITH THAT AS WELL.

SO THAT IS, THAT IS AN ONGOING ISSUE FOR US, BUT I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE'RE, WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT.

AND I THINK THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO REPORT ON, UNLESS THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME, QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION HEARING, NONE THAT JUST SAY THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR WORK.

AND THANKS FOR THE UPDATE.

MOVING ON TO ITEM FOUR

[4a. AEDC update - board nominations due by mid-January 2022]

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS.

UM, WE'LL START WITH OUR AEDC UPDATE BOARD NOMINATIONS, DAVID COLLAGEN, ACTING CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.

UH, NO FORMAL PRESENTATION TONIGHT, DAVID COLLAGEN, UH, ACTING CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOUR CHAIR ABOUT THE NOMINATIONS PROCESS FOR BRINGING FORWARD A NOMINATION FOR OUR BOARD.

SINCE YOU ALL ARE UP FOR A FIRST TERM RENEWAL, WE'VE GOT, UH, FIVE SEATS ON THE BOARD.

IF YOU RECALL, WHEN WE CREATED THE BOARD LAST YEAR THAT HAVE A FIRST ONE-YEAR TERM.

NOW YOUR NEXT NOMINEE THAT COMES FORWARD COULD BE THE SAME INDIVIDUAL THAT YOU PUT FORWARD FOR THIS FIRST TERM.

UH, WE JUST STILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE NOMINATION PROCESS OF COLLECTING THAT INFORMATION FROM YOU ALL AND CONFIRMING YOUR NOMINATION.

AS WE LOOK TO BRING THAT TO MARIN COUNCIL FOR APPROVAL LIKELY IN MID FEBRUARY, WHICH MEANS WE WILL NEED TO GET A FINAL NOMINATION FROM YOU ALL BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 14TH, ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS PACKAGED AND AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR WEBSITE.

SO I THINK GO TO AUSTIN, EDC.ORG/BOARD-NOMINATIONS.

YOU WILL SEE ALL OF THE INFORMATION LAID OUT, AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US.

THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE SERVING A THREE-YEAR TERM.

UH, WE'VE HAD GREAT RAPPORT WITH YOUR EXISTING BOARD MEMBER, AND WE'VE BEEN PLEASED.

WE HOPE THAT YOU'VE BEEN PLEASED WITH THE COMMUNICATION BACK AND FORTH.

UH, AND IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN BE PROVIDING, PLEASE LET US KNOW HAPPY TO INCORPORATE THAT IN FUTURE REPORTS.

TERRIFIC.

ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER, VAN DYKE, AND THEN COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, SORRY.

UM, I'VE BEEN TRYING TO WAVE VIGOROUSLY, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF I'M NOT WAVING VIGOROUSLY ENOUGH.

I ACTUALLY HAVE A QUESTION.

UH, UH, TWO ITEMS BACK.

CAN I, I'M SORRY, COULD I ASK THAT OR SHOULD I WAIT? LET'S GO AHEAD AND ASK IT REAL QUICK AND THEN WE'LL KEEP GOING.

OKAY.

IT'S FOR SYNOVIA.

UM, THE, UH, MY QUESTION IS, UH, YOU SAID YOU COULDN'T REPORT RIGHT NOW.

I DIDN'T HAVE, UH, FIGURES, BUT I'M INTERESTED.

I'M SEEING IN THE NEWS THAT, UH, HOTEL OCCUPANCY IS REALLY ROARING BACK WITH THE RACES AND ALL THE EVENTS GOING ON.

DO YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF INDICATION THAT, UM, THE MONEY THAT'S COMING IN IS BETTER THAN, UH, WHAT WAS EXPECTED? CAN YOU SAY ANYTHING TO THAT? YES.

YES.

THE, UM, THE HOTEL NUMBERS ARE BOUNCING BACK.

IT WAS JUST AN IT ISSUE.

SO I DIDN'T WANT TO PRESENT A NUMBER WHEN IT WASN'T OFFICIALLY POSTED.

SO WE DO HAVE AN IDEA AND IT IS UP, BUT AGAIN, I DIDN'T WANT TO COME WITH A NUMBER UNTIL THE CASH RECEIPT IS RECORDED IN THE BOOKS.

THANKS.

YES.

SO APOLOGIES COMING BACK TO THE AEDC NOMINATION QUESTION, COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, UH, HAS, HAVE WE, HAVE WE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH CARL SETTLES YET, OR IS THAT A CONVERSATION FROM AN I'VE HAD A SHORT CONVERSATION WITH HIM, BUT I THINK I HAD AN OFFICIAL CONVERSATION WITH HIM IS COMING UP.

SO WE'LL GET TO THAT.

WE HAVE AN AEDC ITEM ON THE AGENDA FOR TONIGHT.

YEP.

ANYTHING ELSE? THANKS, DAVID.

PUBLIC CITIES PUSHING TO NEXT MONTH.

OKAY.

[4b. Public City]

SO ITEM FOUR B IS BEING POSTPONED TO DECEMBER AND

[4c. Creative Consortium Presentation]

ITEM

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FOUR C CREATIVE CONSORTIUM PRESENTATION, COREY BAKER, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE OVER THE LONG CENTER.

COME TELL US WHAT YOU'RE UP TO.

VICE CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME TODAY.

WE'RE REALLY EXCITED TO SHARE ABOUT AN INITIATIVE THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING OUT AT THE LONG CENTER AND GET YOUR FEEDBACK.

IT REALLY IS IN THE CONCEPTUAL STAGES RIGHT NOW.

UM, IT WAS AN IDEA THAT CAME UP A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND WE SAW A NEED FOR THIS IN AUSTIN.

AND SO WITH COVID, UH, IT'S REALLY HAS ESCALATED KIND OF THE TIMELINE FOR US BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW, THANK YOU, THE NEED IS, IS SO GREAT AT THIS POINT.

SO I'M WANTING TO KIND OF GET YOUR INPUT.

WE ARE GOING INTO SOME FOCUS GROUPS AND TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY.

WE'VE BASICALLY GOTTEN THE BALL AS FAR DOWN THE FIELD AS WE CAN ALONE.

AND NOW IT'S TIME TO KIND OF START THE CONVERSATIONS AND GET PEOPLE INVOLVED.

SO REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE TO SHARE.

AND PLEASE JUMP IN QUESTIONS.

ANYTHING I CAN ANSWER AS WE GO ALONG.

UM, NEXT ONE.

OKAY, THERE WE GO.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, WE KIND OF STARTED TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, W W HOW WE CAME TO THIS CONCLUSION THAT THIS IS NEEDED.

UM, A LOT OF OTHER CITIES HAVE INFRASTRUCTURE AND SUPPORT SERVICES TO REALLY CREATE A SUSTAINABLE CREATIVE SECTOR.

UH, THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN REALLY FORMALLY PUT TOGETHER IN AUSTIN.

AND IN OTHER WORDS, YOU KNOW, IT'S, WE WANT TO HELP CREATIVES CREATE AND HELP THEM REALLY FOCUS ON THEIR ART.

AND A LOT OF YOU ALL KNOW THAT AS A CREATIVE, AS A PRODUCER, THAT YOU OFTEN BECOME THE ACCOUNTANT AND THE HR PERSON AND ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS, AND IT'S TO THE DETRIMENT OF NOT ONLY YOUR ART, BUT TO BE ABLE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN THE MARKETPLACE.

AND SO, UM, WE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT THE NEED WAS.

IT GOES BACK TO THE OMNIBUS.

IT GOES BACK TO THE IMAGINE, AUSTIN, THAT THIS IDEA THAT THERE COULD BE AN ORGANIZATION OR GROUP OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT REALLY SUPPORT THAT INFRASTRUCTURE SO THAT THE CREATIVES CAN REALLY FOCUS ON MAKING THEIR ART.

SO WE DID LOOK AT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO KIND OF THINK ABOUT WHAT, WHAT WE COULD DO, WHAT OTHER CITIES WERE DOING.

UM, ONE OF OUR MENTOR ORGANIZATIONS IS THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST AND THE CULTURAL TRUST, VERY SIMILAR TO OUR CULTURAL TRUST IS REALLY FOCUSED ON REAL ESTATE AND, UM, SAVING VENUES, CREATING SPACES FOR PEOPLE IN THE CITY.

AND SO WE'VE BEEN THRILLED TO WORK WITH DAVID AND NAN AT THE AEDC AND WITH THE CULTURAL TRUST AND, AND BE A PARTNER WHERE THEY'RE ON THE REAL ESTATE SIDE.

THE OTHER PIECE IS, UH, YOU KNOW, AGAIN, SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE OPERATING THINKING ABOUT THAT SIDE.

ONCE THE, THESE, UH, LAND PARCELS ARE, ARE BOUGHT, AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE MOVING INTO THEM.

SO HOW THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST HAS IT IS THERE IS THE REAL ESTATE SIDE, BUT THEN THERE'S A SHARED SERVICES DIVISION TOO.

AND IT REALLY IS A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION WHERE EVERYBODY COMES TOGETHER AND MAKES DECISIONS ON SERVICES THAT THEY, THAT THEY COULD PULL TOGETHER AND GOING ON.

SO THE IDEA CAME OUT THEN THAT THIS, UH, WE'RE CALLING IT THE CREATIVE CONSORTIUM, AND IT'S THIS, UH, IT'S UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF THE LONG CENTER.

AND WE WOULD BE THE ADMIT OF ADMINISTRATIVE HUB, UH, OFFERING SERVICES FOR CREATIVES AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, BUT IT IS A MEMBER ORGANIZATION.

SO IT'S SIMILAR TO THE UN OR A CO-OP ORGANIZATIONS WHERE WE WOULD BE FACILITATOR AND ADMINISTRATOR, BUT WE WOULD BE A MEMBER WITH THE SAME VOICE AS THE OTHER MEMBERS.

AND IT WOULD REALLY BE A MEMBER RUN ORGANIZATION.

COOL.

OH, I'M SO SORRY.

UM, TECH, I'M SEEING A NOTE FROM OUR ATTENDEES THAT THEY CANNOT SEE THE PRESENTATION ON THEIR SCREENS, AND WE CAN'T SEE THEM EITHER APOLOGIES QUERY.

OH, NO PROBLEM.

MY WORK.

UM, SO COREY, HOW DOES THIS DIFFER THAN, UM, SAY, UH, ARTISTIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT? I MEAN, IF IT'S A MEMBERSHIP-BASED, UM, GROUP THAT HAS A SPECIFIC FOCUS, HOW IS THAT, HOW DOES THIS OPERATE DIFFERENTLY OR DOES IT, IT DOES, IT IS DIFFERENT.

IT IS A SIMILAR IN A MEMBERSHIP ORGANIZATION, BUT REALLY, AS WE'LL TALK ABOUT, IT'S REALLY ABOUT PULLING FOR SERVICES.

SO IT'S SHARING SOME OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE COSTS AND BEING ABLE TO, UM, BE MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE PROFESSIONALIZED AS A SECTOR BY COMING TOGETHER AND SHARING, FOR INSTANCE, UH, HR BENEFITS IS

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IF YOU HAVE MORE PEOPLE BUYING HR BENEFITS TOGETHER, THE COSTS COME DOWN, COUNTING, YOU KNOW, YOU MIGHT NOT, IF YOU'RE A COMPANY OF ONE TO FIVE, YOU KNOW, HAVING A PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT MIGHT NOT BE IN THE CARDS FOR YOU.

AND SO I'M PULLING TOGETHER AND THEN, UH, EVENTUALLY MARKETING FUNDRAISING, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS THAT AS A SECTOR, WE CAN REALLY BE MUCH MORE INFLUENTIAL, HAVE MORE IMPACT AND LEVERAGE, UH, WHAT WE HAVE AS A GROUP RATHER THAN GOING AT IT INDIVIDUALLY.

THANK YOU.

OH, HE SAID IT'S GOING BACK AND FORTH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TROUBLESHOOTING.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU.

TERRIFIC.

CARRY ON.

THANK YOU.

SO NOW I'M GETTING INTO KIND OF MORE OF THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE.

UH, OBVIOUSLY POST COVID, THERE'S NOT A NEW LOT OF NEW REVENUE COMING INTO OUR SECTOR.

AND SO, UM, WE'RE ALL STRUGGLING TO GET BY, TO FIND EFFICIENCIES.

SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, THAT THIS CONSORTIUM CAN DO IS, UH, LOOK AT REVENUE STREAMS THAT REALLY AREN'T AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS.

YOU KNOW, I WANT TO SAY, I ALWAYS SAY UP FRONT, WE ARE NOT HERE TO CANNIBALIZE ANY OF THE DONORS, ANY OF THE SUPPORT THAT ALREADY EXISTS IN THE CITY, THE IDEA WOULD BE TO COME TOGETHER AND AS A CONSORTIUM, BE ABLE TO GET NEW MONEY HERE AND TAP INTO MONEY THAT'S HERE THAT HAS NOT BEEN TAPPED INTO, FOR INSTANCE, ALL THE CORPORATE, UH, ENTITIES THAT ARE MOVING HERE THAT OFTENTIMES, YOU KNOW, HAVE A HARD TIME NAVIGATING KNOWING WHICH ORGANIZATIONS TO GIVE TO.

SO HOW CAN WE GO AFTER CORPORATE SUPPORT THAT COULD LIFT ALL SHIPS? THERE'S A LOT OF NATIONAL GRANTS THAT INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS CAN NOT APPLY FOR, THAT WE COULD APPLY FOR AS A CONSORTIUM.

AND THEN JUST THE UNIFIED VOICE IN THE MARKET, REALLY UPPING KIND OF THE VISIBILITY OF THE ARTS AND CULTURAL SECTOR, AND BEING ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THAT AND GET THAT OUT THERE AND MARKET IT IN A REAL WAY.

SO, YOU KNOW, LONGER TERM, THAT IS OUR GOAL TO REALLY BRING REVENUE TO THE SECTOR, BUT IN THE SHORT TERM, UM, NOPE, I THINK YOU TOOK ME OFF.

THANK YOU.

UM, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO IMMEDIATELY, AND IT'S WHY KIND OF, WE HAVE THIS ON THE FAST TRACK IS POST COVID REALLY ABOUT HOW CAN WE IMMEDIATELY BRING COSTS DOWN.

AT LEAST IF THERE'S NOT NEW REVENUE COMING IN, THEN HOW CAN WE AT LEAST GET COSTS DOWN? AND SO THIS IS THE WAY THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, UM, YOU CAN CONSOLIDATE A LOT OF THESE SERVICES, GO IN TOGETHER, GET HIGHER STANDARD, HIGHER LEVEL OF SERVICES.

HR IS A GREAT EXAMPLE BECAUSE YOU DO THE BENEFITS TOGETHER THAT THE COST OF THE BENEFITS COME DOWN AND THEN SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS ESPECIALLY REALLY BENEFIT FROM HAVING, UM, YOU KNOW, HR PROFESSIONALS, WHICH MANY PEOPLE IT'S, IT'S A LUXURY THAT, THAT THEY DON'T GET.

AND SO GETTING THAT SUPPORT, GETTING MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, GETTING, UM, GI TRAINING, ALL THE KINDS OF THINGS, POLICY WRITING, I MEAN, THAT KIND OF HELP THAT, THAT WILL REALLY ELEVATE THESE ORGANIZATIONS AND THEN BRING COSTS DOWN, PULLED PURCHASING, EVEN FOR THINGS LIKE CREDIT CARD FEES.

I MEAN REALLY EASY WAYS THAT WE CAN COME TOGETHER AND, AND SAVE SOME, SOME MONEY AND REALLY HELP ORGANIZATIONS BE COMPETITIVE GOING FORWARD.

AND THEN THERE'S A LOT OF ADDITIONAL KIND OF MORE INTANGIBLE BENEFITS, UM, THAT COME ALONG WITH CREATING THIS GROUP.

UH, ONE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY SERVE A LOT OF UNDER REPRESENTED ORGANIZATIONS, UM, YOU KNOW, FILTER RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE, TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO COMPETE IN THE MARKET.

UM, I THINK COLLABORATING OR CREATING COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE SECTOR IS, IS REALLY MASSIVE.

IT'S NOT JUST ALL ABOUT GETTING IN A ROOM AND TALKING, BUT IT'S THAT BRAIN TOURIST IT'S REALLY THAT, UM, CREATING THOSE AVENUES AND GETTING PEOPLE THAT SYNERGY TO KIND OF START TALKING AND WORKING AS, AS A SECTOR.

AND I, I SPOKE WITH THE, UM, THEATER ATX, UH, GROUP THAT WERE WONDERFUL AND THEY WERE KIND OF THING.

YEAH, SOMETIMES IT'S REALLY HARD JUST WITHIN THE THEATER COMMUNITY TO GET TOGETHER AND TALK.

AND SO IT COULD BE VERY POWERFUL TO HAVE A PLACE WHERE NOT ONLY IS THE THEATER, BUT WITHIN THAT, THE PERFORMING ARTS AND THE MUSIC COMMUNITY AND MUSEUMS AND THE CULTURAL SECTOR, AND REALLY JUST, YOU KNOW, THINK OF OURSELVES AS A WHOLE AND REALLY LEVERAGE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AND ALL OF THE COMMONALITIES THAT WE HAVE, UM, TO FURTHER OUR SECTOR.

AND THEN AGAIN, UM, YOU KNOW, HAVING EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR DIVERSITY EQUITY INCLUSION, AGAIN, UNFORTUNATELY A LOT OF SMALLER ORGANIZATIONS REALLY DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO BE ABLE TO INVEST IN SOME OF THOSE THINGS.

SO HAVE IT FOR EVERYBODY.

UM, AND THEN JUST, AGAIN, VISIBILITY ADVOCACY, BEING ABLE TO SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE, BEING ABLE TO GET OUT INTO THE MARKET.

SO I SAY POTENTIAL HERE FOR CONSORTIUM STRUCTURE, BECAUSE AGAIN, THERE'S A LOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS.

WE'RE KIND OF WORKING THROUGH

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THE BYLAWS AND THINKING THROUGH THINGS, BUT, UH, IT WOULD BE AN INDEPENDENT ORGANIZATION.

SO EVEN IF IT WAS HOUSED UNDER THE 5 0 1 C3 OF ALONG CENTER, IT WOULD BE VERY, YOU KNOW, FIREWALLED FROM THE REST OF THE ORGANIZATION.

AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE A MEMBER OF THE ORGANIZATION, WE HAVE A VOICE, BUT THAT THERE'S, YOU KNOW, IT'S FOOLPROOF THAT WE'RE NOT MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE RIGHT FOR THE LONG CENTER, WE'RE MAKING DECISIONS FOR THE CONSORTIUM.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, ALL MEMBERS HAVE A VOTE, IT WOULD HAVE A SEPARATE ADVISORY BOARD AND BYLAWS FUNDS WOULD BE HELD SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE OF THE LONG CENTER AND WE WOULD BE THE MINISTRATIVE HUB.

AND OF COURSE THERE WOULD BE A REAL FOCUS ON EQUITY AND INCLUSION, UM, OF THE MEMBERSHIP.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE GET A LOT, YOU KNOW, WIDE ALONG CENTER.

WHY, WHY DOES IT MAKE SENSE FOR US TO GO IN THIS DIRECTION? AND HONESTLY, IT'S VERY ALIGNED WITH OUR MISSION.

UH, WE ALWAYS SAY WE'RE KIND OF AN AGNOSTIC ORGANIZATION, UNLIKE MANY ARTS ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE VERY SPECIFIC MISSIONS OR, UM, YOU KNOW, TO PRODUCE A CERTAIN ARTWORK OR TO SERVE A CERTAIN COMMUNITY LONG CENTER'S MISSION IS REALLY ABOUT JUST ELEVATING THE ARTS AND AUSTIN AND, AND SUPPORTING, UM, THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE CREATIVE SECTOR.

SO IT REALLY DOES ALIGN WITH OUR MISSION.

WE ALREADY HAVE THE, UH, STAFF AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER TO SCALE UP FROM WHERE WE'RE AT, RATHER THAN TRYING TO BUILD THIS FROM THE GROUND UP.

AND WE DO HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE, UM, WITHIN OUR TEAM AND, UH, IN THE EXISTING COMMUNITY AND WORKING WITH THE CITY, UH, WE'RE ESTABLISHED IN THOSE AREAS.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE'RE KIND OF SAYING, WE'RE NOT, WE'RE NOT THE ANSWER TO THIS, BUT WE THINK THAT WE CAN BE A CATALYST.

WE THINK WE CAN BE THE CONVENER, UM, SO THAT CREATIVES CAN CREATE, AND WE CAN KIND OF HELP BRING EVERYBODY TOGETHER AND MOVE IT FORWARD.

SO OUR CURRENT CONVERSATIONS, WE'RE DOING A LOT OF FOCUS GROUPS AND CONVERSATIONS.

WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR CLIENTS, YOU KNOW, TO SIGN ON.

WE'RE REALLY AT A POINT NOW WHERE, WHERE WE'VE GOTTEN IT TO A PLACE THAT WE SAID, OKAY, WE CAN DO THIS.

WE CAN IMPLEMENT THIS.

AND NOW IT'S TIME TO KIND OF GET THE MEMBERSHIP TOGETHER AND START REALLY HONING IN ON, ON WHAT THE NEEDS ARE AND MAKE SURE WE'RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.

SO WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FOR PARTNERS NOW GOING FORWARD.

AND SO JUST VERY QUICKLY, BRETT, TO KIND OF ANSWER YOUR QUESTION AS WELL.

UM, WE'VE LOOKED AT WHAT COULD POSSIBLY WHAT WE COULD GET OFF THE GROUND, WHAT WE COULD LAUNCH THAT WE THINK WE HAVE THE RESOURCES TO LAUNCH PRETTY QUICKLY, THAT WOULD KIND OF DELIVER THE MOST IMPACT.

AND WE CAME UP WITH THESE, UM, THREE, WE'RE CALLING THEM TIER ONE SERVICES.

UH, WE'RE WORKING OUR FOCUS GROUPS TO KIND OF PRIORITIZE WHAT PEOPLE REALLY WANT, WHICH ONES ARE THE MOST VALUABLE.

BUT WE TALKED ABOUT HR AND, UH, HEALTH INSURANCE, THE FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES, PAYROLL, PARTIAL CFO, PULLED PURCHASING AGAIN FOR CREDIT CARD FEES AND OTHER THINGS, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THE ROOM, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN GET THAT KIND OF TRAINING.

UM, WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR VENUE AND HOW WE COULD USE IT FOR HOT DESKS, SHARED OFFICE SPACE.

I'M REALLY, FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE, UH, HOMES.

AND THEN WE'RE ON A TICKETING SYSTEM THAT CAN ACTUALLY FIREWALL WHEN TO COME ON OUR TICKET SYSTEM.

IT'S A, IT'S A REALLY GREAT CONSORTIUM TICKETING SYSTEM.

SO WE HAVE BEEN INVESTING IN A LOT OF THE, UM, YOU KNOW, BACK OFFICE, A LOT OF THE SOFTWARE AND RESOURCES IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD.

SO THEY'RE KIND OF THE SIX THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON BECAUSE WE REALLY THINK THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY ON THEM.

AND WE THINK THAT THEY WOULD MAKE A MAJOR IMPACT, UM, IN THE FUTURE WE, WE WOULD LIKE TO GROW.

SO THE IDEA WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, WE'D HAVE TO LAUNCH WITH SOMETHING AND THEN YOU'D HAVE MEMBERS.

AND THEN IT WOULD BE UP TO THE MEMBERSHIP TO VOTE ON KEEPING SERVICES, ADDING NEW SERVICES.

SO IT WOULD BECOME A CONVERSATION FOR THE MEMBERSHIP, BUT CERTAINLY COLLABORATIVE FUNDRAISING IS SOMETHING IN THE FUTURE.

BEING ABLE TO JOINT MARKET, UH, THE SECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, AND HELPING PEOPLE WITH A STRATEGIC PLANNING OR THEIR BOARD DEVELOPMENT.

UM, AGAIN, THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE RESOURCES FOR AS A SMALL ORGANIZATION, AND THEN EVEN MOVING INTO SOME THINGS LIKE IF THERE'S A SUBGROUP OF, UH, VENUE CLIENTS WITH OUR MEMBERS, WITH VENUES THAT WE MIGHT GO INTO A LANDSCAPING CONTRACT OR SOMETHING TOGETHER.

SO A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH.

AND, UM, AS FAR AS YOU KNOW, HOW, HOW DO YOU PAY FOR THIS? UH, WE ARE REALLY, RIGHT NOW, WE'RE VERY INTERESTED IN CREATING A THREE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM AND WE'RE LOOKING AT FUNDING TO ACTUALLY GET THE PILOT PROGRAM UNDERWRITTEN SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN KIND OF GET ON BOARD AND GET, BUILD THE TRUST AND GET THIS MOVING, UM, QUICKLY AND WITHOUT ANY RISK FOR ANY ORGANIZATIONS.

AND WE THINK THAT'S AGAIN, BECAUSE IT'S MORE OF SCALING UP.

IT'S VERY POSSIBLE THAT WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN.

AND LONG-TERM, UM, THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST ACTUALLY STARTED WITH A 50 CENT TICKET FEE THAT THEY PASSED ONTO THE CONSUMER.

IT'S NOW UP TO A DOLLAR AND THAT PAYS FOR ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO NO ORGANIZATION IS HIT, IT'S NOT, YOU KNOW, AN OVERBURDEN ON THE CONSUMER.

UM, AND, AND THEY'RE ABLE TO GENERATE THERE'S ARE OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT DO IT, SCALED MEMBER DUES.

I'M ALWAYS GETTING, YOU KNOW, GRANTS AND DONATIONS TO UNDERWRITE.

SO THERE'S, THERE'S A LOT OF WAYS THAT WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK AND BECOME SUSTAINABLE AS IT GROWS.

SO THAT IS ALL I HAVE.

I WOULD LOVE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

THANKS, TIM.

CAN WE FLIP BACK SO I CAN SEE THE FOLKS WHO ARE

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REMOTE? ARE YOU GOOD? THANK YOU.

COREY COMMISSIONER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER GRAY, TARA.

I'M ON.

THANK YOU, CORY SO MUCH FOR THAT.

UH, A FEW QUESTIONS, ACTUALLY.

IT FEELS LIKE THIS HAS BEEN IN THE BACK POCKET AT THE LONG CENTER FOR A WHILE.

CAN YOU, UM, TELL EVERYBODY A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHEN THIS STARTED AND WHEN ALL OF THIS BACK DOOR DEVELOPMENTS WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON OR HOW, HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO GET TO THIS PLACE? ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

UM, AS YOU KNOW, COMMISSIONER GRAY, WE ARE REALLY VERY BOOKED IN THE VENUE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF WONDERFUL RESIDENT COMPANIES, A LOT OF DEMAND.

UM, SO THE SPACES HAVE BEEN FILLED.

SO FOR THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS, WE'VE REALLY BEEN THINKING ABOUT BESIDES BEING A VENUE, HOW CAN WE IMPACT THE COMMUNITY? WE DO A LOT OF OUR OWN PROGRAMMING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH, BUT AGAIN, REALLY THINKING ABOUT OUR MISSION AND HOW THE CITY'S EVOLVED AND HOW WE CAN PLAY THE BEST ROLE FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR.

WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT THIS TWO OR THREE YEARS AGO.

UM, IT'S SIMILAR TO AN ORGANIZATION.

THEN I CAME FROM AN ARIZONA IN, IN HOW IT'S SET UP TO REALLY SUPPORT THE CREATIVE SECTOR AS A WHOLE.

SO THE BOARD HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR QUITE SOME TIME.

UM, BUT WHEN COVID HIT IT KIND OF, YOU KNOW, AT THE BEGINNING WE THOUGHT, WOW, IF WE CAN GET 10 OR 20 ORGANIZATIONS TO SIGN UP AND THEN BUILD THIS, AND NOW, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE ASKING OURSELVES MORE OF HOW DO WE SCALE THIS QUICKER? HOW WHAT'S IT GOING TO TAKE, WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE CRITERIA? HOW ARE WE GOING TO DECIDE? BECAUSE THE DEMAND AS YOU KNOW IS JUST THROUGH THE ROOF.

SO IT WAS REALLY, YEAH.

ESCALATED.

WHAT WAS ALREADY AN IDEA OF, UM, WHAT IS YOUR TIME ALONE ON YOUR FOCUS GROUPS? YOU SAID THAT THAT STARTED, WHEN DID THAT START AND WHAT PHASE IS THAT IN? YEAH, WE JUST STARTED THEM.

UM, WE JUST HAD A FEW KIND OF INFORMAL GROUPS THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO, AND THEN WE'VE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THEM AND GATLING HAYNES, UH, THE CXO OF THE CULTURAL ADA AEDC.

AND SO WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN IN TANDEM.

SHE'S DOING FOCUS GROUPS ON, UM, THE RFP PROCESS AND SIGNING UP.

AND SO WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH HER AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO OVER PROBABLY THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR MONTHS REALLY KIND OF DO SOME OPEN FOCUS GROUPS, DO SOME MORE SPECIFIC, UH, SMALLER GROUPS.

SO, AND, AND DO SOME SURVEYING.

WE ACTUALLY, IT'S NOT ON THE, UH, PRESENTATION, BUT WE SET UP A EMAIL CONSORTIUM@THELONGCENTER.ORG.

AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BE OUT THERE KIND OF PROMOTING IT.

AND, AND IF ANYBODY HAS QUESTIONS, IF ANYBODY WANTS A CALL WITH US OR ASKED TO COME TO THEM TO TALK THEM THROUGH THAT, UM, WE'RE GOING TO BE VERY AVAILABLE TO DISCUSS THIS OVER THE NEXT THREE MONTHS OR SO, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

I WANT TO ADD THAT OVER THE LAST, AT LEAST 10 MONTHS HAVE HEARD MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF SAY LET'S JUST ADD 50%, YOU KNOW, 50 CENTS TO EVERY TICKET ACROSS THE CITY.

AND WE COULD DO SOMETHING JUST FOR EVERYBODY, ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, UH, COMMISSIONER, SMALL BOOK, AND THEN COMMISSIONER CHRYSTIA, I THINK SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.

THERE'S A TON OF, UM, SYNERGIES WITH WHAT THE, THE JOINT WORKING GROUP FOR EXPANDED RESOURCES BETWEEN US ARTS COMMISSIONERS AND THE MUSIC COMMISSION HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, LIKE THE IDEA ABOUT JOINT FUNDRAISING AND SORT OF APPROACHING LARGE CORPORATE BENEFACTORS IN A WAY THAT IS NOT, UM, CANNIBALISTIC, BUT, BUT THAT SUPPORTS THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM.

UM,