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I PITCHED

[CALL TO ORDER]

THE THIRD AND I'M CALLING TO ORDER THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION HERE, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12TH, 2022.

WE'LL BEGIN WITH THE ROLL CALL AND I'LL GO AHEAD AND START, UH, WITH MYSELF.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL GO AROUND THE ROOM, UH, FROM LEFT TO MY LEFT TO THE RIGHT.

UH, AND THEN WE'LL ANNOUNCE THE COMMISSIONERS ONLINE INDIVIDUALLY.

UH, AS I MENTIONED, MY NAME IS NIMA PITS.

THE THIRD I REPRESENT DISH OF ONE AND I AM PRESENT I'M NICOLE THOMPSON AND I'M REPRESENTING DISTRICT NINE, MALCOLM HATE REPRESENTING DISTRICT THREE, HER NAME.

OH, IT'S ON, UH, COMMISSIONER JEN RAMOS REPRESENTING DISTRICT EIGHT, COMMISSIONER DAVE LLOYD REPRESENTING DISTRICT FIVE, COMMISSIONER SOPHIE.

GEIER REPRESENTING MAYOR STEVE ADLER.

AND I DON'T WANT TO COMMISSIONERS, LET'S START WITH DACA, UH, SKIPPING UP A DOCKER, REPRESENTING A CITY DISTRICT TWO, UH, IS PRESENT COMMISSIONER, UH, A SORT OF DESK REPRESENTING DISTRICT 10 AND I'M PRESENT.

AND NEXT WE HAVE CITIZEN COMMUNICATION AT THIS TIME.

NO ONE HAS SIGNED UP,

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES - December 8, 2021]

SO WE'LL BE MOVING ON TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM DECEMBER 8TH, 2021.

UH, EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A DRAFT IN FRONT OF THEM AND OUR ONLINE COMMISSIONERS SHOULD HAVE A COPY IN THE CALENDAR HOLD FOR THIS EVENT.

I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

AND THEN A SECOND, I MOVE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES WHILE COMMISSIONER DASGUPTA.

I DID HAVE THAT ONE OUTSTANDING QUESTION AROUND THE COACH, THE CHAIR FOR THE KIDS WORKING GROUP, UM, WHETHER IT WAS DECIDED LAST TIME OR NOT.

AND IF IT IS, IF WE COULD INCLUDE IT IN THE NOTES.

WELL, VERY WELL.

UH, RIGHT.

SO, UH, THERE WAS A NEED FOR CLARIFICATION REQUESTS RATHER FOR CLARIFICATION BY COMMISSIONER.

UH, GUIRO ON, UH, THE DESIGNATION OF A VICE, EXCUSE ME, A CHAIR FOR THE KNOWLEDGE INFORMATION AND DATA STEWARDSHIP WORKING GROUP, UH, WANTED TO CONFIRM THAT WE CONFIRM THAT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

AND THAT'S BEEN CONFIRMED THAT COMMISSIONER FLOYD WILL BE THE CHAIR OF THAT WORKING GROUP.

UH, SO WE NEED TO AMEND THE MINUTES TO REFLECT THAT, PLEASE, JESSE.

OKAY.

WITH THAT THEN, UH, DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES WITH THAT AMENDMENT? I MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS AMENDED SECOND.

THANK YOU.

HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AS AMENDED EARLIER BY COMMISSIONER THOMPSON, BEAVERS AND SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER RAMOS.

ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES AS AMENDED, PLEASE SAY, AYE, IS THERE ANYONE OPPOSED? OKAY.

LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT WE ARE UNANIMOUS IN OUR APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES WITH A VOTE OF NINE TO ZERO.

OKAY.

MOVING ON TO OUR AGENDA NOW TO STAFF COMMUNITY BRIEFINGS, UH,

[2.a. Office of Innovation Briefing (Alba Sereno, Chief Research & Strategic Initiatives Officer, Innovation Office)]

WE'LL BEGIN WITH A BRIEFING FROM THE OFFICE OF INNOVATION, UH, BY OUR BRAND NEW CHIEF RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES OFFICER FOR THE INNOVATION OFFICE, ALBA SURENO, JOINING US ONLINE.

HELLO, ELBA.

HOW ARE YOU DOING TODAY? I AM DOING REALLY WELL, REALLY HAPPY TO BE IN THIS, UH, COMMISSION SPACE AS A FORMER COMMISSIONER ON ANOTHER COMMISSION.

SO THANK YOU FOR, UH, FOR INVITING ME TO VISIT WITH YOU ALL TODAY.

OH, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

WE'LL GO OUT AND LET YOU TAKE IT AWAY FROM HERE.

GLAD TO HAVE YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SO MY NAME IS ALVIN SERRANO AND I WORK AT THE CITY AS AN ADMISSION OFFICE, WHICH MANY OF YOU MAY BE AWARE OF, OR, OR MAY HAVE CROSSED PATHS WITH AND, AND COLLABORATION, UH, IN DIFFERENT WAYS.

UM, I, UH, WAS INVITED BY, UH, YOUR CHAIR TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF A UPDATE, NOT ONLY ON THE NEW ROLE THAT I'LL BE PLAYING IN THE OFFICE, BUT THERE ARE ALSO

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SOME CHANGES IN THE OFFICE THAT WE THOUGHT WOULD BE GOOD FOR Y'ALL TO BE A BRIEF DONE.

UM, AND, AND WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME, UM, RECENT PROJECTS THAT, UH, CROSS PATHS WITH DIGITAL EQUITY OR COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY RELATED, UM, PROJECT SET THAT WE WANT TO BRING TO YOUR AWARENESS AS WELL.

UM, SO PLEASE THANK YOU.

SO, UH, WHO WE ARE, UM, AS, AS MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW, WE ARE AN OFFICE WITHIN THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S, UH, ENTERPRISE THAT WORKS WITH CITY TEAMS TO IDENTIFY AND TEST SOLUTIONS TO COMPLEX CHALLENGES, UH, THAT FACE AUSTIN.

UM, WE REALLY TRY TO LOOK, UM, WITH PEOPLE RIGHT AT, UM, THESE EMERGENT IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS.

UM, YOU MAY FIND US FACILITATING TEAMS, RESEARCHING PROBLEMS, UH, DESIGNING SERVICES, UM, AND ALL OF THIS IS AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE THE CITY'S STRATEGIC GOALS.

UM, A LOT OF TIMES WE GET ASKED, HOW DO WE DEFINE INNOVATION? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT'S THE WORD THAT CAN BE USED IN A LOT OF WAYS.

SO WE DEFINE INNOVATION AT THE OFFICES, ANY PROJECT THAT IS NEW TO YOU, UH, TO THE PEOPLE THAT WE WORK WITH WITHIN THE CITY.

UM, AND THAT HAS AN UNCERTAIN OUTCOME.

WE TRIED TO TAKE A HUMAN CENTERED APPROACH IN OUR WORK AND ALSO TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS THAT WE WORK WITH TO TAKE A HUMAN CENTERED APPROACH, REALLY THINKING ABOUT THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF THOSE WHO, UM, WHO REALLY ARE FACED WITH THOSE CHALLENGES, UM, AND HAVE THAT LIVED EXPERIENCE DIRECTLY, UH, AS WE DO OUR WORK AND AS WE WORK TOWARD, UH, TOWARD SOLUTIONS, UM, I HAVE HERE FOR YOU, OUR ALIGNMENT WITH SD 23, OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, UM, WHICH REALLY TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THESE SAME, SAME THINGS WE ARE IN THE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL GROUP, WHICH IS ONE OF THE LARGE KIND OF BUCKETS, IF YOU WILL, UM, UH, IN THE WAY THAT OUR CITY IS DIVIDED BY SUBJECT MATTERS.

UM, AND SLIDE, PLEASE YOU'LL SEE US REFLECTED HERE, UM, IN THE MIDDLE COLUMN COLUMN WITH OUR OTHER, UM, FOLKS UNDER GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS.

AND SO HERE COMES SOME OF THE UPDATES IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE, UH, STRUCTURE AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE NEW THAT ARE GOING ON IN TERMS OF THE, OF THE CITY ORG CHART THAT WE WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF.

UM, SO THERE IS A NEW CHIEF OF STAFF POSITION COMING THAT WILL BE, UM, LOOKING OVER OUR, UH, OURSELVES AT INNOVATION OFFICE EQUITY, UM, SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE, AND WHAT IS TO BE A NEW RESILIENCE OFFICER.

UM, RIGHT NOW WE CURRENTLY REPORT TO THE, UH, OF COURSE EVERYBODY REPORTS TO THE CITY MANAGER AND ULTIMATELY TO THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

UM, BUT, UH, ON THE DAY TO DAY, UH, WE REPORT TO THE DEPUTY CITY MANAGER, WHICH IS, UM, AN ACTING PERSON RIGHT NOW, UM, AS THAT POSITION WAS VACATED.

SO THAT IS, UM, AND MORGAN WHO TYPICALLY SERVES AS OUR CITY'S, UH, ATTORNEY, UM, UH, BUT THERE WILL BE A CHIEF OF STAFF TO COME AND THOSE OFFICES THAT I MENTIONED, UM, WE'LL BE MIGRATING UNDER THAT.

UM, THAT'S ABOUT AS MUCH INFORMATION I HAVE ABOUT THIS, ABOUT THIS CHANGE.

UM, BUT I THINK WE DO THINK THAT IT IS, UM, SIGNIFICANT AND MEANINGFUL, UH, SITE PLEASE, AND THAT YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF IT, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE IT IS AN EFFORT, UM, FROM THE CITY MANAGER'S OFFICE TO REALLY BRING SOME OF THE ANCHORS, UM, THAT ARE IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN AND WE CALL THEM STRATEGIC ANCHORS CLOSER TOGETHER.

UM, AND SO HERE YOU SEE THAT WE HAVE, UM, EQUITY, AFFORDABILITY, INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, AND RESILIENCY, PROACTIVE PREVENTION, COMMUNITY TRUST AND RELATIONSHIPS.

THESE ARE THE ANCHORS ARE SUPPOSED TO REALLY OPERATE ACROSS THE ENTIRE ENTERPRISE, UM, BOTH IN THE WAY THAT WE SORT OF SERVE THE ENTERPRISE, BUT THEN ALSO THAT PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO OPERATE WITH RIGHT IN TERMS OF, UM, CITY EMPLOYEES AND THE WAY THAT WE DO OUR WORK.

AND SO IT IS VERY MEANINGFUL TO BE GROUPING AND THE, UH, OFFICES THAT EXIST SPECIFICALLY THAT TIE BACK TO THESE ANCHORS, UM, AND TO GIVE THEM THAT, THAT FOCUS AND THEN THAT DIRECT SORT OF COMMUNICATION BACK UP TO THE CITY MANAGER TO INFORM, UM, UH, DECISION MAKING TOWARD, TOWARD THOSE CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE TOGETHER AS A CITY, UH, SIDE, PLEASE.

ALL RIGHT.

SO HERE, I WANTED TO JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SOME OF THE TRAJECTORY OF OUR WORK.

UM, WE HAVE, UM, IN THE PAST, YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN US REALLY LEAN INTO THE COLUMN HERE THAT STARTS WITH SYSTEMS DESIGN AND DOING A LOT OF THESE, UM, SORTA SORTS OF WORK AND, UM, EXPRESSING THESE CAPABILITIES

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WITHIN OUR CITY SYSTEM.

SO A LOT OF OUR PROJECTS AND ONGOING PROGRAMS, UM, REALLY, UH, BEGAN WITH LOOKING AT THE, THIS, UM, THESE CAPABILITIES.

UM, AND THEN, UM, AS THE YEARS WENT BY, UH, WE CONTINUED WITH GROWTH TOWARD, UM, THE MIDDLE COLUMN WITH THE COMMUNITY BASED ACCELERATORS, CO-CREATION FACILITATION ORGANIZING, UM, AND BUILDING THOSE NETWORKS AND PARTNERSHIPS, AND REALLY WE'RE NOW HITTING, UH, THINGS WHERE THE OFFICE HAS REALLY ALWAYS DONE SOME LEVEL OF, UM, OF RESEARCH.

UM, BUT WE ARE WALKING INTO A NEXT PHASE OF FORMALIZING THAT AND REALLY GROWING THAT.

AND THAT'S WHERE I COME INTO THE MIX AND I FEEL VERY LUCKY TO, UM, BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO, UM, HELP GROW THE OFFICE AND ITS CAPACITIES OF QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH, UH, FORTIFYING OUR CAPACITIES AND, UM, DATA SCIENCE, UH, DESIGNING AND PROTOTYPING, UM, EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES, GRANT APPLICATIONS, AND IMPACT EVALUATIONS.

UM, AND THESE ARE REALLY SORT OF THE, THE FRONTIER OF PRACTICE, UM, AND WHAT WE WANT TO BUILD OUT, UM, IN, UH, IN OUR, UH, IN OUR OFFICE, UM, FOR THE CITY.

SO AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, WE SERVE, UH, CITY TEAMS. SO WE'RE AN INTERNAL FACING, UM, WHAT USED TO BE CALLED MANAGEMENT SERVICES, RIGHT.

SERVICES THAT ARE IN SERVICE OF OTHER PEOPLE, UM, AT THE CITY OF AUSTIN, OTHER PRACTITIONERS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, TO HELP THEM MEET THOSE MUNICIPAL, UM, EMISSIONS, UM, THAT W THAT WORK AROUND THOSE COMPLEX CHALLENGES AND A LOT OF WHAT WE'VE HEARD OVER TIME ABOUT SORT OF, UM, WHAT IS IT A GAP IN TERMS OF ASSISTANCE THAT PEOPLE NEED FALL IN THIS, UM, IN THIS NEW SORT OF, UM, COLUMN OF THINGS THAT WE ARE WALKING INTO, UM, SLIDE PLEASE.

OKAY.

SO I WANTED TO SHOW JUST A LITTLE BIT OF, OF OUR STRUCTURE.

WE DO HAVE, UM, OUR CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICERS STILL IN PLACE RIGHT NOW, THAT IS AN ACTING ROLE AS OUR, UM, AS OUR CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER WHO YOU MAY HAVE MET IN THE PAST OR FEARLESSLY HERE, CARIO CONNOR, UM, IS ON SABBATICAL RIGHT NOW.

UM, AND SO DANIEL COOLATTA IS OUR ACTING CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER.

HE TYPICALLY SERVES OVER IN OUR DESIGN PROTOTYPING, AND DE-RISKING OUR PORTFOLIO AS A PORTFOLIO MANAGER.

UM, AND THEN I AM NEW IN THIS NEW POSITION CREATED AND TITLE OF CHIEF RESEARCH AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES, UM, OFFICER, UH, WHICH IS OUR NEW FOCUS AREA THAT WE ARE ENDEAVORING TO GROW OUT.

UM, UNDER THIS FOCUS AREA, WE ALSO HAVE, UM, SOME SORT OF NEW AND NEW, OLD THINGS COMING TO THE OFFICE, IF YOU WILL.

SO FOR INSTANCE, UM, THERE'S A LONG STANDING OFFERING OF THE OPEN DATA PORTAL, UM, WHICH IS COMING TO THE OFFICE IN TERMS OF, OF ITS SUBSTANCE AND CONTENT.

UM, THE TECHNOLOGY HOSTING OF IT WILL STILL LIVE OF COURSE, WITH OUR TECHNOLOGY GROUP CTM WITHIN THE CITY.

UM, BUT SUBSTANCE, UH, WHY IS WE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW THAT WITHIN, UH, WITHIN THE OFFICE AND THAT FALLS UNDER MY NEW FOCUS AREA.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE, YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF THE NEW, UM, I GUESS CONTRACTUAL AND PURCHASING TOOL CALLED THE UTI, UM, ILA THAT ENTERED LOCAL IMPLEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS.

THIS IS MEANT TO BE A WAY TO STREAMLINE THE PROCESS AND REALLY UNIFYING GIVE CLARITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE WORK THAT IS BEING DONE IN THE RESEARCH REALM, UM, ACROSS THE ENTIRE ENTERPRISE, AND TO GIVE AN AVENUE, UH, FOR, FOR SORT OF A FASTER WAY TO GET TO THE POINT OF BEING ABLE TO DO THAT WORK, UH, FOR THE OFFICES THAT WE SERVE ACROSS THE CITY.

SO THE UTI LA REALLY GREW OUT OF WORK THAT WAS HAPPENING AT OUR TECHNOLOGY TEAM AND OUR TECHNOLOGY TEAM AT CTM.

UM, BUT BECAUSE IT IS MEANT TO SERVE MORE THAN JUST SORT OF THE SCOPE OF, OF THE ONE DEPARTMENT AND REALLY SERVE CITYWIDE, IT'S BEING MIGRATED TO OUR OFFICE, UM, SO THAT WE CAN, UM, WE CAN BEGIN TO, UM, THAT EXPANSION, UH, AND, UM, AND TO HAVE IT, UM, BENEFIT A WIDER ARRAY OF SORT OF, UM, SCOPE AND TOPIC.

UM, SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE SORT OF NEW AND EXISTING IN, UM, THINGS THAT, UM, THAT ARE NEW TO THE OFFICE, BUT PERHAPS, UM, I GUESS THE ILA IS PRETTY NEW TO THE CITY.

IT'S AN IT'S ONE YEAR, UM, SORT OF ANNIVERSARY COMING SOON.

UM, BUT, UM, BUT STILL KIND OF NEW, UM, IN TERMS OF, UH, EXISTING IN THE ENTERPRISE.

UM, WE DO PLAN TO SOME RECORDING, UH, AROUND THE FIRST YEAR OF ACTIVITIES OF THE UTI ILA, WHICH WILL BE REALLY INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT OUR DEPARTMENT'S DOING IN TERMS OF, UH,

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RESEARCH, UM, WITH THIS ONE VERY SIGNIFICANT ENTITY.

UM, AND, AND WHAT IS A FUTURE, UH, OF, OF, UH, THE NEEDS OF RESEARCH ON IN THE ORGANIZATION.

UM, AND WE'LL ALSO BE TALKING ABOUT SORT OF THE DOLLARS EXPENDED AROUND THAT, AND, UM, YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO THAT IN THE NEXT QUARTER.

UM, UH, AFTER THE, UH, ANNIVERSARY OF THE ONE YEAR, WE'LL BE TYING UP SOME, SOME OF THAT REPORTING AND HOPEFULLY PUBLISHING, UM, A DASHBOARD THAT WILL FIRST COME TO THE, UM, COUNCIL'S AUDIT AND FINANCE, UM, MEMBERS.

UM, AND THEN HOPEFULLY WE'LL, WE'LL LIVE IN A PLACE WHERE IT COULD BE ACCESS A LITTLE BIT MORE, MORE WIDELY.

SO I WANT YOU TO MAKE, TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, THAT YOU HAVE THAT, UM, ON THE WRITER.

UM, SO WE WILL BE ENDEAVORING TO, UM, AS I SAID, FOUR TO FIVE, UM, OTHER RELATIONSHIPS THAT CAN BENEFIT RESEARCH, NOT ONLY WITH UNIVERSITIES, BUT WE HOPE TO, UM, REALLY, UH, HELP PEOPLE ACROSS OUR ORGANIZATION, UM, COME INTO TIGHTER PARTNERSHIP WITH ENTITIES THAT MAY BE COMMUNITY BASED AND COMMUNITY DRIVEN, UM, THAT DO, UH, RESEARCH.

UM, AND WE REALLY DEEPLY AND STRONGLY HOLD THE VALUE THAT, UM, THAT THE DATA THAT IS PRODUCED ABOUT PEOPLE IS OWNED BY THE PEOPLE THAT IT IS ABOUT.

UM, SO WE INTEND TO, TO OPERATE, UH, WITH THAT AND TO REALLY, UM, THINK ABOUT PEOPLE'S RIGHTS TO DATA AND THEIR DIGITAL RIGHTS AS WE SORT OF DO THIS WORK, UM, TO, TO INFUSE, UM, A PRACTICE OF RESEARCH, A PRACTICE OF BEING DATA DRIVEN ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION TO BUILD BETTER, UM, SERVICES AND OFFERINGS, UH, TO THE COMMUNITY, UH, SIDE PLATES.

AND, SORRY, I'LL SAY ONE MORE THING ABOUT THAT LAST SLIDE.

UM, IT'S JUST THAT THERE IS A SPECTRUM, RIGHT, REALLY, UM, OF THESE CAPACITIES.

A LOT OF TIMES PROJECTS TAKE MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF CAPABILITY, UH, TO REALLY GET, UH, ACROSS THE FINISH LINE.

AND SO, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE THESE FOCUS AREAS, UH, WITHIN THE OFFICE, UM, UH, BECAUSE WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO BY HR STANDARDS AND, UM, AND HAVE USED DIFFERENT GROUPS OF CHAINS, OF SUPERVISION, ET CETERA, REALLY, WE WORK, UM, UH, AS A TEAM ACROSS, UH, THE OFFICE, UM, AND STAFF, UH, PROJECTS, PROGRAMS, AND CONSULTATIONS IN A WAY THAT REALLY MEETS A NEED OF WHATEVER IS AT THE CHALLENGE IS AT HAND, UM, PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, AND CONSULTATIONS ARE HOW WE THINK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TYPE OF INTERACTIONS THAT WE HAVE, UM, IN TERMS OF WHAT WE TAKE ON AND WHAT PEOPLE BRING TO US.

AND SO THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW TOO, BECAUSE THERE MAY BE SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT OR CROSSING PATHS WITH, UM, IN THE ENTERPRISE.

UM, AND WE'RE, WE'RE PREPARING A, UH, A SORT OF REBOUND, UM, INTAKE PROCESS AND THE NEXT, UM, UH, COUPLE OF MONTHS AS WELL, THAT CAN HELP PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW TO, UM, HOW TO BRING, UH, BRING THEIR NEEDS TO US SO THAT WE CAN, UM, SHAKE THEM INTO, UM, INTO PROGRAMS, PROJECTS, OR CONSULTATIONS THAT WE CAN THEN HELP PEOPLE WITH, UM, PROGRAMS FOR US REALLY ARE THOSE ONGOING OFFERINGS, UM, SUCH AS THE DATA PORTAL, SUCH AS THE ILA, THOSE ARE STANDING PROGRAMS WITHIN THE OFFICE.

UM, PROJECTS WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE MAY, UM, UH, WRITE A PROPOSAL AGAINST, UM, THAT, THAT ALL PARTIES AGREE TO, UM, HA THAT WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE INTERACTION TO CONSULT WITH, UM, WITH ENTITIES, UH, WITHIN THE CITY FOR A MORE EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME.

WE'VE DONE CONSULTATIONS BEFORE, FOR EXAMPLE, WITH OUR, UH, WHAT IS SOUND, THE HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT AROUND ISSUES OF DISPLACEMENT AND ANTI-DISPLACEMENT THAT HAVE SPANNED A YEAR, YEAR AND A HALF, AND THE OFFICE HAS DONE WORK ON HOMELESSNESS THAT HAS BEEN MULTI-YEAR ET CETERA.

SO THESE ARE MORE ONGOING PROJECTS.

UM, BUT THEN A LOT OF OUR WORK IS SOMETIMES JUST ONGOING CONSULTATIONS.

FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAD A CONSULTATION JUST, JUST YESTERDAY, THAT WAS, UM, PROBABLY, UM, A ONE-TIME SORT OF THING REGARDING, UM, FACILITATION FOR A PLANNING PROCESS AND IDEAS OF HOW TO, UM, HELP PEOPLE, UM, SHAPE, UH, FACILITATION FOR, UH, FOR BEING MORE COMMUNITY CENTERED, UM, AND, UM, BEING TOWARD CO-CREATION RIGHT AND GROWING THOSE CAPACITIES WITHIN THE STAFF, UM, LEADING THAT PLANNING PROCESS.

SO JUST SOME GENERAL EXAMPLES.

NOW WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

AND SO I DID WANT TO MAKE SURE TO BRING, UH, FOR, FOR YOU, UM, SOMETHING MORE SPECIFIC THAT IS IN, IN YOUR ROLE IN TERMS OF AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT, UH, THAT, THAT YOU CROSS PATHS WITH ALL THE TIME IN YOUR THINKING, UM, IN THIS COMMISSION.

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UM, SO WHILE THE OP THE OFFICE OF INNOVATION, UM, ISN'T SHAPED TO ONLY LOOK AT CHALLENGES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH TECHNOLOGY.

A LOT OF TIMES WE DO, UM, WORK ON PROJECTS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH TECHNOLOGY THAT DEAL WITH DI DIGITAL EQUITY AND COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY.

UM, SO FUNDED, SECRET MY COLLEAGUES, UM, JUST A SAMPLING OF WHAT SOME OF THOSE MOST RECENT PROJECTS MIGHT BE.

UH, SO I WILL SAY THAT THESE ARE, THESE ARE PROJECTS THAT, UM, AS I'M NEW IN MY POSITION, UM, I HAVE NOT BEEN, UM, NECESSARILY, UM, DEEPLY INVOLVED IN LEADING.

SO THERE MAY BE A LIMIT TO, UH, QUESTIONS THAT I CAN ANSWER ABOUT THESE, BUT I HAVE INCLUDED FOR YOU, UM, SOME OF THE CONTEXT HERE OF, OF WHERE YOU CAN READ IT, WHO YOU CAN REACH OUT TO, IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THESE PROJECTS.

SO YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE LIFESTYLES PROJECT.

THIS WAS A GRANT FUNDED PROJECT, UH, UH, WITH THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, UH, THAT THE SYDNEY, UH, UH, INNOVATION OFFICE HELD, UM, IT IS NOW COMPLETED WITH THE, UH, THE CONCEPT WAS TO, UH, CREATE A DIGITALLY CERTIFIED AND ENCRYPTED, UM, UM, MECHANISM THAT DECENTRALIZES, UM, THE, THE DISTRIBUTION OF CERTIFIED, UM, DOCUMENTS, UM, AND REALLY ALLOWS PEOPLE TO HAVE, UM, CONTROL AND ACCESS, UM, TO THEIR PERSONAL, UM, DOCUMENTS THAT THEY MAY NEED FOR ALL SORTS OF, UM, MUNICIPAL SERVICES.

RIGHT? SO, UM, THIS WAS A SOLUTION THAT REALLY CAME OUT OF THE WORK AROUND HOMELESSNESS AT THE OFFICE WAS DOING, UM, IN HEARING FROM THE LIVED EXPERIENCE OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS, THEIR DIFFICULTY IN ACCESSING IN, UM, MAINTAINING CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN PERSONAL, UM, INFORMATION, UM, AND, UH, RECORDS, UM, IN ORDER TO RECEIVE, UH, SERVICES.

AND SO IT BECAME A TECHNOLOGY PROJECT, RIGHT, WITH A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION THAT THE, THAT THE OFFICE WAS, UM, DEVELOPING THE CODE FOR WHAT WAS DEVELOPED IS OPEN SOURCE AND IS AVAILABLE FOR, UH, FOR YOU OR ANYBODY ELSE WHO WANTS TO IMPLEMENT WITH IT, IMPLEMENT SOLUTIONS WITH IT.

UM, AND OUR CONTACT FOR THAT IS OUR, UM, CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER.

UH, DANIEL COOLATTA DID INCLUDE A LINK THERE FOR YOU.

UH, HOPEFULLY IT'S NOT TOO LONG.

UM, UM, BUT, UM, BUT THAT IS WHERE THERE IS MUCH MORE INFORMATION STORED ONLINE ABOUT THIS PROJECT.

I ALREADY MENTIONED THE OPEN DATA PORTAL, UM, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS MIGRATING INTO OUR OFFICE.

AS, AS WE MENTIONED, WE ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO PREPARING AND SCOPING WHAT WILL BE THIS NEXT PHASE OF DEVELOPMENT FOR BOTH THE PORTAL ITSELF, AND THEN INTERNAL INSIDE THE CITY.

THERE'S AN OPEN DATA GROUP.

UM, SO A GROUP OF PRACTITIONERS THAT WE UP TO TALK ABOUT, UM, PRACTICES AROUND DATA AND OPEN DATA, AND THESE ISSUES AROUND OPEN GOVERNMENT THAT'S AROUND DATA.

UM, AND WE ARE REALLY VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING UP THAT MUSCLE AND BUILDING UP THAT PORTAL IN A WAY THAT HOPEFULLY, UM, WALKS TOWARDS BEING A TOOL THAT IS ABOUT, UM, UH, DECISION SUPPORT, RATHER THAN JUST SORT OF, UM, A TOOL THAT, UH, HAS STATIC DATA SETS.

SO HOW CAN WE PUBLISH AND CREATE VISUALIZATIONS AROUND PERHAPS AN ONGOING AGENDA OF, UM, RESEARCH THAT HELPS PEOPLE, UM, HAVE STRONGER TOOLS, DECISION, SUPPORT TOOLS THAT ARE PUBLIC AND AVAILABLE, UM, AROUND THESE DATA SETS THAT THE CITY HAS, UH, FOR USE, UM, TOWARD, UH, SOLUTIONS OF THESE COMPLEX CHALLENGES.

SO REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO, TO GROW THE PRACTICE THERE, UM, AND KEEP PUSHING TOWARD, UH, YOU KNOW, BETTER AND BETTER OFFERINGS FROM THE URBAN AIR MOBILITY, UM, WORKING GROUP, UM, IS A GROUP THAT WAS, UH, FACILITATED, UM, BY, BY THE OFFICE, UM, REALLY TO, UM, TO BEGIN TO HAVE A CONVERSATION AROUND, UM, THE USE OF DRONES.

SO WHAT, WHAT WE SAW WAS THAT MANY, NOT, NOT MANY, BUT THERE WERE MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE CITY THAT WERE USING DRONES WITHIN THEIR OWN, UH, FOR THEIR OWN PURPOSE AND, UM, MUNICIPAL MISSION, UH, WITHIN THE CITY, BUT THEY WEREN'T NECESSARILY COMMUNICATING ACROSS EACH OTHER.

THE CITY, UM, UH, AGAINST THESE TECHNOLOGIES DID NOT HAVE A UNIFIED SET OF POLICIES OR GUIDELINES, UM, OR EVEN MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES THAT WERE RECOMMENDED, UM, OR, OR FORMAL GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE.

AND SO THE CONVERSATION REALLY WAS TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER TO BEGIN TO CALL LESSER ON THESE THINGS.

UM, THE, THE STAGE THEY ARE IN A VERY EMERGENT STAGE, UM, BUT THEY DO HAVE A NEW PROJECT, UM, SPONSOR EXECUTIVE

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SPONSOR, WHICH IS, UM, THE CIO AT CTM, CHRIS STEWART, WHO MANY OF YOU MAY KNOW, UM, AND THEY ARE DEVELOPING THEIR, UH, PROJECT CHARTER AT THIS TIME.

IF YOU WISH TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS PROJECT, THE CONTACT IS, UM, UH, KIRK SCANLON, OF COURSE, THIS IS TECHNOLOGY THAT WOULD CROSS PATHS, UM, UH, POTENTIALLY WITH, WITH RESIDENTS.

AND SO WE THOUGHT THAT THIS MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU TO, UM, TO KNOW ABOUT, UM, THE LAST ONE I'LL TALK ABOUT IS THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ADVANCED SERVICES.

UM, AND THIS IS A PROJECT THAT REALLY THINKS ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT LEVERAGE INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE TO IMPROVE OUR CITY OPERATIONS AND SERVICES.

UM, THERE WAS, UH, THERE WAS A WORKING GROUP THAT BEGAN TO COALESCE AROUND HAVING THIS PARTICULAR CONVERSATION, UM, AND REALLY TO THINK ABOUT, UM, USE CASES THAT MIGHT APPLY WHAT CAME OUT ON THE OTHER END OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS IS, UM, AIDS, THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TAKING THE LEAD, UM, TO LOOK, UH, AT THE SPACE OF, UM, PILOTS IN THEIR SMART MOBILITY PROGRAM.

UM, AND SO THEY'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN THINKING ABOUT HOW THESE INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE CAN, UM, CAN HELP THEM.

UM, I BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE IN THE STAGE OF JUST BARELY THINKING THROUGH SORT OF WHAT MIGHT BE SOME OF THESE PILOTS AGAINST ALL OF THE POTENTIAL USE CASE APPLICATIONS THAT MAY BE KIND OF IN THEIR REALM.

UM, SO FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EMERGENT, UM, UH, PROJECT, YOU CAN CONTACT JASON, JOHN MICHAEL, FROM THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT.

THESE ARE ALL PROJECTS THAT HAVE, UM, ORIGINATED AND CROSS PATHS WITH OUR OFFICE OF INNOVATION, BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ABOUT, UH, SO THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION TODAY.

I REALLY HOPE TO, UM, TO CONTINUE TO GROW OUR, UH, WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND COLLABORATION TOGETHER.

AND SHOULD YOU WISH TO CONTACT ME? THIS IS MY, UM, EMAIL, UM, AND, AND, UM, IT'S AN, IT'S AN OPEN DOOR FOR CONVERSATION ABOUT THE THINGS THAT YOU ALL ARE CHANGED ON HEARING FROM THE COMMISSION, AS I MENTIONED, UM, I HAD ALSO SERVED AS A COMMISSIONER SOME YEARS BACK, UH, ACTUALLY ON THE IMMIGRATION, UH, FIRST COMMISSION.

AND SO I AM VERY, I'M VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE EFFORTS OF, OF COMMISSIONERS AND PEOPLE WHO STEP UP TO THE PLATE IN THAT, IN THAT WAY AND IN THAT CAPACITY.

SO I'M SO HAPPY TO BE IN CONTACT AND RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU ALL.

UM, AND, AND THE GOOD WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH, ALTHOUGH THAT WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION, LOTS OF GREAT INFORMATION, AND I DEFINITELY HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS.

UH, I KNOW THAT WE ONLY HAVE SO MUCH TIME FOR QUESTIONS, BUT I APPRECIATE YOU GIVING US AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASK A FEW IF YOU'VE GOT SOME TIME FOR US.

ABSOLUTELY.

YES.

OKAY, GREAT.

UM, SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO REALLY ASK AS I THINK ABOUT HOW YOU DESCRIBED YOURSELF AS BEING, UH, YOUR ORGANIZATION AS BEING A INWARD SERVING ORGANIZATION, UH, AND THE VARIETY OF WAYS YOU CAN BRING RESOURCES TO BEAR, UH, YOU KNOW, OUR COMMISSION, AS YOU ASTUTELY OBSERVED IS VERY FOCUSED ON COMMUNITY NEEDS AND HAVING AN AUDIENCE WITH THE COMMUNITY, UH, AND GIVING THE COMMUNITY A VOICE, UM, WITH OUR FOCUS ON EQUITY, WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON DIGITAL EQUITY AND DIGITAL INCLUSION, UH, THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATION OF OUR GRANT FOR TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM.

BUT WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW, IN ADDITION TO OTHER THINGS FOCUSED ON THE DIGITAL INCLUSION ECOSYSTEM IS REALLY WORKING TO SURFACE UP THOSE NEEDS, RIGHT.

AND TO BE ABLE TO GIVE DIRECT ACCESS TO POLICY MAKERS WITH THE VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHAT THEY NEED, UH, PARTICULARLY AS IT AFFECTS, RELATES TO DIGITAL INCLUSION, INFRASTRUCTURE TECHNOLOGY, AND THE LIKE.

SO WHEN I THINK ABOUT EXAMPLES THAT YOU'VE LISTED HERE ON THE BACK, UH, PARTICULARLY, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ADVANCED SERVICES, AS AN EXAMPLE, OR OF OPEN DATA PORTAL, UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK ABOUT GOING IN REVERSE ORDER, I THINK ABOUT THE, UH, RESIDENTIAL TECHNOLOGY STUDY WE HAVE UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW AND THE WAY THAT WE'RE LOOKING TO EXPAND, UH, OUR INFORMATION, UH, ACCESS AND THE INSIGHTS WE HAVE AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO THEN SURFACE THAT UP TO YOU TO LEVERAGE FURTHER, UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK ABOUT, UH, CERTAINLY OUR ONGOING CONVERSATIONS AROUND INTELLIGENT ARCHITECTURE AND, AND WE'LL, WE'LL CERTAINLY FOLLOW UP WITH JASON, JOHN MICHAEL, AS THAT'S VERY SPECIFIC, BUT WITH THE COMMUNITY ASPECT, I THINK ABOUT HOW WE COULD LEVERAGE YOUR DEPARTMENT TO THEN HAVE THOSE

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CONVERSATIONS, TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THESE SYSTEMS, UH, DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES, YOU KNOW, WITHOUT BEING SPECIFIC TO WHAT THEY ARE RIGHT NOW, BUT TO GET THEM INFORMED, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY, THEY UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT THESE THINGS CAN DO, THE TECHNOLOGIES CAN IMPACT HOW THEY CAN IMPACT THEIR LIVES AND WHAT CONCERNS THEY MIGHT HAVE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES AND BARRIERS TO TRUST.

FOR EXAMPLE, UH, WITH SOME OF THESE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES IN THE COMMUNITY, UH, IT'S REALLY KIND OF CURIOUS TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS, UH, WITH, WITH THAT TO KIND OF CONSIDER, UH, REALLY AS A FIRST QUESTION.

YEAH, DEFINITELY.

I THINK THAT Y'ALL ARE AT THE, AT THE FOREFRONT AND CLOSEST TO COMMUNITY, UM, IN THE WAYS THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT YOU ARE EXECUTING YOUR, YOUR WORK.

SO I'D BE REALLY INTERESTED TO, TO CONNECT WITH Y'ALL, TO LEARN MORE IN DETAIL ABOUT, UM, ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY AT HAND, UM, AND TO UNDERSTAND WHAT, WHAT WE MIGHT OFFER.

UM, WE MAY, A LOT OF TIMES WE MAY NOT BE THE SORT OF ULTIMATE HOME FOR, FOR SOME OF THE THINGS THAT, THAT COME TO US, BUT WE ARE A VERY GOOD PLACE TO START IN ORDER TO CHANNEL AND FIND, UM, THE PLACES WITHIN THE CITY THAT MAY BE THE BEST PLACE, UM, TO CARRY SOMETHING LONGTERM.

UM, AND THAT'S PART OF THE INNOVATION OFFICE, UM, SORT OF, WE, WE MAY START THINGS, BUT AS WE SAW ON OUR PROJECTS, THOSE ARE HANDED OFF FOR THE LONGTERM, UM, IN OTHER DEPARTMENTS.

BUT CERTAINLY, UM, THE CHALLENGE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES RIGHT, IS, UH, IS A, UM, IS A TYPE OF COMPLEX CHALLENGE THAT IS WORTH THE INNOVATION OFFICE, UM, CERTAINLY LOOKING AT AND THINKING ABOUT, UM, AND WE'D LOVE TO UNDERSTAND, UM, BETTER KIND OF WHAT ARE, UM, WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF, OF YOUR CURRENT WORK, UM, AND HOW, HOW WE MIGHT BE HELPFUL, UM, IN THAT, UM, THAT MAY, MAY RESULT IN ALL, UH, ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT AVENUES.

UM, WHETHER THAT IS, AGAIN, I WANT TO FIND, UM, UH, STAFF ACROSS THE CITY OR, UM, UM, UNDERSTANDING, UH, A CONVERSATION THAT NEEDS TO BE HAPPENING, THAT ISN'T HAPPENING, PUTTING ENERGY, UM, AROUND THAT, UM, OR, UM, CONNECTING, UH, INFORMATION, UH, WE HAVE DEFINITE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE OPEN DATA PORTAL TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IS PUBLISHED ABOUT THESE THINGS, UM, AND, AND HOW WE MAKE THAT, UM, ACCESSIBLE, UM, TO FOLKS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CITY TO DRIVE THE CONVERSATION.

SO I THINK THERE'S JUST KIND OF A WEALTH OF WAYS AND VARIETY OF THAT THAT COULD COME OF, UM, A CONVERSATION AROUND, UM, AROUND YOUR CURRENT WORK, IN THIS REALM.

UH, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

I CAN REALLY APPRECIATE THAT RESPONSE AND WE'LL CERTAINLY BE FOLLOWING UP, UH, TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES BEFORE PASSING ON TO MY OTHER PEERS, FOR QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE.

I DID WANT TO ASK OF ONE OF THE THING AS IT RELATES TO THE CURRENT INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT AND OTHER PROJECTS AROUND INTELLIGENT ARC, EXCUSE ME, INFRASTRUCTURE THAT MIGHT INVOLVE OR REQUIRE, UH, ACTUALLY, UH, A PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP.

UH, CAN YOU MAYBE SPEAK TO HOW YOUR DEPARTMENT WILL BE INVOLVED IN CREATING AND HELPING TO REALLY MAP OUT THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO SOME OF THESE PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS, IF YOU WILL, AT ALL? YEAH, SO THE UTI LA IS VERY SPECIFICALLY FOR, UM, UH, FOR, UH, UH, SECURING, UM, RESEARCH CAPACITY.

UM, AND SO IT IS A VERY SPECIFIC TOOL, UM, AND AGREEMENT THAT UT AND THE CITY CAME AROUND TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE COULD LEVERAGE RESEARCH CAPACITIES.

UH, THE FUNDING, UM, MOST TIMES REALLY COMES FROM THE CITY'S END, RIGHT, PAYING FOR A SERVICE.

UM, BUT IT IS A CONTRACTUAL TOOL, UM, TO HELP US EXPEDITE THAT AND DRAW THAT DOWN.

UM, RIGHT NOW THE CITY DOESN'T HAVE A SPECIFIC OFFICE THAT LOOKS AT PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.

UM, ALTHOUGH I WILL SAY THAT THERE, THERE IS SOME CAPACITY I THINK, WITH, WITHIN OUR CAPITAL CONTRACTING OFFICE AROUND THIS.

UM, AND I DON'T WANT TO SAY THAT INCORRECTLY SO I CAN, I CAN CHECK BACK AND MAKE SURE ABOUT THAT.

UM, AND, AND I KNOW THAT THERE MAY BE SOME STAFF THAT HAS, UM, SOME OF THIS WORK IN, UH, IN VERY SPECIFIC ROOMS IN OUR FINANCIAL SERVICES, UH, UNIT.

UM, BUT THAT DOESN'T SPECIFICALLY LIVE WITHIN THE INNOVATION OFFICE.

WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO, UM, IN THIS KIND OF NEW PHASE THAT WE ARE WALKING INTO, UM, TO GROW, UM, UH, CAPACITY AND TO THINK ABOUT WHAT IS SORT OF NECESSARY AND

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WHAT MAY BE USEFUL TO FOLKS IN THE ENTERPRISE IN TERMS OF LOOKING AT, UM, AT GRANTS.

AND SO A LOT OF TIMES, UM, THE NUMBER ONE BARRIER OF TRYING SOMETHING NEW IN TERMS OF INNOVATION IS FUNDING, RIGHT? UM, AND SO WE ARE VERY AWARE OF THAT, AND WE ARE ALSO VERY WORRIED THAT THERE IS VERY LIMITED CAPACITY, UM, AND SOMETIMES NO, NO CAPACITY, THERE'S NO SORT OF EXISTENCE, UM, STAFF ACROSS DEPARTMENTS THAT, UM, THAT IS SOLELY DEDICATED TO LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES OF FUNDING THAT COME FROM OUTSIDE OF THE CITY BUDGET.

SO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO EXPLORE WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE TO BRING SOME CAPACITY WITHIN THE INNOVATION OFFICE THAT HELPS US LOOK AT, UM, LOOK AT HELPING OTHERS, UH, SECURE FUNDING OUTSIDE OF THE CITY'S COFFERS.

AND THAT INDEED MAY INVOLVE SOME PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WOULD BE REMISS TO NOT MENTION ALSO THE NEW ECONOMIC, UM, UH, DEVELOPMENT, UM, CORPORATION THAT IS CREATED AGAIN FOR, FOR A VERY SPECIFIC, UM, SORT OF TOPICAL.

UM, BUT I DO, I DO BELIEVE THAT THEY WOULD ALSO BE SORT OF WORKING IN THE REALM OF PRIVATE PARTNER, UH, PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIPS, UM, IN REGARD TO, UM, THINGS THAT SORT OF TOUCH, UM, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

SO THOSE ARE SOME SPACES THAT I'M AWARE OF WHERE THERE IS SOME CAPACITY AND KIND OF WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE PIPE, UM, AROUND THAT THERE WAS, UM, I THINK AN EMERGENT EFFORT AROUND, UM, STRATEGIC, STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS AT CTM FOR SOME TIME, BUT I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THAT EXISTS IN THE WAY IT WAS EXISTING, UM, ANYMORE.

UM, AND SOME OF THAT STUFF HAS ACTUALLY MIGRATED, UM, TO OUR OFFICE.

SO WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THEIR EXPERTISE AS WE EXPLORE THIS IN REALM OF THINKING ABOUT THAT CRIME, UH, THAT GRANT CAPACITY, UM, UH, THAT WE ARE WANTING TO EXPLORE.

UM, AND WE WILL HAVE TO WALK THROUGH ALL OF THE, ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO WALK THROUGH TO, UH, WITH OUR LEADERSHIP TO, UM, GET APPROVAL, TO DO THAT, ET CETERA, BUT IT IS A DIRECTION THAT WE'RE TRYING TO, UM, TO GO INTO AN OFFERING THAT WE WANT TO HAVE, UH, FOR FOLKS, UH, WITHIN THE ENTERPRISE.

THE LAST THING ALL, UM, PUT ON THE RADAR ABOUT THIS IS, UH, THERE IS A PROJECT, UM, UH, WITHIN OUR OFFICE OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT, UM, TO LOOK AT GRANTS THAT IS ALSO EDITS BEGINNING PHASES AND TO KIND OF HELP UNDERSTAND, UM, WHAT IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE CITY IN TERMS OF HOW PEOPLE, UM, DECIDE TO TAKE ON GRANTS AND, UH, APPROACH GRANTS THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY JUST ABOUT THE INNOVATION SPACE, BUT ACROSS THE BOARD.

UM, AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER PLACE THAT MAY YIELD SOME, SOME INSIGHTS, AND WE'RE LOOKING OF COURSE, TO BE COLLABORATIVE AND CONNECT WITH THAT GROUP, TO UNDERSTAND THE INSIGHTS THAT THEY'RE YIELDING SO THAT WE CAN BRING THOSE RELEVANT INSIGHTS BACK TO WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO BUILD AT OUR SHOP.

I HOPE THAT'S HELPFUL.

IT WAS, IT WAS HELPFUL.

AND WE DO HAVE SOME QUESTIONS I DO WANT TO JUST PROVIDE ONE BIT OF ONE CAVEAT HERE TO MY PEERS.

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PROVIDING THE FOLLOW-UP CONTACTS FOR EACH PROJECT, BECAUSE WE WILL NEED TO FOLLOW UP WITH THESE CONTACTS IN THE WORKING GROUP SETTING.

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

UH, SO IF ANY QUESTIONS ARE RELATED TO THAT, IF YOU COULD JUST REFRAIN FROM THOSE AND WE'LL HAVE TO TAKE THOSE OFFLINE TO THESE INDIVIDUALS.

UM, BUT I I'M SEEING, UH, COMMISSIONER YATES WHO HAS A QUESTION AND ON A SEEK MR. DASGUPTA OR ANYONE ELSE BEFORE I LET SOMEONE ASK ANYONE ELSE HAVE A QUESTION THAT THEY KNOW OF COMMISSIONER GARA AS WELL.

OKAY.

SO WE'LL GO AHEAD AND START WITH COMMISSIONER YATES.

THEN WE'LL GO TO THE COMMISSIONER, GOT SCOOTER, AND THEN COMMISSIONER GORROW.

THIS COMMISSION HAS BEEN GETTING PRESENTATIONS FROM THE AUTONOMOUS INSTITUTE ON SHARED NETWORK NODES.

HAS THE AUTONOMOUS INSTITUTE CONTACTED YOUR OFFICE? I DON'T BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED CONTACT, UM, IN OUR OFFICE SPECIFICALLY, BUT I IMAGINE THAT, UM, SOME OF THE, UH, MEMBERS OF THE IAS PROJECT MAY, MAY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT, UM, WITH THAT, UM, WITH THAT ENTITY.

SO THAT MAY BE A GOOD, UM, QUESTION FOR, UM, JASON, JOHN, MICHAEL, AND OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE IAS PROJECT AT THIS POINT.

UM, IT IT'S SOMETHING THAT, UM, AS A, AS A PERSON IN THE UNITED POSITION, UH, MAYBE THERE IS, THERE'S JUST, JUST NOT IN MY AWARENESS.

SO WHAT I WILL DO ALSO IS FOLLOW UP WITH MY COLLEAGUES, UM, TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THAT AND COMMUNICATE BACK IF, IF WE'VE HAD CONTACT.

OKAY, GOOD.

YES.

WE'D LIKE SOME FEEDBACK ON THAT BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT FOR THE CITY.

AND SO I THINK THAT, UH,

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YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD BE THE PERFECT ORGANIZATION TO, UH, TO REALLY SPEARHEAD THIS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YES.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

AND BEFORE I'D STILL BE TRANSITIONED TO COMMISSIONER DUSK ONLINE, HIS QUESTION, I DO WANT TO MAKE MENTION THAT WE HAVE SOME INSIGHTS THAT WE'LL BE DISCUSSING FURTHER IN OUR WORKING GROUP SESSIONS ABOUT THIS TOPIC.

SO AGAIN, IF IT'S NOT AT LEAST PERTINENT TO THE SPECIFIC INNOVATION OFFICE, JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND WITH YOUR QUESTIONS.

YES.

COMMISSIONER SCOOPED UP, PLEASE GO RIGHT AHEAD.

YEAH.

SO ACTUALLY MY QUESTION IS VERY MUCH RELATED.

ACTUALLY I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST ONE IS VERY MUCH RELATED TO THE LAST TWO QUESTIONS.

THE QUESTION THAT, UH, GRP TEST AND FOLLOWED BY THE DEPRESSION, THAT COMMISSIONER GATES, IT'S ALL ABOUT THIS AUTONOMY INSTITUTE AND THE WORK THAT THEY'RE DOING ON INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE SPECIFIC TO COMMUNICATION AND READ IT TIES IN WITH WHAT YOU HAD SAID EARLIER IS ABOUT PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT AS A POTENTIAL MODEL BY WHICH THEY COULD POSSIBLY ACCELERATE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO I SEE YOUR ORGANIZATION PLAYING IN TWO WAYS.

ONE IS COMING UP WITH INNOVATIVE PBB MODELS BY WHICH WE COULD MOVE THIS FORWARD, AS WELL AS THE ACTUAL NUTS AND BOLTS OF WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO IMPLEMENT THIS INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE.

SO I WOULD WELCOME YOUR PARTICIPATION IN BOTH WORKED FROM THE PVP POINT OF VIEW, AS WELL AS THE TECHNOLOGY BUCKETS.

OKAY.

SO IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE COMMENTS TO ADD, FEEL FREE TO DO THAT.

AND MY SECOND QUESTION IS ABOUT AI.

AI IS A DOMINANT STORE.

IS THERE ANY EFFORT TO SEE HOW WE CAN BEST USE AI WITHOUT THESE NEGATIVE THINGS? I THINK IT BECOMES A, YOU KNOW, A DANGEROUS THING THAT WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH.

YEAH.

I, I'M NOT AWARE OF, BUT THIS, THESE ACTUALLY MAY BE, UM, MORE IN THE REALM OF OUR TECHNOLOGY GROUP WITH CTM.

UM, SO I AM NOT AWARE OF, UM, UH, PARTICULAR PROJECTS OR, UM, GROUP CONVENINGS AROUND, UM, AI, BUT THAT JUST MAYBE BECAUSE THAT'S NOT TYPICALLY WHERE, UM, WHERE THAT LIVES WITH US.

UM, SO, UM, I CAN SPEAK WITH, UM, OUR, UM, CIO, CHRIS STUART, UM, TO SEE IF HE HAS MORE KNOWLEDGE ABOUT WHAT, WHAT MAY BE GOING ON IN THAT SPACE.

UM, AND, AND TRY TO TURN BACK ON, UH, MORE INFORMATION.

UM, AND I APPRECIATE THE, UM, SORT OF VOTE A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR, UM, FOR YOUR SENSIBILITY, FOR THE INNOVATION OFFICE TO BE INVOLVED IN THE, IN THE OTHER PARTS OF THE CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT.

UM, WE'LL CERTAINLY TAKE THAT INTO OUR THINKING.

I'LL TAKE THAT BACK TO HER, UM, INNOVATION OFFICER.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER DASGUPTA.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RECENT ROLE.

UM, IT WAS, IT WAS REALLY INSIGHTFUL TO SEE THE, I GUESS, THE THREE DIFFERENT PHASES THAT YOUR, UM, OFFICE, YOU KNOW, THE THREE DIFFERENT PHASES PHASES OF YOUR INNOVATION CAPABILITIES IN YOUR OFFICE.

UM, BUT I'M CURIOUS IS THE, IS THAT, THAT CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF YOUR OFFICES FOCUSED ON INNOVATION CAPABILITIES, REFLECTIVE OF THE EVOLVING NEEDS OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN OFFICES AND TEAMS THAT YOU ALL SUPPORT OR MORE REFLECTIVE OF THE MATURITY OF YOUR OWN OFFICE AND THE GROWTH IN YOUR OFFICE? THAT'S A REALLY GREAT QUESTION.

I THINK IT'S BOTH.

UM, I THINK IT'S, IT'S DEFINITELY, UM, I DON'T WANT TO PUT WORDS IN OUR INNOVATION OFFICER'S MOUTH, BUT I DO THINK THAT ACROSS TIMES WHERE THERE WAS, UH, AN EYE, UH, AND BEGINNING IDEA OF ALL OF THE THINGS THAT COULD BE EXPLORED AND MIGHT BE NEEDS IN THE ORGANIZATION.

UM, AND THEN THERE WAS A, ACROSS THE YEARS, A LOT OF LEARNING ABOUT THOSE THINGS AND, BUT WHAT MIGHT NEED TO BE SORT OF ADDED AND EXPANDED.

UM, AND SO IT'S BOTH A REFLECTION OF, UM, OF SORT OF GROWTH, UM, AND NEED, UM, AN UNDERSTANDING OF THAT WITHIN THE ENTERPRISE AND THEN WITHIN, UH, WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION.

I THINK THERE WAS A LOT OF, UM, THAT ALSO SORT OF, UM, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, UM, BEGINNING A NEW OFFICE, UM, FROM SCRATCH, UM, IT DIDN'T COME IN IN THE IMMEDIATE, UM, WITH ALL OF THE, UH, RESOURCES RIGHT UPFRONT.

AND SO THERE WAS ALSO SORT OF, I THINK, UM, A REFLECTION HERE OF BEING ABLE TO, UM, TACKLE A CERTAIN SUBSET OF THINGS AND THEN GROW AND GROW TOWARD, UM, TOWARD EXPANSION AND BY NO MEANS, IS IT A REPLACEMENT AND, AND SAYING THAT THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE, UM, EXPLORED AS AN OFFICE IN THE PAST WON'T BE OFFER, BUT RATHER TRYING TO BRING MORE THINGS TO THE TABLE.

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I HOPE THAT'S HELPFUL.

YEAH.

YEAH.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

IT'S, IT'S, IT'S, UH, REALLY, UH, EXCITING TO SEE AN INNOVATION OFFICE BE BOTH ADAPTIVE AND EXPANDING, SO GREAT QUESTIONS AND I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

IT IS VERY EXCITING.

UH, THAT'S ONE OF, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS IN THE ROOM OR ONLINE.

OKAY, WELL, UH I'LL BUT THANK YOU AGAIN SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY.

UH, I DID HAVE, UM, A QUESTION ABOUT THE CHIEF OF STAFF, UH, DYNAMIC, BUT I RECOGNIZE THAT, UH, THAT MIGHT BE, UH, BETTER SERVED IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT, UH, IN LIGHT OF THE DYNAMICS, PARTICULARLY AS WE'RE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, UH, THE ROLE OF THE CIO AND TECHNOLOGY PLAYS AS A STRATEGIC PARTNER AND OR STRATEGIC DELIVERY SERVICE DELIVERY PARTNER, UM, WITHIN OUR GOVERNMENT.

BUT IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'LL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU ON THAT QUESTION.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

OKAY, GREAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH Y'ALL TODAY.

THANK YOU.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

THANKS AGAIN FOR JOINING US TODAY.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S MOVE ON WITH OUR AGENDA HERE NOW TO,

[2.b. Update on the Grant for Technology Opportunity Program Letter of Interest Process ( Jesse Rodriguez, Interim Program Manager, Financial Services Department)]

UM, AGENDA ITEM, TO BE AN UPDATE ON THE GRANT FOR TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES, PROGRAM LETTER OF INTEREST PROCESS BY JESSE RODRIGUEZ, THE INTERIM PROGRAM MANAGER.

HEY JESSICA, THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS.

UH, GOOD EVENING.

I HAVE A VERY QUICK UPDATE ON THE GRANT FOR TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM.

UH, I PROMISED AN UPDATE ON OUR LETTER OF INTEREST PROCESS, UH, AT OUR LAST MEETING.

AND, UH, SO JUST QUICK BACKGROUND FOR THE, FOR THE PUBLIC WHO MAY OR MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE GRANT.

DETOX IS A GRANT THAT IS DIRECTED AT SUPPORTING NONPROFITS THAT ARE DOING DIGITAL INCLUSION WORK IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND WE HAVE $400,000 IN FUNDING AVAILABLE EACH YEAR THROUGH A FEW DIFFERENT PATHWAYS.

UM, WHAT BRINGS US HERE TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE PATHWAYS G TOPS CORPS HAS THE LETTER OF INTEREST, UH, DUE DATE WAS THIS PAST SUNDAY.

UH, SO, UH, WE HAVE ALL OF OUR APPLICATIONS IN, I MENTIONED AT THE LAST MEETING THAT, UH, YOU KNOW, DUE TO, UH, LOW STAFFING, WE WERE CONCERNED THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A SMALL NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THIS YEAR DUE TO LIMITED MARKETING.

UM, IT DIDN'T REALLY TURN OUT THAT WAY.

WE HAVE A SLIGHT DIP IN APPLICATIONS FROM LAST YEAR, UH, BUT IN GENERAL, WE ARE IN A VERY HEALTHY SPOT.

UH, WE HAVE 28 LETTERS OF INTEREST THAT WERE SUBMITTED AND JUST SO, UH, FOR COMPARISON LAST YEAR, UH, WE HAD 35, UH, AND THE YEAR BEFORE THAT WE HAD 21 AND IN 2019 WE HAD 31.

UH, SO, UH, YOU KNOW, IT WAS STILL A GOOD YEAR FOR G TOPS LETTERS OF INTEREST, UH, NOT, UH, AS HIGH AS LAST YEAR, BUT IN THE LARGER CONTEXT OF, UH, YOU KNOW, THE LAST FEW YEARS WHERE, RIGHT WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

UM, AND, UH, ONE LAST NOTE ON THIS ITEM, UH, I, UH, SINCE I PROMISED THIS WOULD BE A VERY QUICK ONE, UH, JANUARY 14TH IS THE, UH, NEXT THAT THE OPENING DATE OF THE APPLICATIONS.

SO THE ORGANIZATIONS, UH, THAT SUBMITTED THEIR LOI I'LL REVIEW THEM TOMORROW.

UM, IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK, I I'LL, I'LL SEND THAT OUT PROMPTLY TOMORROW AND FRIDAY WILL BE THE OPENING UP OF THE, UH, APPLICATION PHASE.

SO I ESSENTIALLY MOVED THE ORGANIZATIONS AHEAD IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

UH, THE DEADLINE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THOSE APPLICATIONS IS GOING TO BE FEBRUARY 13TH.

SO THAT, THAT'S MY UPDATE ON THE LETTER OF INTEREST PROCESS.

UM, I HAVE A RELATED ITEM LATER IN THE AGENDA, UH, WHICH WILL BE, UM, UH, HOPEFULLY SHORT AS WELL.

UM, BUT I'M HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT ANY, UH, YOU COMMISSIONERS MIGHT HAVE.

THANK YOU, JESSE.

UH, THAT'S A GREAT UPDATE AND, UH, GREAT NEWS.

UH, I WAS KIND OF CURIOUS TO SEE WHERE THINGS ARE GOING TO LIE ON LAND THERE.

UH, SO, UH, THAT, LIKE YOU SAID, AS A GOOD OUTCOME, PARTICULARLY IN LIGHT OF THE CHALLENGES WE'VE HAD THIS YEAR AND THE PREVIOUS YEAR WITH THE PANDEMIC.

UH, SO, UH, ANY QUESTIONS, UH, FOR JESSE AT THIS PHASE? OKAY, GREAT.

WE CAN MOVE ON.

THANK YOU AGAIN, JESSE.

ALL

[3.a. Selection of the 2022 GTOPs Core Review Panel (Commission Discussion and Action)]

RIGHT.

MOVING ALONG IN OUR AGENDA TO AGENDA ITEM NUMBER THREE, THE SELECTION OF THE 2022 G TOPS CORE VIEW PANEL.

AND, UH, I THINK JESSE WILL LEAD US INTO THIS DISCUSSION AS WELL.

YES.

AND HAVING TO LEAD OFF THIS ITEM AS WELL, UM, RELATED TO THE PREVIOUS ITEM, UH, WE, UH, I'LL BE LOOKING FOR A VOTE FROM THE COMMISSION TO APPOINT THE REVIEW PANEL.

UM, FOR THAT WE'LL

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BE EVALUATING THE, UH, APPLICATIONS THAT ARE SUBMITTED.

UH, I'M GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR A TOTAL OF SEVEN, UH, MEMBERS ON THE PANEL.

I CAN GO, YOU KNOW, LOWER, I CAN GO AS LOW AS I THINK MAYBE SIX, UH, YOU KNOW, SIX OR SEVEN WOULD BE FINE, BUT, UH, IF WE HAVE SEVEN GOOD APPLICANTS, APPLICANTS, THEN I WOULD LIKE TO GO AHEAD AND APPOINT SEVEN.

UM, THERE ARE EIGHT APPLICANTS.

I DID WANT TO MENTION SOME BACKGROUND, UH, UH, ON THE APPLICATIONS THAT WE RECEIVED.

WE ACTUALLY RECEIVED A GOOD NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS TOTAL.

UH, WE RECEIVED 14 TOTAL APPLICATIONS TO BE REVIEWERS.

HOWEVER, HOWEVER, ONE OF THOSE WAS INELIGIBLE DUE TO JUST ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, THEY, WEREN'T AN AUSTIN RESIDENT, UH, ONE WITH WITHDREW, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT IT WAS A PROFESSOR THAT HAS BEEN WORKING WITH US.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, SHE, UH, SHE OBVIOUSLY HAS A LOT ON HER PLATE.

UM, WE ALSO HAD FOUR OTHER APPLICANTS WHO VOLUNTEERED FOR, TO BG TOPS, REVIEWERS, BUT DIDN'T WANT TO REVIEW ON THIS OPPORTUNITY, UH, OR ON THIS PATHWAY.

UH, THIS IS THE, THE HEAVIEST LIFT FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS.

SO SOME FOLKS JUST SHIED AWAY FROM THE ADDITIONAL, UH, COMMITMENT, UH, THAT LEFT US WITH THE EIGHT APPLICANTS THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU ALL TODAY.

UM, SO WHAT I'LL BE DOING IS ASKING FOR YOU ALL TO, UH, LET ME KNOW THE, THE, THE LOWEST SCORING, UH, APPLICANT FOR, FROM, FROM EACH OF YOU.

AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL HELP US TO NARROW IN ON THE SEVEN THAT WE DO WANT TO KEEP.

UH, ONE NOTE BEFORE WE JUMP INTO THE REVIEW OF THE APPLICATIONS IN FRONT OF YOU, UM, I'M NOT GOING TO BE POSTING THIS, UH, PIECE OF BACKUP DOCUMENTATION BECAUSE IT HAS PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION ON IT.

UH, FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE VOTES HERE, I WOULD ASK THAT, UH, AND, AND FOR THE CONVERSATION I WOULD ASK THAT WE ALL USE THE, UH, IDENTIFIERS, SO APPLICANTS ONE THROUGH EIGHT, RATHER THAN FOCUSES NAMES.

YEAH.

SEE, I DO HAVE A QUESTION.

DO YOU, UM, I KNOW THIS IS FOR DETOX CORE REVIEW PANEL.

UM, DO YOU HAVE SUFFICIENT, UH, APPLICATIONS FOR YOUR OTHER REVIEW PANELS? SO I'LL BE DOING INDIVIDUAL RECRUITMENT PUSHES FOR EACH OF THOSE, UM, OPPORTUNITIES.

UH, I DO HAVE A SUFFICIENT NUMBER ON HAND ALREADY ASSUMING THAT NOBODY BACKS OUT OR DROPS OUT OF THE PROCESS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

I WAS ONLY CURIOUS JUST BECAUSE I NOTICED SOME APPLICANTS HAD MULTIPLE PATHWAYS LISTED AND I DIDN'T KNOW THAT SHOULD BE FACTORED.

NO, THAT'S A VERY GOOD POINT BECAUSE THAT COULD VERY WELL AFFECT WHETHER WE WANT SIX OR SEVEN, RIGHT.

BASED ON HOW MANY PATHWAYS OR HAVE YOU THOUGHT THAT THROUGH JESSIE AS WELL? UM, I DON'T, I DON'T THINK THAT IT'LL IMPACT, UH, OUR DECISION TODAY.

OKAY.

UM, YEAH, SO I KEEP ANYBODY THAT APPLIES TO BE A REVIEWER.

I KEEP ON OUR, UH, RECRUITMENT DISTRIBUTION LIST FOR FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES.

UH, SO REGARDLESS OF IF THEY'VE SERVED ALREADY OR NOT, THEY'LL, THEY'LL STILL BE RECRUITED IF, IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO SERVE AGAIN.

UM, JESSE, I HAVE A QUESTION.

UM, APPLICANT NUMBER SIX DOES NOT LIST AUSTIN AS THE CITY OF RESIDENCE.

IS THAT, UH, OUR REQUIREMENT? YES.

COMMISSIONER, UH, IF I'M REMEMBERING CORRECTLY THAT, UH, THAT IS AN ENTITY THAT IS STILL WITHIN THE, UH, THE BOUNDARIES OF AUSTIN, IT'S JUST, UH, I, I'M NOT QUITE SURE THE, UH, THE LEGAL DISPOSITION, IT IT'S A SEPARATELY INCORPORATED, I WOULD THINK.

UH, BUT WITHIN THE GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF AUSTIN, IF THAT MAKES SENSE.

YES, JESSE.

SO JUST TO CONFIRM, THEY'D LIVE WITHIN CITY OF AUSTIN JURISDICTION, BUT IT MAY JUST BE ANNEXED OR IS THAT WHAT I'M UNDERSTANDING CORRECTLY INSTEAD OF IT BEING COUNTY IT'S THEY ARE WITHIN CITY OF AUSTIN.

THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

DOES THAT ADDRESS YOUR CONCERN COMMISSIONER? YIKES.

YES.

THANK YOU.

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AND COMMISSIONERS, AS YOU MAKE YOUR DECISIONS, FEEL FREE TO, UH, LET ME KNOW.

I HAVE A TRACKER TRACKING SPREADSHEET IN FRONT OF ME, SO I'LL I'LL LOG BOATS AS THEY COME IN.

UH, JESSE FOR ME, MY, MY LOWEST SCORE WOULD BE APPLICANT NUMBER SEVEN, JESSIE.

UH, MY VOTE IS A LOW SCORES.

THAT'S GOOD.

NUMBER SEVEN.

IT'S A COMMISSIONER OF THE DACA.

UH, APPLICANT SAID IT'S ALSO MY LOWEST SCORE.

SO HOW MANY DO YOU HAVE IN RIGHT NOW, JESSE? YOU HAVE THREE, FOUR VOTES ON FILE SO FAR FOR WATERBURY

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JESSIE.

MY LITTLE SCORE IS NUMBER ONE, JESSE BY LOW SCORE IS NUMBER FOUR IS IT POSSIBLE FOR THIS COMMISSION TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION TO DISCUSS THE MERITS OF THESE APPLICANTS? I'VE ACTUALLY NEVER HAD A COMMISSION GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION BEFORE, SO I'M NOT, I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN, UM, DOES A V HAVE ANY REASON WHY WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION? UH, MY KNOWLEDGE I BOUGHT, OH, OKAY.

THIS IS AN AGENDA ITEM.

THAT INCLUDES DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

SO THAT INCLUDES EXECUTIVE SESSION.

UM, WE ARE NOT SET UP, WE'RE NOT SET UP FOR DISCUSSION.

WE'RE NOT SET UP FOR EXECUTIVE SESSION.

WHAT, LET ME, LET ME REPHRASE, UH, BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHAT EXECUTIVE SESSION EVEN IS, BUT I, THAT WE CONDUCT DISCUSSIONS AND ACTIONS ALL THE TIME.

UH, SO AS A REQUIREMENT WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND JUST PUBLIC MEETINGS AND THE PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT, WE HAVE A NORMAL SESSION GO ON PUBLIC EXECUTIVE SESSION IS THE ACT OF THIS BODY MEETING AND NOT PUBLICIZING.

BASICALLY IT'S A PRIVATE DISCUSSION.

WELL, THIS BODY HAS WORKING GROUP DISCUSSIONS THAT ARE PRIVATE.

SO IN THE SETTING HERE, WHEN OUR AGENDA SAYS DISCUSSION, WE CAN DISCUSS, I DON'T SEE ANYTHING TO MY KNOWLEDGE THAT PREVENTS THAT.

SO COMMISSIONER, UH, W OR CHAIR PITS, I GUESS THE QUESTION IS THE, UH, EXECUTIVE SESSION IS, IS SOMETHING THAT'S GOVERNED BY, UH, I BELIEVE IS GOVERNED BY, UH, UH, THE, UM, OPEN MEETINGS ACT.

IT'S A SPECIFIC, UH, PROVISION FOR, FOR MEETINGS, UH, IN WHICH THE, UH, THE MEETING A PUBLIC MEETING WOULD THEN BECOME PRIVATE AND NON NON BROADCAST.

RIGHT.

UM, WHAT, UH, WHAT I'M HEARING IS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE IT HA WE NEED, IF WE ANTICIPATED IN EXECUTIVE SESSION, IT WOULD HAVE HAD TO HAVE BEEN ON THE AGENDA POSTED AS AN EXECUTIVE OR AS A EXACTLY.

FAIR ENOUGH.

FAIR ENOUGH.

AND I RECOGNIZE THAT AND APPRECIATE THAT, UH, I GUESS THEN TO CUT TO THE CHASE, THE MAIN THING THAT WE NEED TO AVOID DOING IS DISCUSSING IDENTIFYING QUALITIES OF THE PERSON.

UH, IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THESE INDIVIDUALS, UM, AND IT MAY BE DIFFICULT TO ACTUALLY DO THAT EFFECTIVELY WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUNDS.

SO THINKING THAT THROUGH, I DON'T SEE HOW WE COULD ACTUALLY EVEN ENGAGE IN A SUBSTANTIVE DISCUSSION ABOUT THESE APPLICANTS.

UH, SO THE QUESTION THEN IS IF WE DON'T HAVE SIX PEOPLE IN AGREEMENT ABOUT THE SCORES, UH, WHICH WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR THIS TO BE AN OFFICIAL ACTION TIRPITZ YES.

IF I MAY MAKE A MOTION TO TABLE THIS AGENDA ITEM FOR THE NEXT REGULARLY CALLED MEETING WITH THE STIPULATION THAT WE ADD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION ON THE AGENDA, I APPRECIATE THAT MOTION.

I'M TRYING TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE IMPACT TO OUR TIMETABLE OKAY.

FROM OUR STAFF LIAISON FIRST.

SURE.

SO THE, UH, IMPORTANT DATE FOR US IS FEBRUARY 14TH TO 24TH IS WHEN

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I NEED TO BE PRINTING THE REVIEW BINDERS, UM, FOR THOSE APPLICATIONS TO BE PROVIDED TO THE PANEL FOR REVIEW, I THINK BEFORE THAT WE ARE OKAY.

SO IF WE WERE TO DELAY UNTIL OUR FEBRUARY MEETING, UH, THAT WOULD BE OKAY.

UH, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD, IT WOULD CAUSE A DELAY IF WE WERE UNABLE TO MEET QUORUM AT THAT MEETING.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON, BEAVERS, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR STATEMENT? YES.

I WAS WONDERING IF, IF THAT WERE INDEED THE CASE, WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO GET MORE APPLICATIONS? AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE AS I REVIEW THESE APPLICATIONS, UM, TO ME, THE, THEY DON'T REPRESENT TO ME A BREADTH OF A SCOPE THAT I THINK THAT IS NEEDED FOR A G TOPS REVIEW.

THAT WOULD BE DIVERSE ENOUGH.

I MEAN, A LOT OF THESE SOUND THE SAME, THEY READ THE SAME.

UM, AND, UM, AND THERE WERE SOME, JUST SOME THINGS AS I REVIEWED THEM THAT WERE JUST MISSING THAT I WOULD THINK THAT WOULD BE SALIENT TO BEING ABLE TO REVIEW, UM, THESE APPLICATIONS, THESE APPLICATIONS.

AND SO I'M JUST, YOU KNOW, IN, IN LISTENING TO YOU TALK ABOUT THE QUANTITY OF APPLICANTS THAT WERE RECEIVED TO DATE AND, UM, THAT WERE, UM, AVAILABLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR GRANT PROJECTS.

I'M JUST WONDERING IF WE DID DO THAT TABLE THIS UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING, IF WE COULD TRY TO GET MORE APPLICATIONS, UH, WELL, FIRST OFF I WANT JESSIE TO ANSWER THE APPLICATION PIECE OF THE KEYS NODDING YES.

THAT WE COULD.

UH, BUT AS I JUST WANT TO STATE THAT AS THE ONE PERSON HERE THAT SERVED ON THE REVIEW PANEL, UM, UH, YOUR FEEDBACK IS TAKEN TO HEART.

UH, AND SO, YEAH, MY THOUGHTS ARE, EVEN THOUGH THERE MIGHT BE SOME JEOPARDY, UH, IN LIGHT OF THE, THE, UH, THE FACT THAT WE DO HAVE TO MAKE QUORUM TO PULL THIS OFF.

UM, I THINK IF WE COULD BOLSTER THE AMOUNT OF APPLICANTS AND, OR AT LEAST ARRIVE AT A BETTER CONSENSUS ABOUT, UH, WHO'S TO BE INCLUDED, UM, THAT WE WOULD SERVE OUR PURPOSES QUITE A BIT.

UM, SO I WOULD LIKE TO SECOND YOUR MOTION TO TABLE THIS AND A LOT OF THAT.

UM, SO WE CAN GO AHEAD AND CAST A VOTE BASED UPON THAT.

I'M SORRY.

QUESTION.

ALL RIGHT.

BEFORE WE, UH, I DIDN'T WANT TO THROW A MONKEY WRENCH INTO THE PROCEEDINGS, BUT BEFORE WE PROCEED ON THAT VOTE, I THINK WE NEED CONFIRMATION FROM THE TECHNICAL STAFF THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY DO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR US.

IS THAT BECAUSE I'D HEARD THAT, UH, WE'RE NOT SET UP FOR THAT TECHNICALLY, IS THAT CORRECT? OKAY, THEN, UM, AND WHEN YOU SAY WE'RE NOT SET UP, IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE HARVARD MEETING? SO THEN THE ONLY EXECUTIVE SESSIONS WE CAN HAVE ON THIS WOULD BE IN THE WORKING GROUPS.

UM, AND WE HAVE A QUORUM CHALLENGE THERE.

WE CAN'T ALL BE PRESENT IN THE SAME WORKING GROUP DISCUSSION.

ALSO, HAS EVERYONE VOTED? DO WE KNOW WE DON'T HAVE A QUORUM ON THE VOTE HERE? UH, EVERYONE HASN'T VOTED YET, UM, INCLUDING MYSELF.

UH, BUT I KNOW THAT, UH, I WAS LEANING AT TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT CANDIDATES AND Y'ALL CHOSE, SO I KNEW I WASN'T GONNA HELP.

UH, I WAS LOOKING TO SEE IF WE WERE GOING TO SHAPE A CONSENSUS AND WITH COMMISSIONER THOMPSON'S SUGGESTION, THAT MEANT THAT WE WEREN'T, UH, ESPECIALLY WITH THE MOTION TO TABLE COMING FROM COMMISSIONER RAMOS.

SO WE HAVE, YEAH, WE HAVE, UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE, UH, HOW DOES IT TELL A STAND? WE HAVE THREE FOREIGN SUPPORTIVE, ONE CANDIDATE BEING, UH, REMOVED.

WE HAVE TWO OTHER CANDIDATES AND I HAVE THREE PEOPLE THAT WERE NOT, UH, YOU KNOW, I WAS CONSIDERING YOUR CANDIDATE, BUT, UH, TWO OTHERS, THERE WERE STRONG LEAP THAT RISING TO THE TOP.

SO I'M AFRAID NOW WE'RE NOT NEAR CONSISTENT.

WE NEED FOR ACTION.

UH, SO WHAT WILL IT TAKE, UH, FOR US TO COME TO CONSENSUS TONIGHT? HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE TO SIX, SIX HAVE TO AGREE ON WHAT? AND WE HAVE FOUR CURRENTLY