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AND

[CALL TO ORDER]

I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THIS MEETING OF THE ARTS COMMISSION TO ORDER.

LET'S START WITH ROLE COMMISSIONER CASTILLO.

ONE MORE TIME.

COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, PRESIDENT COMMISSIONER CLARK, PRESENT COMMISSIONER GRADE, RESIDENT COMMISSIONER SCHMO, BUCK, COMMISSIONER MOCK.

YEAH, COMMISSIONER VANDYKE.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE.

UM,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

APPROVAL OF MINUTES FOR JUNE MOTION TO APPROVE.

I ACTUALLY HAVE A COUPLE EDITS.

UH, THERE WERE PRESENTATIONS THAT ARE INCLUDED ON THE MINUTES THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.

THREE A AND B AND FOR A, I WOULD LOVE A SECOND.

DO WE HAVE THOSE EDITS NOTATED? I CAN ALSO SEND THEM LATER.

IT'S JUST, IF YOU READ THE PRESENTATIONS, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

OKAY.

WONDER, UH, MY NAME IS BACK TO THE MINUTE COMMISSIONER.

MIKE, WILL YOU REPEAT THAT PLEASE? YOU BROKE UP JUST A BIT.

YES.

JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE MY NAME WAS ADDED TO THE MINUTES FOR THE JUNE MEETING.

IT WAS, IT WAS OMITTED.

YOU HAVE BEEN ADDED BACK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

WITH THAT.

UM, LET'S MOVE ON

[2. Discussion of Chair’s Report regarding Creative Sector Momentum by Chair Zisman]

TO THE CHAIR'S REPORT.

UM, I'M GOING TO KEEP THIS BRIEF, UH, GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE.

THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU FOR THOSE THAT ARE TUNING IN ONLINE AS WELL.

MY NAME IS SALINAS.

THIS MAN, MY PRONOUNS ARE SHE.

THEY, I AM A PERSON OF COLOR WITH LONG DARK HAIR AND A PINK FLORAL BLOUSE.

I JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE EFFORTS IN THE COMMUNITY, UM, THAT ARE EMBLEMATIC OF THE ETHOS BEING PUT FORWARD BY THE COMMISSION AND STAFF DAWA DIVERSITY AWARENESS AND WELLNESS IN ACTION RUN BY FELLOW COMMISSIONER CHOCOLATE.

MCKOWN HAS JUST LAUNCHED A NO-COST STUDIO, A CONTENT STUDIO FOR ARTISTS LOOKING FOR SPACE AND EQUIPMENT.

AND FOR DIGITAL MEDIA WORKS, COMMUNITY PARTNER, ALMOST REAL THINGS WHO IS ALSO HERE TODAY.

JUST HOSTED AN INCREDIBLE EVENT WHERE OVER A THOUSAND CREATIVES FROM OUR COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS THE NEEDS OF THE CULTURAL ECOSYSTEM.

A QUEER VINYL COLLECTIVE WAS JUST ESTABLISHED TO CREATE A SAFE AND UNIFIED SPACE FOR LGBTQ DJS AND MUSIC APPRECIATORS ALIKE.

AND THEY HOSTED THEIR FIRST SOCIAL AND RECORD EXCHANGE.

THIS PAST WEEK.

THESE ARE JUST A FEW GROUPS CREATING EXTRAORDINARY OPPORTUNITIES AND WHO HAVE TAKEN IT UPON THEMSELVES TO ACTIVELY BUILD INTERCONNECTEDNESS TO FURTHER PROGRESS FOR CREATIVES OF THE CITY AS A WHOLE.

OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON THIS.

OUR SURVIVAL, ALL THE ABILITY TO THRIVE IS A PROCESS THAT REQUIRES COOPERATION AND AGENCY ON BEHALF OF OURSELVES AND THE GREATER WHOLE.

WE MUST DO THIS WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE IT IS, IT IS TOGETHER THAT WE ARE STRONGEST MOST CLEAR IN OUR GOALS AND THE LOUDEST FOR THOSE TO HEAR AS A COMMUNITY, HOW DO WE OPTIMIZE OUR RESOURCES, KNOWLEDGE, AND ACCESS TO CONTINUE TO UPLIFT OURSELVES, ALL BREATHING, BRINGING OTHERS ALONG WITH US, WE MUST REMAIN OPEN TO CHANGE.

AND THE EVOLUTION OF OUR EXISTENCE CHANGES THE ONLY CONSTANT AND RESISTING IT WILL RESULT IN FRUITLESS LABOR.

WE, THE COMMISSION STAFF, THE COMMUNITY ARE COMMITTED TO THE WORK BEING DONE AND I REMAIN UNENDINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THE ENERGY THAT HAS BEEN POURED IN FROM ALL SIDES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, LET'S MOVE ON TO THE DISCUSSION AND THE ART AND PUBLIC PLACES LIAISON BY COMMISSIONER GREG.

ALL RIGHT.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? CAN WE BE DOING COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION AT THE TOP?

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION]

I'M SORRY.

Y'ALL WE JUST JUMPED RIGHT AHEAD.

LET'S GO INTO PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

UH, NATALIE EARHART FROM ALMOST REAL THINGS ALLOWED TO BE UP HERE.

JOIN US, JOIN US.

AWESOME.

GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN.

YEAH.

HI, I'M NATALIE EARHART FROM ALMOST YOUR THINGS.

I'M ZACHARY RESULTS.

UM, IF YOU GUYS ARE UNFAMILIAR, ALMOST REAL THINGS IS AN ARTS COLLECTIVE.

WE STARTED AS A MAGAZINE IN 2016, SINCE THEN WE, UH, WE HAVE A STUDIO SPACE WHERE WE PROVIDE AFFORDABLE STUDIOS.

WE PUT ON EVENTS AND WE ALL SHOW BRAND AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAM.

WE JUST WANTED TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES.

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WE'RE GOING TO BE TALKING NEXT MONTH ABOUT THE BIG SPLASH EVENT THAT WE HAD, LIKE 1300 PEOPLE CAME OUT AND WE HAD INCLUDED 12 OTHER CREATIVE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE DOING AN AMAZING WORK IN THE CITY, BUT KIND OF STRUGGLING ON THE FUNDING SIDE.

SO WE WANTED TO BRAINSTORM WAYS ON WHICH WE CAN GET MORE FUNDING FROM THE CITY.

UH, THAT'S BEYOND THE HOT FUNDING AND BRAINSTORM WAYS THAT WE CAN GET MONEY FROM PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS AND GET THEM MORE ACCOUNTABLE ON THE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING MADE IN THE CITY.

SO THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.

THANK YOU.

NEXT STEP IS LOUISE OR DOES GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS COMMUNITY? UH, MY NAME IS .

I'M THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF PROJECT AND I WAS, UM, I SHARED A LITTLE SITUATION, UM, OVER AT THE ESB MAC WHERE WE'RE A CURRENT RESIDENT COMPANY.

AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT SITUATION HAS ESCALATED INTO UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS, UM, WHICH I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO DETAIL RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT'S A VERY, IT'S A REPEATED SITUATION THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS.

I AM HERE TO VOICE MY CONCERN OF THE LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A PART, AND TO VOLUNTEER, TO STEP UP.

I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S A WORKING GROUP WITHIN THE COMMISSION THAT DOES ANY TYPE OF OVERSIGHT SUPERVISION OF THE RESIDENCY PROGRAMS IN THE CULTURAL CENTERS UNDER PART.

NOW I, AS A WORKING ARTIST, AS, UM, AN ARTIST THAT HAS SUPPORTED MANY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN THE CITY, THE PROGRAMS, THE GUIDELINES, THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THESE PROGRAMS IN THESE CENTERS ARE NOT PROTECTING THE ARTISTS.

THEY'RE PROTECTING THE CITY.

I'VE BEEN THERE WITH MY LAWYERS, WITH CITY LAWYERS TO TRY AND FIGURE OUT A COMPROMISE ON CONTRACTS THAT DON'T PENALIZE, UH, ARTISTS FOR THE WORKING REALITY AND THAT HOLD THE CITY ACCOUNTABLE.

UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT NOW WE'RE KIND OF GOING THROUGH ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE THINGS.

SO, UH, PLEASE, THIS IS ME SAYING I AM READY TO JUMP ON A WORKING GROUP SO WE CAN START AN OVERSIGHT OF THESE PROGRAMS BECAUSE IF IT'S HAPPENING AT THE MAC, I AM SURE THAT UNFORTUNATELY, OTHER COMMUNITIES, OTHER ARTISTS ARE HAVING TO NAVIGATE THIS AS WELL.

SO I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE HOLD PART ACCOUNTABLE AND AS A COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER TO PROTECT OUR ARTIST.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

[3. Discussion of the Art in Public Places Liaison Report by Commissioner Gray]

OKAY.

NOW PCR AIPP PUBLICLY IS HONORABLE AIPP.

WELL, I FEEL LIKE A LITTLE PUPPY IS A NEW, UH, ARTS AND PUBLIC PLACES LIAISON, BUT, UM, IT WAS NOT THE FIRST MEETING THAT I ATTENDED.

I HAVE, UM, I WAS THE FIRST TIME OVERWHELMED AT HOW INCREDIBLE THAT PROGRAM IS.

BUT, UM, AS FAR AS THE REPORT, UH, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT, UH, THINGS JUST IN GENERAL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO ALL DETAILS OF THE MEETING ITSELF, CAUSE THOSE MINUTES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE, FOR THE PUBLIC.

BUT JUST TO FIND OUT THAT THERE ARE 89 ARTS AND PUBLIC PLACES, CURRENT PROJECTS RIGHT NOW, WHICH INCLUDE 10 TEMPO FROM 2021.

AND THAT WAS, I DID NOT REALIZE THAT.

AND I'M SURE THERE'S OTHERS THAT DON'T, UM, THERE ARE 10 PROJECTS THAT WERE COMPLETED IN FISCAL YEAR 21 AND FIVE TO BE COMPLETED IN FISCAL YEAR 22.

AND THE ONE THAT'S IN PROCESS OF CANCELLATION IS THE, UM, UH, THE AIRPORT ENTRANCE PROJECT, UH, IS THERE'S SO MUCH GOING ON AT, UH, UH, WITH THE AIRPORT.

UH, AND AS THE LIAISON I MET WITH, UH, MARJORIE FLANAGAN AND RYAN RUNCIE JUST TO PULL ME UP UP TO DATE OF FINDING OUT MORE DETAILS ABOUT HOW, UH, EVERYTHING IS FUNDED, INCLUDING WHAT I DID KNOW THAT 2% OF CONSTRUCTION BUDGET AND THE TEMPO THAT WILL BE IN THE FUTURE THROUGH A HOT, HOPEFULLY IN THE FUTURE, OBVIOUSLY.

UM, AND THERE WAS DISCUSSION, UM, IN THAT MEETING AND, UH, HAVE A NEED.

AND I SEE THIS ACROSS THE BOARD OF A NEED.

AND I'M, I'M SAYING THIS FOR ARTS IN PUBLIC PLACES THAT THERE'S AN ARTS PROFESSIONAL OR LIAISON WITHIN THE ACTUAL CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT HAVE THAT THOSE BUILDINGS AND CONSTRUCTIONS COME UNDER.

SO MANY OF THE DECISIONS OF LOCATIONS AND THINGS, OR, UH, THE NEED FOR SOMEBODY THAT KNOWS ARTS WAS BROUGHT UP.

I DIDN'T BRING IT UP.

AND IT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT DID KIND OF CROSS MY MIND AS WELL, BUT IT WAS, I'M HONORED TO BE LIAISON.

AND THAT'S MY REPORT, A WONDERFUL FIRST REPORT.

[4. Discussion of the Austin Economic Development Corporation/Cultural Trust Advisory Committee by Austin Economic Development Corporation Board Member Carl Settles]

UH, NEXT IS DISCUSSION OF THE AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE BY AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPER.

I'M SORRY, BUT, UM, YES, BY AUSTIN ECONOMIC

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DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, BOARD MEMBER, CARL SETTLES, HELLO, EVERYBODY.

UH, NOT A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE I REPORTED LAST MONTH AND I BELIEVE, UM, AND GATLING HAYES IS GOING TO BE DOING A FULL PRESENTATION TO YOU ALL, UH, TODAY.

IS THAT CORRECT? UM, SO SHE'S GOING TO GIVE YOU THE FULL RUNDOWN ON WHERE WE'RE AT WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND, UM, IN TERMS OF STARTING TO DO DUE DILIGENCE ON POSSIBLE, UH, CANDIDATES FOR THE, THE RFP, UM, THAT, THAT WE HAVE OUT.

UM, OTHER THAN THAT, THERE'S NOT WHOLE BUNCH MORE, I MEAN, THERE'S A LOT GOING ON, BUT, UH, SHE CAN GIVE YOU, GIVE YOU THE, THE FULL, UM, DESCRIPTION OF THAT STUFF.

AND IF THERE ARE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, UH, I'D BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM IF I CAN.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR CARL? OKAY.

SEEING NONE.

THANK YOU, CARL.

THANK YOU.

HAVE A GREAT EVENING.

YOU AS WELL.

[5. Discussion of the Downtown Commission by Commissioner Mok]

NEXT IS DISCUSSION OF THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION WITH COMMISSIONER MOCK.

UM, OUR MEETING WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY COMING WEDNESDAY.

SO STAY TUNED.

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO REPORT UNTIL AFTER THE MEETING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MOCK.

[6. Presentation by Miriam Conner regarding Common Waters]

NEXT IS THE PRESENTATION BY THE TRAIL FOUNDATION ON THE COMMON WATERS PROJECT.

OKAY, GREAT.

THIS LINE.

NOPE.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO JOIN US UP CLOSER IF THAT'S MORE COMFORTABLE FOR Y'ALL.

NOPE, THAT'S FINE.

LEAVING YOU UP THERE BY YOURSELF.

HIDING.

OKAY.

THANK YOU COMMISSIONERS FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT.

MY NAME'S HEIDI ANDERSON, I'M THE CEO OF THE TRAIL FOUNDATION.

UM, I JUST WANT TO KIND OF GIVE YOU SOME FRAMEWORK OF WHAT OUR PRESENTATION IS HERE TONIGHT AS, SO THAT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT OF CONTEXT.

WE I'VE BEEN WITH THE SHOW FOUNDATION FOR FIVE YEARS AND WHEN I ENTERED THIS ROLE, I DISCOVERED THAT THERE HAD BEEN, UH, AN OFFICIAL MORATORIUM PLACED ON, UH, INSTALLING IN THE NEW PUBLIC ART AROUND THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL IN TOWN LAKE METROPOLITAN PARK.

UH, AND SO WE DUG INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE.

WE UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT WAS GOING TO EXPIRE ORGANICALLY, SO WE ALLOWED THAT TO HAPPEN.

AND THEN WE STARTED ENTERING INTO A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT WOULD PUBLIC ART LOOK LIKE IN TOWN LIKE METROPOLITAN PARK AND AROUND THE ANDROID BUTLER, HIKING BIKE TRAIL.

WE, UH, OUR PRIMARY MISSION IS TO PROTECT, ENHANCE, AND CONNECT THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL.

AND WE DO HAVE A BELIEF THAT THROUGH ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAMMING AND PUBLIC ART, WE CAN ENCOURAGE NEW FACES TO COME VISIT THE HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL, AND ALSO, UH, UH, OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE TRAIL REGULARLY, BUT AREN'T EXPOSED TO ART CAN BE EXPOSED AND VICE VERSA.

AND SO WE THINK THERE'S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY HERE.

SO WE LAUNCHED A FORMAL PUBLIC ART AND, UH, CULTURAL PROGRAMMING, UH, PROJECT THAT WE ARE NOW WORKING ON WITH CONSULTANTS AND A WHOLE TEAM OF FOLKS, UH, COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND BRAIN TRUST FOLKS, LOTS OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, WHICH YOU'RE ABOUT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT HERE.

AND ULTIMATELY BY THE END OF HOPEFULLY THIS YEAR, WE WILL HAVE A ROBUST AND DETAILED DELIVERABLE THAT IS OUR ARTS AND CULTURE PLAN FOR THIS PARTICULAR PARK.

WE ARE DOING IT IN PARTNERSHIP, FORMAL PARTNERSHIP WITH AIPP AND THE PARKS DEPARTMENT.

SO IT'S BEEN A COLLABORATION FOR NOW, WELL OVER A YEAR.

AND PART OF THIS PROCESS WAS A VERY EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT CALLED COMMON WATERS.

AND I WANT TO THANK OUR REPRESENTATIVES FROM PUBLIC CITY BACK THERE FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN FOR US THIS SPRING.

IT WAS A REALLY GREAT EXPERIENCE.

WE LEARNED A LOT WHERE WE'RE, IT'S THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH OUR ENTIRE PLAN WILL BE BASED FROM WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THAT EXPERIENCE.

AND TONIGHT WE WANTED TO COME SHARE THAT SUCCESS WITH YOU.

AND I'M INTRODUCING NOW, UM, MY PROJECT DIRECTOR WITH THE TRAIL FOUNDATION, CHARLOTTE TONSOR AND THE ARTISTS WHO JOINED US TO GIVE YOU THE FUN PART.

SO THANK YOU.

OKAY.

I'LL JUST LEAN.

UM, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US AND ESPECIALLY THANKS TO JAIME CASTILLO.

HE WAS THERE AT OUR EVENT DAY AND AMY WONG LOCK.

ALSO, I KNOW SHE'S SPOKEN HIGHLY ABOUT YOU WERE THERE AS WELL.

OKAY, FANTASTIC.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING THERE.

SO REALLY QUICKLY ON THE PLAN,

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I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU A TIMELINE OF THE PLAN AND THEN WE'LL ZOOM INTO COMMON WATER.

SO, UM, ENGAGEMENT CONTINUES TO BE IN PROGRESS.

COMMON WATERS WAS A REALLY BIG PIECE OF THAT, BUT WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WE HAD AN ONLINE SURVEY, UM, AND THEN WE DID, UH, IN-PERSON INTERCEPT INTERVIEWS ON THE TRAIL.

SO WE'RE ANALYZING ALL OF THAT DATA RIGHT NOW, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT EVENT, UM, THIS FALL.

AND THEN WE'RE FINISHING OUR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS OF ALL THAT DATA, ALL THE PLANS.

THERE'S TONS OF PLANS ALONG THE TRAIL, ART PLANS AND VISION PLANS.

SO WE'VE BEEN REVIEWING ALL OF THAT.

AND THEN WE'RE ABOUT TO DIVE INTO ACTUALLY WHAT ENCOMPASSES THIS PLAN.

SO, UM, COMMON WATERS, AS I SAID, THIS WAS A BIG PIECE OF OUR ENGAGEMENT.

UH, IT WAS MAY 14TH.

IT WAS A PHENOMENAL DAY.

AND JUST THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY AGAIN, TEAM.

AND WE HAVE SOME ARTISTS HERE THAT WERE PART OF IT AND EVERYBODY THAT CAME, IT WAS, IT WAS A MAGICAL DAY.

AND I WAS SO HAPPY AT THE END OF THE DAY.

UM, WE COLLABORATED WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT GROUPS, UH, PART WAS THERE TALKING ABOUT THE ZILKER VISION PLAN, WATERSHED PROTECTION? WAS THERE TALKING ABOUT RAIN TO RIVER? UH, FUTURE FRONT DID, UM, SOME COLLECTION TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND THEN ART SPARK, UH, DID A PERFORMANCE THAT WAS REALLY LOVELY.

AND WATERSHED PROTECTION WAS OUR PARTNER FOR THIS COMMON WATERS EVENT AND FOR THE INSTALLATION OF THE ART PIECE.

AND THEN OUR ARTISTS TEAM THAT WE, UH, THE LOCAL ARTISTS TEAM THAT WE WORKED ON, I'VE GOT TWO OF THEM BEHIND ME, REGINA, THOMAS, RUBEN S CAVELL AND TAYLOR DAVIS.

AND THEY WERE AMAZING WORKING WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S, UH, WILD IN THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY THAT WE CALL HOME AND ACTUALLY MAKING IT HAPPEN ON TIME.

SO BIG THANKS TO THEM.

OKAY.

SO WHAT IS COMMON WATERS? SO, AND THIS CAME DIRECTLY FROM THE ARTISTS, A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY EXPLORATION, AND CO-CREATING AN ART INSTALLATION TO INFORM THE TRAIL FOUNDATION'S ART AND CULTURE PLAN.

THE PROJECT EXPLORES THE INTERSECTION OF ART ACTIVISM, ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY WHILE HIGHLIGHTING THE BEAUTY AND DEMONSTRATING IMPORTANCE OF LADYBIRD LAKE, OUR CITY'S LIFELINE.

SO WE CHALLENGED THEM THAT WE WANTED TO DO A FLOATING WETLAND AND TO DO AN ARTISTIC EXPRESSION OF SOMETHING ON THE TOP.

SO WHAT IS A WETLAND YOU MAY ASK, THERE'S A GRAPHIC THERE THAT SHOWS YOU VISUALLY, BUT IT'S GOT THIS MAT OF FLOATS ON THE WATER.

AND THEN, UM, WE HAD A SCULPTURAL PIECE AND THEN THERE'S PLANTS AND THE SCULPTURAL PIECE WAS A NEST AND THEY USED INVASIVE BAMBOO BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING WE COULD GET.

WE DEFINITELY DRIED IT BEFORE IT WENT INTO THE LAKE, BUT IF YOU NOTICE, UM, IT IT'S A VERY RAPIDLY GROWING, UM, PLANT, AND IT ALSO KIND OF EMULATES THE RAPIDLY SPREADING CHANGES THAT OUR CITY IS FACING RIGHT NOW IN THE PAST.

AND EVEN AT WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IN THE FUTURE.

SO WHAT THE FLOATING WETLAND DOES, WE HAVE OUR NEST ON THE TOP, BUT THE PLANTS INSIDE UNDER THE NEST WILL GROW DOWN INTO THE WATER.

AND THOSE ROOTS CREATE SURFACES FOR MICROBES AND FISH AND CAN COME INTO THE ROOTS.

AND THAT'S ALL GOING TO CLEAN CONTAMINANTS AND EXCESS NUTRIENTS OUT OF THE LAKE.

SO HERE'S THE FUN, HERE'S THE FUN PART UP THERE.

YOU SEE, THAT'S A SKETCH THAT WAS A BEGINNING SKETCH FROM OUR ARTISTS TEAM.

THEY WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE NEST IS.

AND I LOVE THAT THEY'VE WRITTEN THAT THEY WERE A NEST IS A SYMBOL OF SAFETY HOME AND PROTECTION.

AND IF YOU THINK OF THE NEST AS BEING A SHELTER FOR THE PLANTS ON THE FLOATING WETLAND, THAT CLEAN AND FILTERED TOXINS FROM THE LAKE THAT PROTECTING THE BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF AUSTIN WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOREVER AND HAVE REALLY BEEN THE BACKBONE OF OUR CULTURE, UM, WE CAN CLEAN THE TOXINS FROM OUR TRAUMA IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE WORKING FORWARD TO IMPROVE.

SO COTTON, THERE WAS A LOT MORE TO JUST A NEST AND SOME DRIED BAMBOO AND A FLOATING WETLANDS.

SO IT WAS A REMINDER THAT LADY BIRD LAKE IS SO IMPORTANT.

WE HEARD SO MANY REFERENCES TO HOW IMPORTANT THE WATER IS, WATER HEALS, WATER RELAXES.

YOU CAN RECREATE ON WATER AND THAT THE WATER CAN BRING US TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.

AND SO WE CAN PROTECT THAT, BUT ALSO PROTECT THE FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE COMMUNITY COMING FORWARD.

AND AS I SAID, OUR ARTISTS WERE AMAZING.

THEY HAD TO DEAL WITH CITY, SO DO REQUIRMENTS AND PERMITTING AND HYDRAULIC ANALYSIS AND PICK A LOCATION THAT WAS SHELTERED.

SO I THINK WE GOT A REALLY GREAT EXPERIENCE AS WELL, WORKING THROUGH A PROJECT LIKE THAT.

SO I'M GOING TO SHOW YOU JUST A MYRIAD OF, OF PICTURES HERE.

AND THEN WE'LL KIND OF GO TO TAKEAWAYS, UH, FROM COMMON WATERS.

SO THIS WAS THE LAUNCH, UH, BROUGHT THE NEST.

YOU CAN SEE ON THE TOP RIGHT OUT ON A BIG TRAILER, THE WETLAND IS ON A BARGE PULLED BY OUR GREAT, UH, WATERSHED PROTECTION TEAM, THE LAKE TEAM THEY'RE ON THE LOWER LEFT, WHO WERE ALL SMILES THROUGH THE WHOLE THING.

THEY WERE REALLY GREAT.

UH, WE HAD VOLUNTEERS COME OUT.

WE HAD PEOPLE JUST COME OFF THE TRAIL, WONDERING WHAT WAS GOING ON.

AND WE WERE PLANTING AND INSTALLING.

AND THEN WE HAD A MUSICIAN ON THE BOAT, EFREN

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OWENS PLAYED, AND THAT WAS SO MAGICAL.

AND I HAD, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW THAT WAS GOING TO WORK, BUT IT WORKED OUT BEAUTIFULLY.

UM, AND THERE'S THE TEAM.

AND THEN THEY WERE KAYAKING ALONG WITH THE FLOATING WETLAND AS IT WENT EAST DOWN THE LAKE.

UH, AND THEN WE, UH, IT MADE IT THERE AND WE HAD A BLESSING AND WE HAD A PERFORMANCE AND THEN THE GREAT WATERSHED TEAM AND PUBLIC CITY AND TTF, AND THE ARTISTS, UH, GOT IT OFF THE BARGE.

YOU CAN SEE OUR WATERSHED GUY WITH HIS HANDS STRUNG OUT THERE.

WE ACTUALLY GOT IT OFF.

AND SO HERE'S A, UM, MORE AERIAL VIEW OF THE PROCESSION.

WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE JOIN THAT KNEW ABOUT IT.

WE HAD SOME PEOPLE JUST COME ALONG AND SAY, WHAT'S GOING ON.

SO IT WAS REALLY THIS GREAT COMBINATION OF COMMUNITY AND DIVERSE FACES.

IT WAS, IT WAS PHENOMENAL.

AND THIS IS, UM, THIS IS THE PIECE AS IT'S, UH, WAS INSTALLED THERE, UM, NEAR, UH, PLEASANT VALLEY.

AND SO I'M GOING TO PAUSE ON THIS AND I THINK, UM, ONE OF OUR ARTISTS, TAYLOR DAVIS, UM, SHE'S ARTISTS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT ALSO IS JUST GOING TO SHARE A FEW TAKEAWAYS, UH, THAT SHE EXPERIENCED BEING ON THE TEAM.

HI, GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE.

UM, THIS WAS, UH, AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR ME IN A LOT OF WAYS.

UM, BUT I WAS ABLE TO SORT OF BRING IN, YOU KNOW, MY LOVE FOR NATURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND COMBINE THAT WITH MY DEEP APPRECIATION FOR ART AND PUBLIC ART, ESPECIALLY, UM, TYPICALLY I, UM, FOCUS ON CURATING AND CELEBRATING AND PROMOTING, UH, BLACK MALE ARTISTS, UM, AND AUSTIN AND OTHER CITIES.

AND THIS OPPORTUNITY, I WAS ABLE TO REALLY PUT ON MY CREATIVE HAT AND LEARN FROM JUST AMAZING PEOPLE AND ARTISTS IN AUSTIN THAT ARE DOING THE WORK FOR ARTISTS, UM, TO BE RECOGNIZED AND, UH, TO BE SHOWN IN VERY UNIQUE, VERY UNIQUE WAYS.

UM, I THINK THIS, THIS WHOLE PROGRAM WAS, UM, VERY ENRICHING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO AN ITERATION OF THIS PROGRAM THAT, UM, IS EVEN LONGER AND MORE INTENTIONAL.

UM, I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM COULD EASILY BE, YOU KNOW, SIX MONTHS TO A YEAR OF US REALLY DIVING INTO, UM, YOU KNOW, THE FABRIC OF THE COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE WORKING IN AND HAVING REALLY INTENTIONAL CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHAT, UM, SORT OF THESE ARTISTIC METAPHORS ARE MEANING.

AND I THINK WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE OUR OWN EXPERIENCES THAT I THINK WERE VERY REFLECTIVE OF THE COMMUNITY.

I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE'S SOMEONE KEEP GOING AS ON MY TIME, JUST SCARE ME ANYWAY.

UM, BUT ALL IN ALL, I THINK IT WAS A REALLY GREAT EXPERIENCE.

I, UM, OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, MORE FUNDING AND MORE SUPPORT FOR TTF AND FOR PUBLIC CITY TO REALLY KEEP ARTISTS ENGAGED, UM, SO THAT WE CAN REALLY MAKE A GREAT IMPACT, UM, UM, BUT ALL IN ALL AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE.

SO THANK YOU GUYS.

THANKS TAYLOR.

AND THEN I'LL JUST LEAVE YOU, THOSE WERE QUOTES FROM THE ARTISTS, JUST THE ATTENDEE FEEDBACK, WHICH WE LOVED READING DIVERSE FACES, COMRADERY, THE PROCESSION.

SO WE'RE HAPPY TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE ANY, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND FOR SHARING AND SUCH DEPTHS.

UM, THE EXPANSIVENESS OF THIS PROJECT, COMMISSIONERS, UH, COMMENTS, QUESTIONS.

I'D JUST LIKE TO COMMENT.

HI, MAYBE YOU WANT TO GO FIRST.

I JUST WANTED TO, UH, HOW EXCITING JUST FROM BEING ON THAT FIRST BOAT RIDE AND SEEING THIS, THIS TO THIS.

AND I WAS SO, UH, UPSET BECAUSE I RAN TOO LATE TO MAKE IT TO THIS EVENT.

I WAS HEARTBROKEN, HEARTBROKEN, AND THEN WHEN I SAW THE PHOTOS COME OUT AND STUFF, I JUST, IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES.

CAUSE THIS IS IT'S STILL, IT GIVES ME CHILLS.

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING.

AMAZING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER CASTILLO.

OH, IT'S A BIT, UH, COULD YOU GET, CAN WE GET A CLARIFICATION OF LIKE, THIS WAS NOT CITY FUNDED AND THIS WAS NOT, UH, AN AI KEEP AN ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, A PROJECT.

AND IF YOU COULD JUST CLARIFY WHERE THE FUNDING CAME FROM AND THE ROLE OF THE CITY.

CAUSE SHE HAD SOME CITY DEPARTMENTS INVOLVED IN THIS.

SURE.

YEAH.

SO, UM, THE PLAN THAT WE'RE WORKING ON IS TTF FUNDED AND AIPP AND PART HAS MONEY IN DEVELOPMENT.

THE PLAN, THIS WAS A PIECE COMMON WATERS WAS REALLY GROWN OUT OF, UM, CRITICISM REALLY FROM OUR OWN TEAM, UM, ABOUT THE LACK OF DIVERSITY ON OUR CONSULTANT TEAM.

SO WITH, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC CITY HAD THIS WONDERFUL IDEA AND THEN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL ARTISTS, STACY LEVY, TO CREATE THIS COMMUNITY PROJECT WHERE WE WOULD GO OUT AND HAVE A TEAM OF, UH, BIPAP ARTISTS.

SO TTF,

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WE HAD HAD THE BUDGET SET TTF STEPPED IN AND RAISED THE ADDITIONAL MONEY TO FUND THIS COMMON WATER SECTION OF THE PROJECT.

AWESOME.

AND THEN THE, THEN THE ROLES OF THE CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH WHAT, WHAT THE ROLE OF THE CITY DEPARTMENTS IN THE PROJECT? SURE.

SO, UM, AIPP AND PARD, UH, WE HAVE REPRESENTED REPRESENTATIVES ON OUR TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP.

SO IT WAS REALLY THE GROUP THAT SHEPHERDING THIS PLAN THROUGH THE PROCESS WATERSHED PROTECTION STEPPED IN AND WE HAVE WATERSHED PROTECTION, OUR COMMITTEE, BUT THEY STEPPED IN FOR COMMON WATERS AND THEY WERE ACTUALLY THE SPONSOR FOR THE WETLAND AND THEY SUBMITTED THE PERMIT AND THEY HELPED US GO THROUGH ALL THE APPROVALS AND THEN THEY HAD THEIR TEAM AND THEIR BOATS THERE MULTIPLE TIMES TO HELP US WITH THE INSTALLATION.

THEY WERE AMAZING PARTNER.

THANK YOU.

SURE.

COMMISSIONER VENDETTA.

I SEE YOU, BUT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A MARJORIE FLANAGAN FROM AIPP CHIME IN HERE.

IF SHE HAS ANYTHING ELSE TO ADD.

I KNOW SHE SPOKE AT THE EVENT.

SORRY TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT.

MARJORIE.

I, CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN.

OKAY, GREAT.

YES.

SO AIPP UM, PARTIALLY FUNDED OR IS FUNDING THE PLAN FOR, UH, THE TRAIL FOUNDATION TO BE ABLE TO DO ARTWORK ON THE TRAIL.

AND WE FUNDED THAT THROUGH A 2% FOR THE BOARDWALKS CIP PROJECT, THE PHASE TWO OF THAT PROJECT.

UM, WE'RE HOPING THAT THROUGH THE CONSULTANTS WORK GATHERING STORIES, WE'LL BE ABLE TO USE THOSE STORIES, ARCHIVE, THOSE STORIES, ARCHIVE THE PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO THAT SURROUNDED MUCH OF THEIR, THEIR ENGAGEMENT WORK, AND THEN USE THEM TO INSPIRE THE PERMANENT WORK THAT GOES WITH THAT PROJECT.

AND IT WAS AMAZING.

AND AS EVERYONE HAS STATED PREVIOUSLY, IT WAS A HUGE FEAT WITH LOTS OF CITY DEPARTMENTS, LOTS OF OUTSIDE HELP, UM, PAID ARTISTS COMING TOGETHER.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

COMMISSIONER VANDYKE AND THEN COMMISSIONER MOCK.

UM, BOY, I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS.

UM, I LOVE THE, YOU KNOW, ALL THE COMING TOGETHERNESS, BUT I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE FLOATING ISLAND.

ARE THERE ANY PLANS FOR ANY MORE FLOATING ISLANDS? I, WE, WE LOVE DOING THEM.

THEY ARE, THEY TAKE SOME ENGINEERING AND, UM, SOME, SOME FUNDING.

UM, BUT I, I THINK THE BENEFITS THAT THEY HAVE ARE REALLY GREAT AND WE'RE FIGURING OUT HOW TO DO THEM BETTER.

EACH TIME WE HAVE TWO THAT ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW, BUT, UM, AND OTHER CITIES ARE DOING THEM AS WELL.

SO THERE'S A LOT OF ECOLOGICAL, UH, BENEFIT TO THEM.

COMMISSIONER MUG.

I WAS TRYING TO RAISE MY HAND, BUT THAT GADGET DOESN'T WORK.

BUT IN ANY CASE, UM, I, I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE, UH, TO SERVE ON THEM, SELECT A SELECTING PANEL.

AND I REALLY, I MEAN, I WANTED TO SAY THAT, THAT THEY HAD COMMITTED TO USE ARTISTS FROM THE EAST SIDE, YOU KNOW, TO DO, UH, THIS PROJECT.

I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THE EAST SIDE FOR A LONG TIME TO HAVE THEIR POINTS OF VIEW, YOU KNOW, UM, ON THIS, UH, COLORED WATER PROJECT.

SO I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR CONVICTION AND THEIR COMMITMENT, YOU KNOW, TO INCLUDE THE FOLKS WHO LIVE ON THE EAST SIDE VERY OFTEN, UH, BEING, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, NOT AS MISERABLE.

SO JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.

SO I DON'T KNOW HOW TO FIX THAT.

10 RAISE, RAISE HAND THING.

IF NOT, THEN I WOULD JUST HAVE TO SHOUTS, I GUESS, JUST FLAIL YOUR ARMS VERY WILDLY AND I WILL SEE YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MOCK.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS COMMENTS.

JUST WANT TO ECHO WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID HERE.

THIS IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL ALIGNMENT OF ALL OF THE VALUES THAT WE HAVE AS A COMMUNITY THAT WE'RE TALKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND TO SEE IT COME TO FRUITION AND WITH THIS EXPRESSION IS REALLY INSPIRING AND HEARTWARMING.

THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE FOR YOUR WORK.

LET'S DO IT AGAIN.

DO IT AGAIN.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

BOTH.

ALL OF YOU FOR BEING HERE.

THANK YOU

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WITH

[8. Presentation by Katy Zamesnik, Austin Convention Center Department Chief Administrative Officer, regarding Convention Center Expansion]

THAT.

LET'S MOVE ON TO THE PRESENTATION BY KATIE , UH, AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER DEPARTMENT, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER REGARDING CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION.

ARE THEY PRESENT BY CHANCE AS SUE ANY? DO WE KNOW IF SHE'LL BE OH, THERE'S PERFECT.

OKAY.

WHAT I'M LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM, OF COURSE, YOUR ONLINE.

THANK YOU.

WE'RE READY FOR YOU.

GREAT, GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS TRICIA TAITRA.

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER AND I AM JOINED BY KATIE'S MS. NICK, UH, OUR CONVENTION CENTER, CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, UH, WE'RE HERE THIS EVENING TO DISCUSS OUR CONVENTION CENTER REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION PROJECT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

TODAY'S BRIEFING IS GOING TO QUICKLY GO OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROJECT AND THE PROOF OF CONCEPT THAT WAS DEVELOPED FOLLOWING THE ENDING OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS TO THE WEST AND SOME, UH, SOME PROJECT CONSIDERATIONS AND A BRIEF DISCUSSION ON THE FINANCING AND THE HILTON BOND INDENTURE.

AND WE'LL CLOSE WITH OUR NEXT STEPS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THE IDEA OF AN EXPANSION HAS BEEN CONTEMPLATED FOR NEARLY A DECADE AND WAS FIRST FORMALLY DECLARED IN 2015 WITH THE PUBLICATION OF OUR LONG RANGE MASTER PLAN.

FOLLOWING THIS SEVERAL REPORTS AND STUDIES WERE CONDUCTED THROUGH 2019, WHEN CITY COUNCIL FORMALLY APPROVED AN ORDINANCE RAISING THE MUNICIPAL HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATE OR THE HOT BY 2% IN SUPPORT OF AN EXPANSION FOLLOWING COUNCIL'S APPROVAL OF THE 2% HOT INCREASE CONVENTION CENTER STAFF WORKED TOWARDS A MASTER PLAN UPDATE AND AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY TO CONFIRM THE VIABILITY OF THE EXPANSION PROJECT.

THESE REPORTS WERE RELEASED IN AUGUST OF 2020 AND WERE PRESENTED TO THE COUNCIL IN SEPTEMBER OF THAT YEAR.

BEFORE I CONTINUE, I DID WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE'S A PROCESS THAT WAS NOT INCLUDED ON THIS TIMELINE.

UH, THAT IS THE APPROVAL THAT THE CITY MANAGER GAVE FOR US TO ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE PROPERTY OWNERS DIRECTLY TO THE REST WEST OF THE CONVENTION CENTER, WHICH A COUNCIL GAVE IN NOVEMBER OF 2020 STAFF BEGAN THOSE NEGOTIATIONS IN EARNEST FOLLOWING COUNCIL'S APPROVAL, UNFORTUNATELY AS COMMUNICATED TO COUNCIL IN APRIL OF 2021, DESPITE THE BEST EFFORTS OF ALL PARTIES, THE FINAL PROPOSAL WAS UNABLE TO DELIVER THE PROGRAMMATIC FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER WITHIN THE PROPERTY CURRENTLY UNDER THE DEVELOPER TEAMS CONTROL, AND IT EXCEEDED THE ANTICIPATED COSTS FOR THE PROJECT.

AS A RESULT OF THIS DECISION, THE CONVENTION CENTER BEGAN OUR DUE DILIGENCE EFFORTS ON THE REMAINING OPTIONS FOR EXPANSION EVALUATING AN EXPANSION WITHIN THE CURRENT SITE OF THE CONVENTION CENTER THAT WOULD NOT ONLY DELIVER A LARGER, MORE EFFICIENT FACILITY WITHIN A SMALLER FOOTPRINT, BUT IT WOULD ALSO HELP US REALIZE THE GOALS OF, BUT STUDY THE CONVENTION CENTER, MASTER PLAN UPDATE, AND THE PALM DISTRICT RESOLUTION, THE CENTER WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF OUR CONSULTANT TEAMS HAS DEVELOPED A PROOF OF CONCEPT THAT BEARS OUT THIS GOAL, WHICH WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU SHORTLY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE COUNCIL, UH, IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE PROJECT DELAYS AND THE BUDGET IMPACTS TO OUR PROJECT WHILE WE'VE FINISHED THE FINANCING OPTIONS FOR THE PROJECT STAFF TOOK FOURTH IN RCA ON JUNE 10TH, 2021, UM, TO CITY COUNCIL REQUESTING THAT THE COUNCIL APPROVE THE USE OF A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK CMR METHODOLOGY OF CONTRACTING AS THE PROJECT DELIVERY METHOD FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION IN TANDEM TO THIS ITEM, COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION WHICH PROVIDED FURTHER DIRECTION FOR ELEMENTS TO INCLUDE THE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS, THE RFQ FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING SERVICES, AND DIRECTS THAT REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CENTER FROM SINGAPORE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, THE PALM DISTRICT, THE DOWNTOWN AUSTIN ALLIANCE, AND THE WATERLOO GREENWAY BE INVOLVED IN THE EVALUATION PANEL FOR THE RFQ.

IN ADDITION TO THE CITY STAFF, WE'VE BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO INCORPORATE THE DIRECTION AND THE FINAL RFQ, AND WE WILL BE, UM, RELEASING THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

THAT BRINGS US TO THE PROJECT ITSELF.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AS I NOTED PREVIOUSLY, THE CONVENTION CENTER WILL BE A LARGER, MORE EFFICIENT FACILITY ON A SMALLER FOOTPRINT.

THE OVERALL PROJECT WILL DELIVER AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY FRIENDLY EVENT FACILITY THAT

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ENHANCES THE CULTURALLY RICH FABRIC OF THE PONG DISTRICT AND REMOVES THE BARRIERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY THE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER FROM THIS CORNER OF DOWNTOWN.

THE CHART ON THE RIGHT SHOWS, THE CURRENT RENTABLE SQUARE FOOTAGE FOR THE CONVENTION CENTER, THE TARGET SQUARE FOOTAGES CALLED FOR IN THE MASTER PLAN UPDATE AND A MINIMUM WITH WHICH, UM, WE WILL ACHIEVE UNDER THESE NEW CONSTRAINTS COMBINED.

WE'RE NEARLY DOUBLING THE AVAILABLE RENTABLE SPACE AND EVEN GOING BEYOND THE MASTER PLAN TARGET A LARGE PART OF THIS IS ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE MEETING SPACE ALLOCATIONS AND SOME TRENDS THAT WE'VE SEEN AMONG EVENTS WITH, UM, MAYBE IN HIGHER AMOUNT OF MEETING SPACE AND MORE FLEXIBLE SPACES.

AND THIS HAS BEEN ESPECIALLY EVIDENT, UH, WITH OUR EVENTS COMING OUT OF THE COVID.

THE REVISED SQUARE FOOTAGE TARGETS STILL ALLOWS US TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE WITH OUR PEER CONVENTION CENTERS AND COMPETE FOR THAT NEXT TIER OF BUSINESS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

OUR CONSULTANT TEAMS HAVE TAKEN THE PROOF OF CONCEPT AND UPDATED OUR ECONOMIC IMPACT AND MARKET ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE IF THE PROJECT IS STILL FEASIBLE AND VIABLE.

THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING YES, AND THE ADDITIONAL ECONOMIC IMPACT FOR THE EXPANDED CONVENTION CENTER IS ESTIMATED TO BE AT OVER $280 MILLION A YEAR.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHAT WILL THE PROJECT LOOK LIKE? THIS SLIDE SHOWS YOU THE CURRENT FACILITY, AS IT STANDS TODAY.

THIS VIEW IS ORIENTED EAST TO WEST AND CLEARLY SHOWS HOW THE CONVENTION CENTER CREATES A BARRIER BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST LIMITS.

THE GROUND LEVEL PUBLIC INTERACTION IS LOWER IN DENSITY FROM THE PROPERTIES THAT ARE SURROUNDING IT.

WE HAVE ZERO GREEN SPACE AND ABOVE ALL IT'S INADEQUATE FOR THE EVENT, DEMAND GROWTH THAT THE CONVENTION CENTER IS FACING.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND HERE'S WHAT WE COULD BUILD ON OUR SITE.

I WANT TO STRESS THAT THIS IS NOT A DESIGN OF THE BUILDING, BUT INSTEAD IT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A STARTING POINT FOR A THOUGHTFUL DESIGN PROCESS.

AND IT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUE RE OUR REMAINING DUE DILIGENCE EFFORTS.

YOU'LL SEE THAT THIS IS THE EXACT SAME BLOCKS THAT THE EXISTING CONVENTION CENTER SITS ON.

THE RED AND YELLOW BOXES CONTAIN THE CONVENTION CENTER FUNCTIONS AS WELL AS MANY OF THE RETAIL AND COMMUNITY SPACES.

THE FACILITY WILL BE LARGER THAN OUR CURRENT SITE, BUT ON A SMALLER FOOTPRINT, THE TEAL BLOCK AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE PROPERTY IS INTENDED TO BE A P THREE DEVELOPMENT.

SOMETHING THAT WE'VE HEARD VERY CLEARLY WAS DESIRED BY THE COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY IN THIS PROOF OF CONCEPT, THE EXHIBIT HALL SPACES ARE UNDERGROUND SPANNING THE FULL LENGTH OF THE SITE.

WE'VE ALSO MOVED TO THE LOADING DOCKS UNDERGROUND ALONG RED RIVER, ALLEVIATING THE TRUCK TRAFFIC ON THAT STREET.

AND THIS WILL WORK IN TANDEM WITH OUR NEARLY COMPLETE MARSHALING YARD OUT BY THE AIRPORT.

THIS CONCEPT ALLOWS US TO REOPEN SECOND AND THIRD STREETS TO MULTIMODAL TRAFFIC HELPING TO REMOVE THAT BARRIER BETWEEN THE EAST AND WEST THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS.

FINALLY, THE PROOF OF CONCEPT INTEGRATES OUR REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT WITH THE OTHER INVESTMENTS OCCURRING IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA, INCLUDING PROJECT CONNECT AND THE VISION OF THE PALM DISTRICT.

THE FULL PROOF OF CONCEPT WILL BE INCLUDED WITHIN THE RFQ.

AND WE ALSO WANT TO KNOW THAT THE NOTE THAT THE PROOF OF CONCEPT ENVISIONS A PHASED APPROACH TO THE EXPANSION PROJECT, BUT WE HAVE ALSO LOOKED AT A ONE PHASE PROJECT AND THE DESIGN PROCESS WILL ULTIMATELY BE WHERE WE MAKE THAT DECISION.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS SLIDE HELPS TO VISUALIZE THE POTENTIAL PUBLIC BENEFITS THAT WILL BE REALIZED IN THE REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION OF THE CONVENTION CENTER.

OUR GOAL IS TO BRING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BACK, AND WE CERTAINLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT HERE.

AS YOU CAN SEE WHERE YOU'VE INCORPORATED SIGNIFICANT GREEN SPACE ALONG RED RIVER, HELPING TO ACTIVATE THAT STREET.

AND ADDITIONALLY WE'VE BEEN, UM, IT WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS AND AS A GATHERING PLACE FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.

WE'RE ALL, WE'VE ALSO INCLUDED COMMUNITY SPACE AND AN ART GALLERY AT STREET LEVEL THAT WOULD SHOWCASE LOCAL ARTWORK.

THE RED BOXES THAT RUN THROUGH THE SITE ARE INTENDED

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TO BE RETAIL OPPORTUNITIES, AND WE WOULD WORK CLOSELY WITH THE COMMUNITY TO IMAGINE WHAT THAT RETAIL COULD BE AND WHAT WOULD BE MOST APPROPRIATE.

WE'VE SET ASIDE SPACE FOR PROJECT CONNECT ALONG TRINITY, AND WE ENVISIONED THAT THERE WILL BE A STATION SERVING THE BLUE LINE.

AND AGAIN, YOU CAN SEE THAT THE STREET GRID HAS BEEN REOPENED ON SECOND AND THIRD STREETS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ONE OF OUR OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS RELATED TO THIS PROJECT WAS THE FINANCING WE HAD WORKED DIGITALLY.

WE HAVE WORKED DIGITALLY DILIGENTLY WITH OUR OUTSIDE FINANCIAL ADVISORS, OUR CONSULTANT TEAMS, AND OUR INTERNAL CORPORATE FINANCE TEAM TO FINALIZE THE FUNDING MODEL FOR THE PROJECT AND OPERATIONS PROJECT CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONS REMAIN FULLY FUNDED THROUGH THE CONVENTION CENTERS ALLOCATION OF THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX, THE 2% EXPANSION HOT AND CONVENTION CENTER REVENUES.

THIS MODEL INCLUDES THE 15% ALLOCATION OF THE 2% EXPANSION HOT FOR BOTH LIVE MUSIC FUND AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND DOES NOT CURRENTLY ANTICIPATE ANY FORCED REDUCTION IN STAFFING.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

LATE LAST YEAR, IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE CITY'S ATTENTION THAT THE TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE CONVENTION CENTER FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION PROJECT COULD TRIGGER A DEFAULT CLAUSE IN THE BONDS THAT CURRENTLY OUTSTANDING AT THE CITY OWNED HILTON HOTEL.

THE HOTEL IS MANAGED BY THE AUSTIN CONVENTION ENTERPRISES AND THE ACE BOARD PRESIDENT HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY WITH THE BOND HOLDERS TO PURSUE A RESOLUTION TO THIS POTENTIAL ISSUE.

WE WILL BE ALLOWED TO RELEASE THE RFQ ONCE OUR RESOLUTION IS ACHIEVED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO NEXT STEPS.

FIRST WE PLAN TO RELEASE THE RFQ FOR ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING SERVICES.

A FEW MONTHS AFTER THAT, WE WERE RELEASED THE RFP FOR CONSTRUCTION SERVICES.

THESE CONTRACTS WILL GO BACK BEFORE COUNCIL IN APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS FOR THEIR VOTE AND ISSUANCE.

AND THEN THE DESIGN PROCESS WILL BEGIN IN EARNEST.

UH, WE ARE HAPPY TO COME BACK TO YOU AT ANY POINT DURING THE PROCESS TO UPDATE YOU ON OUR WORK.

WE CERTAINLY WOULD LOVE TO ENGAGE, UH, WITH, UH, THE ARTS COMMISSION HAS WE'RE DESIGNING THIS FACILITY AND WE ALSO HAVE OUR LOCAL, UH, AIPP ARTWORK THAT'S CURRENTLY IN THE EXISTING CONVENTION CENTER.

UM, AND ALSO SEE THIS AS A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY AND IT WILL BE AN AIPP PROJECT, UH, UH, TO BRING LOCAL ARTWORK, UH, OF ALL TYPES, UH, INTO, AS WE DESIGN THIS FACILITY.

UM, SO WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO COMING BACK TO THIS COMMISSION AND WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU.

UM, AND, AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

AND WITH THAT, WE WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS.

YOU MIGHT HAVE COMMISSIONER VAN DYKE.

I KNOW YOU'VE GOT A QUESTION WHAT'S P THREE, THAT WOULD BE A PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP.

SO THE CONVENTION CENTER WOULD BE UTILIZING THE SPACE UNDERNEATH THAT TEAL BOX THAT YOU SAW.

UH, AND THEN THE CITY WILL, UH, WORK WITH REAL ESTATE SERVICES, UH, TO DETERMINE THE BEST AND HIGHEST USE, UH, FOR A BUILDING THAT WILL BE, UM, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE BUILT ON THAT, ON THAT END OF WHAT IS THE EXISTING CONVENTION CENTER COMMISSIONER CHRYSTIA? UH, I'VE GOT TWO QUESTIONS.

THE FIRST ONE IS, UH, D TO CONFIRM THAT THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE AN INTERRUPTION IN THE 2%, UH, UH, ADDITIONAL 2% ON HOT FUNDS.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO INTERRUPT.

THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE INTERRUPTED AND THEREFORE INTERRUPTING, UH, THE MUSIC AND THE HERITAGE TOURISM FUNDS, CORRECT.

HI, NO, THIS IS KATIE'S MESNICK, I'M OUR CHIEF ADMIN OFFICER.

THAT IS CORRECT.

SO WE HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRING AT, AT ONCE COUNCIL APPROVED THE ADDITIONAL 2% WE'VE BEEN MAKING THAT TRANSFER REGULARLY AND WILL NOT, UM, THAT WILL NOT HELP US DURING, THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.

EXCELLENT.

SECOND QUESTION IS, CAN WE GET ANOTHER, ANOTHER LOOK AT WHAT, WHAT Y'ALL, WHAT WHAT'S BEING THOUGHT OF AS, AS BRINGING THE COMMUNITY BACK IN? I KNOW YOU MENTIONED GREENSPACE, BUT, UH, I JUST WANT JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAILED AS TO HOW Y'ALL, WHAT'S BEING ENVISIONED AS BRINGING THE COMMUNITY LOCAL COMMUNITY IN.

SURE, ABSOLUTELY.

SO, UH, YOU KNOW, THE TOURISM INDUSTRY BRINGS IN,

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UM, GUESTS THAT VISIT OUR CITY.

UH, THERE'S TWO TYPES OF TOURISM.

THERE'S THE, THE WEEKEND TOURISM, THE LEISURE AND TRAVEL TOURISM.

AND THEN THERE'S ALSO THE BUSINESS AND CONVENTION, UH, TOURISM THAT HAPPENS DURING THE WEEK.

UM, AND SO ON THE WEEKENDS, ALL OF OUR GUESTS THAT COME INTO TOWN WANT TO ENGAGE AND INTERACT WITH ALL OF THE, ALL THAT, EVERYTHING, ALL OF THAT AUSTIN HAS TO OFFER OUR CONVENTION ATTENDEES DURING THE WEEK, HAVE THAT EXACT SAME DESIRE.

HOWEVER, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE CONDUCTING BUSINESS WHILE THEY'RE HERE AND THEY MAY HAVE LESS ABILITY DURING THE DAY AND IN THE EVENINGS TO GO OUT AND ENGAGE WITH OUR CITY.

UM, ADDITIONALLY, WE'VE, YOU KNOW, WE'VE DETERMINED THAT, UH, VISITORS WANT TO HANG OUT WHERE THE LOCALS ARE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, FROM, UH, THE FIELD THAT YOU GET AT THE AIRPORT, WHEN YOU FIRST ARRIVE AND IT'S AUTHENTICALLY AUSTIN, UH, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE MORE OF AN AUTHENTICALLY AUSTIN EXPERIENCE IN AND AROUND THE CONVENTION CENTER.

UM, WE WANT IT TO BE A PLACE WHERE LOCAL AUSTINITES WANT TO COME AND GRAB DINNER AND HANG OUT AND HAVE IT BE MORE, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, INTERACT THAT IN, UH, ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT WITH WHAT OUR CONVENTION CENTER IS.

SO WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT IN A LOT OF THOSE RETAIL SPACES, MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE PUTTING SMALL BUSINESSES, UH, THAT, UM, CAN CATER TO, YOU KNOW, ENTERTAINMENT AND HOSPITALITY THAT WE'RE SELECTING FOOD AND BEVERAGE VENDORS THAT ARE AUTHENTICALLY AUSTIN AND NOT PER SE A CHAIN RESTAURANT.

UM, AND THEN WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE INCORPORATING OUR ART AND OUR MUSIC, UH, INTO THIS FACILITY AS WELL.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY EXCITED.

THERE WILL BE EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

WE WILL BE, UM, EXTENSIVELY ENGAGING WITH THE MUSIC AND THE ARTS COMMUNITY.

UM, AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED ONCE WE GET THIS DESIGN TEAM ON BOARD, THEY, UH, TO SHARE WITH THE VISION IS, UH, AND WORK AND COLLABORATE WITH THE EXPERTS IN OUR CITY TO DETERMINE WHAT WE, WHAT WE CAN DEVELOP AND DELIVER, UH, THAT OUR GUESTS WILL ENJOY.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, OUR LOCAL AUSTIN ATTENDEES ARE LOCAL AUSTIN.

UM, WHAT PEOPLE WOULD WANT TO COME AND ENGAGE.

AND SO A PLACE THAT'S, THAT'S ACTIVE 24 HOURS A DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, UH, WITH LOCALS AND VISITORS.

THANK YOU.

UH, I'VE GOT A QUICK QUESTION JUST TO THAT EFFECT, TWOFOLD.

UM, THE FIRST BEING, BRINGING IN LOCAL BUSINESSES TO COME AND BE FOOD VENDORS, THE EFFORTS THAT ARE THOSE ALSO AFFORDABLE SPACES.

CAUSE I THINK A HUGE ISSUE THAT WE'RE FACING ON MULTIPLE FRONTS IS AFFORDABILITY.

SO IN ORDER TO RETAIN OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE CONTRIBUTORS TO THE ECOSYSTEM, ARE THERE ADDITIONAL EFFORTS BEING MADE TO FOR THAT INCLUSION? THAT'S A REALLY GREAT QUESTION.

UM, IT IS CERTAINLY, UH, BEEN PART OF THE CONSIDERATION.

UM, WE WILL BE WORKING WITH REAL ESTATE SERVICES AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AND I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A LOT OF GREAT PROGRAMS, UM, YOU KNOW, GEARED TOWARDS THIS, BUT, UM, IT WILL, IT WILL BE, UM, AS WE'RE GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND DETERMINING WHAT TYPES OF SPACES THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY WILL RENT FOR, UH, WE WILL BE WORKING WITH REAL ESTATE SERVICES, UH, TO ENSURE THAT, UM, WE CAN REACH A BALANCE THAT, THAT, UM, WILL MAKE THIS A SUSTAINABLE AND SURVIVABLE ENVIRONMENT.

I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S HUGE, UH, AS DISPLACEMENT HAS BEEN FRONT AND CENTER AND A LOT OF OUR CULTURAL DISTRICTS, UM, OF LATE.

AND SO HAVING CONFIDENCE IN RENTING SOMETHING THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN AND ALSO HAVE A HOME IN FOR, IN TERMS OF LONGEVITY IS SOMETHING TO DEFINITELY CONSIDER.

AND THEN MY SECOND QUESTION, UM, IS PARKING, YOU'RE TALKING A LOT ABOUT LOCALS AND INCORPORATING THAT, UM, TOURISM DOESN'T NECESSARILY EQUATE TO THAT PARKING IN THAT, UM, RESOURCE FOR PEOPLE COMING INTO DOWNTOWN FROM THAT DON'T LIVE IN THE NEAR AREA.

AGAIN, DISPLACEMENT PEOPLE ARE HAVING TO TRAVEL INTO DOWNTOWN.

SO IS THAT SOMETHING THAT'S BEING ACCOUNTED FOR? UH, SO WE HAD TWO CONVENTION CENTER PARKING GARAGES CURRENTLY, AND WHAT THE STUDIES THAT WE'VE DONE, WE BELIEVE THAT WE WOULD HAVE SUSTAINED A SUBSTANTIAL, UM, HARKING TO MEET OUR GUESTS NEEDS.

AND, AND ADDITION TO, UM, THE GROWTH OF THE EXPANDED CONVENTION CENTER, UM, WITH, WITH, UH, YOU KNOW, THE, UH, CAPITOL METRO AND THE TRAIN THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN TRINITY STREET AND THAT DIRECT, UM, FROM THE AIRPORT INTO DOWNTOWN.

UM, WE, YOU KNOW, WE BELIEVE THAT WE'LL HAVE ADEQUATE ADEQUATE PARKING, UH, TO, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BUILD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER GRAY.

YES.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD TO A CHAIR ZUSMAN'S, UH, POINT OF REFERENCE TO, UH, ARTISTS OF THE CITY AND LOSS OF SPACE, BUT EVEN ON TOP OF THAT,

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A BIG EXCLAMATION POINT THAT IF YOU WANT LOCALS, AS WELL AS WHY TOURISTS COME HERE, THE FLAVOR OF AUSTIN, IT IS THOSE ARTISTS.

AND I WOULD JUST HOPE AND USING, UH, TERMS AND EVEN IDEAS BEHIND THE WORD ENTERTAINMENT AND THE WORD AND KNOWLEDGE OF CULTURE THEY ARE AND CAN BE THE SAME AND THEY CAN BE VERY DIFFERENT.

AND I WOULD HOPE THAT A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO THAT, UM, AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE P THREE PROCESS OF THAT SPACE, THAT, THAT PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP, THAT THERE'S A LOT OF STRONG AND ON THE TOP OF THE LIST CONSIDERATION OF THE LOCAL ARTISTS.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER MARK.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? YES, I DO.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, THAT HE SHOULD DEAL WITH PETE ITSELF, UM, AT THE, THE P THREE, UH, WE WILL HAVE ADEQUATE ALLOCATION OF WORK.

I MEAN, I, UM, EXPENSES, YOU KNOW, FOR, FOR THIS BIG PROJECT, YOU KNOW, UM, SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, YOU TALK TO THE AIPP PEOPLE AND OUR STAFF, UM, FROM THE BEGINNING, YOU KNOW, SO WE DON'T HAVE TO PLAY CATCH UP.

ABSOLUTELY COMMISSIONER, THANK YOU FOR THAT FEEDBACK.

UM, JUST FOR CLARITY, YOU KNOW, THIS CONVENTION CENTER AND RE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPANSION PROJECT WILL BE AN AIPP PROJECT.

THE 2%, UM, OF THE CONSTRUCTION COST WILL GO TOWARDS THIS PROJECT, WHICH WE ARE THRILLED AND ECSTATIC ABOUT BECAUSE THAT IS, YOU KNOW, HOW WE'RE, I BELIEVE, YOU KNOW, WE WILL BE ABLE TO CREATE A UNIQUELY, UM, AUTHENTIC AUSTIN EXPERIENCE.

UH, SO WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH AIPP, UM, AND WE WILL BE WORKING WITH THEM THROUGH THIS ENTIRE PROJECT COMMISSIONER, SMALL BOOK.

I THANKS.

Y'ALL FOR THE PRESENTATION.

UM, YOU, AND IT'S GREAT TO HEAR ABOUT THE 2% AIPP, UM, YOU OFFERED TO DO, YOU KNOW, FREQUENT UPDATES, AND I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THE RIGHT PACE FOR THAT.

UM, WHAT, WHAT MAKES SENSE, UM, AS THIS DEVELOPS, BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A HUGE PROJECT, AND I HOPE THAT WHETHER IT'S JUST THROUGH OUR MEETINGS OR THROUGH ANOTHER, UM, MECHANISM, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORKING GROUPS, BUT IT WOULD BE REALLY IMPORTANT TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE CREATIVELY CREATE SOME DIRECT BENEFITS, UM, FOR CREATIVE BUSINESSES AND CULTURAL WORKERS AND ARTISTS, AND NOT, NOT JUST THINKING IN TERMS OF, OF, YOU KNOW, UM, WHAT WE SEE AND, AND I'M NOT CASTING DOUBT ON THE NUMBERS AROUND, UM, YOU KNOW, YOUR ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSES, BUT, YOU KNOW, THE, FOR THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY THAT OFTEN IS AN EXTERNALITY OR LIKE, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, AN INDIRECT BENEFIT.

AND WE WOULD REALLY WELL, I WOULD, AND I THINK OTHER COMMISSIONERS WOULD AS WELL, LIKE TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN BUILD IN SOME, SOME PROGRAMMING THAT WOULD TO DIRECT ECONOMIC BENEFITS, UM, FROM, YOU KNOW, THE CONVENTION TOURISM THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THROUGH THE EXPANSION.

THAT'S REALLY GREAT FOR YOU BACK.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU AND WE CAN KIND OF FIGURE OUT ONCE WE GET THE DESIGN PROCESS, UM, GOING AND OUR TEAM ON BOARD, UM, I, I, WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT SCHEDULE WOULD LOOK LIKE, BUT, UM, AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE A P THREE WORKING GROUP ALREADY ESTABLISHED THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD POINT OF CONTACT THAT, THAT COULD POTENTIALLY FACILITATE THOSE UPDATES.

UH, TWO OF THOSE MEMBERS ARE NOT PRESENT, UM, BUT COMMISSIONER MOCK AND COMMISSIONER CAMELBAK, I KNOW YOU BOTH ARE ON THAT WORKING GROUP, SO LET'S, UH, LET'S REGROUP.

I THINK THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.

COMMISSIONER VANDYKE, YOU HAD AN ADDITIONAL QUESTION.

UM, SURE.

YOU KNOW, AND THIS IS ALL SUDDEN YOU'RE GOING TO GET A LOT OF, UH, YOU MEAN AN AM, BUT, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF I, YOU KNOW, PROBABLY BE PART OF THAT OR NOT.

SO WE'VE KIND OF FEEL LIKE HERE'S MY CHANCE TO THROW MY IDEA.

AND, UM, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE, UH, MAKING SPACE FOR LOCAL ARTISTS AND, UH, I LOVE TO SEE THE MURALS GOING UP FROM LOCAL ARTISTS, BUT I, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING MORE, UH, THAN IT, YOU KNOW, ONE TIME OR, UM, EVEN, UH, A SPACE THAT KEEPS CHANGING WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT TURNS COME IN IS THAT THEY HAVE AN EASY WAY TO FIND OUT OTHER PLACES THAT THEY CAN GO TO IN THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, UM, THE DIFFERENT BUSINESSES, THE, UH, YOU KNOW, WORKING AND GO SEE DANCE,

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WHERE CAN YOU GO SEE THEATER, UH, EVEN A KIOSK, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT, CAUSE IT CHANGES ALL THE TIME, SOMETHING THAT IS CURRENT, UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT POTTERY STUDIOS ARE OPEN THAT YOU COULD GO, YOU KNOW, CHECK OUT THE LOCAL BOUNDARY, BUT, UH, SO THAT'S THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONERS, MARK, AS I SAYS, I JUST WANT TO FOLLOW UP, UH, COMMISSIONER WHEN DIES.

UH, YEAH, I THINK WE HAVE A INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING TO AUSTIN AND I'M SURE WITH THIS EXPANSION, WE WILL HAVE MORE PEOPLE.

I MEAN, AUSTIN, WE CANNOT HIDE ANYMORE.

IT'S OUT THERE ON THE MAP.

SO I'M HOPING THAT, UM, THAT WILL BE A MARKETING OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR LOCAL ARCHES, YOU KNOW, WHILE WE ARE DISPLAYING, YOU KNOW, THE, THE BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK, WE ALSO HAVE, YOU KNOW, LIKE A KIOSK OR WHATEVER, UH, DID THE TWO MECHANISM THAT THEY KNOW WHERE TO GO.

IF THEY SAW A PIECE OF STYLE THAT THEY LIKE, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN THEY CONTACT THE STUDIO, THE ARTISTS, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, AUSTIN IS WEIRD, WE ARE UNIQUE.

SO, UM, I'M SURE THAT THAT ALL THESE ITEMS COULD BE HOT ITEMS TO BRING HOME, YOU KNOW, FROM OUR LOCAL ARTISTS.

SO JUST AS JUST HAVE THAT IN MIND TO HELP MARKET, YOU KNOW, ARTISTS ARE NOT VERY GOOD IN DOING BUSINESS.

SO WE, WE NEED YOU IF THE BUSINESS MIND, UH, YOU KNOW, TO HELP.

AND THANK YOU.

THAT'S GREAT FEEDBACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, COMMISSIONER CASTEEL I THINK IT'D BE HELPFUL, UH, FOR STAFF TO BRING IN, UH, VISIT OFTEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MARKETING.

I MEAN, THAT'S THEIR ROLE, UH, THE SPACE THAT THE IT'S POTENTIALLY GOING TO COME OUT OF THIS FROM CONVENTION CENTER.

I MEAN, THAT'S, THAT'S THE CONVENTION CENTER'S ROLE IS TO HAVE THE SPACE.

IT WOULD BE VISIT OFTEN TO DO THE ACTUAL MARKETING AND TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ART COMMISSIONER THOUGH IS JUST THE CONNECTION POINT THERE.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU SO MUCH, TRICIA AND KATIE FOR BEING HERE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND LOOKING FORWARD TO FURTHER UPDATES.

THANK YOU.

YOU AS WELL.

I DID SKIP OVER ITEM SEVEN, BUT THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE IN MY KNOWLEDGE, I KNOW THAT CAITLIN HAS ASKED TO BE MOVED TO AUGUST, SO WORRY NOT, UM, WE HAVE NOT SKIPPED OVER ANYBODY.

UH,

[9. Presentation by Anne Gatling Haynes, Austin Economic Development Corporation Chief Transaction Officer, regarding Updates within the Austin Economic Development Corporation]

NEXT IS PRESENTATION BY ANNE GATLING HANGS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, CHIEF TRANSACTION OFFICER REGARDING UPDATES WITHIN THE AEDC CORPORATION.

HELLO, GOOD EVENING.

THE SUN.

YES.

YES.

OKAY.

UM, COULD EVENING AND, UM, HOPEFULLY TODAY I CAN GIVE YOU A CONCISE UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE ON THE CULTURAL TRUST PROGRAM AND A LITTLE BIT STEPPING BACK ON WHO WE ARE AS AN ORGANIZATION AND WHY WE'RE DOING THIS WORK.

UM, AND HOPEFULLY MAKE SOME TIME FOR SOME QUESTIONS, CAUSE I'M SURE THERE'S PLENTY OF QUESTIONS.

UM, SO NEXT SLIDE, OR DO I CLICK IT MYSELF OR OKAY.

YEAH.

OKAY.

SO THIS IS OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, UM, AND I WANTED TO STEP HERE FIRST.

UH, WE ARE A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION SET UP BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO WORK ON BEHALF OF AUSTIN, UH, FOR EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES WITH AN INTER LOCAL AGREEMENT THAT WAS SET UP LAST JUNE OR SIGNED LAST JUNE.

WE HAD A NUMBER OF INITIAL PROJECTS THAT WERE IDENTIFIED FOR OUR PRIMARY WORK AND, UH, TWO OF THE AGENDA, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY ONE PROJECT WAS TO IDENTIFY INVESTMENTS FOR A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT SOURCES OF MONEY FOR WHAT WAS CALLED THE CULTURAL TRUST PROGRAM.

AND WE'RE STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF A TON OF ADVOCACY, BOTH FROM THIS COMMISSION, MUSIC COMMISSION, MANY STAKEHOLDERS IN THE COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, ET CETERA.

SO CERTAINLY WE ARE RUNNING A PROCESS THAT A LOT OF THINGS HAVE FED INTO, BUT WHERE IT'S REALLY THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS HAPPENED.

SO, UH, YOU'LL COME ALONG WITH ME ON THIS RIDE OF EXPLAINING WHERE WE ARE.

UM, BUT ONE THING I JUST WANTED TO MENTION IS THAT WE HAVE, UH, PROJECT COMMITTEES FOR EACH ONE OF OUR PROJECTS AND THE CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS ABOUT 20 FOLKS WHO VOLUNTEERED TO BE A PART OF OUR OPEN PANEL.

IT INCLUDES FOUR OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS, INCLUDING CARL SETTLES, UM, AND THEN ULTIMATELY MEMBERS OF MUSIC, CULTURE, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS THAT WOULDN'T BE APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM, BUT COULD REPRESENT THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

AND THEY HAVE BEEN MEETING.

I THINK THAT WAS MY FIRST WEEK WAS OUR FIRST MEETING.

AND WE'VE BEEN MEETING MONTHLY THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS AND IS REALLY MY PRIMARY FEEDBACK LOOP, UM, FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE MEETING AS BEST AS WE CAN WITH THE MONEY THAT WE HAVE THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

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UM, IT REALLY WAS, AS I SAID IN, UH, IDENTIFIED AS A PROJECT FOR US, UM, IN PART TO BE ABLE TO FACILITATE THE CITY FUNDS THAT WERE APART OF THE PROGRAM, BUT ULTIMATELY TO HELP LEVERAGE THAT WITH SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND GROW THE FUND OVER TIME.

UM, AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE'RE STARTING AND I'LL GIVE YOU A SENSE OF WHERE WE ARE ON THAT.

UH, WE INITIATED INITIALLY DID A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS.

I THINK IT WAS NOVEMBER 30TH, OPENED IT UP, UM, AFTER A COUPLE OF MONTHS OF TRYING TO REACH OUT AND A 20, 20 RFI PROCESS, UM, TO REALLY GET OUT AS FAR AND WIDE AS WE COULD THAT SAID, I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT FOUND OUT ABOUT TOWARDS THE END OF THAT RFP PROCESS FOUR MONTHS LATER.

UM, AND WE KEPT, UH, PIPELINE ONLY APPLICATION OPEN FOR TWO MONTHS SO THAT PEOPLE COULD CONTINUE TO TELL US THEIR NEEDS.

UM, IT'S REALLY A UNIQUE AND NEW PROCESS BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY NOT A GRANT PROGRAM.

IT'S AN REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT PROGRAM.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE IT MAKES IT QUITE DIFFERENT.

UM, AND WE REALLY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO THROUGH THE DATA THAT WE'VE COLLECTED AND CONTINUE TO COLLECT.

IN FACT, WEEKLY, I GET CALLS AND I CONTINUE TO PUT THAT ON MY MASTER SPREADSHEET ABOUT REALLY THE NEEDS OF CULTURE, MUSIC AND ARTS, SPECIFICALLY FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND OPERATORS.

WE ALSO HEAR QUITE A BIT FROM INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS THAT ARE BEING PRICED OUT AND DISPLACED.

UH, WE DO NOT HAVE FUNDS TO REALLY SUPPORT THAT AT THE MOMENT, BUT HOPEFULLY WE CAN FIND A WAY TO INVEST IN FACILITIES THAT WILL HELP SUPPORT THE BROADER ARTS COMMUNITY.

UM, THESE WERE THE THREE INITIAL BUCKETS I CALL THEM OF MONEY THAT WERE IDENTIFIED FOR THIS PROGRAM.

$12 MILLION FROM THE CREATIVE SPACES BOND FROM 2018, A 2.4 MILLION OF HOT FUNDS FOR THE ICONIC VENUE FUND.

THOSE WERE ORIGINALLY SLATED