BBB: The Med School, The Innovation District, & the City of Austin
Join UT Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, and Civic Analytics' Brian Kelsey for a discussion about the Med School and its impact on the City of Austin. Moderated by Monitor publisher Mike Kanin. April 28 at the North Door. Free and open to the public.
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Mueller Redevelopment honored with planning award
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the American Planning Association have recognized the City of Austin with the 2015 HUD Secretary's Opportunity and Empowerment Award for its Mueller Redevelopment and Reuse Plan. The plan called for the conversion of the former Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use, mixed-income community to help revitalize East Austin. The HUD Secretary's Award recognizes a plan, program or project that has been in effect for at least three years and improves the quality of life for low- and moderate-income community residents. The Mueller Redevelopment Plan and additional APA award winners will be honored at the 2015 National Planning Awards luncheon April 20 in Seattle. The plan will also be featured in the April 2015 issue of Planning magazine. Read more here.
Travis ranked among healthiest counties
Travis County ranked high on overall health compared to all participating counties in the state for the annual County Health Rankings. It was ranked ninth out of 237 Texas counties. The report was released recently by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Health officials say the survey underscores that people's well-being is affected by where they live. The rankings allow each participating county to see how it compares to others on 30 factors, including smoking, high school graduation rates, income inequality, employment, physical activity, access to healthy foods and much more. The County Health Rankings relies on data and analysis that allow counties to see what makes residents sick or well, and how they compare to other counties in the same state. A full list of rankings is available here.
ABIA passenger traffic up in February
Just ahead of the usual influx of people for Austin's March events, passenger traffic at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport jumped 8 percent in February. It marked the 61st out of the last 62 months that ABIA traffic has grown. Officials say total traffic in February was 738,355 passengers, while February boardings totaled 366,231, up 7.5 percent. Most of the major airlines serving ABIA saw an increase in February passenger traffic, with the exceptions of American Airlines and JetBlue, both of which saw small drops in passengers. February air cargo at ABIA was up 7 percent compared to February 2014; international air cargo was up 142.5 percent.
Join us at our next BBB!
The Austin Monitor's ongoing series "Beers, Brains and Betterment" is getting a new chapter this month. On April 28, a Tuesday, we will be hosting a discussion on Austin's new medical school and the Innovation District. Come join UT Dell Medical School Dean Clay Johnston, Austin Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Civic Analytics' Brian Kelsey for a discussion about the school and its impact on the City of Austin. The conversation will be moderated by Monitor publisher Mike Kanin and, though admission is free, you can RSVP for the event here.
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