Tag Archives: Austin Convention Center

Friday, May 24, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Palm School, convention center ideas

In a stunning victory for Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Kathie Tovo, the Austin City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a 27-page resolution directing city staff to gather all the information necessary to move forward with an extensive renovation…

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Jo Clifton

City eyes Palm School, bigger convention center

City Council Member Kathie Tovo, with assistance from Mayor Steve Adler, has produced a 23-page resolution outlining Council’s desire to create a plan for the southeast part of downtown, including use of the Palm School for cultural programming and expansion…

Friday, April 5, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The Convention Center

Confused by all the talk about whether or not to expand the convention center? Fear not, the Austin Monitor has you covered. In this throwback episode (which was recorded prior to the release of the University of Texas report), we…

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council hears convention center options, with work sessions on deck

City Council members heard many of the gritty details Tuesday on the question of whether or not to expand the Austin Convention Center.The special meeting came after last week’s arrival of a long-awaited study from the University of Texas School…

Monday, April 1, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Report offers options but no recommendations for convention center

The University of Texas analysis of the city’s options for expanding the Austin Convention Center – including the costs and effects of taking no action – paint the facility as the likely hub in a variety of development plans going…

Monday, February 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Chinese Democracy

The press release is made of cheese… How best to follow up a City Council meeting that saw unanimous action to ease the development of affordable housing? If you’ve got the big office on the second floor at City Hall,…

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

UT study at center of debate on tourism, hotel tax and expansion proposal

A forthcoming report from a group of University of Texas architectural students may be the next significant piece of research shaping the ongoing debate over how the city uses its Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.That study – commissioned last year for…

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Debate over convention center, hotel tax funds spreads to Music Commission

A recently created music activism group has been thrown into the fray of the debate – largely playing out in meetings of the new Tourism Commission – over how to spend money the city generates through its roughly $100 million…

Friday, October 12, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Convention center fate looms as Tourism Commission scrutinizes Visit Austin budgets

The most recent meeting of the city’s still-new Tourism Commission followed what could become a regular dynamic for the group: detailed “in the weeds” parsing of budgets and policies related to Austin’s tourism industry, with the proposed expansion of the…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects first aid services contract

During Tuesday’s work session, City Council members expressed enough objections to a contract to hire an outside firm to provide medical services at the Austin Convention Center that city staff agreed to remove the item from today’s agenda.Council members Delia…

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Council commissions study of convention center expansion

Researchers at the University of Texas are going to ask the question that seems to be on every Austinite’s mind these days: “Can new, programmatic spatial configurations and economic models for urban convention centers be applied to downtown Austin in…

Thursday, December 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Memo outlines ‘downtown puzzle’ progress headed into 2018

Work on Mayor Steve Adler’s “downtown puzzle” policies package will be almost certainly put on hold until the spring when newly hired city manager Spencer Cronk will be able to study and work on how to execute the proposal.That was…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Downtown puzzle up for vote Thursday

Consideration of Mayor Steve Adler’s complex “downtown puzzle” resolution will apparently move forward on Thursday despite doubts some of his colleagues have expressed about the timing and about a key piece of the plan: expansion of the Austin Convention Center.When…

Thursday, August 24, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council debates best use of HOT dollars

Some City Council members are clearly more convinced of the role that the Austin Convention Center plays in driving the city’s tourism industry and economy than others.The day after several Council members signaled support for a proposal by Council Member…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council takes long view on convention center, with eye toward spring

A decision on whether City Council will opt to expand the Austin Convention Center likely won’t come until spring 2018, based on discussions at Tuesday’s Council work session.That time frame came from Mayor Steve Adler after more than two hours…

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Visit Austin contract included lobbying Council

When the CEO for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, recently renamed Visit Austin, signed his employment contract with the organization last May, the contract included an addendum directing him to develop a strategy for lobbying City Council to enlarge…

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Updated: Visit Austin provides some data, withholds some

The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, now operating as Visit Austin, released to the Austin Monitor on Wednesday a list of its 50 highest-paid employees, by job title and salary, not by name, as well as a compilation of the…

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Task force endorses plan to expand convention center

After nearly six months of toil, a visibly exhausted Visitor Impact Task Force granted its imprimatur to a proposal to fund the expansion of the Austin Convention Center, albeit with a number of attached recommendations.Tuesday’s vote came at the end…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

UTC endorses second convention center skybridge

Plans for another new skybridge in downtown Austin have cleared the second of three challenges set forth last month by a skeptical Planning Commission.On May 9, the proposal scored the support of the Urban Transportation Commission after that body heard…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin’s Visitor Impact Task Force nearing deadline to report to City Council

For the past several months, Austin’s Visitor Impact Task Force has been exploring new uses for the millions of tax dollars brought in by the city’s hotels. The group also has to contend with a host of state and local…

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