Tag Archives: Austin Convention Center

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Jack Craver

Eckhardt hopes city will pare down convention center plans for sake of Expo Center

Travis County voters gave county government the go-ahead last week to rebuild the aging exposition center on Decker Lane, but it could be a decade before the project breaks ground.County Proposition A, which passed with 63 percent of the vote,…

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Music advocates seen as key in defeat of Proposition B

Updated: 12:20 a.m.: Austin voters have defeated a ballot measure that sought to restructure how the city spends its Hotel Occupancy Tax revenue, and would have forced a public vote on a proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center. The…

Monday, September 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Eyeing hotel tax dollars, Music Commission signs on to support convention center

With City Council set to consider two items on Thursday related to the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center, the Austin Music Commission voted last week to support the plan, which is projected to cost more than $1 billion…

Friday, August 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

State court calls city’s convention center ballot language ‘misleading’

The 3rd Court of Appeals has ruled that the city must make two changes to recently approved ballot language related to an attempt to limit city spending on the Austin Convention Center. In a ruling issued Thursday, the court of…

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Save Our Springs backers among major supporters of anti-convention center PAC

Campaign finance reports filed Monday showed that longtime members and financial supporters of the Save Our Springs Alliance have pledged the bulk of the funding that is supporting a political action committee attempting to force a public vote on the…

Monday, July 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

PAC files petition to put Austin Convention Center expansion to a public vote

The city’s proposal to expand the Austin Convention Center could be on the ballot in November. A group opposing City Council’s decision to build out the center says it submitted a 30,000-signature petition calling for a referendum that would force…

Thursday, June 27, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Convention center proponents eyeing new PAC to challenge expected ballot question

Mayor Steve Adler’s former campaign manager is preparing to launch a political action committee to lobby in favor of the proposed expansion of the Austin Convention Center if a group pushing a ballot question challenging the expansion succeeds in its…

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…

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