Tag Archives: SXSW

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Can Austin innovate itself out of long meetings?

Given the recent tilt toward performance art at City Council meetings – those poor eggs! – and running times that are the longest among major cities in Texas, it seems like the last thing Austin needs is more citizen participation…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Examining Austin’s “smart city” bona fides

Austin’s reputation as one of the nation’s smartest cities went under the microscope Sunday, with policy and academic experts examining the technology, educational, housing and transportation components – and the city’s shifting needs as it grows – that combine to…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Adler: A blue Texas “all but inevitable”

It’s something of an old saw in the political world that progressive cities in otherwise red states are like “a blueberry in a bowl of tomato soup.”Austin Mayor Steve Adler and his mayoral colleagues on Friday’s “America’s Mayors: Holding The…

Monday, March 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Austin officials rap about Smart Cities, robot cars at SXSW

Nine months after Austin lost the federal Smart City Challenge to Columbus, Ohio, the vision of a data-enhanced urban future is still alive and well.Top officials from Mayor Steve Adler to Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar took time during South…

Friday, March 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Short-term rentals under scrutiny as SXSW kicks off

The Austin Code Department has started its annual tradition of stepped-up monitoring and enforcement of regulations covering short-term rental businesses, the official policy name for homeowners who rent out extra rooms to tourists visiting for the South by Southwest festival.The…

Monday, March 6, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Of departures (people, codes and forts)

ZAP! Pow! Bang!… People paying attention to the membership of the Zoning and Platting Commission (if you are out there, you are probably reading this) may have noticed change has come/is on the horizon. As we reported, now-former Chair Thomas…

Thursday, September 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

SXSW touts $325M economic impact for Austin

According to Mayor Steve Adler, South by Southwest is more than just a cash cow. In an evocative metaphor at yesterday’s annual reveal of the festival’s economic contribution to the city, he likened the festival instead to “a herd that…

Monday, June 27, 2016 by Cate Malek

Ethics complaints over free SXSW tickets dismissed

Complaints against two city officials alleging that they used their positions to acquire free tickets to the South by Southwest Interactive Festival were dismissed quickly by the City Council Ethics Review Commission on June 22.The commission determined that although the high…

Monday, May 23, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Passes and postponements

Official solicited, got free SXSW passes… Rondella Hawkins, who oversees the city’s Office of Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs, requested and received three complimentary badges for 2016’s SXSWi, the interactive portion of the famous festival that Austin hosts, from festival director…

Friday, April 1, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Officials reflect on safety at SXSW 2016

This year’s South by Southwest festival was one of the safest yet, say SXSW and public safety officials, thanks to overtime funding that allowed Austin Police Department officers to fill festival staffing spots internally. Overall, the number of festival-related arrests…

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Kitchen: Spirit of innovation still alive in Austin

This year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference kicked off with a cloud of doubt hanging over the city of Austin’s relationship with the tech sector that has helped spur the regional economy for lo these many years.Recent efforts by City…

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Is Austin still tech-friendly?

“Austin has spent decades building a reputation as an innovative city, but our new City Council’s confusion about (the) issue is destroying our reputation and driving away investment capital,” according to Capital Factory Executive Director Joshua Baer.In the Medium post,…

Monday, March 14, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

At SXSW, Adler discusses public engagement

Mayor Steve Adler took advantage of South by Southwest on Saturday to spotlight opportunities to enhance public engagement through partnerships with tech sector entrepreneurs.The mayor was one of three speakers on a panel called “Crowdsourcing Policy: Constituents to Changemakers” and…

Monday, February 8, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Petitions, among other things

Pilot Knob, revisited… Over the weekend, City Council’s recent Pilot Knob deal got a lot more ink. As you might remember, the Austin Monitor first wrote about the deal, which will bring affordable housing to the planned unit development, at…

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 by Tyler Whitson

City to host “Music Venue Summit” ahead of spring

In preparation for South by Southwest and other spring events, the city’s Music and Entertainment Division will host a two-hour “Music Venue Summit” on Jan. 25 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.The event will include city staff…

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Adler to propose fee waivers for SXSW

Mayor Steve Adler will sponsor an item on next week’s City Council agenda authorizing fee waivers and payments by the city in connection with the 2016 South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival for up to $309,310, according to…

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Jo Clifton

APD estimates $1.5 million in spring festival costs

The Austin Police Department’s financial staff has estimated that the department will incur $1.5 million in overtime expenses during the 2016 spring festival season, March 10-20. Many, but not all, of these events are related to South by Southwest.In a…

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City may hire temp officers for SXSW season

As South by Southwest and the whirlwind of events that surround it loom large on the horizon, the city and the Austin Police Association are discussing ways to cover the festival season without pulling many officers away from their duties.…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Police association proposes SXSW funding fix

Although it is an economic driver for the city, South by Southwest imposes significant demands on the Austin Police Department, which pulls many of its personnel away from normal duties to cover the event every year. The Austin Police Association…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

South by Southwest grows, evolves

In a ritual as punctual as the festival itself, organizers of South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Festival announced that its economic impact on the city of Austin continues to grow.This year, South by Southwest contributed more than $317.2…

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