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Council to continue education Friday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

This Friday, as part of their tireless search for policy knowledge, City Council members will tackle two more topics. From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., they will discuss economic development. And from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., they will dive into “Cost of Living and Quality of Life in Austin: Issues and Collaborative Strategies.” The morning economic development speakers will be: Rodney Gonzales, deputy director of the Economic Development Department; Jon Hockenyos, economist and principal at TXP; Brian Rodgers,; Meg Wilson, senior lecturer, Executive Master of Science, Technology Commercialization, IC2, UT Austin; Grover Bynum, Austin Technology Council; Martha Cotera, member of the Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Resource Advisory Commission; Nakia Reynoso, artist and member of the Austin Music Commission; Bob Batlan, Austin Interfaith; Ceci Gratia, Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; Richard Halpin, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin; and a yet-to-be-determined member of the Austin Chamber. In the afternoon, Council will hear from: Ryan Robinson, demographer for the City of Austin; Frances Deviney, Center for Public Policy Priorities; Erica Saenz, Community Action Network; Darryl Horton, African American Quality of Life Advisory Commission; Richard Jung, Asian American Quality of Life Advisory Commission; Diego Martinez-Moncada, Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Advisory Commission; Dr. Joyceia Banner, Huston-Tillotson University; Teddy McDaniel, Austin Area Urban League; Dan Pruett, Low Income Consumer Advisory Task Force; Emily Timm, Worker’s Defense Project; and a speaker from Austinites for Fair Taxes.


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