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Forum tackles equitable development in East Austin

Friday, September 11, 2015 by Nora Ankrum

The Spirit of East Austin forum is fast approaching. Presented jointly by City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court, the free event – hosted at the Travis County Expo Center on Saturday, Sept. 12 – aims to turn talk about equitable development in East Austin into meaningful change. “Historically, there have been master plans, conversations and requests; however, nothing has ever been done. This time the conversation is about strategic action,” said Council Member Ora Houston in an announcement from the city. The community is invited to share “hopes, needs, struggles, and ideas” in an interactive format with small group discussions. Supervised children’s activities will also be available. The event begins at 9 a.m., with doors open at 8:15 a.m. Participants may RSVP here. The forum will also be broadcast on television (ATXN) and radio (KAZI 88.7 FM) for those who cannot attend, and anyone who wishes to participate in the discussion outside the forum is invited to share input online at SpeakUpAustin.org, by phone at 311, by text message at 512-643-5627 or by e-mail at SpiritEastATX@austintexas.gov.

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