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Tourism Commission to slow down a bit
The Tourism Commission has asked City Council to consider allowing the group to meet every other month. In recent months, the commission has failed to convene a quorum multiple times and some members have been frustrated over not having enough pertinent business or direction to give purpose to monthly meetings. An initial motion to move to quarterly meetings and convene special called meetings when needed was changed to a bimonthly schedule after some members said issues related to the Austin Convention Center expansion in the coming months would possibly be missed if the commission met only once every three months. “I’m worried we’d miss something crucial as that train starts to pick up speed,” Commissioner John Riedie said. Among the convention center-related items expected to get special attention is the receipt of a market analysis study by Chicago-based HVS, which has been promised to be completed within the next six weeks.