We have launched a monthly MeetUp, generously hosted by Capital Factory in Downtown Austin, to foster complex conversations about the future of Texas. The events are free and open to the public and happen every first Thursday of the month from 6 – 8pm on the 16th Floor at 701 Brazos Street.
The inaugural event in August included a presentation from Roger Beall of the Texas Department of Transportation on their annual Unified Transportation Program, which included a profound victory for the Vision Zero movement in Texas, a doubling of safety spending statewide. Following that presentation, we had a quick pitch from Joel Aud on an idea to reduce distracted driving, and then Professor Amanda Masino from Huston-Tillotson University gave the very first My Texas 2030 presentation, answering 3 questions we ask each visionary speaker each month:
- What do you think Texas will be like in 2030?
- What do you want Texas to be like in 2030?
- What do you think we need to do to make Texas the way you want it to be in 2030?
At the September event, we sat down with Kathy Sokolic of Central Texas Families for Safe Streets to talk about the future of the Texas Vision Zero movement, and then former Austin City Council Member Chris Riley presented his amazing vision for the future of Texas cities.
We look forward to continuing these conversations and building upon these great visions for an equitable, safe, green, accessible future for Texas. Make sure to join the group on MeetUp to stay on top of upcoming events, and mark your calendars for the first Thursday of every month at 6pm.