BG Podcast - Episode 22: Talking Proposition A - The Affordable Housing Bond

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Today's BG Podcast features a conversation with John Lawler, a volunteer with Keep Austin Affordable, a coalition of local nonprofits and community leaders who believe addressing the housing crisis is a high priority for the City.

The City of Austin has called a bond election for Tuesday, November 6, 2018. At $250 million Proposition A, if passed, would be the largest bond focused on affordable housing in the city's history.

This discussion was recorded on October 31, 2018.

ABOUT:

2018 City of Austin Bond Propositions

Keep Austin Affordable

John Lawler

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BG Podcast - Episode 21: Jerry Davis, President and CEO, Goodwill Central Texas

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Today's BG Podcast features a conversation John Lawler, a volunteer with Keep Austin Affordable. If passed Proposition A, with a total $250 million value, would be the largest bond focused on affordable Austin.

This discussion was recorded on October 31, 2018.

Link to Episode 22

ABOUT:

2018 City of Austin Bond Propositions (A through G)

Keep Austin Affordable

A coalition of local nonprofits and community leaders who believe addressing the housing crisis is a high priority for the City and requires investment in programs that help people stay in their homes or find affordable housing options all over the City

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BG Podcast - Episode 20: Talking Local Control and Paid Sick Leave with State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio)

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Today's BG Podcast features a conversation with State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio) on the upcoming Texas legislative session, in particular brewing battles around local control, one being municipal paid sick leave ordinances.

This discussion was recorded on September 24, 2018.

ABOUT THE GUEST:

Rep. Diego Bernal was born in South Texas and raised in San Antonio. After graduating from Jefferson High School, he attended the University of Michigan, where he earned his undergraduate degree, Master's in Social Work, and law degree. After graduating from law school, he returned to San Antonio permanently as a MALDEF staff attorney.

He was elected to the San Antonio City Council representing District 1 in 2011. Representative Bernal was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in February 2015. He represents District 123, home to downtown and north central San Antonio, parts of the city's west side, along with the City of Castle Hills.

He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Public Education and also sits on the House Committee on Urban Affairs, and the House Committee on House Administration.

Twitter: @DiegoBernalTX

Instagram: @DiegoBernalTX

Facebook: Diego Bernal

REFERENCE LINKS:

BG Podcast - Episode 10: Policy Discussion Rob Henneke on Paid Sick Leave and Local Control

BG Podcast - Episode 11: Meet James Hines, SVP of Advocacy and In-House Counsel, Texas Association of Business

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BG Podcast - Episode 19: Savannah L. Barker, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Capital Factory

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Today's BG Podcast features conversation with Savannah L. Barker, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator at Austin-based Capital Factory. Joining in August 2018, her first major project was the Second Annual Women in Tech Summit (held on October 1).

Among other topics she and Bingham Group CEO A.J. Bingham discuss her role, as well as the need for intentional recruitment and outreach (to persons of color), and collaboration with area businesses and organizations.

Contact Savannah on Twitter at: @savannah_lb

This discussion was recorded on October 10, 2018.

LINKS

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Thank you to our sponsor, the Loewy Law Firm, Austin’s go-to personal injury law firm.  If you’ve been injured in a car crash, call Adam Loewy today at 512.280.0800. You learn more information about the firm here: bit.ly/2NLWbfn

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BG Podcast - Episode 18: Talking Scooter Share with Jason JonMichael, Assistant Director, Smart Mobility, Austin Transportation

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Today's BG Podcast features returning guest Jason JonMichael, Assistant Director, Smart Mobility, Austin Transportation Department (ATD). He and Bingham Group CEO A.J. Bingham discuss the proliferation of scooter share in Austin since the summer.

The two discuss national trends related vehicles, as well as pending rules governing the use of them in the City of Austin.

This discussion was recorded on October 8, 2018.

ABOUT THE GUEST

Mr. JonMichael is a transportation technology expert with specialized experience in connected, automated, and electric vehicle research, deployment and program development.

Before joining ATD in February 2018, he worked as National Technology Leader, ITS & Systems for HNTB Corporation, focused on emerging technology program management and deployment in transportation, a key challenge for transportation agencies to unlock the value of connected and autonomous vehicles

LINKS

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR

Thank you to our sponsor, the Loewy Law Firm, Austin’s go-to personal injury law firm.  If you’ve been injured in a car crash, call Adam Loewy today at 512.280.0800. You learn more information about the firm here: bit.ly/2NLWbfn

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BG Podcast - Episode 17: Talking Dark Money with BG Advisor Andy Cates, J.D.

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Bingham Group CEO A.J. Bingham and BG Advisor Andy Cates discuss dark money, funds given to nonprofit organizations, including 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) groups, that can receive unlimited donations from corporations, individuals and unions.

The issue of dark money is a current topic of interest at Austin’s City Hall, related to the November 6th bond election. In particular, Proposition K.

That measure would require the city of Austin to hire an outside firm to do an “efficiency study” of the city’s operations and finances. The city already has its own internal auditing office and uses outside auditors, as well. This measure calls for a brand-new audit — done by someone the city does not currently work with.

City officials alleged in late September 2018 that the political action committee behind Proposition K might have broken local campaign finance laws by shielding the identities of its donors, according to city officials.

About Andy:

Andy is a legal expert in Texas campaign finance and lobby laws, nonprofit management, and political fundraising & advertising law. He is available to present and discuss the City of Austin's current lobbying ordinance in particular to its impact on land use professionals (planners, engineers, architects, and designers, etc.).  

  • Learn more about Andy at: https://www.texasethicslaws.com/

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BG Podcast - Episode 16: JD Weinstein Head of Startup Ecosystem (Austin) Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator

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Today's BG Podcast features a discussion with JD Weinstein, Head of Startup Ecosystem (Austin) at Oracle. The conversation covers the opening and development of Oracle’s Startup Cloud Accelerator in Austin (the first in North America), his vision for the program within Austin and Texas’s tech ecosystem, and more.

About JD:

JD Weinstein was most recently a Principal at WPP Ventures and previously a Venture Associate at Capital Factory. He brings a deep understanding of the Austin startup ecosystem and scaling startups through enterprise relationships. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

About the program:

Launched on June 22, 2018, the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator in Austin, Texas, is the company's first U.S. location and part of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem.

The new accelerator provides statewide startups with access to a network of more than 430,000 Oracle customers, technical and business mentors, state-of-the-art technology, co-working space at Capital Factory, introductions to partners, talent, and investors, and free Oracle Cloud credits.

The six-month program will be run twice a year at Capital Factory’s offices in downtown Austin and include five to six startups focused on cloud computing.

Companies will be offered training opportunities at Oracle, access to co-working space and to Oracle’s vast chain of partners, investors, customers and other startups. The program will also give the selected startups a chance to pitch their ideas to potential partners and investors.

Links:
Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator Program 

Email JD at: jd.weinstein@oracle.com

Reach him on Linkedin

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BG Podcast - Episode 15: Patrick Howard, Executive Director and CEO, Housing Authority of Travis County

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Today's BG Podcast features a discussion with Patrick Howard Executive Director and CEO, Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC), an independent, government funded agency charged with the responsibility to provide access to safe, decent, low-income housing to help meet the housing needs of the residents of Travis County, Texas.

Mr. Howard provides overall leadership for the administration and management of HATC, which consists of a professional staff of 13, 105 Public Housing units, 568 Housing Choice Vouchers, 76 Housing Choice Vouchers, 102 Continuum of Care rental assistance vouchers, and 49 affordable housing rental units.

Additionally, he oversees operations of the Strategic Housing Finance Corporation, an affiliated affordable housing development entity, and general partner in 2,286 multifamily units.

Originally recorded on August 24th, 2018, we discuss proposed rule changes to the the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, and it’s potential impact on Austinities. We also discuss the proposed affordable housing bond (Proposition A) on the November 6th ballot.

LINKS

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BG Podcast - Episode 14: Jason JonMichael, Assistant Director, Smart Mobility, Austin Transportation Department

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“I believe in pivoting with disruption…”

Today's BG Podcast features a discussion with Jason JonMichael, Assistant Director, Smart Mobility, Austin Transportation Department (ATD).

Mr. JonMichael is a transportation technology expert with specialized experience in connected, automated, and electric vehicle research, deployment and program development.

Before joining ATD in February 2018, he worked as National Technology Leader, ITS & Systems for HNTB Corporation, focused on emerging technology program management and deployment in transportation, a key challenge for transportation agencies to unlock the value of connected and autonomous vehicles.

Originally recorded on June 13th 2018, the discussion covers shared-use mobility (car/bike/scootershare) and Austin’s approach to emerging technologies, as well as automated vehicle infrastructure and the impact on land use and building design.

LINKS

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BG Podcast - Episode 13: Community Discussion with Dr. Collette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D., President/CEO, Huston-Tillotson University

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Today's podcast was originally recorded on August 27, 2018 and features a discussion Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Huston-Tillotson University (HT), a private historically black university located in Austin’s East Side.

The East Side is one of the most active areas for commercial and residential development in Austin. Our conversation covers Dr. Burnette’s vision for how HT (which owns several blocks) will navigate the wave, as well as connections to the Austin community overall.

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, joined Huston-Tillotson University as President and Chief Executive Officer July 1, 2015. Dr. Pierce Burnette is an experienced leader in higher education with a deep commitment to student success.

Her experience includes serving as interim President at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington; the Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; Vice President for Information Technology and Services and Chief Information Officer at Central State University; Dean of Information Technology at Pierce College in Lakewood, Washington; and Manager of Consulting and Project Management Services at the Washington State Department of Transportation in Olympia, Washington.

Thank you to our sponsor, the Loewy Law Firm, Austin’s go-to personal injury law firm.  If you’ve been injured in a car crash, call Adam Loewy today at 512.280.0800. You learn more information about the firm here: bit.ly/2NLWbfn

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BG Podcast - Episode 12: Policy Discussion RE Austin's Chapter 380 Economic Incentive Agreements

  David A. Colligan,   Acting Assistant Director Economic Development Department, City of Austin

David A. Colligan, Acting Assistant Director Economic Development Department, City of Austin


Today's podcast was originally recorded on July 25, 2018 and features a discussion with David A. Colligan, Acting Assistant Director Economic Development Department, City of Austin.

David and Bingham Group CEO A.J. Bingham discussed the nature of and misconceptions about Chapter 380 Agreements, part of the Local Government Code authorizing municipalities to offer incentives designed to promote economic development such as commercial and retail projects.

These agreements specifically provide for offering loans and grants of city funds or services at little or no cost to promote state and local economic development and to stimulate business and commercial activity.

The Austin City Council is expected to discuss and take possible action on Chapter 380 economic incentive agreements at its August 30 (2018) meeting. Potential changes will include some provisions involving real estate deals that could shape the makeup and business model of some developments.

David was most recently the City of Austin's Manager of Global Business Expansion, responsible for creating and implementing strategies for an economically competitive Austin, while strengthening an international reputation and brand for business and cultural exchange.

Enjoy (and leave a comment)!

LINKS:

Access an outline of the process for updating Chapter 380 through the City’s website: http://www.austintexas.gov/investinaustin.

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BG Podcast - Episode 11: Meet James Hines, SVP of Advocacy and In-House Counsel, Texas Association of Business 

  James Hines, Senior Vice-President of Advocacy & In-House Counsel, Texas Association of Business

James Hines, Senior Vice-President of Advocacy & In-House Counsel, Texas Association of Business


Today's podcast was originally recorded on July 2, 2018 and features a discussion with James Hines, Senior Vice-President of Advocacy & In-House for the Texas Association of Business (TAB).

TAB is Texas's largest business association, representing over 2, 800 businesses, from major corporations to small start-ups. Combined those businesses employ over 2.5 million Texans and drive the economic engine of the state. The association influences policy development and drives legislative decisions in Texas and Washington, D.C. advocating for members’ bottom line. One example was its instrumental charge against the "bathroom bill" during the 85th legislative session in 2017.

James, hired in June of 2018, is TAB's lead lobbyist at the Texas Capitol. He and A.J. discussed the development of TAB's policy positions, current priorities including Austin's paid sick leave ordinance (TAB is the lead co-plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city), his path to a career in lobbying and more.

Most recently James was the Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs for Copart, a provider of online vehicle auction and remarketing services in the US, Canada, and the UK. There he was responsible for managing government and regulatory affairs efforts in all 50 states and Congress. He was also responsible for governmental affairs with national organizations such as the Republican Governors Association, Democratic Governors Association, and National Association of Attorneys General.

James is a native of Giddings, TX.

Enjoy (and leave a comment)!

LINKS:

Texas Association of Business

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BG Podcast - Episode 10: Policy Discussion Rob Henneke on Paid Sick Leave and Local Control

 Robert Henneke, General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 

Robert Henneke, General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. 


Today's podcast was originally recorded on June 18, 2018 and features a discussion between Bingham Group CEO A.J. Bingham and returning guest Rob Henneke, General Counsel and Director of the Center for the American Future at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF).

On February 15th 2018 the Austin City Council approved a new rule requiring businesses in the city to provide paid sick leave for employees, but movement is already afoot in the Texas Legislature to kill the ordinance.

On April 24, TPPF, representing a business coalition including the National Federation of Independent Business, the Texas Association of Business and the American Staffing Association, filed a legal challenge to the ordinance.

The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect for businesses on Oct. 1. A Travis County District Court judge denied TPPF's request for a temporary injunction that would have halted the rules on June 26.

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BG Podcast - Episode 9: A Discussion with Luis A. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  Luis A. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  

Luis A. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  

Episode 9, Series 0 (August 8, 2018) 

Today's BG Podcast features a discussion between Luis A. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Bingham Group CEO AJ Bingham. 

Luis is a Texas native of the city of San Antonio.  Throughout his academic and professional career Luis has been strongly committed to business development, strategic relationship building and economic development by working with organizations dedicated to these various endeavors.

Prior to joining the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Luis was the Chief Operations Officer and Vice President of Economic Development for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC), the nation’s first and oldest Hispanic Chamber.

Originally recorded on July, 13, 2018 the two discuss a range of topics including collaboration between Austin's five Chambers of Commerce, Major League Soccer, and importance of Hispanics to the City of Austin's future.

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BG Podcast - Episode 8: Business and Policy Discussion feat. Austin Business Journal Editor Colin Pope

  Colin Pope, Editor, Austin Business Journal

Colin Pope, Editor, Austin Business Journal

Today's BG Podcast features a discussion between Austin Business Journal Editor Colin Pope and Bingham Group CEO AJ Bingham. 

Originally recorded on April 27, 2018, the two discuss a range of topics including Amazon HQ2, bike and scooter share, CodeNEXT, the November Austin City Council elections and more. 

 We'd love to hear from you.  Contact us here and on social media at:

Correction: In the podcast we introduced Colin at Editor-in-Chief, rather than Editor.