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|Envision Central Texas Presents 2008 Community Stewardship Awards
||Friday, May 2, 2008
(AUSTIN) - More than 600 people were on hand for the presentation of the 2008 Envision Central Texas (ECT) Community Stewardship Awards at a luncheon at the Hilton Austin on Friday, May 2. The Community Stewardship Award Recipients included: new development - 360 Condominiums, Austin - Andrews Urban and Novare; redevelopment - Robert Mueller Redevelopment, Austin - Catellus Development Group and the City of Austin; Pioneer - Representative Mike Krusee; Public Planning and Policy - North Burnet/Gateway Master Plan, Austin - City of Austin, Land Design Studio and Carter Burgess; and Raising Public Awareness - DOWNTOWN television program - Downtown Austin Alliance, Action Figure and KLRU.
The Keynote Speaker for the luncheon was well known planner John Fregonese, president of Fregonese Associates in Portland, Oregon. He was the orginal lead consultant on the Envision Central Texas visioning initiative in 2002-2004.
In order for the awards to be judged impartially ECT recruited some of the country's leading experts in planning, transportation, green space and social issues to be jurors. Their decisions were based on how the projects exemplified or reflected some or all of the seven elements of the Envision Central Texas Vision as well how the project impacted the community in which it occurred. Jurors for the 2008 ECT Community Stewardship Awards were:
- Alan Matheson, Envision Utah
Alan Matheson, an attorney and founding director of the non-profit Utah Water Project, became executive director of Envision Utah in 2004. Matheson also was a partner in a Phoenix law firm and a senior attorney for Arizona's largest electric utility.
- Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute
Ed McMahon is the ULI/Charles Fraser Senior Resident Fellow for Sustainable Development for the Urban Land Institute, based in Washington, D.C. McMahon, a nationally renowned authority on sustainable development, land conservation and urban design, was formerly the vice president and director of land use programs at The Conservation Fund.
- Shelley R. Poticha, Reconnecting America
& The Center for Transit-Oriented Development.
Shelley Poticha is the president and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national non-profit working to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve, with the goals of generating lasting public and private returns, improving economic and environmental efficiency, and giving consumers greater choice. She was executive director of the CNU from 1997-2003.
- Mike Sims, AICP, City of Terrell, Texas.
Mike Sims, assistant city manager of Terrell, was formerly senior program manager at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the MPO for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Sims is a member of the TXDOT Urban Thoroughfares Committee and a member of the Vision North Texas Management Committee.
- Karen Walz, AICP, Strategic Community Solutions. Karen Walz brings 33 years of professional analysis, community involvement and policy expertise to her D/FW Metroplex consulting firm. She served as executive director of The Dallas Plan, an organization created to work with the City of Dallas and the community to create a long-range plan. She has served on the staff or as a consultant to cities, counties, regional governments, school districts, non-profit organizations and property owners.
Descriptions of the 2008 ECT Community Stewardship Award Recipients:New Development
Recognizes developments that are constructed on previously undeveloped sites and successfully exemplify the ECT Vision.
360 Condominiums, Andrews Urban and Novare Group
360 Condominiums is a 44-story, mixed-use, green building in downtown Austin that has set the standard for quality urban living. Home to 430 residences and ground floor retail, the project is close to trails, shopping, entertainment and transit. The project provides some of the lowest prices for new residential construction in downtown and also subsidized over a dozen residences at $40,000 below market prices. It
is one of the first projects to meet the design principles of Austin's Great Streets Master Plan and met all of the Downtown Austin Design Guidelines. The developers also made a donation to the adjacent Austin Music Hall that helped make the redevelopment of that institution possible.Redevelopment
Recognizes developments that re-use existing structures or sites and successfully exemplifies the ECT Vision.
Mueller (Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment).
City of Austin and Catellus Development Group
The redevelopment of Mueller into a mixed-use urban village has helped Austin and Central Texas chart new directions for urban growth and city planning. The Mueller vision includes sustainable land use that combines civic goals and needs with economic development and value for the private sector. At completion, Mueller will contribute to the city's vitality and prosperity, becoming home to 10,000 residents and 10,000 jobs, providing approximately 1,150 units of affordable housing, 140 acres of public open space and other community amenities. Mueller will be a showcase of transit-oriented and pedestrian-friendly development, a model of sustainability principles and a laboratory for innovative approaches to community development. Pioneer
Recognizes an individual, company, organization or governmental entity that has left familiar territory and taken a different path that reflects the ECT Vision.
Representative Mike Krusee
Mike Krusee has represented Williamson County in the Texas House of Representatives since 1992. He became chairman of the House Transportation Committee in 2003 and is a recognized expert on innovative solutions to transportation funding and policy matters. A leader in making the connection between land use and transportation, Krusee serves on the board of the Congress of the New Urbanism. As an early proponent of transit oriented development, he led an area delegation on a tour of TOD projects in 2003 that spawned the creation of the 2300-acre Leander TOD that utilizes Capital Metro's new MetroRail.Public Planning and Policy
Recognizes an organization or governmental entity for implementing a program or policy that facilitates and promotes the ECT Vision.
North Burnet/Gateway Master Plan
City of Austin and project consultants: Land Design Studio and Carter Burgess
The North Burnet/Gateway Master Plan is a 30-year redevelopment plan for 2,300 acres of land in north Austin. The major impetus for the plan was the Capital Metro commuter rail station within the project boundary and the potential Austin-San Antonio Intermunicipal Commuter Rail. Out of an extensive planning process came a vision to transform the aging, auto-oriented commercial and industrial uses into a livelier mixed-use neighborhood that is more pedestrian-and transit-friendly and can accommodate a significant number of new residents. Raising Public Awareness
Recognizes an organization for educating the public or raising awareness of the ECT Vision or its principles.
DOWNTOWN Television Program
Downtown Austin Alliance, Action Figure and KLRU
Throughout the past three seasons, DOWNTOWN on KLRU has tackled issues facing the country's fastest-growing city of its size: Austin, Texas. From segments on sustainability, to others celebrating the local businesses that help shape the city, the show aims to educate the 18-county area on the economic and ecological impacts of a dense urban core. The show reaches over 1.5 million viewers. W. Neal Kocurek Legacy Award
Pete Winstead, respected Austin civic leader and a founding shareholder of Winstead, PC, is the recipient of the 2008 W. Neal Kocurek Legacy Award. The award was created to honor Dr. Kocurek, the founding chairman of Envision Central Texas, and to recognize and celebrate the qualities of civic leadership that he admired most. Pete Winstead has displayed visionary leadership in the arenas of regional mobility, conservation, social equity and the cultural arts.
ECT Community Stewardship Awards
Sponsors for the 2008 ECT Community Stewardship Awards Luncheon were:
AT&T, Capital Metro, City of Cedar Park, City of Georgetown, City of Leander, City of Pflugerville, City of San Marcos, DLA Piper, Hays County, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Seton Family of Hospitals, Travis County, The University of Texas at Austin.
Gold Table Sponsors:
ABC Pest and Lawn Services and Loomis Austin, Inc.
Advanced Micro Devices, Andrews Urban, Austin Regional Clinic, Carter Burgess, Catellus Development Group, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Centro Partners/Columbus Realty Partners, LP, Chestnut Commons, Senator Glenn Hegar, Lawrence Group/urbanspace, Plum Creek Development Partners, Ltd, Spansion, St. David's Community Health Foundation, TBG Partners, Texas Gas Services, TIP Strategies, Inc., URS Corporation, Wachovia Bank, and Winstead PC.
The AART Group (Austin Area Regional Transit), Austin Community College District, Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, Capital Area Council of Governments, Downtown Austin Alliance, Goodwill Industries of Central Texas, Hill Country Alliance, Hill County Conservancy, Liveable City, PeopleFund
About Envision Central Texas
Envision Central Texas (ECT) a five-county non- profit organization, serves as a catalyst for change in our region's growth management strategies so that we can advance Central Texas' Vision for the future. In 2001, ECT was created to assist in the public development and implementation of a Regional Vision to address the growth of Central Texas and help us preserve and enhance our natural resources, economic vitality, social equity, and overall quality of living. The vision, which was derived from the input of thousands of Central Texas citizens, includes multiple choices of transportation and housing, compact walkable communities in key nodes, abundant open spaces and recreation opportunities and a strong emphasis on social equity and preservation of our region's unique character and history. Implementation of ECT's vision can help to ensure our region continues be one of the best places to live and work in the country for generations to come.
Envision Central Texas, 2512 P.O. Box 17848, Austin, Texas 78760, Phone: 512.916.6037,
Fax: 512:916.6001, Email: email@example.com ; Web: www.envisioncentraltexas.org