Entrepreneurship + Creative Industry + ReliefWe are excited to announce an update for our social media accounts! We are merging our @SmallBizAustin and @SoulyATX pages for an easier way to share all business updates through our new @AustinEconDev accounts. Like us on Facebook @AustinEconDev and follow us on Twitter @AustinEconDev for small business opportunities, webinars, classes, and more!
– Veronica Briseño, City of Austin Chief Economic Recovery OfficerART IN PUBLIC PLACES
Artists – apply now for big opportunities and be paid to create art for our city! Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) invites you to apply for our open artist calls. Work with local communities to create public artwork that reflects the diverse cultural landscape of Austin! MANY opportunities are available to create artwork for the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Convention Center, Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Budgets range from $30,000-$104,000 per artwork commission.
- CLOSING SOON! APPLY NOW! PHARR TENNIS CENTER: Create artwork for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department that showcases the unique character or history of Pharr Tennis Center. Watch a recording of the artist information session.Apply by Oct. 29, 5pm CST. Budget $30,000!
- 2021-2023 PRE-QUALIFIED ARTIST POOL: Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) welcomes artists and artist teams living in the United States and territories to apply for AIPP’s 2021-2023 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool. Coming in late October!
- BARTON SPRINGS BATHHOUSE: Create artwork for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s iconic and historic Barton Springs Bathhouse. Coming in November!
- AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER WAREHOUSE: Create artwork that reflects the values of the Montopolis community and Austin Convention Center Department. Coming Soon!
Learn more about AIPP’s open calls!Apply for AIPP’s open calls!DATA TELLS A STORY
This month we said a fond goodbye to one of Austin’s iconic temporary public artworks, “Data Tells a Story” by Austin artist Laurie Frick, with Blue Way, W. Tucker and Sherri Bingham w/ Iron Thread Designs. As part of the AIPP’s TEMPO Refresh project, this artwork was approved to be in place for 12 months, but the exhibition period was extended to 24 months by popular demand.
Huge thanks to Laurie and her artist team for their tireless and meticulous care of this temporary installation over the last two years-it was a lot of work!!! Be on the lookout for a new art project at the Lamar Underpass, coming soon! Here’s a look at the story behind the artwork.
ARTIST OPPORTUNITYAustin Creative Reuse is calling for artists, crafters, makers, and designers to apply for their upcoming Fall Fundraiser! They are looking for art, apparel, furniture, and home goods made from mostly reuse materials for the soft launch of their online gallery. Selected artists will be contacted by October 17th, and selected items will appear in the online event running October 23- Nov 15th. The call closes October 10.Learn more and apply for the call.
2020 COFA CREATIVE SUMMITThe College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin presents, Making a Living as a Full Time Creative in a Post-Pandemic World. Accomplished creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs, including visual artists, animators, and musicians, will share their stories and lessons learned during this difficult time. RSVP for free tickets.
Join us for Virtual Open Office Hours! October 13, 10am-12pmAnyone interested in learning more about current AIPP projects and opportunities is encouraged to attend! No appointment is necessary!Attend AIPP’s Virtual Open Office Hours.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT HIGHLIGHTSAustin Non-Profit Relief GrantApplication Closes October 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.The City of Austin Economic Development Department reopened the Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant to support additional non-profits facing hardship due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants could receive grants up to $20,000 to reimburse for eligible expenses including rent, payroll, and other economic needs. Organizations with Executive Directors and/or board members of historically marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. Apply for the Austin Non-Profit Relief Grant.
Building an Equitable Cultural Funding Review Process: Arts, Heritage, MusicLearn how the City of Austin Economic Development Department plans to provide an update on alignment between the City of Austin’s Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) programs which support arts, heritage, and music cultural funding with intentional focus on equity and inclusion.
Who does this funding review impact?
- Creatives, groups, and organizations who are interested in pursuing project or organizational support through any of the City’s HOT-funded programs
- Austin residents that have an interest in what sort of activities the HOT-funded programs support
- Cultural groups, legacy businesses, and organizations working on community-centered cultural, heritage and historic preservation projects
- Performing musicians, live venues, and organizations working as creatives in Austin
Austin-Egypt Fashion Business Development and Cultural Exchange ProgramThe City of Austin Economic Development Department and the United States (U.S) Embassy in Cairo, Egypt have partnered on an international exchange program for fashion designers in Austin and Egypt. Made possible through a $231,000 Federal grant from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, selected applicants participate in a year-long business development and cultural exchange to grow within the fashion industry. Through a partnership with the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, the program will offer a virtual education series on topics ranging from fashion management to entrepreneurship.
Applications Open: October 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CDT(5:00 p.m. EET)Applications Close: November 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CDT(11:59 p.m. EET)
Visit austintexas.gov/atxegypt for more information on the program and eligibility.
Bouncing Back: What it Takes to SucceedJoin the City of Austin Small Business Program on October 30, 2020 for a virtual conversation with Melinda Garvey, Founder of Austin Woman magazine and On The Dot. Learn five tips to help shift your mindset and face your challenges head-on! Register for Bouncing Back: What It Takes to Succeed
City issues Request for Proposals for the 19-Acre St. John SiteOn September 16, 2020, the City of Austin issued a Request for Proposals for the approximately 19-acre, city-owned St. John site located at I-35 and St. Johns Avenue. Working with the St. John community over a two-year community engagement process, the St. John site is envisioned as a mixed-use, mixed-income community with quality, active open spaces and services for area residents. Learn more about the Request for Proposals. Visit the St. John project webpage for more information about the history of the project.
Healthy Corner StoresThe City of Austin’s Economic Development Department is partnering with Austin Public Health to expand the Healthy Corner Stores Program. Healthy corner stores are convenience stores, including gas stations, that offer a variety of healthier food items, including fresh produce. This program helps store owners grow their business by increasing sales of healthy food items and is free to join.HEALTH AND SAFETYVisit the City of Austin Information for Businesses and Industry website for updated safety guidelines for employers, employees and customers.
- COVID-19 Isolation Facility
- Public Enrollment Form for COVID-19 Testing and Interactive Testing Site Map
- COVID-19 Symptoms and Care
- COVID-19 Tracking Digital Dashboard Mobile Version and COVID-19 Tracking Digital Dashboard Desktop Version
Governor Abbott Expands Capacity for Certain Services In TexasOn September 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Orders expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and re-authorizing elective surgeries for a majority of the state. The Governor also announced new visitation guidance for eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice effective Thursday, September 24, 2020. Read Governor Abbott’s new orders
Read updates specifically from City of Austin Center for Events for the experience sector and live event industry.
Austin Public Health Encourages Community to Get Flu Shot to Fight FluAustin Public Health reminds the community that getting a flu vaccine is critical to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the entire community from the flu, especially during COVID-19. Share why getting the flu shot is important to you! Include #FluFreeATX and tag @AustinPublicHealth on Facebook and Instagram, @AusPublicHealth on Twitter. Visit austintexas.gov/flu for more information.
COVID-19 Back-to-School PlanningBefore your child hops on the bus, create a COVID-19 Plan for the whole family! This includes symptoms screenings every morning and a way to pick them up if they get sick during the day. Stay up to date on City of Austin COVID-19 news and resources.
Free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)Austin Public Health (APH), Travis County, Central Health and its affiliate CommUnityCare Health Centers recently kicked-off a six-week personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution initiative. Free PPE kits containing face masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to residents in areas with high COVID-19 positivity rates. If you have family or friends who are need of PPE, refer to them to this list of PPE distribution sites.CITY OF AUSTIN ANNOUNCEMENTS
Join the conversation about Reimagining Public Safety in AustinYour voice is important to the City of Austin as we transform public safety in our community. We have several ways for you to share your thoughts and opinions during the reimagining public safety process. Participate in the Reimagining Public Safety in Austin community conversation and view your feedback options.
Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) Assistance ProgramThe RENT Application Portal will remain open through January 2021, or until funds are expended. The RENT program provides direct rent support for up to three months for income-eligible Austinites who have experienced a COVID-19-related income loss. All applications, regardless of when they are submitted after the initial opening of the application period, will be given an equal chance for random selection. All details are available online at www.austintexas.gov/rent.
City of Austin Eviction ProtectionsMayor’s Order No. 20200930-20: Until December 31, 2020, landlords may not issue a “Notice to Vacate” to their tenants (with certain exceptions); remove a tenant’s property; intentionally prevent a tenant from entering the leased premises; and/or seize a tenant’s nonexempt property subject to a lien created under Texas Property Code Section 54.041. The Order applies to commercial and residential leases. The Order defines commercial tenants as a tenant who operates a childcare business, live-music venue, arts venue, or restaurant/bar.
Food Access During the PandemicConnectATX and 2-1-1 are helping residents get access to resources during the pandemic. These services provide access to a list of vetted organizations that help with basic food needs such as pantries, curbside meals, grocery delivery services and meals for school age children. Additionally, the City of Austin and partners across the community created the Eating Apart Together (EAT) Initiative to get food to people experiencing homelessness through the COVID-19 response.
GetThereATX.comTo help achieve the goal of a 50/50 mode share by 2039 set in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, half of all Austin commuters should choose transportation modes that are more sustainable than drive-alone trips. Bikes, transit, walking, shared rides and micromobility options can help manage congestion by using street space more efficiently. Visit GetThereATX.com for more information. New Mapping Tool Shows Affordable Housing in Proximity to TransitNeighborhood Housing and Community Development (NHCD) has released a new Affordable Housing + Transit mapping tool to identify existing income-restricted affordable housing in close proximity to the City of Austin’s Transit Priority Network and the proposed Project Connect transit expansion. The tool will help city planners address investment strategies to prevent gentrification and displacement. NEWSCity of Austin
- September 30, 2020 Austin COVID-19 Order Concerning Restrictions on Issuing Notices to Vacate Extended through December 31
- September 30, 2020 Austin-Travis County Partner to Launch Emergency Preparedness Mobile Application
- September 26, 2020 Austin Public Health Encourages Community to Get Flu Shot to Fight Flu
- September 24, 2020 Five signs your business might be part of Austin’s circular economy (without even knowing it)
- September 22, 2020 Art Access Program Opens Applications for 2022 Season
- September 15, 2020 City of Austin Reopens Non-Profit Relief Dollars to Strengthen Local Organizations
- August 27, 2020 City of Austin awards $23.7 million in local economic relief, additional $9.3 million in process
State of TexasOffice of the Governor News
- September 30, 2020 Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension Of Emergency SNAP Benefits For October 2020
- September 25, 2020 Governor Abbott Announces Over $171 Million In CARES Act Funding For Rental Assistance, Texas Eviction Diversion Program
- September 25, 2020 Governor Abbott Announces Agreement With Health Insurers To Continue Payment Parity For Telehealth
- September 17, 2020 Governor Abbott Expands Capacity For Certain Services In Texas, Announces Guidance For Nursing Home, Long-Term Care Visitations