You’d have to be living under a rock to not notice that we’ve got a very important election coming up on November 8 and that we’re in the middle of early voting here in Texas. TechVotes has information about where to vote early up until November 4th, as well as where to find your polling place on the 8th. RideAustin is providing free rides to the Polls and TechVotes and ATC are asking our member companies to encourage all their employees to get their vote on and allow them time in their schedules to do their civic duty.
While the national race has received the lion’s share of attention, we have some very important races on our local ballot as well. Five City Council district seats are up for grabs: Districts 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10, and there are candidates from tech or who are pro-tech and innovation in each of those districts; one of ATC’s own CEOs, Thomas Miranda, is running for ACC Board of Directors. It’s an important time to give consideration to which candidates will best serve our goals of an innovation-friendly region where our businesses can thrive and grow. The League of Women Voters publishes a great non-partisan guide that can help educate you on candidates and issues on the ballot.
Austin has grown so rapidly to such a size that housing affordability and location, cost and availability of office space, and commute-to-work times are real issues for our tech companies. Prop 1 will start to address some of these challenges by targeting congestion throughout the community: Burnet, North and South Lamar, Airport, East MLK, Guadalupe, East Riverside, William Cannon, Slaughter Lane and others will have work done to solve for our ever increasing traffic challenges. Improvements include everything from synchronized traffic signals to bus turnouts, left-hand turn lanes, sidewalks, additional bike safety lanes and more. For a cost of $720M we have an opportunity as tax payers to make improvements that will impact nearly every part of Austin and nearly every citizen who drives, bikes or walks. You can read in-depth about the bond at www.movesaustinforward.org.
A broad-ranging group of influential organizations and leaders in Austin have endorsed Prop 1, and ATC has come out in support of a “Yes” vote as well. Our region’s growth is not slowing down any time soon and we must create solutions to the issues that result from that growth. This Bond is our best possible beginning to a smart city approach to traffic.
I encourage you all to educate yourselves and scroll down to the bottom of our very long ballot and vote in “Yes” on Prop 1.