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Unique Opportunity Now Open – DANA / CNU / Evolve Austin

Send your resume or firm interest to info@downtownaustin.org by Friday, March 27, 2015.


The Congress for the New Urbanism Central Texas Chapter (CNU-CTX) and the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association (DANA) are seeking management and administrative support for both established and fast-growing organizations. CNU-CTX and DANA have combined funding forces and are looking for a strong, driven independent contractor or management firm to take their separate, but complimentary missions to the next level.

CNU-CTX and DANA are looking for:

  • *An innovative and informed champion for urban issues, passionate about Austin and committed to creating a vibrant, livable, walkable city.
  • *An organized leader comfortable asking for dollars and qualified to spearhead fund-raising and operations for two mature, but quickly growing non-profits.
  • *A strategic thinker motivated by the challenge and opportunity to create a political movement based on urbanist principles.
  • *An executive willing to roll up their sleeves and do what it takes to quickly grow an organization (or 3!).

Each organization has developed strong foundations of programming, infrastructure, and supporters, but needs an autonomous and driven contractor/firm who can effectively promote the work of CNU-CTX and DANA to potential funders and members while also continuing to run back-end operations and programming of each organization until additional support can be hired.

Initially, the independent contractor/firm will work primarily unassisted and with existing Board committees; however, is encouraged to a) galvanize and manage an additional volunteer-base consisting of members and Board Members and/or b) create internship opportunities to help implement tasks until funding is raised to hire additional staff for each organization.

Complimentary to CNU-CTX and DANA, an additional opportunity exists to develop a rapidly forming organization focused on championing the implementation of Imagine Austin. Evolve Austin is in need of leadership and administrative support to solidify its foundation. This position has no existing financial resources and is dependent on contractor’s/firm’s ability to raise additional dollars for compensation.

The preferred qualifications sought by all three organizations are as follows:

  • *Familiarity with urban growth and development issues
  • *Nonprofit experience
  • *Technical website management experience (WordPress)
  • *Familiarity with CRM Databases to manage Memberships
  • *Familiarity with Social Media platforms
  • *Familiarity with Google Drive and G-mail interface
  • *Quick Books or similar accounting software experience
  • *Association or other Organizational Management Experience
  • *Owns or ability to regularly access to basic office equipment and supplies (printer /scanner / fax, laptop computer, phone line, mailing supplies, etc)


This incredible opportunity for the right person/firm offers a flexible schedule and an inside path to work with and make meaningful relationships with influential members of the Downtown Austin community and City leadership.

Click Here to download the entire description of the role, including task expectations and requirements. Send your resume or firm interest to info@downtownaustin.org by Friday, March 27, 2015.

Thank you for your consideration,
Mike Clark-Madison, CNU-CTX | Meredith Powell, DANA | Cid Galindo, Evolve Austin

The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon and the Paramount 5K: February 15, 2015


Here’s the scoop on traffic impacts:

1. The start and finish lines are centered on Congress Avenue because of its proximity to downtown hotels where a majority of our runners will be staying.

2. The race starts at 0700 on Sunday morning, 15-Feb. on Congress Avenue, at 2nd Street and runs southbound across the Congress Avenue Bridge. Starting here allows us to re-open the bridge and dismantle all of our start line infrastructure so we can re-open Cesar Chavez and Congress Avenue up to 4th Street to east-west traffic.

3. The finish Line is located at 10th and Congress and is built on Saturday, 14-Feb.

4. There will be clearly detours around the sections of Congress Avenue that are used for the race during the set up and operation of the event.

5. 2nd Street at Congress Avenue will be converted to two-way traffic so that residents at the Austonian and guests at the JW Marriott can get in and out of their property.

6. All sidewalks will remain open to pedestrian traffic except the sidewalk at 9th St. and Congress Avenue which is closed to provide security for our medical tent. Pedestrians will have a marked detour route at that point.

7. Cap Metro 801 Bus southbound will be detoured from Guadalupe to second street and over to Lavaca to access Congress Avenue and only the Riverside Drive stop will be closed until runners pass, which according to Cap Metro’s Sunday schedule will only affect two buses.

8. Cap Metro 801 Bus northbound will be delayed briefly at Riverside drive until the last runner has crossed the Congress Avenue Bridge at the start. According to the Cap Metro schedule, this will affect one bus.

9. Cap Metro 803 Bus westbound lane will not be affected as we are keeping a westbound lane open on Cesar Chavez.

10. Cap Metro 803 Bus east bound will be detoured off of Cesar Chavez while runners are outbound on Cesar Chavez from approx. 0730 until 10:00 a.m.

For full information, click here.

(If you received our newsletter, we inadvertently put a link for road closures to the half marathon on 1/25.  Our apologies!)

DANA Letter Regarding CodeNext Resolution

2015 01 27 Letter Regarding CodeNext Resolution

W. 6th Street bridge inducted into National Register of Historic Places


photo by Ted Eubanks

Few of the thousands who traverse each day the West 6th Street bridge over Shoal Creek realize how old it is, or its historical importance to Austin. At 127 years old, it predates the Capitol Building, and when it was hand built in 1887 using local limestone, it opened up west Austin for development and city expansion. The bridge may be one of Austin’s most significant yet unknown historic, architectural and engineering landmarks. For these reasons, it was recently inducted into the National Register of Historic Places, commemorated officially with a plaque dedication ceremony on January 30. To learn more about the Shoal Creek Conservancy’s effort to restore this Austin gem, visit: www.shoalcreekconservancy.org/bridges/


photo by Ted Eubanks


March 2015 UCHH 
Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Vince Young Steakhouse, 301 San Jacinto (map | transit | parking | B-cycle)

Members will receive priority entrance; there is limited availability for guests. Guests pay $10 at the door, cash preferred (but we do accept CC). To ensure the best experience, we strongly suggest arriving as close to the beginning of the event as possible, as we only have a limited number of drink tickets and food provided for each event. Interested in Joining DANA? Click here!


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