In 2011, I laid out a vision for 10 Goals in 10 Years that would help transform the health of our community as well as our economy:
The voters of Travis County embraced that vision and, in 2012, approved a property tax increase to invest in our health, economy and future.
The progress toward 10-in-10 has been nothing short of amazing. Our transformation is underway, largely because Travis County voters had faith that our community could make it happen. And that faith is being rewarded, remarkably quickly.
Capitalizing on the healthcare transformation already underway in Austin, community leaders have created a new non-profit entity to foster the development of an Innovation Zone on the eastern edge of downtown, Sen. Kirk Watson and Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced Friday.
Capital City Innovation, Inc., the newly formed non-profit, will help established businesses and enterprising start-ups become part of the health ecosystem that is developing around the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin and a new modern teaching hospital. Leaders also expect to build on creativity already occurring in the vicinity to spur innovation in sectors beyond healthcare.
Founding Members of Capital City Innovation include The University of Texas at Austin, Central Health and Seton Healthcare Family, a member of Ascension. Four other board members may be named from the community and Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt will serve as Advisory Members.