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PODCAST: BiG Austin Energy and Transportation Economic Development Summitt October 10

Posted by HH on July 29, 2013

Stacy Dukes-Rhone

Stacy Dukes-Rhone

On the July 29 edition of Economic Perspectives, BigAustin executive director Stacy Dukes-Rhone discussed the upcoming Energy and Transportation Economic Development Summitt BigAustin is hosting October 10.  To listen to the interview click here:  .

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Podcast: City of Austin Economic Development Initiatives

Posted by HH on July 23, 2013

Margaret Shaw

Margaret Shaw

Margaret Shaw recently discussed some of the initiatives of the City of Austin to foster job growth and redevelopment on Economic Perspectives.  To listen to the podcast of this interview click here: Margaret Shaw Interview.

As an Economic Redevelopment Program Manager for the City of Austin, Margaret Shaw helps attract businesses that enhance Austin’s livability and economic viability in a manner that preserves the community’s character and its environment.  She promotes commercial investment by industrial, manufacturing and export/import firms, primarily at/near the Austin airport.  Expanding these industries in Austin helps to meet the demands of an ever increasing population and provide job opportunities for residents without a four-year college degree.  She also helps to coordinate mixed-use redevelopment efforts in the central business district.

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Where the Jobs Are and Airport Blvd. Initiative Focus of September 12 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on September 10, 2011

Michael Noer, Executive Editor of Forbes magazine,  will discuss some of the companies that are still hiring despite the economic malaise, and Robyn Emerson will discuss the City of Austin Airport Boulevard Initiative’s Community Vision Workshop on the September 12 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, 5:30-6 p.m.  Listen live online at


Forbes recently published an article online Workers Wanted, that looks at some bright spots on the hiring front. Forbes’ careful parsing of the data reveals opportunities amid the general gloom, including a map illustrating the top (and bottom) ten states for job creation per capita, new $100,000-plus jobs, and more.

Airport Boulevard Initiative Kick-Off Reception and Community Vision Workshop

The City of Austin is working with Airport Boulevard users, owners, neighbors, and other stakeholders on an ambitious initiative to revitalize this important corridor.  On September 13, interested parties will be able learn about the Corridor Mobility Study,  share their concerns and ideas on transportation issues on Airport Boulevard, and provide input to the conception master plan.  .

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Listen to the Podcast of the State of Black America Interview with Jeffrey Richard

Posted by HH on April 12, 2011

To listen to my interview with Jeffrey Richard, president of the Austin Area Urban League, click here: Jeffrey Richard – April 11, 2011 Interview.

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Changing Texas Demographics and Accidental Management Focus of April 4th Economic Perspectives

Posted by nchanel on March 30, 2011

Hopeton Hay interviews Evan Smith, CEO and Editor- in-Chief of Texas Tribune and Jessica Looney of PeopleFund on their upcoming forum on the changing demographics in Texas. Listen live at KAZI 88.7 FM Austin or online here: He will also interview Hank Gilman, Deputy Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine on his new book You Can’t Fire Everyone and his lessons on becoming a manager.

Following that, Hopeton will interview a representative of the City of Austin about the proposed Urban Rail Line that will serve central Austin.  You can get more info at

The face of Texas is changing. Under that wide brim cowboy hat maybe something unexpected. PeopleFund presents PeopleTalk, an upcoming event featuring Evan Smith, on demographics, policy, and civic engagement.  Learn about changing Texas demographics and the impact on policies, your part in the Texas political process, greater civic engagement, and making room for a civil, informed discourse for a better and more productive Texas. Join the forum on Thursday, April 7th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at the Alamo Drafthouse, South Lamar. Tickets are available in advance or at the door; purchase includes salad and pizza from the Alamo Drafthouse. Buy tickets here!

About People Fund:

PeopleFund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) based in Austin, Texas. Founded in 1994 as Austin Community Development corporation, they provide loans, financial and technical assistance to people who are left out of the financial mainstream.  In 2008, they founded PeopleTrust, a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to creating and maintaining affordable housing in Texas. PeopleFund is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury

About Evan Smith:

Evan Smith is the CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, which, in its first year in operation, won two national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and a General Excellence Award from the Online News Association. Previously he spent nearly 18 years at Texas Monthly, stepping down in August 2009 as the magazine’s president and editor-in-chief. On his watch, Texas Monthly was nominated for 16 National Magazine Awards, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, and twice was awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. He currently hosts a new show, Overheard with Evan Smith, that airs on PBS stations nationally. A New York native, Smith has a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University.

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Hopeton also interviews Hank Gilman about his fortunate lessons on developing into a manger and what they mean for you and your business.

His book, You Can’t Fire Everyone: and Other Lessons from an Accidental Manager, tells Gilman coming of age in management. Gilman is the opposite of a slick management guru. He’s an old-school journalist who was suddenly given responsibility for a bunch of other journalists. In other words, he was an accidental manager, just like millions of others who never trained for the challenges of being a boss. Drawing on his wealth of experience (i.e. countless screw-ups) and with wry humor, Gilman shares the finer points of what it takes to be a great boss. He covers everything from whether you should try to be friends with your staff (Don’t) to what will happen if you tell someone about to go on vacation to “think about how you can do things differently” (You will burn in hell!).

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Breaking the Chains of Financial Enslavement, and Smart Refueling Focus of March 21st Economic Perspectives

Posted by nchanel on March 19, 2011

Hopeton Hay interviews Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, author of dfree: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery, on Economic Perspectives on Monday, March 21st, at 5:30pm. Listen live at KAZI 88.7 FM Austin or online here: He will also interview Ann Koerner, Director of Consumer Product for MapQuest on their new initiative to help consumers find low gas prices.

In his book Dr. Soaries details what is means to be debt free. Dfree motivates and teaches people to live without debt, pay their bills on time and live within their means. The book claims financial freedom by making it popular to pursue economic freedom. This claim is presented in four levels – Level I: Get Started; Level II: Get Control; Level III: Get Ahead and Level IV: Give Back. Dr. Soaries developed dfree™ as a response to the culture of debt, specifically among african americans. It is a four- prong strategy to help individuals, families and organizations overcome the culture of debt and attain financial self-sufficiency.

Dr. Soaries is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. In addition to his pastoral duties, he has served as New Jersey’s 30th Secretary of State making him the first African-American male to serve as a constitutional officer of the state. He is also former chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission. Dr. Soaries was featured on the CNN broadcast Black in America…Almighty Debt. Dr. Soaries will be speaking at Greater Mt Zion for a financial summit on March 26th and 27th.

Also featured, Ann Koerner is one of the company’s key strategists. She oversees developments, as well as the micro site development for features such as Koerner will discuss MapQuest initiative to make the pain at the pump a lot less painful.

MapQuest helps drivers find the lowest prices on gas and keep an eye on fuel costs with tools found at  These tools lay the groundwork for consumers to save money every day with simple, smart ways to conveniently find the cheapest gas prices in their area or around their destination.  Additionally, MapQuest offers a free, voice-guided navigation app for both iPhone and Android users, which can save drivers money on expensive devices and subscription fees.

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President of Austin African American Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Public Forum Focus of March 7th Economic Perspectives

Posted by nchanel on March 3, 2011

Clarence Goins, the new president of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce, will be the guest on Economic Perspectives on Monday, March 7th, at 5:30pm. Hopeton Hay will also interview a representative from the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department about the city’s upcoming public forums for the allocation of funds for housing and community development. Listen live at KAZI 88.7 FM Austin or online here:
Prior to joining the Chamber, Goins held several management positions with the Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas. He replaces Interim President Juanita Stephens. Goins will discuss his plans for promoting the growth and development of African American-owned businesses.
Founded in 1982, the Capital City African-American Chamber of Commerce promotes the development of African American businesses and the expansion of the business community by providing resources, technical assistance, and leadership on policy issues that enhance economic growth and by promoting convention and tourism.
For more information on the Capital City African American Chambers of Commerce,
Also featured is a representative from the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development. As a result of the African-American Quality of Life Initiative of 2005 African American businesses now have more opportunity to provide input on the plans for the federal funds before decisions are made on how the funds will be allocated.
The City of Austin anticipates cuts to federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in fiscal year 2011-12. This federal funding assists with affordable housing, community development, economic development, and public service needs. Neighborhood Housing and Community Development invites you to provide feedback about community needs and how federal and local funds should be prioritized. View upcoming public hearings. Neighborhood meetings are listed below.
Neighborhood Meetings:
Wed., March 9th, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Dr.
Tues., March 22nd, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hancock Community Center- Room 3, 811 E. 41st St.
Wed., March 23rd, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Parque Zaragosa Recreation Center, 2608 Gonzales St.

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Forum on Impact of Technology, Buying Habits, and Regionalism on Central Texas Economy Focus of November 8 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on November 2, 2010

Heather McKissick will discuss Leadership Austin’s 2nd Annual fastforward Issues Forum – Rising from Recession: Central Texas Strong and Sustainable on the first segment of the November 8 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Listen live online at  McKissick is the president of Leadership Austin.

Heather McKissick

The forum will feature policy makers, influencers, grass-roots activators, and Leadership Austin friends and alumni exploring the future of the Central Texas region in the following contexts:

  • Emerging Technologies and the Local Economy
  • Buying Habits and Their Impact: What’s the Next Big Thing?
  • The New Regionalism: Are we the next “Megaregion?”

Richard Florida, author of The Great Reset and The Rise of the Creative Class will be the keynote speaker.  To listen to an excerpt of an interview with Richard Florida about his book, The Great Reset, conducted on KAZI Book Review, click here: Richard Florida Interview Excerpt – 6 minutes, 44 seconds.

Leadership Austin is a non-profit organization where people of diverse backgrounds and experience come together to learn about civic leadership, engage in meaningful dialogue about important public issues, and collaborate to make a difference in Central Texas. Since 1979, thousands of individuals have graduated from the Leadership Austin Essential Class or enhanced their leadership capacities through its open enrollment programs.

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