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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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Winning and Keeping Job Focus of May 23 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on May 23, 2011

Paul Stoltz, co-author of  Put Your Mindset to Work: The One Asset You Really Need to Win and Keep the Job You Love, is the May 23 guest on Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

In Put Your Mindset to Work, Stoltz  and his co-author James Reed offer a refreshing new, research-grounded formula for delivering what 96 percent of the world’s top employers reveal they really want in their employees: a winning mindset (even over the perfect skillset).

Through their pioneering research, Harvard lecturer and bestselling author Stoltz and Reed, Chairman of Europe’s leading recruitment firm, define and quantify for the first time what mindset means to employers, and reveal the three most important qualities anyone can present in a cover letter, on an interview, or in the workplace: Global (you’re able to see the big picture), Good (you do the right thing), and Grit (you won?t easily let go of a task or mission). In PUT YOUR MINDSET TO WORK, the authors describe why each of these factors is important, how the reader can assess their own competence at each, and what exercises they can employ to strengthen these aspects of their lives.

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The State of African American Employment Focus of February 7 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on February 4, 2011

Dr. Christian Weller will discuss trends in African American employment on the February 7 edition of Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, at 5:30 p.m. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, African American unemployment was 15.7 percent in January.  Unemployment for Hispanics was 11.9 percent, Whites 8.0 percent, and Asians 6.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in January.  Weller will be followed by an interview with Kent Lineback, author of Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader. Listen live online at

Christian Weller

Weller, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, is the co-author of the  Center’s report, The State of Communities of Color in the U.S. Economy.  In the report, Weller and his co-authors write, “…structural differences in unemployment rates by race and ethnicity meant  that communities of color fell into a deeper hole in terms of economic security  during the recession and that communities of color will need to see much stronger  growth than is the case for whites to climb back out of this hole.  Communities of  color are in more desperate need of policy attention to jobs, wages, and benefits  than whites to just recover the losses they suffered during the recession since they  experienced sharper economic security losses.”   Weller is also an associate professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Being the Boss

In Being the Boss, Lineback and his co-author Linda Hill, bring their academic, consulting, and real life management experience to provide guidance for those struggling with management responsibilities.  Here are some great quotes from the book:

  • “…a certain amount of fragmentation, conflict, tension, instability, and general messiness is built into the basic nature of managerial work.  Only those who ignore the paradoxes think “good” management will produce a workplace of constant calm cooperation…”
  • “The political environment within organizations can lead to destructive or constructive outcomes, depending on how people conduct themselves.”
  • “A team’s purpose and goals, the future it’s trying to create, are the foundation of culture and must be clear.”

Lineback, now a writer and collaborator, spent nearly thirty years as a manager and executive in business and government. He is the coauthor (with Randy Komisar) of the bestseller The Monk and the Riddle.

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Book Review – Looking Up at the Bottom Line: The Struggle for the Living Wage

Posted by HH on November 17, 2010

Part memoir, part call to action, Looking Up at the Bottom Line: The Struggle for the Living Wage provides a compelling case on how we as a nation could attempt to end homelessness as we know it today…Read more at

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Business Growth Strategies, Coping with Job Loss Focus of November 15 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on November 15, 2010

Rick Kash, co-author of How Companies Win: Profiting from Demand-Driven Business Models No Matter What Business You’re In, is the guest on the first segment of the November 15 edition of Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Lester Taylor, author of Coping with Job Loss: A Survival Manual, is the guest for the second segment.  Listen live online at

In How Companies Win, Kash writes that there has been a “fundamental shift…from a supply driven economy to a demand driven economy.”  He argues that companies need a new set of strategies and tools that focus on the most profitable customers and consumers.  Some of these strategies include:

  • Building a delivery network around the web
  • Building an intelligent system that knows where to hunt for the next profit opportunity
  • Shortening the time it takes to bring good product, service, and marketing ideas to the marketplace
  • Developing more timely and precise measurements of the impact of your advertising on TV, the Web, and phone

Rick Kash is the founder and CEO of The Cambridge Group, a growth strategy consulting firm.  He is also the author of The New Law of Demand and Supply, which was named as one of the 10 best business books of 2002 by

In Coping with Job Loss, Taylor eschews the traditional “focus on the technical mechanics for finding a job.”  Instead he provides guidance on how to deal with the emotional impact of job loss.  Taylor, who shares his experience about losing a job at the age of 54,  personalizes his advice often adding witty anecdotes that supplement the action steps he recommends.

Lester Taylor is a partner in the S.P.I. Group, specializing in recruiting, flexible staffing and human resource training and management. He is also the owner of Effective Marketing Specialists, a promotional products firm with special emphasis on company branding, increasing client loyalty and rewarding employee excellence.

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Austin Community College Programs Focus of May 10 Economic Perspectives

Posted by HH on May 6, 2010

Loretta Edelin, Director of Community Outreach at Austin Community College (ACC) and Cory Walker, Coordinator of the Men of Distinction Program at ACC will be the May 10 guests on Economic Perspectives on KAZI 88.7 FM, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.  Listen live online at

Loretta Edelin

With African American unemployment reaching 16.5 percent nationally in March of this year, community colleges can play a major role in providing education and job training that can help the unemployed find new employment opportunities.

The Austin Community College District is the primary gateway to higher education and workforce training in Central Texas. Among the largest and fastest growing two-year colleges in the nation— ACC is home to more than 40,000 credit students, 3,000 faculty and staff, and seven full-service campuses with number eight opening in 2010

Edelin has worked for ACC for 29 years and has served as Director of Community Outreach since 1999.  She served on the Austin Independent School District from 1994 – 2002.

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Strategies for Finding and Keeping Employment During Tough Times

Posted by HH on February 13, 2010

Eric Bell

Despite the recession coming to an end, job opportunities are few and far between.  Experienced human resource executive Eric Bell will discuss how to find employment and stay employed during tough economic times on the February 15 edition of Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  Listen live online at

Bell is the College Program Manager/ Senior Corporate Recruiter for Farm Credit Bank of Texas headquartered in Austin, Texas.  He has 13 years experience in human resources.  Prior to joining Farm Credit Bank, Bell spent 5 years as an human resources professional at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport where he was named employee of the year in 2001.

Bell has developed a number of innovative programs to increase diversity since joining Farm Credit Bank in 2005.  He created a  diversity recruitment strategy for Farm Credit Credit Bank that includes its first internship and mentor programs that focused on diversity.  Bell also developed and currently manages The Farm Credit Bank of Texas Scholarship and Partnership Program which provides significant support to minority college students .   The program contributes over a $100,000 dollars each year toward students pursuing their degrees in the business or financial fields at 23 colleges and universities including 17 predominantly Black or Hispanic institutions.

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