City's African American Cultural Heritage District gains funding approval

More than a half-dozen speakers asked City Council on May 15 to continue its financial support of the African American Cultural Heritage District.



City Council voted unanimously to allocate $237,000 to the district for educational programs, heritage preservation and economic development services. The district, established by the city in 2007 and approved by the state in 2009, primarily includes a 6-square-mile area in central East Austin.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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