City of Austin seeks SXSW feedback

Have an experience—good or bad—during this year's South by Southwest Music and Media Conference that you want to share with city officials? The city of Austin is offering SXSW visitors and Austin residents impacted by the nine-day event an opportunity to voice their opinions.

The Austin Center for Events launched a survey May 15 to gather public input about attendance, security, event programming and travel methods, among other topics addressed in the 15-question study. The results will be gathered and analyzed by ACE, a city regulatory body created in 2012 to help departments and other public agencies better collaborate when coordinating big outdoor events, including SXSW.

ACE staff is also conducting a comprehensive evaluation of events held during SXSW, according to a city statement. Similar evaluations after the 2014 SXSW event resulted in the reduction of event permits and more safety precautions.

"Information gathered during this review is a key component guiding city staff as they prepare to draft proposed recommendations to be presented to the city manager, mayor and city council," the city statement reads.

This year was a record-breaking year for Capital Metro ridership, according to the public transit agency. During its peak day March 19, Capital Metro's MetroRail train service and MetroRapid bus service combined to serve 22,000 riders. In total, ridership increased 15 percent compared with the previous year.

The survey is available to take through June 20. For more SXSW coverage, visit our page dedicated to this year's event.
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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