Here’s what you need to know to start your week in Central Austin:
1. Will Amazon’s second headquarters be in Austin?
The retail giant announced it is looking for a U.S. city to host its second headquarters, and Austin-area economic development officials intend to court the company to Central Texas. Though the city does not have reliable mass transit system or a streamlined permitting process, it does have other characteristics that Amazon has said it wants: a metro area with more than one million people, easy access to an airport and land space, to name a few.
2. Austin’s education community grapples with the DACA shutdown
Last week, the Trump administration announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, prompting a rally outside of Attorney General Ken Paxton’s Austin office and fears among local DACA recipients—including a special education teacher whose 3- and 4-year-old students are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
3. Lane closures on Colorado Street began this weekend
On Sept. 8, Colorado Street between Second and Cesar Chavez streets was reduced to one main lane as a city contractor began work to replace more than 800 linear-feet of sagging wastewater lines in the two blocks adjacent to city halls. The initial phase of the $634,220 project is expected to wrap up on Sept. 23.
4. Austin City Council approves measures to help cities affected by Hurricane Harvey
Austin continued its efforts toward Hurricane Harvey relief this week as City Council approved three interlocal agreements with the cities of Houston, Victoria and Rockport. Per the agreements, the city will assist with public safety, transportation and water and wastewater infrastructure.
5. Austin ISD graduation record broken for ninth consecutive year
More than 90 percent of seniors within Austin ISD received a high school diploma in 2016. In 2008, fewer than 75 percent of seniors did so. “This far exceeds the national rate,” Superintendent Paul Cruz said. “This is a great step in preparing all students for college, career and life and shows our dedication to reinventing the urban school experience.”
6. Health Alliance for Austin Musicians hosts annual benefit Tuesday, Sept. 12
Local nonprofit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians hosts its annual, citywide benefit day tomorrow. HAAM provides access to health care for Austin’s low-income working musicians. Hundreds of restaurants, stores and clubs are scheduled to host live music, including Whole Foods Market, The University of Texas Dell Medical School and Austin Rocks.