Kent Hemingson Austin 2010 Vision Records
An Inventory of the Collection
Austin 2010 (alternately called Austin Vision 2010 and Vision 2010 Austin) was a community planning effort organized in 1995-1996 to create a strategic vision to guide Austin, Texas through its rapid growth to ensure that Austin maintained a great quality of life and encouraged a sound economy so the community "doesn't just grow, but grows strong." The major priorities of the endeavor were creating a market-ready workforce; plan and fund a core area of development (downtown); identify goals for infrastructure; mobility; and community and government. Austin 2010 began with a core group of volunteers from five business and community organizations who believed in a sensible, business-based approach to planning and problem solving. The founding members/organizations of the Austin 2010 Steering Committee were Austin Area Research Organization, Downtown Austin Alliance, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Council of Austin, Task Force of Austin's Major Employers and several members of the general community. Individual members of each group and other business community members with specific expertise formed into subcommittees to formulate specific action plans to address the five strategic priorities that the group identified with the goal of being able to recommend definable and implementable goals. In early 1996, the group formed the Vision Austin Foundation, a non-profit organization. Kent Hemingson, an program manager at IBM and member of the Task Force of Austin's Major Employers, was a member of the Steering Committee.
The majority of the collection contains Kent Hemingson's working papers and documents highlighting his involvement with Austin 2010 from the original planning materials from August of 1995 through meetings held in December of 1996. Included are the original Austin 2010 Vision & Plan with the "game plan and next steps"; action plans and reports for each of the subcommittees (Strengthen Core Area/CBD; Mobility and Communications; Community Services and Government; Market Ready Workforce; and Infrastructure and Public Services); correspondence among Austin 2010 members; membership lists; work schedules; meeting agendas and minutes; Articles of Incorporation of Vision Austin Foundation; brochures and newspaper clippings about Austin 2010 and materials related a donation from IBM to the Vision Austin Foundation. There is a single memorandum to the Board of Directors of Austin 2010 from 1997 that indicates that the group still existed but there were plans to reorganize the Steering Committee.
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Kent Hemingson Austin 2010 Records (AR.2014.045). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2010/058
Donation Date: 2014
The three-ring binder was disassembled and materials were foldered in original order - folders are marked with (3rb section 1 of 2) and (3rb section 2 of 2).
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2014.
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