• Austin Public Schools enrollment increased 5 percent and now tops 5200 students, up 1000 kids over the past seven years. David Krenz noted that was particularly impressive in that 90% of the state’s districts have declining enrollment. A new program will provide 4-5 scholarships to non-traditional students.
  • Riverland Cycles for Success continues to offer opportunities to students who come from families that have not previously benefited from post-secondary education. The challenge, Steve Bowron said, is that the number of under-served students continues to rise.
  • DCA.  Grow Austin is a new program offered by the City, DCA, Austin Utilities and Mower County, providing rebates for capital investments and job creation. Craig Clark presented an outline of the program to directors.



  • Leadership Austin participants gathered at the country club for Community Day, Sept. 14. Taggert Medgaarden attended and helped welcome the group. There are 26 in this year’s class. A show of hands demonstrated that the vast majority of board members had participated in the program. Next up is Education Day, Oct. 12. David Krenz and Steve Bowron provided a review of the day.
  • AMIGO Day was held at the Austin Country Club, Sept. 11 with 137 golfers. All expenses have not been received, but sponsorship and player numbers were up from last year.  Harvest Fest was held Sept. 16. Marie said the event featured more booths and downtown “passport” participants. Rain reduced the size of the crowd, but overall organizers were happy with results. Fall Fest will be held Oct. 28 in the downtown area with Trick or Treat, costume contests, decorating and more. Christmas in the City committees are beginning to organize. Marie Fryer noted the Kickoff would be Nov. 24 in downtown Austin.
  • Community Receptionist continues to work on gathering photos and editing copy for the new Someplace Special magazine. This edition will appear both in printed and online versions with links to advertisers. Advertising opportunities were promoted in the September newsletter. The committee will begin selling in October. The publication should be ready for release Spring 2018.
  • Day on the Farm was held Sept. 19 with nearly 450 students participating. FFA and 4-H students helped Agribusiness Committee volunteers. The weather was good, and Dale noted all went well. Volunteers were provided a Windsor chop lunch, following the event.
  • Ladies Night Out is Oct. 12 at the Holiday Inn. Tables are nearly full and the committee is gather prizes.

Next meeting will be 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 15, in the Town Center Conference Room


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