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One Year Later: Austin Community Summit Will Celebrate Progress On Quality Of Life Plan Saturday

Millions in funding has been dedicated to bring the projects outlined in plan to life.

Homes in Chicago's Austin neighborhood.
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AUSTIN — Austin Coming Together is inviting neighbors and local organizations to celebrate the achievements made in the first year of implementing the Austin Quality of Life Plan.

The Austin Community Summit, at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd., will mark one year since the neighborhood plan which aims to transform Austin was unveiled. The plan aims aims to address seven key issues in the neighborhood: economic development, education, housing, public safety, youth, civic engagement and the community narrative.

The summit will be a chance for neighbors, organizations, funders and partners to learn more about the progress made on parts of the plan, and to set expectations for work that will be accomplished in the future.

As much as 20 percent of the strategies and actions detailed in the plan have been initiated since it was released in December 2018, according to a press statement by Austin Coming Together.

The plan is now backed by millions in funding, including money from the mayor’s $750 million public-private partnership to promote equitable development, INVEST South/West.

The plan will also be awarded the Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning by the  Metropolitan Planning Council at the summit.

Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.

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