Tag: Austin

Austin Central Library Saves $100,000 Annually with Apparent’s Intelligent Grid Operating System Optimizing 180KW Solar Array

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — To help meet the City of Austin’s goal to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity generation by 2035, Austin Central Library (ACL) is utilizing energy management technology from Apparent, Inc to gain 30 percent higher utilization out of one of downtown’s largest solar arrays. Apparent was the only energy management company capable of meeting Austin Energy’s strict grid synchronization requirements, with a hardware and software solution that results in more than $100,000 in annual savings, enough to power 130 households per year. Apparent’s cloud-based, intelligent grid operating system (igOS™) is managing the 180 kW solar array at the library, consisting of 555 325-watt solar panels and Apparent’s proprietary microinverters. The system produced 157.35 MWh in 2019.

“Our team at Austin Central Library strives to incorporate sustainable measures within our buildings,” said Sharon Herfurth, Office of Programs & Partnerships and Division Manager

Read More

Nate Paul’s World Class files more bankruptcies – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Amid allegations of possible crimes in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office relating to beleaguered Austin investor Nate Paul, four more real estate entities controlled by Paul and his company, World Class Property, have filed for bankruptcy.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcies this week bring the total filings by Paul-controlled entities to 22 since last November, although two cases were dismissed last month by a bankruptcy judge because Paul lacked standing to file them.

Paul remains under federal investigation after his home and offices were searched by federal agents in August 2019.

One of Austin’s largest commercial landlords, Paul has for the past year customarily filed bankruptcies at the 11th hour to keep lenders from foreclosing on his various properties. His holdings include numerous high-profile downtown properties, as well as the 156-acre campus in far Northwest Austin that 3M formerly occupied.

The latest bankruptcy filings come as Paul emerges front and

Read More

Zilker Bark Returns To Help Austin Pet Lovers Make Holiday Cards

AUSTIN, TX — Zilker Bark — Austin’s favorite dog photographer — on Monday announced the return of Holiday Mini-sessions starting later this month, yielding opportunities for pet lovers to create holiday cards or keepsakes of their furry BFFs.

Starting Oct. 24, Austin-based Wondercide will partner with Zilker Bark to offer session guests a special holiday bonus gift that gives back, officials said in an advisory. With each purchase of a mini session, guests will receive a limited-edition Wondercide sampler box featuring its signature Flea & Tick Pet + Home sprays in all four fresh scents (Cedarwood, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Peppermint).

Proceeds from these sampler boxes will be donated to Dog is My Copilot, a non-profit that has saved more than 16,000 pets by flying at-risk animals from overcrowded shelters to adoption centers in other parts of the country where loving families are waiting to give them forever homes. Wondercide is

Read More

Austin Startup Week hopes to connect community as it goes virtual its tenth year – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Austin entrepreneur Jacqueline Hughes has made more than 100 calls this week alone, as she prepares for one of the biggest events of the year for Austin’s entrepreneurial community.

But if all goes as planned, Hughes will be able to catch dozens of speakers, panels, and pitches and attend a virtual startup crawl — all from the comfort of home next week for the annual Austin Startup Week.

Hughes co-founded the event with Joshua Baer, who runs Austin-based accelerator Capital Factory, in 2011, as a way to bring together the startup community. For a decade, Austin Startup Week has been a can’t-miss for Austin entrepreneurs and emerging businesses to meet yearly, pitch business plans, network, and mingle.

But this year, rather than packed booths and standing-room-only panels, participants will gather virtually in chat rooms, video calls and virtual maps from Oct. 5-8.

The event joins the ranks of a number

Read More

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Hulk Hogan and a WWE/WCW Dream Card | Bleacher Report

Mankind and DDP

Mankind and DDPPhotos courtesy of WWE.com

Kai En Tai (Taka Michinoku/Funaki/Dick Togo/Men’s Teioh) vs. Rey Mysterio/Juventud Guerrera/Psicosis/Chris Jericho

Analysis: WCW was great at getting their cards started right, featuring high flying action from a collection of great Mexican luchadors who ultimately reinvented what wrestling looks like in America.

WWE attempted something similar with imported Japanese talent but never fully invested in their light heavyweight division. Kai En Tai, however, could really go when given the opportunity, winning over crowds with the power of their work. Look no further than ECW’s Barely Legal pay-per-view in 1997 for an example of them managing to convert a skeptical crowd into believers. 

Result: Because this was company versus company, WCW decided to mix babyfaces and heels, attempting to put their best possible team forward. This nearly backfired when Chris Jericho spent most of the match feuding with his own teammates—but eventually, the future

Read More

Lowe’s plans new distribution center in Kyle – Business – Austin American-Statesman

Home improvement chain Lowe’s has leased 120,000 square feet for a distribution center in the same Kyle business park where Amazon recently announced plans for a sorting facility.

The Lowe’s facility is in Kyle Crossing Business Park, adjacent to where Amazon plans to open a sorting facility this year. Lowe’s becomes the fourth major employer to locate in part of Plum Creek, a 2,200-acre master-planned community in Kyle.

It’s another win for Kyle, the Austin suburb that has been working to add jobs and diversify its tax base. City leaders have targeted distribution facilities, given the city’s location on Interstate 35 between Austin and San Antonio. The 40-acre Kyle Crossing Business Park is about 20 miles south of downtown Austin.

“The city of Kyle has long been well positioned to become a logistics hub, but we needed facilities on the ground to compete,” Mayor Travis Mitchell said. “Kyle Crossing has

Read More

Bastrop EDC partners with art foundry, ACC for career training, technology growth – News – Austin American-Statesman

The Bastrop City Council on Sept. 22 approved an agreement between the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation and the local Deep in the Heart Art Foundry to produce career training opportunities and a technology center in Bastrop.

The partnership involves the expansion of two Bastrop businesses to three different locations and more than $2 million in capital improvements.

The Texas Workforce Solutions and Austin Community College are also included in the partnership.

The agreement calls for the construction and design of a classroom and workshop space at 402 Technology Drive in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park, which will be used by ACC to offer morning and evening HVAC and welding training and certifications.

Registration for the classes opens in October. ACC plans to begin the first phase of mobile training classes in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park by November.

BEDC CEO Cameron Cox said the economic development corporation will

Read More

Halley: Banned Book Week a sad reminder that censorship exists – Opinion – Austin American-Statesman

This past week, while going about my business on the second floor of the library, my attention was abruptly redirected from my to-do list to the new display next to the service desk, titled Banned Books Week: Censorship is a Dead End.

Ericca Long, our newest staff member, was working on the display. Each book was creatively hidden under a flyer that must be lifted to view the title. The first book I peeked at was one of my favorites, “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker – a required read on many high school lists, but due to its “controversial” content regularly threatened by bans and challenges in schools across the country since 1984. Many other books have faced similar censorship threats over the years, including such classics as “Catcher in the Rye,” “Lord of the Flies,” “Catch-22” and George Orwell’s “1984.”

Banned Books Week (Sept. 27 to Oct. 3)

Read More

Pandemic drives changes to Austin worker training plan

a person standing in front of a building: The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the Austin-area economy, hitting the local leisure and hospitality sector particularly hard. A new effort to provide rapid job training through remote learning is being viewed as a means of helping many displaced workers acquire the skills to get good jobs. [LOLA GOMEZ/AMERICAN-STATESMAN/FILE]

© Provided by Austin American-Statesman
The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the Austin-area economy, hitting the local leisure and hospitality sector particularly hard. A new effort to provide rapid job training through remote learning is being viewed as a means of helping many displaced workers acquire the skills to get good jobs. [LOLA GOMEZ/AMERICAN-STATESMAN/FILE]

When a comprehensive workforce training plan for the Austin area was unveiled by community leaders in 2017, the unemployment rate was hovering around 3% and a major aim was simply to help local people get good jobs and avoid being left behind amid the booming economy.

Three years and the start of a global pandemic later, the regional business climate has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

Unemployment in the Austin metro area is at a seasonally adjusted 5.4% — after spiking to a 30-year high of 12% in April — and about 70,000 local people

Read More

Historically Black cemetery vandalized in Austin, Texas

Some of the graves were sprayed with the word “AIDS”, a sideways number eight and other graffiti that was illegible.

The damage was discovered on Monday morning and reported to Austin police, said John Nixon, a spokesman for the parks and recreation department.

“My mother is here, I have uncles here,” Roy Jones told KEYE. “You wouldn’t want nobody to do that to your family.”

Evergreen Cemetery was established in 1926 in East Austin for the city’s Black community.

In 1928, Austin adopted a city plan that officially segregated Black residents into the east side of the city, according to the city’s Cemetery Master Plan. The plan called for city services, like schools, to only be offered to Black residents in the east side.

“It is possible that the establishment of Evergreen Cemetery on the east side was an early part of that effort,” according to the cemetery’s master plan.

Read More