ATXelerator™ 2020 Application Form
Dear ATXelerator™ applicant:
Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2020 ATXelerator™ class. If selected, you will be among 25 future-focused leaders who believe Austin’s best path forward is through responsible growth, transportation infrastructure investments, economic development, technological innovation, pro-environment policies and big-picture thinking.
A few prerequisites: you must live in the Austin city limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and be at least 21 years old.
Our focus is to provide a very experiential education on how Austin city government functions. Who should apply? Anyone who wants a deep understanding of the major policy issues facing Austin and how planning for the future is the most responsible way to maintain and improve Austin’s famed quality of life. Also, if you are interested in serving on a city board or commission or possibly running for city council, you should apply to the ATXelerator. We seek applicants from all districts and seek diversity in terms of backgrounds, professions, age, gender, race and ethnicity.
The ATXelerator starts January 10, 2020, with an immersive opening weekend retreat at The Native Hostel (six-person "dorm-room style" rooms), nine weekly evening sessions (5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Hahn Public Communications with dinner provided) on a wide range of municipal issues, a one-night retreat on media training, how to run and manage campaigns and class project presentations, the Pitch Competition and, finally, the program-closing Center4ATX Games public event. Participation in all activities is expected with absences excused on a case-by-case basis.
There is no application fee and, if admitted, the ATXelerator tuition is $195 which includes the opening weekend retreat at The Native, the weekly education sessions, closing one-night retreat and The Pitch. Tuition scholarships are available for qualified applicants and nobody will be denied based on an inability to cover tuition. The application deadline is December 9, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Ward Tisdale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the Center for Austin’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board, thank you for applying and good luck!