Joe Lanane

From the Editor

Joe Lanane joined Community Impact Newspaper in April 2012. He specializes in business and development news and serves as editor for the Central Austin coverage area. Lanane's previous newspaper experience includes stints in Stillwater, Okla., and Milwaukee.

Transportation updates—Central Austin, November 2014

Updates on major transportation projects in the area. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

St. David’s Foundation CEO Earl Maxwell (center) was named the 2014 Community Leader of the Year.

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The best of Austin’s nonprofit community received recognition Nov. 11 during the Party for Good, the seventh annual nonprofit excellence awards ceremony hosted by Greenlights. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Local elections far from over

Austin’s first election utilizing regional City Council representation proved as dramatic as at least one expert anticipated. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Nonprofit Roundup—Central Austin, November 2014

Updates about Austin’s philanthropic efforts more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

From the Editor—Central Austin, November 2014

For those not in our industry, here’s a little secret: Journalists love elections. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Austin-area expectations high heading into holiday shopping season

High expectations highlight this holiday shopping season, with both local and national experts anticipating retail sales spikes, and seasonal employees may benefit most. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

The 2015 South by Southwest Interactive Festival has scheduled more than 800 sessions picked from approximately 3,200 proposals, said Hugh Forrest, the event’s director.

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Working in #ATX: Technology industry

Austin’s technology industry no longer hides in the shadow of Silicon Valley. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Voters favor ACC bonds, nix tax cap increase proposal

Austin Community College declared victory Nov. 4 for two bond proposals that combine for nearly $386 million in districtwide construction and facility improvements. more »

Nov 26, 2014 12:00 AM Central Austin

Alta’s Cáfe co-owners Michael (left) and Charles Swail are joined by Rö Fitness owner Chelsea Moore.

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Alta’s Cáfe and Rö Fitness

When Austin voters rejected a $1 million rail and road bond in November, they also indirectly saved the Waller Creek Boathouse, which houses Alta’s Cafe and Rö Fitness. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Lake Travis storage levels remain low despite late January rainfall. The Highland Lakes could soon benefit from a downstream reservoir that would help satisfy lower basin needs.

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LCRA: Drought conditions still exist

The city of Austin received above-average rainfall in 2014, yet much of that water failed to stream into the Highland Lakes, the area’s primary water supply. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

The Austin Aztex will play 14 regular-season contests at House Park, an Austin ISD facility, between March and October. There will also be a beer garden this year in an adjacent property that connects to the stadium.

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Austin continues targeting new pro sports

Water concerns last year delayed any city decision on whether to allow a proposed pro-quality golf course facility to be built in East Austin, but the project’s developers said they remain optimistic about gaining approval. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Market Data—Central Austin, January 2015

Real Estate data from Central Austin more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

A new barbecue pit should allow La Barbecue to cook 30 extra briskets per day.

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La Barbecue

Having been in three locations since opening in 2012, La Barbecue is making the move to a permanent home in 2015. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Google Fiber now available to South Austin residents

Potential Google Fiber customers began signing up for the service in late 2014, the same time the high-speed Internet service provider debuted a new downtown showroom. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

Kate Hellenbrand has worked with tattoo greats such as Sailor Jerry.

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Shanghai Kate’s Tattoos

Kate Hellenbrand, better known as Shanghai Kate or “America’s Tattoo Godmother,” remains busy since establishing her business in Austin. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

An East Sixth Street wall mural was drawn in late 2014 by a #besomebody “passionary.”

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First a mantra, then a blog and now a smartphone app, #besomebody will evolve yet again Feb. 10 to become a nationwide mobile platform, founder Kash Shaikh announced. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

This rendering shows the former Seaholm power plant once it is fully redeveloped.

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Seaholm Power Plant renovation project

The Seaholm redevelopment project is nearly complete, allowing major commercial tenants to begin occupying the former power plant. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

JW Marriott Austin General Manager Scott Blalock will help open the 1,012-room hotel Feb. 13. He previously led JW Marriott’s Indianapolis location.

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Austin becoming hotel hotbed to accommodate high demand

The largest hotel in Austin history is nearly ready to open, marking the first of multiple large-scale hospitality projects expected to debut in 2015 and beyond. more »

Jan 28, 2015 12:00 AM Central Austin

The first Google Fiber signup deadline occurs Jan. 29. So far, only one cluster within the Bluebonnet "neighborhood" is not qualified for service.

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Google Fiber sign-up deadline nearing in Bluebonnet 'fiberhood'

Austin residents living in Google Fiber's Bluebonnet fiberhood have until Jan. 29 to sign up for service. more »

Jan 26, 2015 4:07 PM Central Austin 2 Comments

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What to do in Austin this week: Jan. 26–Feb. 1

Learn what's happening in Central Austin this week. more »

Jan 26, 2015 10:54 AM Central Austin

The map shows the route of Sunday's 3M Half Marathon, which is expected to draw more than 6,500 participants.

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Know what roads to avoid during Jan. 25 3M Half Marathon

The 21st annual 3M Half Marathon is set for Jan. 25, and event organizers are advising motorists to avoid certain roadways during the Sunday morning race. more »

Jan 23, 2015 4:47 PM Central Austin

The fourth annual Austin Startup Games take place at noon Jan. 24 in downtown Austin.

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Austin Startup Games seek to showcase tech company culture

Bragging rights are on the line Jan. 24 at the fourth annual Austin Startup Games, a 15-team contest featuring the city's fastest-growing technology companies. more »

Jan 22, 2015 2:51 PM Central Austin

Austin Community College board of trustees on Jan. 20 held its first meeting of 2015. New trustee Gigi Edwards Bryant was sworn into office by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin.

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ACC board sets parameters for bond oversight advisory committee

​A 13-member citizen committee will oversee how Austin Community College spends nearly $386 million in bond money approved by district voters last November. more »

Jan 21, 2015 8:56 AM Central Austin

Downtown Congress Avenue and sections of intersecting roads will be closed for Inauguration Day festivities.

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Road closures anticipated during inauguration parade

Certain downtown Austin roads will be closed Jan. 20 to make room for state Inauguration Day events. more »

Jan 20, 2015 9:21 AM Central Austin

Tiff's Treats, an Austin-based cookie delivery service, celebrates 16 years of business this month. To celebrate, the company is selling discounted cookies.

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What to do in Austin this week: Jan. 19–25

Plan your week using this list of notable Central Austin events. more »

Jan 19, 2015 12:34 PM Central Austin

A new online-based neighborhood group called Friends of Hyde Park launched Jan. 5.

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Hyde Park residents launch online-based neighborhood group

A new Central Austin website seeks to offer an alternative to the traditional method through which neighborhood associations conduct business. more »

Jan 16, 2015 7:16 AM Central Austin 3 Comments

Rep. Paul Workman (left), R-Austin, and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez spoke during the Jan. 14 Real Estate Council of Austin Ideas Forum at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Austin.

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Austin-area state House Reps pitch transportation initiatives during RECA luncheon

Transportation issues made up the majority of the discussion during the Jan. 14 Real Estate Council of Austin Ideas Forum, which included guest speakers Texas House Reps. Eddie Rodriguez and Paul Workman. more »

Jan 14, 2015 2:02 PM Central Austin

Burnet Road growth subject of Jan. 15 North Austin neighborhood meeting

The long-term vision for Burnet Road will be addressed during a Jan. 15 neighborhood meeting in North Austin. more »

Jan 13, 2015 1:31 PM Central Austin