AISD, city leaders encourage open dialogue with community

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s city and school district leaders are pushing to hear from you as part of a new program. Leadership Austin will administer Conversation Corps — a new partnership between the city, Austin Independent School District and Capital Metro that aims to engage Austin residents in conversation about issues affecting the community.

The program will include monthly meetings around town hosted by trained volunteers. Neighbors can voice their opinions on city issues, and the volunteers will deliver feedback to Austin’s decision-makers. Community members gathered with Conversation Corps leaders Sunday to show what a typical gathering will look like.

“Rarely do we agree on every single issue,” Mayor Steve Adler said. “It’s just not going to happen.”

“Understanding each other is the only way that we’re going to find common ground, and finding common ground is the only way we’re going to be able to advance against the challenges that we face,” Adler added.

On Thursday, Austin’s new city council holds its first regular meeting since new members took the oath of office on Jan. 6. Council members have already been vocal about their desire to get community members involved in city government.

Officials expect Conversation Corps to launch sometime in early 2015. You can find more information about the program on its website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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