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PT 50 Thinkers and Doers Event ~ Staying Connected in Austin!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

I try and never miss the Platinum Top 50 Spring Thinkers and Doers Event.

Chelsea Timmons, the lovely new Austin PT50 owner, opened this year's program!

As usual this year’s event was so informative, with 4 speakers giving us an overview of some pretty amazing happenings in Austin. I love staying connected!

Sam Gervase the Policy advisor for Mayor Pro Tem Leslie Pools office was first up going over the land development code changes in Austin. We’ve had no changes in 40 years so there have been some pretty controversial proposed changes for land development on what you can do and where you can do it. From reducing lot sizes, simplifying standards, and reducing some significant restrictions; all to create more housing options for middle income earners and increase housing supply. Questions were asked and one is about deed restricted communities. Those restrictions supersede the ability to exercise changes and would take a community to decide if willing to give up those restrictions.

Roxanne Ford, SRV/Business Development at Austin title introduced Joanna Wolaver, executive Director of Travis County Parks Foundation, a non-profit.

She gave an enlightening over view of the future of Travis County Parks and Greenways and all the options in and surrounding Austin.

In 1939 we had 4 parks and now we have 27! 


There is so much on the drawing board and will be something Austinities will be able to enjoy for a long time.

Douglas Gilliland, Managing Director Taurus County Investment Holdings LLC for Whisper Valley Master planned community. They earned the 2023 Master Planned Community of the year from the HBA of greater Austin MAX Awards. They promote healthy living, great schools and sustainability. The Travis County Parks are an integral part in the development of this community.

The last speaker was Michael Harper, Director of Business Development for ICON, building sustainability to scale through Robotic Construction. For the past 100 years it’s been sticks and bricks construction. Technology was bound to change the way homes can be constructed  to withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, fires and it’s amazing the progress that has been made. Jason Ballard, Co-founder and CEO of ICON has joined forces with Alan Graham, CEO of Mobiles Loaves and Fishes in delivering a series of homes for Austin homeless.

They even have a grant with NASA to collaborate on Moon Missions.

They are working on an AI platform for designing floorplans with the input of the client and will be able to pull together all the documents and permits. AI will be playing a role in construction, powered by robotics.

The event gave me so much to think about of the different facets of what is going on in Austin, that are interrelated.

I'm glad Laurie West, a colleague and friend went with me.

Thank you PT 50 for another mind blowing event!


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Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

What a great way to let people know what is changing and happening in their home town, We don't have anything like that up here.

Jun 01, 2024 06:21 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I really never like to miss these events Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 ..so much information to stay up with what is going on!

Jun 01, 2024 04:51 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I love hearing about Austin. It is really one of my favorite cities. Just awesome.

Jun 01, 2024 07:15 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty 

Jun 01, 2024 04:51 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Thanks for sharing, make it a great Saturday and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Jun 01, 2024 07:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you for stopping by Bill Salvatore - East Valley 

Jun 01, 2024 04:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Dorie, for telling us about this special event. It is so important to be well informed about what is going on in the area.

Jun 01, 2024 07:44 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It really is important to stay current Roy Kelley 

Jun 01, 2024 04:52 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie and thank you for sharing this interesting post with us on this Saturday.  Make it a great Saturday!

Jun 01, 2024 09:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you for stopping by Will Hamm 

Jun 01, 2024 04:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dorie- I love events like this. And, as an agent as well as a resident, this keeps you in the know!!! Buyers moving to the area will benefit from your knowledge. 

Jun 01, 2024 11:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

There is so much happening in our City its hard to keep up with everything Kathy Streib 

Jun 01, 2024 04:53 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie anytime we walk away from an event with useful information, it is time well spent.

Jun 01, 2024 11:37 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I totally agree George Souto !!

Jun 01, 2024 04:53 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie:

What a terrific way to share information about some important happenings in Austin that impact the community and residents.


Jun 01, 2024 05:07 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Jeff Dowler, CRS ,

I try never to miss this spring event of PT50. It's always so worthwhile and I always learn so much about what is happening in our amazing Austin!

Jun 01, 2024 08:47 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard Austin TX -WOW! An event that brings value to the community! I would love to attend a future event. It sounds fresh and different. Exciting too!!!

Jun 01, 2024 08:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It is amazing the wealth of information at these events Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP . Austin PT50 really offers some excellent events.

Jun 02, 2024 05:01 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Good for you Dorie Dillard Austin TX  since the Pandemic Shutdown about four years ago  I have not attended any events near or far from me. Endre

Jun 01, 2024 09:40 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I'm sorry to hear that Chef Endre Barath, Jr. . There is so much to learn at these events.

Jun 02, 2024 04:59 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Good luck at the event, I’m sure I’ll go well! All the best!

Jun 01, 2024 11:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

It was an amazing event Laura Cerrano as I explained in my post.

Jun 02, 2024 05:01 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

This is really really worthwhile and you did such a good job with the overview Dorie Dillard Austin TX . Exciting stuff!

Jun 02, 2024 04:19 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Thank you Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 

Jun 02, 2024 05:02 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Dorie, Excellent way to keep residents informed. You're always in the know about what's happening in Austin!

Jun 02, 2024 04:27 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

We are so fortunate to have events like this and all we have to do is take time to go Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 

Jun 02, 2024 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like a very interesting overview - I would love to see/hear more about the ICON project. 3D printing homes that can withstand environmental challenges is amazing. Now the challenge will be to make them look good!

Jun 02, 2024 04:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

They are constantly working on them and now are offering more styles Kat Palmiotti 

Jun 02, 2024 05:03 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

There is definitely a lot going on in Austin and I am sure everyone learned a lot at this event.

Jun 02, 2024 04:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Brian England it was an amazing opportunity to learn that Austin is on the cutting edge of so many things.

Jun 02, 2024 05:04 AM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

I watched the video interview with the builder who subdivided a large corner lot into several  smaller lots, and kept the trees, too. Not easy, I am sure, but a solution was found. Interesting event.

Jun 03, 2024 12:32 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

It seems like that was a great event, Dorie. Planning for the future to benefit future Austin homeowners shows excellent foresight. 

Jun 06, 2024 06:15 PM