Experience Austin | Meet the people and explore the issues shaping Austin's future.

You live in this city and want to know more about the community you choose to call home. Whether you are new or a long-time resident, Experience Austin provides participants with an understanding of the issues and systems that affect the quality of life our city offers. Get behind-the scenes access to the civic and cultural organizations and resources that keep Austin running. Meet and talk with the people who manage and work with these systems—get to know the people behind your city.

Experience Austin is a great start to exploring your city:

  • Absorb the civic culture of the region.
  • Learn about the broader issues impacting Austin now.
  • Get introduced to the active players.
  • Identify how plug in and begin having an impact—quickly.

From Our Participants

Experience Austin helped me plug into the local leadership scene and quickly survey the major issues driving current decisions and future plans in Central Texas. I was very impressed with the access to experts and their points of view in the areas of civic engagement, economic development, land use, healthcare, education, and the creative culture that makes Austin special. I highly recommend the program to others serious about making a difference but unsure where to begin. Steve Golab, Experience Austin 2009

Experience Austin is like an all-access pass to the heart of the city; its history and creative culture, and the economic, education, land use and transportation issues that drive public policy. It’s also about access to people; the civic and industry leaders, innovative entrepreneurs and volunteers dedicated to making Austin thrive. If you are a newcomer to Austin, it will ignite your curiosity and help you determine where to plug in; and if you are a long-time Austinite, it will challenge your perceptions and expand your opportunities to make a difference in your community. Fran Irwin, Experience Austin 2011

Experience Austin Supporters


Presenting Sponsor


Supporting Sponsor


Land Use & Sustainability Sponsor