AUSTIN - At four big events Wednesday, Mayor Steve Adler will join other leaders to speak about four issues that directly impact Austin residents: Education, mobility, economic development and innovation.
The mayor will start with a rally focused on the importance of school attendance. Around 2.3 million absences cost regional schools $90 million per year. The public can gather at 9 a.m. at the Long Center to hear from experts on reversing the trend.
Another big event Wednesday deals with Austin drivers' least favorite road in the city. Construction will officially start on Interstate 35 at 51st Street to improve congestion there. Some of the changes include a roundabout at the intersection and an intersection bypass lane. The $16.5 million project should be complete by 2019.
The mayor also plans to be present as the economic impact of the latest South by Southwest Festival is revealed. In the past four years, the economic impact of the festival has surpassed $1 billion, with last year estimated at $317 million.
Finally, Mayor Adler will join University of Texas President Greg Fenves and others for a technology event on campus. The Austin Technology Incubator on campus is a major contributor to the city's tech industry as a whole, according to Adler. The program has been around for 25 years. That event starts at 6 p.m.