Mike Heiligenstein And The CTRMA Lead Efforts In Improving Austin’s Transportation

Towards the end of 2016, numerous experts met at the Williamson County Growth Summit in Texas to discuss transportation issues and its future. These transportation discussions are typically centered around Austin itself, but this discussion in particularly was focused on not only Austin as a city, but also the area’s suburban communities.

 

 

Panelists like Uber Technologies Inc.’s Leandrea Johns, ArgoDesign’s Jared Ficklin, RideScout LLC’s founder Joseph Kopser, and Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s (CTRMA) Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein met at the discussion to take an opportunity to address transportation, technology, and how the two are changing in the Austin area and all over the world.

 

 

Executive Director of the CTRMA Mike Heiligenstein noted that even though newer transportation technologies like ridesharing apps and driverless cars could definitely transform the transportation industry, there are basic issues that still need to be addressed. He believes that regardless of this innovative technology, the Austin area still has a tremendous need to invest in its transportation capacity by building more roads and smarter roads. He believes this is the only way to meet the transportation demands of the ever-growing suburban population of the Austin area.

 

 

When the Mayor of Round Rock (and panel moderator) asked the panel a question regarding what they believed policymakers must do to prepare for future transportation needs, Jared Ficklin from ArgoDesign had a few ideas. He believes that building codes need to remain flexible for future needs and gave the panel a formidable example. With more autonomous vehicles being produced, cities will need parking garages that are only needed to be five feet tall per level, with numerous charging stations on each level. Since those specifications don’t currently fit into any current building code, policymakers must remain flexible to fit the needs of the future.

 

 

Mike Heiligenstein knows even though they must address the future needs of technology and transportation, the area still needs to address the transportation needs of the present. He believes they must improve the capacity for roads and buses. Because of Austin’s continuous growth, improvements in mass transit seem to nullify.

 

 

The CTRMA is an independent agency that was created in 2002 to help improve transportation in both Travis and Williamson counties. As Executive Director of the CTRMA, Mike Heiligenstein leads the agency in its endeavors.

 

 

He has represented local citizens for over two decades, assisting in efforts to expand wastewater, water, and transportation infrastructure in the local area. Mike Heiligenstein is also a member of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force.

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Copa Star Defines Hospital Luxury

The look of the modern hospital has been talked about for many years. How the modern hospital will look and what it will be able to do has been a popular item of discussion both inside and outside the medical field on scoopnest.com. There are various thoughts on what the next generation of hospitals will look like concerning physical appearance. In addition, there are different thoughts on how the next generation of hospitals will be operated.

Although there are various opinions on all aspects of modern hospitals on terra.com and the next generation of hospitals, as new hospitals are built people can begin to get a better sense of the direction that hospitals will be moving. One of the newer hospitals that is giving people a look into the future regarding hospitals is Copa Star. The hospital is in Brazil and is located at Rua Figueiredo de Magalhães in Brazil. The Copa Star is by no means just another hospital. The name of the hospital by itself demonstrates the desire to make this hospital unique and special.

The Copa Star is a hospital in name but it represents so much more. The Copa Star is what many people see as the next generation of hospitals. The Copa Star is a luxury facility on rafarquitetura.com. It was built for people to feel special and a place where people will be treated special. The cost of the hospital is above average, but the appearance of the hospital explains why the cost is above average. The Copa Star is a facility that demands attention.

The Copa Star was built with the idea of luxury at a five star hotel. The appearance of the facility shows that the purpose of the facility was met. The Copa Star looks more like a five start hotel than a hospital. However, the Copa Star is more than just appearance. The Copa Star has the best of everything. The Copa Star was built to compete with the best hospitals in Brazil. As a result, the Copa Star has the best medical facilities that money can buy in Brazil.

The Copa Star has the latest technology and some of the best medical staff that is available in Brazil. The owners of the Copa Star want to make the hospital one of the best hospitals in Brazil. The Copa Star has everything in place to become one of the best hospitals in Brazil.

The staff at the Copa Star is trained to provide the best customer service possible to all the patients and visitors at the Copa Star. While the look of luxury can go a long way with making people feel special, people still need to see special treatment to get the best impact from the luxury look that the Copa Star provides.

The look and direction of hospitals is moving towards the business world. More emphasis is being placed on customer service while the bottom line is being watched closely.

Real-estate developer Omar Boraie in the fight against cancer

Not many people would consider the possibility of effecting cancer research without being a doctor. Not so with New Jersey real-estate developer Omar Boraie who has pledged $1.5 million for the creation of an endowed chair at Rutgers Cancer Institute in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This endowment and chair position will be for Genomics medicine, a process of using the genome specific to a cancer to precisely tailor treatments to specific patients to increase the chances of successful treatment. This new chair position comes as part of the Rutgers Center’s 18 chair challenge. An anonymous donor has pledged to match up to $1.5 million for the creation of each new endowed chair position, which will greatly expand the Rutgers Cancer Center’s scope of research paving the way for future breakthroughs in cancer treatment.

According to Yahoo.com, the new Omar Boraie endowment, will be used to finance the research and development of genomic medicine at Rutgers Cancer institute. The new chair position will ensure that the Genomic medicine department will be fully funded for years to come. The endowment will also finance research and development allowing the doctors at Rutgers institute to develop better and more targeted therapies for cancer ensuring that the Rutgers Center is at the forefront of cancer research for years to come.

According to a 2015 article from newswise.com (available at http://newswise.com/articles/omar-boraie-chair-in-genomic-science-established-at-rutgers-cancer-institute) Genomics is the science of using targeted gene therapy for the treatment of specific cancers. Cancer is not a single disease but many diseases with similar growth pattern. By using genetic markers to target specific cancers doctors and patients can expect better treatment outcomes and fewer side effects.

The donation by Mr. Omar Boraie and the creation of the endowed chair position ensures that Rutgers Cancer institute will maintain it’s commitment to the development of new techniques for developing new cancer treatments and techniques. This endowment according to the NY Times will also all continue to make New Brunswick, New Jersey into a health care city. Strengthening the economy as well as ensuring that cancer research continues giving hope and new treatment options to the millions who suffer from cancer and those that have not yet been diagnosed. For many cancer is an all too real fear, but with endowments and donations like the Omar Boraie Genomic Research chair at the Rutgers Institute we are one step closer to realizing the dream of a cancer free future.

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23 Year Old Prodigy Billy McFarland

23 year old prodigy Billy McFarland is the founder of social club Magnises. Magnises is all about their black card. It is their golden ticket that allows you to get into special events and receive deals you otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. In specifics, the black card lets you get discounts at restaurants, bars, and clubs. It also lets you reserve things like private concerts and getaways.

Billy McFarland explains that Magnises is building a platform between new businesses and millennials. What’s even cooler is card holders can attend private shows by rappers Ja Rule or even Rick Ross! Maybe you want a discount on that next helicopter trip to the Hampton’s, then the black card is the way to go.

McFarland set up the business to target working professionals between 21 and 35 years old. Most of his clientele comes from finance, fashion, or tech industries. Not only did McFarland found Magnises, he also founded an enterprise company called Spling after he dropped out from Bucknell University his freshman year.

What is cool about Magnises is when companies arrange for cardholders to try out their products. It usually results in a luxurious and fun experience. One time Tesla arranged for cardholders to go to a racetrack to take their new cars for a spin. Who would turn down an offer like that? Also fellow members may organize an event at anytime such as the time a booze cruise was arranged in the New York Harbor.

Magnises recently relocated it’s headquarters to a penthouse at the hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side. Members can use the space to work or hold meetings if they choose to. Billy McFarland is definitely ahead of his time and someone determined to show you what he and Magnises has to offer.

Kate Hudson and the Popular Fabletics Brand

Online shopping is a thriving business. The fashion industry has not been left out. Most of the retailers that operate in brick and mortar stores have opened up stores online. Online shopping gives an exclusive shopping to customers. Customers shop online with great flexibility. The online marketplace can be customized to fit each client uniquely. Fabletics is an example of one such online business platform. Customers that subscribe to Fabletics have first to fill out a questionnaire. The information provided gives the website an understanding of an individual’s tastes and lifestyle choices. The business model has been incredibly successful. Fabletics has generated millions of dollars in a short span of three years.

 

The history of Fabletics

 

Fabletics came about as a result of it’s a gap in the activewear marketplace. Founders of the company are Kate Hudson, Adam Goldenberg, and Don Ressler. Goldenberg and Ressler achieved success with JustFab. They wanted to replicate the same success with a company that focused on athletic wear. To ensure that the brand had a rapid kick off, they asked for help from Kate Hudson. Fabletics needed a celebrity and started to take off. Kate Hudson has pushed the brand to high levels of success. Hudson got into activewear after finding out that most of the exercising clothing out there were not comfortable enough. Fabletics created clothing that is fit for both exercising and hanging out with friends.

 

Fabletics has succeeded because it focuses on a modernized business approach. The company collects statistical data about customers. It makes use of these data to match with the needs of a client. While physical stores are getting out of fashion, there are still customers that prefer shopping offline. Fabletics has catered for these shoppers through starting online and offline shopping destinations. The availability of the two shopping places created a platform that matches everyone’s shopping preferences. The company collects its data from selected sites online. Questionnaires from members and social media reactions are some place the company gets real time data.

 

Fabletics has not had a journey without challenges. The company has faced stiff completion from online giants. However, the company was able to satisfy customers through lifestyle experiences, customer education, and lifestyle. According to TechStyle Fashion Group corporate marketing officer, Fabletics has grown mainly because it has a creative team. The company has focused on critical aspects of business success such as price, quality, and advertising. For advertising, Fabletics has an in-house media. The firm makes good use of her brand ambassador and founder, Kate Hudson.

 

Kate Hudson is has a growing social media presence. Her social media pages have total followers amounting to 5 million. When she picks a clothing item and posts, many people come ready to purchase. Many women idolize her dressing and fashion. People are willing to buy her items so as to look like her. Many women feel that they are in style when they dress like Kate Hudson. The result is that Fabletics has benefited from celebrity advertising. Amazon doesn’t have the advantage of this publicity.

Williamson County Growth Summit Brings Together Officals About Transportation Needs

When regional transit needs come up for discussion, it pinpoints Austin, Texas most often. That’s changing with the Williamson County Growth Summit. The summit is addressing the future transportation needs of Austin’s sprawling outlying suburbs.

 

A blue ribbon panel of urban planning and transportation official convened at the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center. Panel participants include; Michael Heiligenstein of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, Joe Kopser of Ridescout, Texas External Affairs Director Leandre Johns and Jared Ficklin of Argo Designs. Ficklin is a renowned transportation engineer who has suggested a gondola transportation route for Austin.

 

While Tesla technology is introducing driverless automobiles and Uber/Lyft promoting ride sharing, Michael Heiligenstein proposed more surface roads lanes and supporting infrastructure. He cites this is essential, due to suburban growth in the outlying communities and counties. The growth rate for the region will offset any benefit derived from increases in mass transit use.

 

On the state of the roadway system in metropolitan Austin, Michael Heiligenstein commented, “Williamson has done such an amazing job of structuring its infrastructure over the past 15 years or so. But you are still going to have more people coming here.” “Try building those roads. Try expanding those capacities. It’s getting to a point where, the corridors we have remaining, we need to make them smarter, more efficient and more technically advanced.”

 

Asked what the region must do to accommodate future transportation needs of the region, Ficklin stated, that is more than just creating new roads and paving over the existing transportation network. He cites the need for parking decks, more favorable changes to building codes and expedited land acquisition procedures. Flexibility is the key to expanding handling the transportation needs of the region.

 

An independent government agency, established in 2002, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority strives to enhance the transportation network in the Travis and Williamson counties of Texas. The mission is to engage contemporary, innovative, transportation opportunities which lessen congestion and offers more choices.

 

Michael Heiligenstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. He has served as an elected official in Williamson County for nearly 25 years. Michael graduated from the University of Texas and received a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Government.

Learn more:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/print-edition/2014/01/10/fifteen-minutes-with-mike.html

http://ibtta.org/sites/default/files/documents/Heiligenstein_Mike_formatted%20with%20Picture_2014.pdf