Celebrating 30 Years of Commitment to the Austin African-American Community
In 1982, eleven Austin business and community leaders convened to address the lack of representation of African-American’s in Austin’s convention, hospitality, and tourism industries. Their primary objective: catalyze the reallocation of convention and visitors bureau dollars to stimulate investment in the African American travel and business community. The individuals were: Tommy Wyatt, Andy Anderson, Kenny Sneed, Freddy Dixon, Juanita Ross, Mildred Sneed, Arthur M. Sauls, Carol Hadnot, Bertrand Adams, Larry Beck Jr., and Norris Carr.
This was exactly 30 years ago and many things have changed regarding the business climate, the role of the Chamber and the quality of life for African Americans in Austin. As the African American population declines, it has become clear that as it was in 1982, the role of the CCAACC has become more necessary and vital than ever before.
Originally headquartered on Manor Road, the Chamber is anxiously preparing for its upcoming relocation to East Austin’s 11th street corridor. This facility, currently under construction, will also include the opening of an African American history and cultural center to be managed by the CCAACC to help preserve legacy and stimulate tourism and traffic to East Austin’s African American community.
Guided by new leadership, the primary objective of CCAACC and its executive team is to re-establish stability and impact of the Chamber – integrating the history of the community with the future direction of the city. To do so, over the last few months, CCAACC has undergone considerable strategic planning, board development, and program enhancement to better serve and maintain the Chamber’s relevance within the Greater Austin Region.
CCAACC will celebrate its rich legacy on February 9, 2012 at its 30th Anniversary Awards Gala. At this awards ceremony, CCAACC Founders will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to Austin and the African-American Business community. For more information please contact CCAACC at 512-459-1181 or online at www.capcitychamber.org.