Lisa Austin has co-founded several organizations through the CIVITAS collaborative.
Preservation Erie, formerly named the Erie Center for Design and Preservation is the organization co-founded by CIVITAS that officially formed in 2007 after concerned residents, including John Claridge, Jeff Kidder, Chris Magoc, Sue Moyer, John Vanco agreed to meet in Austin's living room. With a mission to celebrate, protect and educate others about Greater Erie's built environment, Preservation Erie is making a positive difference in NWPA. http://preservationerie.org/
Innovation Erie is the product design competition first held in 2008. IE was created through the CIVITAS think tank - SAM & ED (Science Art Manufacturing Engineering Design) - that met monthly at the Plymouth Tavern in 2006 and 2007. The competition was held for nine years at the Erie Art Museum (2008-2016). After receiving legal, manufacturing and marketing advice - and some cash - several winners have gone on to create successful new products using Erie's impressive, but under-utilized industrial-manufacturing infrastructure. An ad-hoc organization, the group is transitioning to become a subcommittee of the Innovation Collaborative, the 501c3 founded in 2010. 2009. http://innovationerie.net/
ALL ABOARD ERIE
All Aboard Erie is the transit organization co-founded by CIVITAS in 2009 to advocate for a walkable, bike-able, transit-savvy city that connects via bus and rail to the region and beyond. Legally affiliated with All Aboard Ohio, All Aboard Erie enjoys 501c3 status.