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Lisa Austin has co-founded several organizations through the CIVITAS collaborative.

 
 
Villa Chapel Interior, 2013

Villa Chapel Interior, 2013

PRESERVATION ERIE 

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 2011 winner: reCAP Mason Jars

Innovation Erie 2011 winner: reCAP Mason Jars

INNOVATION ERIE

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/

 
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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.