Businesses Gather to Talk Mobility

More than 100 executives, directors, and other business leaders gathered at the Headliner’s Club on Oct. 25 to learn about and sign up for the Mobility Challenge.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-11-49-46-amThe Mayor’s Mobility Breakfast, hosted by Movability Austin, the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Steve Adler, and the Downtown Austin Alliance, honored the companies that have participated in the Mobility Challenge and gave business leaders a chance to hear about the economic and community benefits of taking the pledge.

The Mobility Challenge, led by Movability Austin in partnership with the Thrival Company, is a pledge employers make to create and implement a mobility plan that helps employees reduce drive alone time by 20 percent by the year 2020. Companies that take the challenge get free mobility consultation and help developing a mobility policy from Movability Austin. The challenge started in 2014 in response to increasing congestion and research showing that shifting transportation habits is the only way to tackle increasing congestion.

More than 30 employers have already started or are beginning the Mobility Challenge. Their reasons for choosing to develop mobility policies and get customized mobility consulting from Movability Austin range from concern over availability of parking to a sense of stewardship for Austin.

“Sitting in traffic isn’t the best use of our time,” said Jackson Walker Partner and Movability Board Chair Jim Pledger. “We are committed to reducing employees sitting in rush hour traffic.”

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-11-50-18-amTony Budet, President and CEO of University Federal Credit Union and the Chamber’s 2016 Chairman, talked about UFCU’s experience as a Mobility Challenge company. “We all know traffic is the number one threat to prosperity,” Budet said. “We all contribute to traffic, and we must all be part of the solution. Movability’s customized consulting means we can have happier and healthier employees.”

Texas Mutual’s Jeremiah Bentley spoke about the business benefits of developing a mobility strategy, including better employee retention and a way to save on operations costs. “We’re excited about the networking that the Mobility Challenge provides,” he added.

Are you an employer that is interested in benefiting your business, the community, and your employees by creating policies to support alternative commutes? Recruiting is underway right now for the Mobility Challenge class of 2017. Contact Thomas Butler to learn more about participating.

 

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