In his first term, Mayor Leffingwell’s accomplishments included:
Creating And Protecting Jobs
Helped bring nearly 2,000 good new jobs in targeted industries to Austin, and held a Small Local Business Summit to identify new ways to help Austin entrepreneurs succeed.
Taking On Traffic
Proposed and then passed a $90 million bond to finance new investments in transportation infrastructure, including roads, bike lines, sidewalks and trails, without a tax increase.
Protecting Basic Services
Fought to protect the budget for basic city services like public safety, and successfully advocated for new funding to hire additional first responders.
Securing Our Water Future
Led the effort to build a new water treatment plant to serve Austin over the next century, and sponsored aggressive new citywide water conservation goals.
Committing To Renewable Energy
Championed a new Generation Plan that significantly expands Austin Energy’s use of renewable energy while holding resulting rate increases to 2% per year.
Worked to expand Austin’s recycling program to apartments and commercial buildings, eliminate single-use plastic bags, and power all city facilities with renewables.
Opening Up City Hall
Put the city’s checkbook online, doubled the time for public review of Council meeting agendas, and held Council meetings outside of City Hall for the first time in 10 years.
Promoting Community Service
Won grant funding from the Bloomberg Foundation to create a comprehensive community service plan and launch a new volunteerism effort, Serve Austin.
Focusing On Health
Together with wife Julie Byers, created and led Let’s Move Austin, the local affiliate of First Lady Michelle Obama’s national initiative to end childhood obesity.
Keeping It Weird
Made the bat Austin’s official animal and created the “Night of the Bat” event, a free annual family-friendly concert on the Congress Avenue bridge.
Engaging Local Leaders
Created a Community Cabinet and Environmental Working Group of advisors, and launched AustinCorps, a civic leadership development program for high school seniors.