Austin-area city, workforce and financial leaders gathered at Austin PBS on May 17 to review the outlook for the affordability challenge that continues to confront the region amid years of growth and spiking housing costs.

Amplify Credit Union’s first Central Texas Affordability Summit at the Highland media center featured Austin Mayor Kirk Watson and several community leaders for panel discussions about the area’s rising cost of living; its effect on the local workforce; and how businesses, governments and other entities can address the issue.

Event panelists included Watson; Lourdes Zuniga, Financial Health Pathways executive director; Joana Ortiz, Austin Young Chamber president and CEO; and Workforce Solutions Capital Area CEO Tamara Atkinson.

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