AUSTIN-The new chairwoman of the Downtown Austin Alliance sees downtown as a destination, but that it’s still on a journey to become a destination.

“There’s a perception that because there’s been a lot of activity in downtown Austin that it’s fixed,” Beverly Silas, new chairwoman, tells “But it’s an ongoing journey. We’re not there yet. As Austin continues to grow and we continue to make downtown a destination it’s going to continue to evolve.”

Silas, who retired last year after a more-than 30-year career at Southwestern Bell, took the post this week from Robert Gaston of Equity Properties Trust. She says she’ll have more to say about specific goals for her term after November’s planning meeting with other board members.

Currently, Silas is assistant program director for the Foundation for Women’s Resources, which is the umbrella organization for Leadership Texas. She’s also an Austin Community College trustee.

The other alliance board members are Mac Pike, Sutton Co., treasurer; C. Wade Cooper, Jackson-Walker LLP, vice chairman; and Hayden Brooks, American Realty Co., secretary. New board members are Kent Collins, Post Properties; John Foster, Wells Fargo Bank; Tim Finley, Finley Co.; Cathy Coneway, First American Title; and Bill McClellan, Austin Museum of Art.

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