About OHBPA - 25 Years & Still Going & Still Growing Stronger
Oak Hill Business & Professional Association (O.H.B.P.A.) was founded by a group of concerned citizens in the Oak Hill area in 1981. Fran Conrad had a pioneer spirit when she took the “bull by the horns” as the first President of OHBPA. The Initial concept for OHBPA was to bring professionals and the business community together. From small beginnings, the group has grown substantially with membership from businesses - both small and large - and individual professional men and women, as well as representatives from civic, political and community organizations.
OHBPA was founded at a time when much of Austin held a predominately “no-growth” philosophy. There has always been strong opposition to ravaging the hill country, and the Oak Hill area was outside the proposed growth corridors for the City of Austin. Oak Hill's input was desperately needed, yet no one was there to speak for our community. Today, OHBPA fills that need and continues to speak out on behalf of business and professional interests of Oak Hill, providing spokespersons, sending representatives to important meetings, and encouraging members to sit on exploratory and decision making boards. Of course our first priority is always keeping our members informed.
The Association has fought tough battles with the Austin City Council and those opposing development in the Oak Hill community. Time and time again, OHBPA has won these battles, including the fight to bring Motorola to Oak Hill, the southern extension of MoPac, annexation with mandated zoning and services plan, realistic roadway plans to serve Oak Hill’s transportation needs, reasonable business zoning, the defeat of hot mix asphalt plant on Hwy 290, and more jobs in Oak Hill.
In addition, with strong support from the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department, we have fought for adequate Fire and EMS protection as part of Austin’s annexation of Oak Hill. Many times OHBPA took the fight to the City Hall and won.
OHBPA has worked diligently to focus attention on the issues and interests of Oak Hill and has been the principal voice to ensure that Oak Hill maintains its unique identity within the Austin Area. OHBPA is devoted to providing up-to-date information to its membership on the most pressing issues that affect business and professional as well as the families that call Oak Hill home. Whether it be tax laws, city zoning ordinances, property values, AISD school board forums, Austin City Council, or County and State issues, OHBPA is here to represent Oak Hill, today and in the future!
Together, we have accomplished a great deal and our future is looking bright!