In 2012, he founded Austin Smith Center for Community Development, to help Village Green Shalom Zone deal with economic disadvantages, and navigate transition. Since then, he has helped the Shalom Zones, and numerous organizations deal with their most pressing challenges, whether it is rehabilitation, or cleaning projects. Frank facilitates board meetings and strategic planning retreats for his organization.
Frank Austin brings a diverse range of approaches to the work of Austin Center for Development, by drawing the latest management, organizational, and nonprofit models with five outcomes. Those outcome areas include Housing, Education, Economic Development, Crime, and Health.
A graduated from Sumter County High, Frank Austin possesses an array of certifications in sales training and management in the State of Georgia. When a lack of organizational leadership charged with the development of holistic, systematic, and sustain socio-economic development plan emerged in the Village Green Shalom Zone, his organization rose to the challenge, and began the cultivation of an effective administrative structure that would yield a bountiful harvest of asset based community development strategies, garnered residential leadership, and actualized prevention/intervention strategies.
After witnessing the effects of neglected and abandoned homes in the neighborhoods, Frank Austin committed himself to improving the community's conditions through a holistic approach.
He has served in many leadership roles as a Founder, and Executive Director of a non-profit company, Real Estate Agent for the State of Georgia, Executive Manager, Finance Director, General Sales Manager, Sale Manager, and several years as a sales person in the New Car business. Mr. Austin currently holds license for Credit Life Insurance, New Car License, and Real Estate License, which includes Real Estate Law.
He was awarded Sales Person of the month 32 times. In addition, he has won the Keep Georgia Beautiful State Litter Prevention Award, Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful Litter Prevention Award, and is a nominee for the Keeping America Beautiful Iron Cody Award, which is a national award.
He has currently been selected to be a part of the first class of Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions Class of 2015.