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Austin has long since been perceived as a town of creative innovators. Given the City’s recent regulatory attempts with the sharing and gig economy (Uber, AirBnB, Scooters), what is your position on how the City should handle emerging technologies and emerging markets? What is your view, generally, on the conflict between consumer demands and government interests? Similarly, when non-profits secure grant funding for innovative social solutions that requires a local match, what is your view on city funding being available for the match?

Steve Adler


I support and have supported innovative solutions for all sorts of municipal issues and problems. Austin is a city of innovators, and I promote that culture and brand at every opportunity. The city must be flexible, especially with new technologies, and its regulatory approach needs to innovate along with technological innovations and new platforms, services and products. We need to be open to “disruptive” technologies. Austin is itself a disruptive city, and that’s why so many innovators choose to locate here. I supported an innovative resolution to the Uber Lyft challenge that unfortunately was not able to gain Council support. The STR resolution tried to balance the desired supporting of AirBnB’s sharing economy where folks are able to lease and make income from their homes. And I was vocal in supporting how the city is handling dockless bikes and scooters by developing regulations iteratively alongside the technology as it develops iteratively. I support the city matching non-profit received grants for worthy programs. The city needs to leverage funding at every opportunity because public funding alone will be insufficient to meet the needs of the community.