One of the best ways to make Austin more affordable is to ensure we have a diverse set of industries which provide local, skilled and the hard-to-employ talent the opportunity to compete for jobs that have a career ladder. The Austin City Council is considering adopting a revised economic incentive policy, expanding the previous one-size-fits-all policy. If the Austin Chamber of Commerce presents a company that meets the criteria for an incentive as set by City Council policy, will you vote to support incentivizing jobs for both small operators and large in our city? How will you monitor success with the provision requiring employment of the hard-to-employ?

Steve Adler


Yes, After working on revising the city’s Chapter 380 agreement for the last several years, I’m proud the city council passed the ordinance last month. We now have a policy that should be predictable for businesses and which will deliver community benefits in a more focused manner, including the training and hiring of our targeted workers. I will support the city’s participation with all businesses that comply with the new ordinance and help us achieve the associated and identified community benefits. I joined our Council in supporting almost $1 million to seed this effort. We need to monitor this new program carefully and transparently so that it delivers the community benefits intended in a way that is trusted by the community.