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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?

Lewis Conway Jr.

City Council, District 1

Austin is the #1 patent producing city in the whole state of Texas. We’re also one of the most educated cities. Let’s harness that collective genius to lead in clean energy solutions. We can begin by using Decker Lake as a floating solar power plant, which is large enough to generate enough megawatts to power 150 homes. We support re-purposing Chapter 380 business incentives originally created to draw large corporations to Austin, and using them to sustain Austin’s independent music venues, non-profits, business leaders, and entrepreneurs.