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?

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

Absolutely! Innovative workforce development, including increased access to training and educational opportunities is paramount. I would take this a step further and say that intentional and comprehensive digital literacy, financial literacy and support in civic engagement inherently aligned with the goals here. The best way, in my opinion, to monitor success from the city’s perspective would be to carefully assess which departments are directly aligned with the goals and assign them the task of monitoring a carefully compiled list of performance review measures.