Will you refrain from supporting any economic development projects that do not adhere to a 90% local hiring requirement​, unless they are related to addressing a security threat to the Austin area? (Note: 2014 Candidates Steve Adler and Greg Casar approved this idea in ChangeAustin.org’s candidate questionnaire. To our knowledge, neither have attempted to fulfill this promise.) Rate your support on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the most support and 1 being the least.

Natasha Harper-Madison

City Council, District 1

Rating: 2
Candidate Response: I believe we should always make it a goal for our economic development projects to hire locally. However, there is also a huge gap in some industries. So while I think it’s important to set a goal for local hiring, I believe it
should be handled on a case by case basis with the understanding that there may be a gap that needs to be addressed for those specific skills.