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?

Kathie Tovo

City Council, District 9

I weigh incentive package proposals on the basis of the benefits that they would provide to our community, such as providing a living wage and benefits to their employees and hiring hard-to-employ residents. My careful analysis of these benefits, informed by community and stakeholder engagement, guides whether I am supportive of an incentive package or not. I expect recipients to deliver on key metrics annually before the City makes its incentive payments.