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?

Frank Ward III

City Council, District 8

We need to evaluate how our approach to incentives currently works and what we could do better. Government should not be picking winners and losers. But we also need to make sure that we send the right signals to the marketplace that we’re open for business and want productive, job-creating companies in our city–we’ll do the right things to get them here.