The Localist

I am interested in creating healthy local economic ecosystems where local business  and communities thrive. I write about local business and reframing economic development from the local, state and national perspective.

The price of our voice

The price of our voice

For more than 15 years the AIBA has listened to its members and voiced their concerns at City Hall. At times we have proposed local policies that could help create a more thriving local business community or to relieve a particularly painful part of doing business. At...

AIBA proposes a better process

AIBA proposes a better process

Austin politics today are often unnecessarily divisive and destructive. Our community faces challenges in dealing with employer-employee issues such as paid sick leave, livable wages, and predictive scheduling. We have a great opportunity to come together to address...

The damage done

The damage done

This was written to local businesses after a harsh fight at City Hall over mandatory paid sick leave. AIBA was never against paid sick leave but the ordinance passed was particularly punitive to small, local businesses. Dear Local Businesses, I’ve spent more than 10...

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