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A Little Roofing Information.  Shingles to Stand Up to Wild Texas Winds.
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We love metal, it's an art-form. Functional, beautiful and oh so Texas.
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8/2/17
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Hey there! I am bowled over my new beautiful metal roof that y'all built for me (--- and doing an absolutely awesome job!!!). I would love to give you a rave review but I am not a member of Facebook. Do you have a website where I can express my gratitude and appreciation to Chris as well well as your awesome roofers? I am so grateful for the professionalism, efficiency and excellence of the roofing job that I feel it important to tell the world! I am contacting HomeAdvisor (who gave me your name) to give y'all at Austin Roofing and Construction a great review. If you have another place that you'd like me to send a recommendation, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for everything!
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Leslie Pool
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GAF Commercial Contractor Guarantees - For Your Commercial Project
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GAF Timberline HD, Laminated Shingle - Color is Slate - by Austin Roofing and Construction
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GAF - Royal Sovereign - Color is Slate by Austin Roofing and Construction
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Charcoal 24 Gauge Snap Lock Metal Roof - Austin Roofing and Construction - Texas Style!
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AIBA to City Council & the Public:

APRIL 3, 2017
Austin City Council Fails to Support Local Business. Again.
Local business drives our local economy, creates 85 percent of the new jobs, defines and reflects our local culture, collectively contributes the most to local charities and pays its full share of taxes (no breaks here). We built this city. We aren’t corporate giants—we’re your neighbors and family. Shopping at a locally owned business doesn’t help a corporate CEO buy a second or third vacation house. It helps a shop owner’s little girl get dance lessons, the owner’s son play soccer. And it’s money spent here in Austin, further driving the local economy. You’d think our City Council would be excited to support the local business community through policies and programs—but they aren’t.

On March 2, the City Council Agenda included a proposal to address affordability in a comprehensive way. For the first time, local business was included in the conversation on affordability in Austin. Council Member Troxclair and her staff worked closely with AIBA to make sure local business was included and some of our issues were addressed. But not just the conversation, the Austin Affordability Action Plan included a section directly addressing small, local businesses:

Small & Locally-Owned Business Support
In order to address affordability issues facing Austin’s existing small and locally-owned businesses, the City shall convene a stakeholder process of locally-owned businesses and organizations to consider economic development policies, land use policies, incentives, and other programs to support our locally-owned, small businesses. The City Manager shall consider and make recommendations that include, but are not be limited to, the creation of a lead local business position in the Economic Development department, advertising and marketing locally-owned businesses and local-business districts to tourists, encouraging or incentivizing affordable lease or lease-to-own commercial space, and other policy options that will address affordability for Austin small and local businesses.

These initiatives are based on AIBA’s Local Business Manifesto and goals from our two Local Business Conferences. Council Member Troxclair and her staff worked closely with AIBA to make sure local business was included and some of our issues were addressed. But you won’t see any of this because the City Council killed the plan. Worse, they voted to postpone it indefinitely with Council Members Troxclair, Kitchen, Houston, Flannigan and Mayor Adler voting for and Council Members Pool, Garza, Rentiera, Casar, Tovo and Alter voting to postpone.

Our City Council Members will tell you they love local business. That they shop locally as much as possible. That they support our local business community. Every one of our Council Members ran on a local business platform. All but our one most recent electees (we did not ask Alter in the 2016 election or Flannigan, who signed the pledge in 2014) signed our Local Business Pledge. Yet in more than ten years of advocacy at City Hall, this is the closest we’ve come to actual progress. And it failed.

In the past year alone, we took a leadership role in three major issues:

1. We petitioned the City Council to return Austin Energy’s Peak Demand threshold from the current 10kW to the 20kW of the past to help small, local businesses escape the pain of Peak Demand Rates. The Council voted no.

2. We fought to keep punitive policies out of expedited permitting. The Council voted no. We were, however, able to achieve a staff-recommended policy that excludes small projects.

3. We championed the Austin Affordability Action Plan outlined above. The Council voted no.


Our advocacy extends far beyond these three initiatives. We visit with Council Members regularly, bringing local business issues to their attention and usually with a plan to fix or at least help the situation.

In more than ten years of advocacy, one Local Business Manifesto and two Local Business Conferences involving more than 200 local business owners producing 26 proposals, programs and policies, we stand at zero results. We get exceptional and impressive lip service and nothing else. Austin can do better.

What? Not a member!
Join AIBA now to support our advocacy on behalf of local business.
https://www.ibuyaustin.com/

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