Matt Curtis

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Matt Curtis is the founder of Smart City Policy Group, a team of consultants working with cities around the world on innovative solutions in the New Economy. Matt is a former right hand to the past two Austin mayors, and he gained extensive experience in municipal government and local politics by working on a broad variety of initiatives and best practices in a rapidly changing city. He is a trained facilitator with 15 years of expertise in helping connect potentially conflicting interests to create effective policy. Most recently, he served as head of global government affairs and public policy for HomeAway/Expedia, where he worked with governments and local communities around the world to create best practices and effective policies. He has served on the United States Conference of Mayors Business Council, the National League of Cities Corporate Council, the Sharing Economy Advisory Network, and the Travel Technology Association Board. Curtis currently serves on the Vacation Rental Management Association Board. His team at Smart City Policy Group includes former policymakers and thought leaders with extensive backgrounds in local governments.

    About Matt Curtis

    Matt Curtis is the founder of Smart City Policy Group, a team of consultants working with cities around the world on innovative solutions in the New Economy.
    Matt is a former right hand to the past two Austin mayors, and he gained extensive experience in municipal government and local politics by working on a broad variety of initiatives and best practices in a rapidly changing city. He is a trained facilitator with 15 years of expertise in helping connect potentially conflicting interests to create effective policy.
    Most recently, he served as head of global government affairs and public policy for HomeAway/Expedia, where he worked with governments and local communities around the world to create best practices and effective policies. He has served on the United States Conference of Mayors Business Council, the National League of Cities Corporate Council, the Sharing Economy Advisory Network, and the Travel Technology Association Board. Curtis currently serves on the Vacation Rental Management Association Board.
    His team at Smart City Policy Group includes former policymakers and thought leaders with extensive backgrounds in local governments.

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  • Education
    Smart City Policy Summit 2019

    Inaugural Short-term Rental Regulations Forum Coming to Austin, August 16 When I was coming up in local...

  • Industry News for Vacation Rental Managers
    Be a Friend to Your Mayor and Create Good Regulations

    The late, great Boston mayor Tom Menino once told me, “Hey, Matt, we’re drinking from a fire...

  • Regulations
    Avoid Regional Economic Collapse: Join An Association

    Recently, my team and I attended the United States Conference of Mayors meeting in Boston where we...

  • Regulations
    The Uber-ization of Everything

    How Local Governments View the Sharing Economy I signed up for my first email address barely twenty-five...

  • Regulations
    What to Do When the Rules Don’t Make Any Sense 

    Building a coalition to help governments find logical solutions  “Fish Hooks” McCarthy was an aide to New York Governor...

  • Industry News for Vacation Rental Managers
    Working With Policymakers To Help Create Effective, Commonsense Regulations

    My wife and I had a recent dilemma: What do we do in a hotel room when...

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