Matt Curtis

Founder
Smart City Policy Group

Matt Curtis Founder
Matt Curtis has served as a deputy to two Austin mayors and one council member where he worked on initiatives including economic incentives, employer retention and the creation of best practices facing a local government in the “fastest growing city in America”. He has also served as Director at the Central Texas transit authority where he worked piloted issues related to the region’s passenger rail, transit-oriented development the opening of a new rail system.

Matt served as Head of HomeAway/VRBO/Expedia Government Affairs and Public Policy where he worked with governments around the world on creating effective regulations of short-term rentals. He is a regular speaker at the European Commission, the National Conference of State Legislators, the American Legislative Exchange Caucus and other policy discussing groups.

Last year he founded Smart City Policy Group where he works with a team of former policy makers to consult with governments and companies on how to create regulations for Emerging Technologies, the Sharing Economy and the Gig Economy.

He has served on the United States Conference of Mayors Business Council, the National League of Cities Corporate Council, the Sharing Economy Advisory Network, the Travel Technology Association board and serves on the Vacation Rental Managers Association board.

Matt Curtis understands that communities can achieve fair and effective policies through effective stakeholder engagement and a strong understanding of the industry.

Sessions

Executive Roundtable: Travel and the Future of Cities

Travel’s disruptive new ideas carve new grooves in the urban landscape, while a global surge in guests flocking to hot spots sometimes erodes what they came to enjoy. Home sharing, ride hailing and travel itself have cities grappling with an unprecedented array of consequences and opportunities. Leaders from travel and advocates for better city living discuss the best path forward.