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Moving Cedar Falls Forward

Iowa is a great place to live, and keeping it great requires initiative, fresh thinking, and a willingness to be bold. I ran for city council in 2009 promising those attributes and since that time, have absorbed countless experiences that have honed my perspective, leadership style, and effectiveness.  I'm eager to represent the citizens of Cedar Falls and to dutifully guide our city's future.

Transparency and excessive communication are my priorities. My recent blog posts:

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    Eulogy: Death of the Independent Candidate


    TaiberIA-House.pngRejoice, the election is over. And while some may not like all the outcomes, we are resilient. Our greatness doesn’t come from our government, it comes from the people. The day our nation’s mood is set by political outcomes, is the day government has become too big, too high stakes. For my race, I am beat up and spit out, disappointed, yet grateful to have the opportunity to run. I offer reflections on my Independent bid for Iowa House District 59 in the words to follow.

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    Money Influence

    ColumnChart.pngWhen I threw my hat into the race for Iowa House, I promised not to take a “politics as usual” approach.  My positions and platform span both sides of the aisle while focusing on common sense solutions to our greatest challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, winning elections takes a lot of money, but I set out to challenge that notion from the beginning. I have not asked for a single dime, not one. I have even turned down large money offers. This election is about connecting with people, not dollars. If I win, I owe my gratitude and service to voters, not a party, PAC, or donor.

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    Wisconsin IM 3.0

    IM_WI.JPGOn Sunday (9/11/2016) I embark on Ironman 3.0. In any ordinary year, an Ironman commitment will throw a person's life out of balance. Admittedly, I am out of balance, swinging my arms on the edge. But I’ve always liked being on the edge, this feels normal. This year, my Ironman pursuit is blurred by the other priorities in life… from work obligations to city council, from Self-Help International to family commitments... this is what I love, operating at capacity. Oh, and that Iowa House thing! I do my training when others are sleeping (before dawn and way after dusk), my days are occupied by work, my evenings are dedicated to door knocking, at night I catch up on council and IA House duties. Family fills the gaps. I would rather redline than look back with regret.

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    Leader in Business

    Champion.jpgWhen a politician uses phrases like 'job creation' and 'improve our economy', ask for their credentials to speak on the topic. Heck, ask what they know about economics, capital markets, and workforce development. Ask them if they have worked with local, state or foreign governments to establish or grow businesses. In my professional life, I build businesses for CPM Holdings and wear many hats. One day, I might be closing a multi-national acquisition. Every day, I make at least one pot of coffee. I know business.

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    Nick Taiber Launches his 'Grow Iowa!' Campaign for Iowa House District 59

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    Nick Taiber recently unveiled his Grow Iowa! campaign for Iowa House District 59. Since 2010, he has served on Cedar Falls City Council driving reorganization, budget restraint, infrastructure investments and civil liberty issues. Nick is in a unique position to leverage his business, council and civic insights to make Iowa a magnet state for residents, business and quality of life.

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    Choice Rider Experience - MET Bus

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    I abhor driving, it is drudgery. But it just so happens that my two boys, Julian and Roman, really like soccer and hockey. By and large, these programs are run out of Waterloo's excellent Young Arena and Sportsplex facilities. In our just-in-time society, that means driving. Couple the drive with the maze of one-way couplets, pointless four-way stops, and endless traffic signals in downtown Waterloo, it is the stuff of road rage. There must be a better way. Enter MET transit.

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    Balanced Incentives

    CF_Sign.JPGBalanced Incentives: my next musings on Cedar Falls Business First (still looking for a better name). In this post, I want to refocus our incentives to support a broad-based approach to business creation, incubation and attraction. Grab a cup of coffee, energy drink or cocktail and let's sort this out together.

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    The Old Economic Development Toolbox: TIF

    Picture1.pngThis post is a TIF primer (CF's main economic development tool): free land (and infrastructure) and tax abatement. I have reservations about TIF. Reluctantly, most Iowa city's must play the game to level the field. An incentive ceases to be when it becomes an entitlement. 

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    Cedar Falls Business First

    startup_communities.pngAs policy makers, Cedar Falls City Council is tasked to create a business environment that fosters job creation, innovation and wealth creation. To grow our economic base beyond incremental ‘brick and mortar’ wins, we need to set our efforts on organic, new business based on innovation, productivity and Midwestern ingenuity.

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    Beyond Benign - Local Regulations and Business

    govtregs.jpgCedar Falls' code of ordinances has evolved over the decades to continuously refine what an individual or entity (business or otherwise) can and cannot do. At all levels of government, it is rarely reviewed for effectiveness or relevance - especially business regulations.

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