Episode 22: There is some serious ambition behind the push for Innovation Zones

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 22 | Pete Ernaut from R&R Partners and Jeremy Aguero from Applied Analysis

For most people, the idea of an “Innovation Zone” in Storey County still raises more questions than answers right now—such as whether or not allowing a private tech company to build it’s own autonomous community is the 21st century equivalent of a “company town.”

Pete Ernaut from R&R Partners and Jeremy Aguero from Applied Analysis joined the program to discuss the transformative—and ambitious—plan to grant Blockchains LLC the ability to create its own community in northern Nevada.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.