Tesla HQ moving to Austin; HBO has begun filming ‘Love and Death’ in Hutto and more top Central Texas news

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Oct. 7 that the company would move its headquarters to Austin. (Courtesy Tesla)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Oct. 7 that the company would move its headquarters to Austin. (Courtesy Tesla)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Oct. 7 that the company would move its headquarters to Austin. (Courtesy Tesla)

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Central Austin

Elon Musk announces Tesla headquarters will move to Austin

Tesla will relocate its headquarters to Austin, CEO Elon Musk announced at the company's annual stockholder meeting Oct. 7.

Williamson County

Williamson County officials make final moves toward landing $17B Samsung facility

One of the largest economic development projects in the history of Texas is close to being built in Williamson County.

Northwest Austin

I-35 at Parmer Lane diverging diamond intersection to open Oct. 9

After over two years of construction, the Texas Department of Transportation plans to open the intersection at I-35 and Parmer Lane as a diverging diamond the afternoon of Oct. 9.

Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

HBO has begun filming ‘Love and Death’ in Hutto

"Love and Death" starring Elizabeth Olsen is a crime drama based on true events that took place in Wylie, Texas.

Staffing shortages continue to plague a variety of industries in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

Tamara Atkinson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Capital Area, an organization that provides training and support to job seekers in the nine counties surrounding Austin, said the COVID-19 pandemic has played a major role in creating staffing shortages, especially in dining and retail businesses.

Olivia Aldridge, Joe Warner, Benton Graham and Carson Ganong contributed to this report.


Fitness studio Body20 is coming soon to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria. (Courtesy Giant Noise Public Relations)
New fitness studio, candy pop-up shop coming to Hill Country Galleria

A new candy pop-up shop and fitness studio are coming to Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria.

Photo of Austin Community College pharmacy students preparing vaccines
Austin Public Health ramps up COVID-19 booster shot offerings, prepares for pediatric vaccines

High-risk individuals who received Pfizer are Moderna doses six months ago or more are now eligible for boosters—as are most recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The first-ever Williamson County Fair and Rodeo opens its gates to guests Oct. 21 with live music, carnival rides, food vendors, rodeo events and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Inaugural Williamson County Fair and Rodeo underway; delivery drones coming to Friso and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 22.

Rendering of the UT Leona Child Development Center
UT Austin set to open new Child Development Center east of I-35

A new university child care facility is headed to 2216 Leona St.

Homeless Strategy Officer Dianna Grey briefed City Council on Austin's spending of more than $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on homelessness Oct. 21. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Officials share outlook of 3-year plan to house 3,000 homeless people in Austin

Although the path to build more than 1,000 new spaces for those without shelter will take time, officials believe the goals are achievable.

Photo off APD sign
Austin police cadet academy review notes positive strides but says instructors lack buy-in to 'reimagined' concept

Reforms at the Austin Police Department academy are mixed so far, while the department and outside evaluators agree on several potential improvements going forward.

Franklin Barbecue in East Austin closed its dining room in March 2020. (Courtesy Franklin Barbecue)
Franklin Barbecue to reopen dining room on 11th Street in Austin

The dining room will reopen just before Thanksgiving.

Cumby Group is planning development for three adjacent multifamily projects on Manor Road in East Austin, including The Emma apartments. (Courtesy Cumby Group)
3 years in, Austin is falling behind on goals in affordable housing plan

From 2018-20, the city only reached 12% of its 10-year goal to build thousands of new homes and rental units.

Taco Palenque is now open as drive-thru only in Round Rock. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Taco Palenque opens in Round Rock; Plano ISD considering two draft calendars for 2022-23 school year and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 21.

The Austin Transit Partnership is exploring above- and below-ground options for a transit center at the East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley intersection. (Courtesy Austin Transit Partnership)
Project Connect plans to explore above-, below-ground options for East Riverside/Pleasant Valley Transit Center

After hosting a community design workshop, the group overseeing Project Connect designs is moving forward with options for both an underground and above-ground station at the intersection.

A calculator created by the Rocky Mountain Institute looks at the environmental impact of TxDOT's proposed designs for I-35 in Central Austin, one of the most congested roadways in the country. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nonprofit's tool says TxDOT I-35 expansion proposals would have profound environmental consequences

The tool says that the proposal would create between 255 and 382 million additional vehicle miles traveled per year.