While dozens of industrial cranes decorated the mainly rural skyline of southwest Taylor on Aug. 19—a foreshadowing of the roughly 2.5-million square foot, $17 billion Samsung semiconductor compound that will soon transform the city over the coming decades—executives from Samsung gathered about five miles north at the Taylor Mansion Crystal Ballroom to announce the company is donating $1 million to four local charities.

As part of a media event put on by Samsung, local, county, state and national officials joined company executives to present oversize checks of $250,000 each to area charities.

Bluebonnet Trails, which offers health and wellness services locally; Shepherd’s Heart, a local food pantry that addresses food insecurity; Boys & Girls Clubs of East Williamson County, which helps local youth through civic engagement; and Taylor ISD were the recipients of the donation, but representatives from each organization did not discuss plans for the money.

A news release from Samsung handed out at the press event states the company wanted to announce its intention to be a good corporate neighbor to Taylor and Williamson County residents.

“Samsung Austin Semiconductor is thrilled to become a part of the fabric of Taylor,” said Samsung Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs Jon Taylor in the release. “This gift will address the increased needs of its citizens, especially those in eastern Williamson County, around food insecurity mental health and wellness, and our ongoing commitment to improve the lives of our local youth.”

Local officials also shared words of gratitude, including Taylor Mayor Brent Rydell.

“Samsung is committed to being active in the community and that is evidenced by their generous contribution,” Rydell said. “They are doing work that addresses real needs in the city of Taylor.”

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, another figure who was instrumental in closing the $17 billion semiconductor facility deal in Taylor, echoed Rydell’s sentiment.

“I went after Samsung because I wanted a corporate partner that values what we do here in Williiamson County,” Gravell said. “Samsung’s generous donation today to these four organizations ... is going to benefit future families as well. To my friends at Samsung, you made a promise, and you have delivered on that promise.”