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Unemployment benefit claims down 85% in Cy-Fair since this spring, still up year over year

Despite a decline in weekly claims, the state reported a 200% year-over-year increase in Harris County the third week of September.

Sugar Land | Missouri City
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Missouri City application for rental, mortgage, utilities aid program opens Sept. 28

Individual households can be eligible for up to $2,500 per month for two months in rental or mortgage and utilities assistance. Read more about eligibility requirements and how to apply.

San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays CISD approves compensation plan, district-wide raise

Including a pay bump approved in June, year-over-year compensation increased 3% for all district employees.

Bellaire | Meyerland | West University

South Main Innovation District workshop series to address economic opportunity, housing affordability

The public will be able to participate in the workshops.

Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Lake Houston-area businesses wade through rent relief, loan forgiveness

Data shows 4,129 area companies received Paycheck Protection Program loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Survey shows 74% of participating Lake Houston-area businesses have fully reopened amid pandemic

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and Lake Houston Area Economic Development Partnership sent out the Texas Business Survey on Aug. 27.

Central Austin

After surviving six months, Austin's workers, small businesses are acknowledging pandemic's long-term reality

After months of day-to-day reassessments, many in the business community are now figuring out how to make it to the other end of the pandemic.


Jersey Village adopts budget, sets tax rate public hearing for Sept. 28

The city of Jersey Village is looking to adopt a lower property tax rate for the 2020-21 fiscal year, but one that will also raise more revenue because of rising property values.

New Braunfels

From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory

When combined with temporary state restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local shop owners are speculating a perfect storm of low supply and high demand is the main reason for changes in an industry that has of late been turned on its head.


Georgetown unemployment stabilizes after increase in claims

Georgetown previously went six weeks in reporting a drop in unemployment claims week over week before increasing in last week's report.

Keller | Roanoke | Northeast Fort Worth

Data: Sales tax revenue increases year over year in Keller, decreases in Fort Worth, Roanoke

Year to date, sales tax allocations for Keller have totaled $9.44 million, which represents a 13.3% increase compared to the same time last year.


Georgetown July sales tax revenue rises 10.75% year over year despite pandemic

Georgetown has managed to maintain a positive trend in sales tax revenue, increasing by double-digit percentages each month since May.

Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Kalahari Resorts to hold drive-thru hiring event for hundreds of Round Rock jobs

Job seekers, prepare your resumes.

Central Austin

Six months into pandemic, Austin officials scrambling to save music venues, child care facilities and restaurants

City Council is set to begin making choices on which businesses to try to save on Oct. 1.


Katy-area homeless population still suffering effects of COVID-19, recession

Serving the Katy-area homeless population has become more difficult in the time of the coronavirus, according to Tina Hatcher, founder and executive director of Hope Impacts, a local NGO serving the homeless population in the area.


Georgetown unemployment claims rise again after weeks of decline

It has been six months since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in Central Texas. See where Georgetown unemployment claims stand.

New Braunfels

New Braunfels opens parking lots to outdoor dining options

A temporary economic initiative officials hope will boost revenue for New Braunfels business owners received approval from City Council during a Sept. 14 meeting.

Heights | River Oaks | Montrose

Six months in, Houston-area apartment rents still feeling COVID-19 squeeze

Rents for high-end Class A properties averaged $1,463 in August, the lowest such level in over two years.


As tax rate talks continue, some push for cuts, conservative budgeting

Several taxing entities in Harris County and Cy-Fair have either recently adopted or are preparing to adopt tax rates for the 2020-21 fiscal year. This year, the coronavirus pandemic could force districts to make tough decisions.


UPDATE: Cy-Fair ISD board approves tax rate decrease in 2020-21

Cy-Fair ISD board members unanimously voted to approve a tax rate of $1.3555 for 2020-21, a decrease from last year’s $1.37 rate.

New Braunfels

Outdoor dining opportunities in New Braunfels could expand amid pandemic

New Braunfels officials heard a presentation Sept. 10 geared toward expanding opportunities for outdoor dining and food trucks within the city.

Bellaire | Meyerland | West University

Rice University receives record $100 million gift to accelerate advanced materials research

“Our shared goal is to make Houston the premier destination for material research in the U.S. and the world,” said Carin Barth, chairwoman and director for the Welch Foundation Board of Directors.


Gilbert unemployment edges up again in July

Unemployment in Gilbert rose to 8.2% in July, according to statistics from the Arizona Commerce Authority

Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Lake Houston-area officials request local businesses provide feedback on impact of COVID-19

The Lake Houston Area of Chamber of Commerce and the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership are trying to gauge the coronavirus pandemic's continued impact on the business community.

Southwest Austin | Dripping Springs

As public benefits scale back, Austin's unemployed workers try to make ends meet

Under a new executive order, unemployed Texans may receive up to $300 per week on top of their state unemployment benefits, down from $600 per week earlier in the summer.