Northwest Austin
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Winter storm closures deepen financial woes for Austin’s pandemic-battered restaurant scene

Some restaurants in Austin lost thousands of dollars in lost business due to business closures during Winter Storm Uri.


Central Austin

Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.



Georgetown

Georgetown ends 2020 strong with high sales tax revenue

Sales tax revenue funds about 8.4% of the city of Georgetown’s budget.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

No rate increases expected from San Marcos Electric Utility

San Marcos Electric Utility customers may still receive higher bills, but it will be because of higher usage and not from a rate adjustment.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Buda City Council to hold emergency meeting to extend mayor's disaster declaration

Buda residents can provide public comments during the virtual meeting to extend the disaster declaration, which is set to expire Sunday night.


Georgetown

Some Georgetown businesses thrive while others work to survive as coronavirus pandemic continues

“What people don’t understand is if I don’t pay my staff when we’re closed they go get another job," said Tina Folts, the owner of Primrose School of Georgetown and Primrose at Rancho Sienna.



Georgetown

Georgetown Square extended outdoor dining, shopping to continue

Under current orders, businesses are required to operate at 75% capacity.


Northwest Austin

As office space vacancy rates continue climb, local analysts predict trend is temporary

A new commercial real estate report shows office vacancy rates in Northwest Austin have risen for the third straight quarter.


New Braunfels

New Braunfels looking to establish fiscal policy guiding city’s future growth

As the city of New Braunfels continues its rapid growth, it is becoming increasingly important for officials to establish policy guidelines to help offset some of the possible negative impacts, according to city staff.


Cedar Park | Leander

Business owners in Cedar Park, Leander thrive in 'new reality,' keep hope for 2021

More than 50 new businesses opened in the area as many other existing ones adapted in an effort to not only survive but thrive.



Central Austin

Austin economy outperforming state, national averages as it climbs back from recession

The Austin metropolitan area's unemployment rate was 5.1% in December, lower than the Texas and U.S. rates, but still double the city's December 2019 figure.


Central Austin

Samsung seeks 100% tax rebate from Austin for proposed $17B plant expansion, threatens to build elsewhere

Samsung's proposed investment would be the largest in Austin's history, and the tech giant is asking for an unprecedented incentive agreement from the city.


Northwest Austin

Monumental tech campus projects under construction on Parmer Lane corridor have potential to change the face of Northwest Austin forever

Two large-scale developments in the works off West Parmer Lane may soon open the floodgate for future projects in one of the last developable expanses of land in Northwest Austin, according to local real estate experts.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays CISD calls for $238 million bond election in May

This bond election is roughly $21 million larger than the one Hays CISD canceled in 2020.



Pflugerville | Hutto

Typhoon Texas looking to fill 600 seasonal, part-time jobs

The jobs range from water safety to food and beverage, retail, cash control and front gate, among others.


Georgetown

Georgetown sales tax revenue continues to climb despite COVID-19

Georgetown reported continued sales tax growth in November despite the coronavirus pandemic.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Officials in Hays County anticipating bar closures, other restrictions due to consistent high hospitalization rates

Based on the sustained hospitalization rate throughout a defined area that includes Hays County, officials anticipate some restrictions to be implemented on local businesses.


Georgetown

Williamson County sees fastest-growing GDP among large counties in the US

Williamson County reported the highest gross domestic product increase in 2019 for a large county, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis,



Georgetown

From the impact of COVID-19 to 'Live PD,' here are all 21 Georgetown lead stories from this year

Each month, Community Impact Newspaper works to bring you one to two in-depth stories about your community. From the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses and education to the 2020 U.S. Census, the election and all things "Live PD," here are those 21 stories.


Lake Travis | Westlake

Census data: Lakeway household income measure up 21% since 2014

U.S. Census data shows income growth in city of Lakeway


Grapevine | Colleyville | Southlake

Here's what small businesses should know about the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program

A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program has been approved by Congress and aims to continue distributing financial relief to small businesses. Here is everything you need to know about the second round of the loan program.


San Marcos | Buda | Kyle

Hays County unemployment increases to 6%

Employment was down across Central Texas during the holiday season, with a moratorium on evictions nearing its end.