8:37 PM Feb 24, 2021 CST

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.


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.


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.



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.


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,


School district consulting firm moving from Austin to Cedar Park

MSB Consulting, a consulting firm for school districts, is moving its headquarters from Austin to Cedar Park.




Seven area chambers of commerce announce support for Williamson County roads and parks bond

Seven area chambers of commerce pledged support Oct. 22 for the proposed $447 million Williamson County roads and parks bond in front of the Williamson County Courthouse.


Cities of Leander, Cedar Park update budgets, adjust tax rates to manage growth

As Cedar Park and Leander continue to experience population growth, local leaders are adjusting budgets to meet demands.


Army Futures Command wants problems for soldiers to be solved at Texas university campuses

A new $130 million combat development complex in at Texas A&M’s campus in Bryan will break ground Oct. 12


Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.



Texas shoppers pay no sales tax on emergency preparedness supplies this weekend, April 27-29

As hurricane season approaches in Texas, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced a statewide sales tax holiday this weekend, April 27-29, on emergency preparedness supplies.


Williamson County department heads request 174 new positions for fiscal year 2019-20 budget

Heads of several Williamson County departments met with county commissioners April 17 to make their cases for budget requests ahead of the fiscal year 2019-20 budget season.


Austin metro has sixth-highest concentration of STEM jobs in U.S., report says

Sitting behind metros such as San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose, and ahead of Denver and Boston, the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area has the sixth-highest concentration of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, jobs in the country, according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Cedar Park’s biggest project yet: U.S. Tennis Association Texas to anchor possible $1.5 billion development

In what the mayor called a “historic” meeting , Cedar Park City Council entered an initial agreement with the developers of future mixed-use project Indigo Ridge and the United States Tennis Association Texas on March 14.




Report shows charitable giving increased in 2018 among Central Texas businesses

Nearly 75% of Central Texas businesses supported local nonprofits in 2018.



DATA: Find out about Leander workforce info, popular industries

Numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau in December reveal a glimpse into the commutes, occupations and …



DATA: Learn about Cedar Park's workforce and industries

Numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau in December reveal a glimpse into the commutes, occupations and …


Williamson County Citizens Bond Committee holds first meeting over potential roads and parks bond

The Williamson County Citizens Bond Committee was presented with the current status of the county’s parks and roads plan during its first meeting March 21.


Asian-owned businesses establish thriving local presence in Cedar Park, Leander area

It was an unusually cold February day, but some 3,000 people flocked to the Lakeline area for the second rendition of Far East Fest. The outdoor festival, which brings together Asian restaurants and entertainment groups, was a testament to the growing presence of Asian cultures in the Cedar Park, Leander and Austin areas.


Story to follow in 2019: Mixed-use developments in Cedar Park, Leander advance

WHAT WE REPORTED: Several mixed-use projects, which can include retail, office, restaurant, housing and other uses, are in the works in Cedar Park, such as Indigo Ridge North and Presidio.