Cedar Park - Leander

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2:47 PM May 8, 2020 CDT

National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.


Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.


Williamson County launches its small business grant program May 6. Here is what you need to know.

Applications can be submitted online at www.wilco.org/forward beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 6.



Williamson County commissioners hire law firm to address ‘Live PD’ controversy; move could mean future legal action

The Williamson County district attorney has not been able to prosecute any cases using "Live PD" footage because the sheriff will not provide it as evidence, Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said.


Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,


43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.


More than 8,000 in Cedar Park, Leander filed for unemployment in 1 month

More than 8,000 residents who live within the four ZIP codes that make up Community Impact Newspaper's Cedar Park and Leander coverage area filed for unemployment insurance between March 18-April 18



Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.


Williamson County receives more than $93M in federal funding, forms team to outline criteria for distribution

Small business grants have been named a priority in the funding distribution.


Williamson County chambers to host virtual update from Sen. John Cornyn on coronavirus pandemic

The Zoom webinar, titled "Williamson County Conversation with Senator John Cornyn," is set for 2 p.m. April 30.


City, chamber program awards $200,000 in grants to 63 Cedar Park small businesses

Out of 72 applications, 63 small businesses in Cedar Park were awarded grants.



Three deaths, 49 new coronavirus cases reported in Travis County on April 23

The total number of cases in Travis County has reached 1,312.


Updated: Leander awards $60,000 in business grants to 16 businesses

The first 16 Leander businesses to receive grants include restaurants, barbers and schools.


Q&A: New Austin Chamber CEO Laura Huffman says community safety, opening the economy do not have to be 'forced trade-off'

Huffman, an Austin native and a former assistant city manager, officially stepped into her new role April 20.


State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.



What will businesses need next? Survey aims to gauge Williamson County business needs after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

Leaders from chambers of commerce, city and county governments, and economic development groups across Williamson County are seeking business owners’ perspectives through an online survey.


County Judge Bill Gravell: Williamson County to follow Gov. Abbott's April 17 executive orders

Gravell said the county’s current stay-at-home order will remain largely unchanged, except it will adopt the state executive order's provisions for retail to go and for an ease on surgical procedures allowed.


Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.


Utility payment penalties reduced through June 30 for Leander customers; city extends disaster declaration

The council-approved measures will lessen some utility penalties and fees through June 30.



Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.



DATA: Homes continue to be sold in Williamson County despite coronavirus pandemic

In Williamson County, March residential home sales increased 0.4%, according to Austin Board of Realtors data.


Cedar Park, Leander median home prices increase; ABoR says dip in sales may come in April

Cedar Park saw a double-digit percentage drop in residential property sales, while Leander experienced a double-digit percentage hike in March as compared to the same month the previous year.