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Georgetown to reimburse 50% of Costco sales taxes per deal

Costco is expected to be one of the largest sales tax producers for the city with a 10-year net benefit of about $11 million.


Local destinations: a noncomprehensive guide to places to visit and things to see in Georgetown

Use this guide to ensure you are getting the most out of the community you call home, or pass it on to visitors.


Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.



Williamson County sees one of the largest year-over-year employment increases in the U.S.

Williamson County continues to see its unemployment rate decline.


Georgetown officials: Electric utility grows financial reserves, still below target

The city of Georgetown's utility is expected to end Fiscal Year 2018-19 with reserves of more than $6 million, which is up from last year’s balance of less than $2 million.


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.


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



Red Poppy Festival raked in $2.56 million for Georgetown in 2019

Georgetown's annual Red Poppy Festival brought in $2.56 million in 2019, according to a study.


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.


Georgetown to host thousands at statewide tennis tournament

The United States Tennis Association awarded Georgetown a three-year bid to host the Texas Slam, one of the largest junior tennis tournaments in the country, according to a July 26 news release.


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.


Report shows charitable giving increased in 2018 among Central Texas businesses

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


Development, growth, green energy issues top Georgetown City Council District 7 candidate forum topics

Georgetown City Council candidates for District 7 discussed term limits, the city’s green energy issues, growth and maintaining Georgetown’s charm during an April 8 candidate forum.



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.


Georgetown's Airport Road expansion project completed ahead of schedule

The Airport Road widening project is completed about six months ahead of schedule.


California-based Chatsworth Products Inc. expands footprint into Round Rock with agreement for 40 jobs, $1.2M investment

A commitment of 40 full-time employees and a $1.2 million investment is coming to Round Rock with the approval of an economic incentive agreement between the city and Chatsworth Products Inc., based in Agoura Hills, Calif.


Heavy equipment, trucking centers bring new growth near Georgetown Municipal Airport

Two heavy equipment dealers and one trucking service company are separately planning to open sales and service centers near the Georgetown Municipal Airport in the city’s northwest corner.




Williamson County continues to grow with economic development partnership, official says

Since the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership formed about three years ago, the county has created thousands of jobs and brought in billions of invested dollars, said Ben White, president of the Williamson County Economic Development Partnership.


Round Rock-based Dell will become publicly traded after deal to purchase VMware stock

A Monday morning announcement from Round Rock-based Dell Technologies, Inc. said the company’s stock will once again be listed on the New York Stock Exchange after it purchases the stock of one of its subsidiaries.


Williamson County commissioners authorize use of eminent domain on 6 properties

Williamson County Commissioners Court voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire seven parcels of property needed to complete road work.



State launches Texas Bullion Depository; Leander facility preparing for construction

The nation’s first state-administered gold depository began operating out of Austin in June with plans to move to its permanent home in Leander in 2019.