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Central Texas farmers are reeling after the winter freeze wiped out their crops. Here is how you can help

"Even though farmers prepared, I think people didn't anticipate how much damage would come," said Leigh'Ann Andrews of Billie and Jean's Farm in Kyle.


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Georgetown ends 2020 strong with high sales tax revenue

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


Central Texas child care providers struggling even as economy recovers

The pandemic is exacerbating an already difficult staffing shortage issue in the area's child care industry.



Austin regains all pandemic job loss, San Antonio nearly misses top 10 best performing metros in the country

The Austin and San Antonio metropolitan statistical areas continue their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Williamson County job fair coming to Georgetown

Several Williamson County departments will be present.


Unemployment rate falls in Austin to lowest point since March 2020

The economy is continuing to make a recovery statewide and metro wide in Austin.


Lonestar Kolaches coming to Round Rock; Kilwins sweet shop to open in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, such as the Williamson County judge doubting more shutdowns as coronavirus rates increase.



'Our most vulnerable Texans': Every Texan analyst talks labor market lag, effect of ending federal unemployment supplement

Jonathan Lewis, a senior policy analyst with Austin-based nonprofit Every Texan, discussed challenges businesses are facing in finding employees.


Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.


USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.


Georgetown City Council to use $910K in excess funds for additional municipal services

Georgetown City Council will use $910,000 from $5.6 million in excess funds from fiscal year 2020-21.



Second Williamson County small-business grant program reduces threshold for qualifying establishments

The program is for local buisnesses in the food, drink and lodging industries.


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.


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 Square extended outdoor dining, shopping to continue

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



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.


Georgetown sales tax revenue continues to climb despite COVID-19

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


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,


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.



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.


Gov. Abbott talks legislative goals, economic development with Williamson County chambers

“You all are extremely aggressive and effective in economic development in the greater Williamson County area,” Abbott said.


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses COVID-19 vaccine, economic effects

The governor explained what Texas has learned from the pandemic and how that will affect legislative priorities.


Georgetown continues to bring in sales tax revenue even as pandemic goes on

See how Georgetown sales tax revenue fared in October.



Georgetown businesses rake in $3.3M in sales tax revenue in September

The city raked in about $3.33 million, bringing the year-over-year growth to 32.65%, data shows.


PHOTOS: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions celebrates grand opening in Round Rock with a bang

Families gathered outside as a full fireworks display lit up the sky commemorating the grand opening of Kalahari Resorts & Conventions on Nov. 14.