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Austin City Council finds $15 million to lighten pandemic pain on music venues, child care, legacy businesses

Local officials said the scale of the pandemic's economic devastation will require state and federal resources.


From New Braunfels to Cedar Park, Central Texas outdoor recreation shops scrambling to keep inventory

When combined with temporary state restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many local shop owners are speculating a perfect storm of low supply and high demand is the main reason for changes in an industry that has of late been turned on its head.


Six months into pandemic, Austin officials scrambling to save music venues, child care facilities and restaurants

City Council is set to begin making choices on which businesses to try to save on Oct. 1.



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.


Workforce issues within service industry remain unsolved in the Lake Travis area

It is an issue that Lake Travis-area officials, employees and business leaders have been confronting for several years, and it does not appear to be getting any better.


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.



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.


Lakeway Resort and Spa granted HOT funds

The Lakeway City Council has approved $20,000 from its Hotel Occupancy Tax fund to go to the Lakeway Resort and Spa.


Lakeway continues agreement with water coalition

Lakeway City Council approved the renewal of an agreement with the Central Texas Water Coalition that has been in effect since 2013.



No minimum age: trends show young entrepreneurs on the rise in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

A group of businessmen sat in a conference room on a Wednesday afternoon in mid-February discussing complex issues—how to grow their mobile application user base, invested dollars remaining after product development 2.0 and the establishment of a legal component.


Worker retention, sign code main topics at Lakeway business roundtable

Attracting more entry-level employees, paying workers a living wage and making signage regulation consistent  were the marquee topics local business owners and aspiring Lakeway politicians discussed Feb. 15 at the Lakeway Activity Center.


New resort and cafe coming soon to Bee Caves Road

Vicki Bly was taking her daughter to school one morning when she saw a “For sale by owner” sign on the side of the road.


New quarry proposed for Spicewood, protests planned for this weekend

Protesters are planning to rally Saturday against a proposed quarry and rock crushing plant near Spicewood.



Spanish Oaks building new 64-home neighborhood in Bee Cave

Construction began this week for a 64-home addition to the 900-acre Spanish Oaks development in Bee Cave. This comes following City Council’s final approval of the site development plan in July 2017.


Ask the managing editor: What issues come with preparing for the 2020 census?

Officials are preparing for the 2020 census, a consequential tally of U.S. residents that will determine the number of representatives Texas has in Congress, inform the boundaries of legislative districts and guide the distribution of billions in federal funding.


Spicewood Baptist Church celebrating 110 years this month

Spicewood Baptist Church is celebrating 110 years in the community. The church will be hosting a weekend celebration Aug. 26, and Pastor Ed Kennedy said the theme is “Remembering the past but preparing for the future.”


What does ‘Community Impact Newspaper’ report on the web?

Once a month this paper arrives in your mailbox with local, useful news about your community, but at communityimpact.com, you can find even more news in a faster, briefer format.



Rough Hollow neighborhoods continue to grow along Lake Travis

Legend Communities continues to work on the Rough Hollow neighborhoods, which are now more than 50 percent complete.



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.


The Hudson on Lake Travis: lakeside rentals to be ready by August, adding to growing tenant choices

On the heels of the Lynd at Lake Travis complex rising on S. RM 620, another multifamily development is nearing completion this summer, according to the project’s developers.