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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,


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.


Williamson County commissioners await Congressional decisions for remaining CARES Act funds

In the meantime, commissioners prioritized programs for if an extension is granted.


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



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.


Austin breweries primed to sell beer to go Sept. 1 after state relaxes sales restrictions

Hopsquad Brewing Co. is on track to become the newest player in Austin’s most established craft brewing alley, a half-square mile of land just north of Research Boulevard that currently boasts six breweries and one cider house.


From the ground up: Can Northwest Austin be the city’s next home for artists?

Local artist Daniel Arredondo has lived in the area surrounding The Arboretum for more than three decades, but in that time the painter has never worked in a studio near his house. According to Arredondo, he has worked out of studios all across the city—currently residing at Cement Loop in East Austin—despite his efforts to find a studio closer to home.


Facing revenue caps, majority of Austin City Council members support re-evaluating active corporate tax breaks worth millions

As the revenue caps handed down by the Texas Legislature shape the future reality of Austin, City Council is weighing its options for backing out of active multimillion-dollar tax breaks given to developers and companies in economic development deals.



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.



Latest news in March from the 86th Texas Legislature and Northwest Austin lawmakers

The 86th Texas Legislature began Jan. 8 and continues through May 27. These updates are what has happened since the session began as well as the latest bill filings from lawmakers representing the Northwest Austin area.


Northwest Austin business owners vie for a bigger boost from SXSW

While South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals brought profits to bars, restaurants and hotels downtown, its reach has not always been felt as strongly in North and Northwest Austin.


Austin officials, lawmakers at odds over how to provide property tax relief

Providing property tax relief to taxpayers has broad bipartisan support, but how to achieve that relief is under debate at the Texas Capitol.


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.



Report: Austin’s economic growth is leaving black and Latino communities behind

New research from a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit shows Austin’s growing economy has also led to a widening of the wealth gap between white residents and people of color in Austin.


Northwest Austin career-training programs match local workforce needs

Employers in Northwest Austin—such as Dell, IBM, Apple and Seton Healthcare Family—have openings for some of the most in-demand jobs in the city, including many that do not require a bachelor’s degree, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce reports.


Jobs, transportation and affordability: Everything Northwest Austin residents need to know about Apple's future $1 billion campus

With 5,000 new jobs coming to Northwest Austin in the next few years, many residents wonder how Apple’s second campus will affect housing prices and traffic.


Northwest Austin restaurants react to new regulations that deter tossing food waste

All food-permitted restaurants and businesses in the city of Austin are no longer able to throw out food scraps and soiled paper under regulations that took effect Oct. 1 .