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7:45 AM Apr 15, 2021 CDT

Local business leaders say The Domain continues to drive growth in North Austin market

The Domain continues to attract high-skill labor talent to the area through an employment market rife with tech opportunities and a real estate market close to nightlife and entertainment amenities.


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.


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.



Winter storm closures deepen financial woes for Austin’s pandemic-battered restaurant scene

Some restaurants in Austin lost thousands of dollars in lost business due to business closures during Winter Storm Uri.


Samsung’s request to pay no property tax on $17 billion plant tests Austin’s incentive policy

Samsung is asking for 100% property tax reimbursement over 25 years, which would mark the most aggressive corporate tax break in Austin history.


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.


As office space vacancy rates continue climb, local analysts predict trend is temporary

A new commercial real estate report shows office vacancy rates in Northwest Austin have risen for the third straight quarter.



Austin economy outperforming state, national averages as it climbs back from recession

The Austin metropolitan area's unemployment rate was 5.1% in December, lower than the Texas and U.S. rates, but still double the city's December 2019 figure.


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.


Monumental tech campus projects under construction on Parmer Lane corridor have potential to change the face of Northwest Austin forever

Two large-scale developments in the works off West Parmer Lane may soon open the floodgate for future projects in one of the last developable expanses of land in Northwest Austin, according to local real estate experts.


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.



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.


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.


After surviving six months, Austin's workers, small businesses are acknowledging pandemic's long-term reality

After months of day-to-day reassessments, many in the business community are now figuring out how to make it to the other end of the pandemic.


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.


As public benefits scale back, Austin's unemployed workers try to make ends meet

Under a new executive order, unemployed Texans may receive up to $300 per week on top of their state unemployment benefits, down from $600 per week earlier in the summer.


Unemployment claims continue to dwindle across Northwest Austin

New state unemployment claim data suggests Northwest Austin is beginning to recover to a healthy employment market.


Travis County's unemployment numbers will worsen without long-term federal help, experts say

Travis County posted consecutive months of single-digit jobless rates in June and July, the first time since the pandemic took hold in April.