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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Businesses move to South Austin as overhead prices increase downtown

Historically high rental rates and taxes in downtown Austin, paired with a high-demand for retail and office space, has forced many downtown business owners to consider moving to South Austin and other more affordable areas around the city.


DATA: How much is Austin's median homeowner paying in property taxes?

As the median value of a home in Austin continues to sharply rise, so too do property tax bills within the city.



Local residents say new subdivisions, development affecting quality of life in rural South Austin

As morning commuters sit in gridlocked traffic on nearby Hwy. 290 in Southwest Austin, Elizabeth Cubberley does not hear the clamor of car horns. She hears roosters and the rhythm of hooves on pavement as she walks her two Arabian horses across Zyle Road.


DATA: Austin solidifies spot among top 10 tech cities in North America, report indicates

Austin may be cementing its place among North America’s top tech cities, according to new research from commercial real estate firm CBRE.


Questions linger from Austin City Council over proposed terms for MLS stadium

Austin City Council members raised questions Wednesday afternoon over transportation, the termination clause and actual costs to the city in their ongoing discussion  whether to allow a Major League Soccer stadium to be constructed on city-owned land.


Following Texas Supreme Court ruling, Austin area retailers grapple with plastic bag policy

In June, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a single-use plastic bag ban in Laredo, Texas, violated a state law regulating solid waste disposal. In response, the city of Austin announced that it would no longer enforce its own single-use plastic bag ban, raising questions about how retailers would respond.



Army chooses Austin for new Futures Command HQ

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials say Army leaders will announce on Friday that they've chosen Austin, Texas, as the location for a new command headquarters that will focus on how to modernize the service and prepare for future wars.


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.


UPDATE: Oak Hill Parkway public comment deadline extended to June 29

"As a result of public interest and request, we are extending the public comment period to Friday, June 29, 2018. All comments must be received by that date in order to be included in the official record for this public hearing.” – Texas Department of Transportation


Proposed 1,200-home Rutherford North development in Dripping Springs now on hold

Progress on Rutherford North, a proposed 781-acre development on FM 967 in Dripping Springs’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, has been temporarily suspended by landowner Mike G. Rutherford Jr., according to a notice he mailed to the City of Dripping Springs on May 15.



Non-tolled alternative presented at Oak Hill Parkway project open house

South Austin residents learned about the proposed build for the Oak Hill Parkway project  at a public hearing May 24 hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.


U.S. Census Bureau: City of Austin adds more than 12,500 residents in 2016-17

The city of Austin added 12,515 people last year, according to 2016-17 U.S. Census estimates released at 11 p.m. Wednesday, resulting in the 12th-largest overall population increase in the country. The number is the equivalent of 34 new residents every day.


4 takeaways: Travis County commissioners review Green Line corridor, Walnut Creek Project and burn ban

Travis County Commissioners Court heard a number of presentations Tuesday. Here are four takeaways from the May 22 meeting:


Workers Defense Project, locals join city as defendants in paid sick leave lawsuit

The Workers Defense Project, local electrician Joe Hernandez and local restaurant L’Oca d’Oro owner Adam Orman announced Thursday their intervention as defendants in a lawsuit filed by the Texas Association of Business and others against the city of Austin regarding its recently passed paid sick leave ordinance.