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Richardson to get half-million-dollar boost in CARES Act funding after Dallas County amends formula

The city of Richardson looks to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of Dallas County’s decision to amend its formula for disbursing federal stimulus money to cities.

10:43 AM May 8, 2020 CDT

Despite COVID-19 shutdowns, Richardson sales tax revenue up by more than 5% in March

Richardson fared better than many of its neighbors, according to the data.


McKinney City Council to consider second round of 'McKinney Strong' COVID-19 business grants

At the June 2 McKinney City Council meeting, council will consider deploying a second round of grants to help businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Keller | Roanoke | Northeast Fort Worth

Businesses in Keller, Roanoke, North Fort Worth respond to fewer COVID-19 restrictions

Businesses in Keller, Roanoke and North Fort Worth are taking advantage of less restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


City of Plano relief grant for small businesses now accepting applications

Applications for the city of Plano’s Small Business Grant Program opened May 28.

Keller | Roanoke | Northeast Fort Worth

Officials in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth weigh furloughs, hiring freeze options as revenues fall

City officials in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth are searching for cost-saving measures to oset shortfalls in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Plano accepts $28M in federal relief funding to aid residents, cover response costs

Nearly $12 million would be used to help local residents at risk of default on their leases or mortgages as a result of income losses related to the coronavirus-related economic slowdown.

Bay Area

Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.


Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.

Cedar Park | Leander

Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.


North Texas Food Bank says new donation will provide 300,000 meals for residents in need

The North Texas Food Bank received a $100,000 donation from online retailer Amazon as the nonprofit continues to provide meals for residents in need.


Sales tax revenue sees year-over-year decline in McKinney

McKinney is among hundreds of Texas cities that experienced a year-over-year monthly decline in sales tax payments during the early part of the coronavirus pandemic, according to state data.

Cedar Park | Leander

Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Four financial relief options for people who live, work and study in Richardson

Richardson residents, business owners and students may be eligible for assistance to help alleviate financial hardships caused by COVID-19.

Keller | Roanoke | Northeast Fort Worth

Roanoke City Council approves stimulus grant program for local businesses

Roanoke City Council approved an agreement May 12 to provide funding for the Roanoke Stimulus Grant Program, which will contribute up to $200,000 to help keep businesses running “through a time of social distancing,” city officials said.


Plano's expanded homelessness prevention efforts to feature temporary assistance with hotel costs

Plano will help some qualifying residents pay their rent and utility bills, and assist others with hotel-room costs in an effort to prevent people from becoming homeless during the coronavirus crisis.

Pearland | Friendswood

State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.


Richardson slated to receive $4.2 million in CARES Act funding through Dallas County

CARES Act allocations are based on city population and amount to roughly $55 per capita, according to Commissioners Court documents.

Central Austin

Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.


Pier 1 to close Plano location on Preston Road as company prepares to go out of business

The store is currently closed because of coronavirus-related restrictions but is expected to reopen for the liquidation process.


County officials look to increase business aid following Phase 1 of Denton County OPEN

The $2.2 million program called Denton County OPEN started May 13.


Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Sugar Land | Missouri City

Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.


Fitness facilities in Richardson prepare to reopen after two months of lost business

Gov. Greg Abbott announced earlier this month that gyms could reopen at 25% capacity May 18.


Plano shifts focus of housing funding toward homelessness prevention

The city of Plano will redirect money from housing rehabilitation programs in order to make a concerted push to prevent residents from becoming homeless during the coronavirus crisis.