• News for Community

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has extended payment deadlines for designated reimbursing employers that are required to pay a share of unemployment benefits. Designated reimbursing employers include non-profits, local governments, school districts and other qualifying employers who reimburse TWC for the full amount of unemployment benefits ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today released a public service announcement (PSA) entitled "Be A Good Neighbor. Be a Texan." As the Lone Star State begins to open up, the Governor encourages all Texans to do their part to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by following best practices like social distancing in public, wearing a face covering, and washing hands ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    Governor Abbott Waives Late Fees For TABC License And Permit RenewalsAUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has allowed Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) license and permit renewals to occur after the current 30 day grace period after an expiration date without any late fees. This waiver applies to renewals with an expiration date on or after March 13, 2020.  "As we continue to safely and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS    IMPORTANT UPDATES  Several updates are listed below. Some of the most important include what businesses can open their doors. It is important to remember that these businesses should follow the guidance coming from the Governor’s Task Force to reopen Texas Businesses. You can find this information at https://gov.texas.gov/opentexas. This information will ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    Central Texas Military Families Encouraged to Take Part in Memorial Day Veterans Virtual Career Expo on May 27 Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area has joined with our partners at Texas Operation Welcome Home, the Texas Veterans Commission and the American Legion - Department of Texas, to host a Memorial Day Veterans Virtual Career Expo on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott has waived license renewal late fees that accrued between March 13 and June 15, 2020 for occupational licenses issued by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). This waiver applies to licenses associated with a variety of occupations such as barbers, cosmetologists, electricians, speech-language pathologists, and dyslexia therapists.   "This ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received more than $3 million in federal funding to provide shelter and services to survivors of family and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will support the 78 HHSC-funded local family violence centers that provide survivors with immediate shelter, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen Send Letter To Congressional Leaders Urging Support For Employer Liability Protections AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen today sent a letter to Congressional Leaders asking them to support liability protections for Texas employers. In the letter, the three state leaders urge ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 13, 2020
    AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13 and extended on April 12, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.    "As we continue to respond to the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness
    Wednesday, May 06, 2020
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    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    Smokey Mo’s BBQ      For Immediate ReleaseAnnie Pierce, Director of Marketing  512.528.0090  apierce@smokeymosbbq.com      Smokey Mo’s BBQ delivers a gift of 425 meals from the   Austin community to Cedar Park Regional Medical Center.    (CEDAR PARK, Texas, Tuesday, May 5, 2020) Smokey Mo’s BBQ is proud to be delivering a gift from the greater Austin community to the healthcare heroes ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put out a whitepaper on OSHA’s Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure. Coming from the whitepaper, as employers seek to protect their workers from exposure to Coronavirus, either while maintaining operations or in anticipation of resuming operations, what is expected of them by OSHA is one area of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    April 29, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- Williamson County's Stay Home Stay Safe order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Starting May 1, Williamson County businesses will follow Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders issued April 27, 2020, which allow businesses to reopen safely and strategically in phases, while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.     Abbott’s detailed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, General News Article, Community, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    Yesterday, Governor Abbott outlined additional steps for reopening the Texas economy. His new orders came as recommendations from the Texas Strike Force. These recommendations included a phased-in approach to reopening the economy. Phase 1 will begin on Friday, May 1st immediately following the expiration of his Stay Home Orders. The Governor ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, April 28, 2020
      April 28, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – Williamson County is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of $93,382,340.10, which is provided to the county through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Aid, also known as CARES Act. The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund, which will be used to assist states and local governments impacted by the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    April 25, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) had its first confirmed cluster of COVID-19 in a nursing facility. Control orders were sent to 43 facilities on March 16, 2020, by the Williamson County and Cities Health District Health Authority. Updated control orders were delivered on April 23 to 65 facilities, to include assisted ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Healthcare & Wellness
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    April 25, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) -- The Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has received notification of the sixth COVID-19 death in Williamson County. The resident was a male in his 70s. Privacy protection laws only permit the release of limited patient information. The WCCHD is unable to release any additional patient information. “We have lost another one of our ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Healthcare & Wellness
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Georgetown and Round Rock Chambers of Commerce for a virtual Williamson County Conversation with Senator John Cornyn on Thursday, April 30th at 2:00pm. Senator Cornyn will provide an update from the federal level regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis followed by the opportunity to ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    For Immediate Distribution  |  April 27, 2020  |  (512) 463-1826Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas, Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols Creates Statewide Contact Tracing Program Issues Special Guidance For Texans Over 65, Nursing Homes   AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the first phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    There has been a great deal of emphasis on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that is being administered through the Small Business Administration (SBA), and there should be. This program will be extremely helpful to our business community. There is another program that could be equally as helpful, it is administered through the Texas ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    IR-2020-68     WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service today reminds taxpayers and tax professionals to use electronic options to support social distancing and speed the processing of tax returns, refunds and payments.    To protect the public and employees, and in compliance with orders of local health authorities around the country, certain IRS services such as live assistance on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Business Assistance Program is beginning its first full week of accepting applications. We have had many come in since its passage on Thursday evening by the Cedar Park Type A Economic Development Board, Cedar Park City Council and Cedar Park Chamber Board. We will continue to accept applications through this pandemic or until ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, April 13, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    Small Business Assistance Program Applications are NOW AVAILABLE! The Cedar Park City Council, Type A Corporation and Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce all approved a $200,000 program to assist small businesses in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.     Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said, “Our small businesses here in Cedar Park have been doing a ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, April 10, 2020
    City Council approves $200,000 program to assist small businesses in response to COVID-19 pandemic  No interest loans up to $10,000 and grants up to $5,000Program administered by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce    The Cedar Park City Council adopted a Resolution authorizing a program to provide small businesses located within the City of Cedar Park City limits financial assistance in ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Press Release, Economic, Political, Chamber
    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS IMPORTANT UPDATES    The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and Williamson County hosted an informative SBA Loan Update with Mike Litton, Executive Vice President and Director of SBA Lending for R Bank. As we navigate the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic there continue to be many questions on how your business may qualify and can apply for the new SBA Loans recently ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    Williamson County to Hold Commissioners Court Meeting Virtually    April 6, 2020 (Williamson County, TX) – The Williamson County Commissioners Court will hold their April 7, 2020, meeting online through a virtual meeting platform beginning at 9:30 a.m. Any member of the public wishing to make a public comment or speak on an agenda item will do so at the Historic Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Friday, April 03, 2020
    Click here to find out more information IMPORTANT UPDATES    We are now entering the implementation phase of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The implementation will impact many businesses and families. Remember that the people you are talking to when/if you are applying are going through similar situations with their families, learning about an incredibly ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Click here for full details IMPORTANT UPDATES    The situation continues to change on an almost daily basis. One of the most important things you can do is continue to educate yourself. Go to trusted websites and browse them while you are drinking coffee in the morning or while you are eating your lunch.  One of the things we continue to get calls about are the, “I heard from xyz.” If you ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    This update is a part of our ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. As this situation continues to change daily, the contents of this article may be outdated. Please visit our COVID-19 webpage for the most up-to-date information.Learning will continue even as our buildings remain closed as Leander ISD responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. In ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide to help small businesses, independent contractors, and gig economy workers prepare to file for a coronavirus relief loan under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.   The U.S. Chamber’s Coronavirus Small Business Guide (CLICK HERE) outlines the steps small businesses should take now and prepare to access much-needed ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    (March 27, 2020) – Atmos Energy is committed to the safety and welfare of our customers, our communities, and our employees while our nation responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of our communities are impacted by emergency declarations with many under shelter-in-place orders. During this time, the communities we serve will see us providing essential services to ensure the safety and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    During this time of change, it is easy to see how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) has impacted our own lives. It is something that families and businesses across the world are having to deal with right now. But one thing that has not changed, is the spirit of the Cedar Park business community. Ryan and Danielle Anglen, owners of Whitestone Brewery in Cedar Park have said they are no different than ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    IMPORTANT UPDATES    We had some important updates over the weekend. As many of you know, the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed Congress and the President signed it in to law late last week.     Some major highlights include bolstering the Small Business Loan Disaster Program. Pieces of this program may be eligible for forgiveness based on different ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    IRS to Accept Email, Digital Signatures   To help taxpayers and the tax professional community during this COVID-19 period, effective immediately, the IRS will begin temporarily accepting images of signatures (scanned or photographed) and digital signatures on documents related to the determination or collection of tax liability.   In addition, the IRS is allowing IRS employees to accept ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    Click here for full details IMPORTANT UPDATES    While we all feel our business is essential, be sure to understand the spirit of the order from Williamson County. There have been several businesses that have remained open in defiance of this order. Understand you may be subject to a fine if you continue to run your business (as usual) while this order is in place and you are not one of the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    Categories: Chamber, Community, General News Article, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    AUSTIN (March 24, 2020) – Atmos Energy has a proven track record of maintaining safe and reliable natural gas service under many adverse conditions. This current COVID-19 pandemic will be no different. During these unprecedented times, we want to assure you our focus remains the same: the safety of our 4,800 employees, our more than 3 million customers, and the 1,400 communities we proudly ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Click here for more details IMPORTANT UPDATES    Another busy day! As many of you are now aware, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell officially ordered a “Shelter-in-Place” for Williamson County, effective beginning at 11:59pm, March 24th until 11:59pm, Monday, April 13th.  We understand it was certainly a difficult decision for the Judge to make to combat COVID-19. This decision will impact ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
     
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    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Click here for full details   IMPORTANT UPDATES    COVID-19 continues to force major changes to our daily lives. Some of those changes were seen yesterday as Waco/McLennan County and Bell County joined Dallas County in orders for shelter-in-place. That news came as Austin/Travis County is looking to make the same major later announcement today.   Again, nothing has been finalized, but it ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    Click Here for Full News Letter IMPORTANT UPDATESThere have been several developments over the weekend that we want to make sure you are aware of. This includes the Small Business Administration’s approval of the statewide emergency designation, an Emergency City Council Meeting the City of Cedar Park had yesterday, and more. We also have a new link which will give you the most up-to-date ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release
    Saturday, March 21, 2020
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster-damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.The three-step process: Disaster ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Press Release, Community, Education, Political
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    AUSTIN – As Texans take precautions against exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prepare for the possibility of self-quarantine if affected, Attorney General Ken Paxton warned that state law prohibits price gouging in the wake of a declared disaster. Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statewide disaster declaration. “Any person or business selling goods must be aware that they are prohibited ...read more
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    Friday, March 20, 2020
    AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today cautions Texans to be aware of scams in light of the statewide Coronavirus disaster declaration announced earlier today by Governor Abbott. “Situations like this usually bring the best of our communities to the forefront with cooperation, aid, and compassion. Unfortunately, some criminals take advantage of troubling circumstances to steal from ...read more
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    Friday, March 20, 2020
    CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO FULL PAGEIMPORTANT UPDATES There continues to be daily changes to our business community. We will continue to publish the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page and will have helpful links on our website during this time. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) DISASTER LOANS I gave you some information yesterday that mentioned we were waiting on Williamson County ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Human Interest, Press Release, Social Media
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    Click Here for full News Letter IMPORTANT UPDATESThere have been some substantial changes since our newsletter went out yesterday. We will continue to publish the most up-to-date information on our Facebook page and will have helpful links on our website during this time.  COMPTROLLER'S OFFICE UPDATEThe Comptroller's Office has not delayed or postponed any deadlines for sales tax. All sales tax ...read more
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    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    The Leander ISD response to the (COVID-19) pandemic will enter a new phase when we begin providing some student services while our buildings are closed until April 5. While we want our parents, students, teachers, and staff to use our scheduled Spring Break for family time and planning, we know information can help relieve anxiety. We want to provide an update to our families and staff about what ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Healthcare & Wellness, Social Media, Community, Education, Human Interest
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, Jr. issued a proclamation declaring a local state of disaster for Williamson County, Texas after making a determination based on statements and information provided to him by the Office of the Texas Governor, Williamson County Emergency Management personnel, the Williamson County and Cities Health District, health professionals and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Press Release, Chamber, Healthcare & Wellness, Papers/Research
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    WCAD encourages property owners to use electronic options Georgetown, TX, March 19, 2020: The Williamson Central Appraisal District will continue operations but will no longer provide face-to-face services to the public inside the building, effective immediately, as part of the effort to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.    “The appraisal district will continue operations, and we are ...read more
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