July 23, 2020

Welcome to Tesla, and how it could impact Leander.

2020-07-23T17:45:29-05:00
The analysis says that Tesla’s location could open the door for other industry companies and businesses to relocate — in addition to encouraging relocations and expansions.

Bridget Brandt, President & CEO

The new Tesla Gigafactory, set to be located in eastern Travis County, will be one of the world’s largest and most advanced automotive plants and will bring an estimated $1 billion in capital investment to the region.

“Tesla’s decision to locate its newest Gigafactory in Austin will expand and enhance our innovative culture while also providing new and exciting career opportunities for all segments of our Central Texas workforce,” said Opportunity Austin Chair Gary Farmer. “The company’s […]

Welcome to Tesla, and how it could impact Leander.2020-07-23T17:45:29-05:00

Getting the Most Out of Your Membership

2020-07-06T12:23:56-05:00

After starting his brand new business in 2012, Steve Reilly of ReillyCo Advertising asked himself questions like, “Where should I spend my resources?” and “How much time do I have to devote?”

After deciding to join the Leander Chamber in 2013, though Leander was small and much fewer members than the Austin Chamber that he had previously been involved in, Reilly recognized the “vision or ‘mojo’” Leander had for the future of business and supporting members.

Flash forward 7 years, Reilly’s advice for how to get the most out of your membership begins with setting a realistic goal of what you expect to bring to the chamber. He believes “you have to give to get” and the key to networking is about […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Membership2020-07-06T12:23:56-05:00

June 30, 2020

May 22, 2020

Leander tops Census Bureau list of fastest-growing large U.S. cities from 2018-19

2020-05-22T10:22:02-05:00
From 2018-19, Leander was the fastest-growing large city in the U.S., according to data made public late May 20 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

From July 1, 2018, to July 1, 2019, Leander’s population grew by 12% to 62,208 residents, according to census data.

Bridget Brandt, president and CEO of the Leander Chamber of Commerce, listed several reasons for Leander’s list-topping growth.

“Because Leander is simply amazing,” she said. “We have a great cost of living, an incredible variety of home options, an amazing school district, incredible health care and Hill Country views. It really can’t be beat.”

Leander was joined […]

Leander tops Census Bureau list of fastest-growing large U.S. cities from 2018-192020-05-22T10:22:02-05:00

Making sure you use your PPP properly.

2020-05-21T14:32:21-05:00

The PPP Forgiveness Application.

Q. What should I do first once I have the funds?

A. We are recommending that you set up a separate bank account with only those funds entering and leaving it.  This will allow you to easily track your expenses and how they were utilized.

 

The following Q&A is provided by .

 

Q. Assuming I properly received PPP funds, what can I spend it on?

A. The allowable uses of PPP loan funds are as follows:

  • 75% of the PPP loan funds must be used for payroll costs for U.S. resident employees (salaries are capped at $100,000 per employee),
  • The remaining 25% may be spent on:
    • Costs related to the continuation of group health care benefits during periods of paid […]
Making sure you use your PPP properly.2020-05-21T14:32:21-05:00

Wilco Forward COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program

2020-05-06T10:44:18-05:00
Williamson County has launched Wilco Forward, a grant program funded through the approximately $93 million the County received from the CARES Act and pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Ch 381.
Applications will be accepted starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The deadline for applications for Phase 1 is June 30, 2020.
In Phase 1 of Wilco Forward, the County has set aside $25 million for grants to Williamson County small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum amount any business can receive is $30,000. Grants will be processed and funded in order received […]
Wilco Forward COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program2020-05-06T10:44:18-05:00

April 29, 2020

Governor Abbott Presents Opening Texas Report, Leander Chamber’s Smart Restart Guide, & Leander Smart Restart Seal of Approval 

2020-05-01T11:37:48-05:00
Governor Abbott Presents Opening Texas Report, Leander Chamber’s Smart Restart Guide, & Leander Smart Restart Seal of Approval
At a press conference Monday afternoon, Governor Abbott announced his […]
Governor Abbott Presents Opening Texas Report, Leander Chamber’s Smart Restart Guide, & Leander Smart Restart Seal of Approval 2020-05-01T11:37:48-05:00

City of Leander Covid 19 Grant Program Just Launched

2020-04-09T17:29:54-05:00

Grant Program Background

On April 8th, the Leander City Council approved a COVID-19 Emergency Business Grant program to provide working capital for personnel costs, rent, utilities and critical business equipment or supplies for existing small businesses within the city of Leander, Texas, that are experiencing a loss of business due to the COVID-19 crisis. The city’s existing Old Town Incentive Grant, which has $208,000 in unused funds in 2020, will serve as the program’s funding source.

Qualified applicants will be eligible for economic development grants in the amount of $2,500 and $5,000, for businesses who can demonstrate direct negative impacts on their business related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Award amounts will depend on demonstrated factors such as financial need, total number of […]

City of Leander Covid 19 Grant Program Just Launched2020-04-09T17:29:54-05:00

Answers to your employee questions from TWC.

2020-04-06T17:30:29-05:00

A recorded video from earlier today.  The Town Hall video session is a great opportunity for local employers to get answers for their immediate business services and employment law questions amid coronavirus (COVID19) concerns.

The event featured Texas Workforce Commission Commissioner Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson, and his team, our CEO, Paul Fletcher, as well as our former Board Member, Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of the Economic Development and Tourism Division in the Office of the Governor, and her team.

You can watch it and share the video from our website: https://workforcesolutionsrca.com/blog/virtual-town-hall-held-for-rural-capital-area-employers

We can’t thank them enough for taking part and creating value for our local employers.  If you continue to have questions, you can contact […]

Answers to your employee questions from TWC.2020-04-06T17:30:29-05:00