City Council

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council requests emergency economic development corporation

As part of the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors program, City Council is seeking to expedite formation of the Austin Economic Development Corporation, an entity that may be able to help refine and administer the long-term sustainability component of SAVES.The…

Friday, October 16, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council approves partial start for SAVES

After directing the city to create the Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) fund last month, City Council approved initial program guidelines Thursday that will provide some immediate financial relief for local music venues, restaurants, bars and child care centers.…

Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Airport officials strive to help employees, concessions

In December 2019, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, or AUS, hosted more than 778,000 passengers, many of whom bought snacks, coffee, lunches and books, as well as gifts for their friends and relatives. By April 2020, that number had plunged to just…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Council refines SAVES proposal

The city has not yet found the right balance in regards to distributing $15 million in financial assistance under Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES). As City Council prepares to consider allocating $8.5 million in sales tax revenue to the…

Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Savana Dunning

City looks to support waste collection workers amid pandemic stresses

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to keep many people at home more often, Austin Resource Recovery finds itself steadily losing the staff needed to manage the increased volume of household garbage.City Council passed a resolution Oct. 1 to mitigate what…

Monday, October 5, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Staffers explain how Covid relief funds were disbursed

This summer, City Council rushed to provide economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits shouldering the burden of closures during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic. On Thursday, as they ratified a contract with the Better Business Bureau…

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