The latest City of Austin COVID-19 orders and ordinances
Nov 19, 2020
Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and due to an increase in confirmed cases and hospitalizations, interim Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott announced that Austin is now under stage 4 coronavirus guidelines.
Fed adjusts terms of Main Street Lending Program to target smaller businesses
Nov 2, 2020
On October 30th, the Federal Reserve Board adjusted the terms of the Main Street Lending Program in two important ways to better target support to smaller businesses that employ millions of workers and are facing continued revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic.
Google Career Certificates & the IT talent of tomorrow
Sep 25, 2020
On Thursday, September 17, we learned how Google Career Certificates foster opportunity for non-traditional IT workers to kickstart a technical career. We were joined by experts from Google, as well as other area employers and workforce partners.
What you need to know about reopening the state of Texas
Sep 17, 2020
Stay informed regrading Texas policies and the spread of COVID-19 here.
Comptroller Glenn Hegar shares how Texas is maintaining a healthy economy
Sep 7, 2020
On Tuesday, September 1, we were joined for a special Pulse on Policy Q&A with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, who monitors Texas' financial health to ensure it maintains strong fund balances.
Leading medical experts share how to stay healthy during a pandemic
Aug 31, 2020
In this August 26th Business Workshop, Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School moderated the Chief Medical Officers from Ascension Seton, Austin Regional Clinic, Baylor Scott & White Health and St. David’s HealthCare to share best practices on staying healthy during this healthcare crisis.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses
Aug 25, 2020
On Monday, August 24, 2020, Treasury and SBA issued a new Interim Final Rule (IFR) with regard to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The IFR deals with the treatment of owners and the eligibility of loan forgiveness of certain non-payroll costs.
City of Austin reopens Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund & announces Creative Worker Relief Grant
Aug 12, 2020
The City of Austin Economic Development Department is reopening the Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund on August 10, 2020 to reach additional local musicians facing hardships due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economic Impact of Diversity
Jul 30, 2020
On Wednesday, July 15, the Austin Chamber, in partnership with the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, hosted a webinar conversation with local business and government leaders to discuss diversity and the economic importance of nondiscrimination.
Mid-year economic update: What does recovery look like?
Jul 29, 2020
On Tuesday, July 21st, we were joined by RSM’s Chief Economist Joe Brusuelas as he covered the economic impact of the pandemic, monetary and fiscal policy responses, and what economic recovery may look like.
A preview of Austin's proposed budget
Jul 16, 2020
On Thursday, July 16, we were joined by City Manager Spencer Cronk, who provided a preview of the proposed 2020-2021 City of Austin budget.
SD14 candidate forum recap
Jun 29, 2020
On Wednesday, June 24, the Austin Chamber, in partnership with our sister chambers, hosted a forum with the candidates for Texas Senate District 14 previously held by Senator Kirk Watson.