Volume 100220 | October 2, 2020
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The Holiday Inn Express and Suites staff is shining a light on Taylor with its customer service.
Mayor Brandt Rydell and other City officials presented General Manager Zona Sweeney and her staff with a proclamation Thursday that hailed their rating as the #1 rated IHG in the Austin metro area and #2 in the state of Texas.
Sweeney celebrated her staff with a reception and flowers. In the photo is Markie Wendel pinning a corsage on Marsha Camacho.
Join us at the ...
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17
Heritage Square Park in downtown Taylor

The Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce will host its (Back In) Business Expo in the open air this year. Even though Covid-19 is still hanging around, The Chamber is excited to get outside and have an event to celebrate local businesses.
The community is encouraged to stop by for an hour or two to meet politicians from the area and to learn about their favorite businesses and non-profits.
We are currently looking for sponsors, exhibitors (Click HERE for information) and entertainment. If you or someone you know (maybe your church, even) has a performing group that might want to take to the amphitheater stage for 30 minutes to entertain the crowd, we would love to hear from them at info@taylorchamber.org. We cannot pay this year but encourage anyone interested to put out a tip jar and their business cards and to inform the crowd where they can be see in and around our community or if they are available for private parties.
This year's venue change also allows downtown businesses to participate and many will be offering sales and specials throughout the day. It's a great way to get a jump on your holiday shopping!
Exhibitors and visitors will be encouraged to socially distance and required to wear masks.
Information & Education
Ready to run?
This year's Good Life (UN)Fair & 5K is virtual and all local and area runners are encouraged to participate.
The run is still raising money for a percussion park that will be set in Murphy Park. The group has a fun video that you can watch by clicking I WANT TO WATCH THE VIDEO.
You can sign up now (HERE) and run the 5K on your own time Oct. 10-31.
They are also looking for sponsorships and general donations to the project.
Work the polls
Elections cannot happen without people willing to work them (yes, many poll workers are paid). If you would like to be a Williamson County poll worker during early voting which starts Oct. 13 or on election day, Nov. 3, do so with THIS form.
Strong Towns webinar is Thursday!
Candidate forum
The Chamber and Taylor Press are uniting once again to bring you a local candidate forum at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, on the newspaper's Facebook page.
Both the city and school district have one at-large seat open. The City election has two candidates and the School Board, three.
Tune in at 6:30 for some pre-show information and voting updates.

Each ticket for $15 purchases a handmade bowl from an expert potter.
OCTOBER 10, 2020, 11:30 AM-2 PM
Sponsored by Melanie Shaw with Art Off Center
Location: Will take place in the alleyway (Potter's Alley) right behind the Timmerman Building at 2nd & Main. Entry to the event will be off Main Street.
This video explains some of the changes for this year.

Job opportunity
Business signs are focus
of next virtual 'luncheon'
Taylor Main Street Director Jan Harris will speak to the Chamber at its Zoom "Luncheon" Monday, Oct. 19. She will address the City's sign ordinance and its requirements for businesses located in the downtown historic district as well as businesses throughout the community
Harris is a National Certified Main Street Manager and brings with her 21 years of experience. She began her duties with the City Nov. 4 of 2019.
Harris previously worked as the Main Street Program Executive Director for the city of Dahlonega in Georgia. She has a bachelor's degree from Clemson University and a master's of Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. She also obtained a certificate in Professional Main Street Management in 2001.
Watch for the link to participate as we get closer to the date or, if you are not already, email info@taylorchamber.org and get on our luncheon mailing list.