Volume 091120 | September 11, 2020
Your weekly news & updates
How will I know when
things start returning to, well, normal?
This week the Williamson County and Cities Health District released some helpful information. It is the gating criteria guidance for what needs to happen with COVID-19 in our area for us to move from one phase of reopening to the next.
Further (and this is the part we haven't had from ANY source before), what, exactly will be allowed during each phase.
CLICK on the image at the right (or HERE, if you prefer) to download your own copy. Then watch the WCCHD Covid-19 webpage to see what phase color we are in. You can find that webpage by clicking HERE.
What is a K-shaped economic recovery?
I have been hearing so much about whether our current economic situation is looking more V-shaped or K-shaped and, frankly, I wasn't sure what that meant.
Luckily THIS story (click to see) came across from the US Chamber of Commerce that explained it.
Basically, the US Chamber believes we are in a K-shaped recovery as shown in the graphic above. It means that different sectors of our economy are rebounding at dramatically different rates.
In dark blue in the graph are the steadily recovering technology, retail and software service companies. In orange are the still declining sectors like travel, hospitality, entertainment and food services.
Take a look at the story to learn more.
Salvation Army can help families with rent, utilities if due to Covid
The Salvation Army is working with Williamson County’s Wilco Forward Phase III program to provide rent and utility assistance through federal CARES Act funding to county residents in our service area. Use our application process to determine your eligibility for this COVID-19 financial assistance.
Please help spread the word!
We want this program to help as many people in our community who are suffering loss of income as possible. It's going to go somewhere in Williamson County, why not to our neighbors?
By the way, businesses who received a WilCo Forward grant need to get your paperwork in soon. Call or email me if you need help: president@taylorchamber.org or 512-352-6364.
Chamber Calendar
Monday, Sept.14, 5:15--Board meeting
Monday, Sept. 21, noon--Monthly Chamber "Luncheon" Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown, speaker. Sponsored by Citizens National Bank Watch for the link next week.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 7:30 am--Funding meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 30, noon -- Ambassadors meeting on Zoom
Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 am--Finance meeting
Information & Education
Strong Towns webinar is Thursday!
The City of Taylor encourages every resident to learn about the "Strong Towns" approach that is directing the 2020 City of Taylor Comprehensive Plan at a webinar at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.
Municipalities across North America are dealing with tightening budgets and a growing list of unfunded infrastructure obligations, including routine maintenance and replacement of roads and utilities, creating more strain on local governments and local services.
In this presentation, Charles Marohn will highlight the most powerful stories in his book, Strong Towns: A Bottom Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, and uses those insights to highlight a path to community prosperity that’s as unique as your place.
To learn more about this approach, see the Strong Towns website at https://www.strongtowns.org/. Marohn's book is available at the Taylor Public Library (you can check it out with their curbside service) and online through various book sellers.
The presentation will be broadcast on the City's website: https://www.ci.taylor.tx.us/660/Taylor-Videos.
Work the polls
Elections cannot happen without people willing to work them (yes, many poll workers are paid). If you would like to register to be a Williamson County poll worker during early voting which starts Oct. 13 or on election day, Nov. 3, download THIS form, fill it out and return it to the address on the form as soon as possible.
Blood drive
Baylor Scott and White and the Taylor Rotary Club will host a blood drive at the hospital 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Donors will receive a neck tubular/headband and COVID antibody testing results will be available upon request.
Appointments are strongly recommended and masks are required.
To set your appointment ,go online to www.BSWBlood.com or call 254-724-4376.
Tickets available for $12 from any Taylor Rotarian or at the Chamber, 1519 N. Main St. 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-5 p.m. closed periodically, for meetings off site.
Taylor ISD focus
of next 'luncheon'
Taylor ISD Superintendent Keith Brown will speak to the Chamber at its Zoom "Luncheon" Monday, Sept. 21.
Brown will bring us up-to-date on how the school year has started for local public school students. Watch for the link to participate as we get closer to the date.