Volume 031221 | March 12, 2021
Your weekly news & updates
Envision Taylor: Building a Stronger Future
Taylor is poised for explosive growth. We need to recognize this and prepare for it.
The City of Taylor is working on a new Comprehensive Plan, a policy document to be used by city leaders, developers, business owners and citizens to make decisions about how we want to grow and develop in the future. The current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2004 and Taylor has seen a lot of growth and change in that time.
Called “Envision Taylor,” this is an opportunity for the community to shape our future and it’s important for Chamber members to be involved because this plan will have an impact on Taylor’s business community.
Several Chamber board members and members of the Advocacy Committee participated in the most recent public workshop session, which was held Wednesday evening via video teleconference.
“We urge Chamber members to stay abreast of developments as this project unfolds over the next few months,” said Mark Nibbelink, chairman of the Advocacy Committee. “The planning group wants and needs our input.”
Videos from all of the public presentations and workshops are archived on a special website. Click here to find all kinds of information about the process, participate in preference polls and read some of the planning documents. information.
In specific, look for three video presentations...
  • Comprehensive Plan Kick-off Webinar – “Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity” was held on Sept. 17 and included a view of the basic philosophy city planners are exploring. You can watch the webinar here.
  • The first public workshop, “Defining Goals and Visions,” was held a week later. You can find a link to that video here.
  • The second public workshop, “Defining a Preferred Path Forward,” was held Wednesday. A link to that presentation is here.
The Chamber’s Advocacy Committee is following this while keeping an eye on the happenings at the Texas Legislature. The committee plans to produce a regular newsletter as a way to keep Chamber members updated on the issues we’re following on your behalf. If you’d want to be included, please click the blue button below.
Information & Education
Meet new Taylor school superintendent March 15
We hope you will all join us at noon Monday, March 15, for our monthly luncheon which where we will get to hear from. Taylor's new public schools superintendent Dr. Devin Padavil at our Zoom “luncheon."
 

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Volunteer appreciation
Texas Beer Company, the Chamber and Davis BBQ are hosting a volunteer appreciation event to celebrate those in our community who chipped in to help their neighbors noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the taproom at the corner of 2nd and Main.
To help recognize everyone's amazing community work, TBC is offering a free beer to everyone who volunteered or donated to the cause. Whether you helped distribute water, delivered food, helped your neighbor, or donated to your existing charity group, you're invited.
A group photo will be taken at 2 p.m. on the sidewalks at 2nd & Main, and we'll maintain our social distance. This was a huge community effort, and it'll be fun to see everyone together!
Painted Pianos
Have you seen the pianos on the sidewalks along Main Street?
They are part of a new public art project developed by Public Sketch, a group led by Doug Moss, with help from the Taylor Public Arts Advisory Board.
The project was inspired by a similar effort in New York City. for Taylor, Public Sketch gathered four pianos and placed them along Main Street (well, Karch Music already had a piano outside the store). Then, the group contacted four artists to add artwork to the pianos — which are being painted right now — and the whole thing will be unveiled this Thursday when a group of musicians will tinkle those keys from about 5-7 p.m.
And, YES! You are welcome to play them, too! In fact, that's the whole point!
So join Public Sketch and the Taylor Public Arts Advisory Board for Third Thursday and see what this whole "public arts" thing is about!

Pictured: Adam Davenport has already completed his project: a Van Halen-themed piano at the corner of Fourth and Main.
Chamber News and Calendar

  • Monday, March 15, noon -- Chamber Luncheon introducing Taylor ISD Superintendent Dr.Devin Padavil, on Zoom. Sponsored by Taylor Dental
  • Tuesday, March 16, 5 p.m. -- Tourism: Zoom
  • Wednesday, March 17, noon -- Programs & Services: Zoom
  • Thursday, March 25, 8 a.m. -- Funding: Zoom
  • Monday, April 12, 6 p.m. -- Local Candidate Forum featuring candidates for TISD Place 2 and City District 3
  • Tuesday, April 13, 5 p.m.--Tourism: Zoom
  • Monday. April 19, noon--Chamber Luncheon
  • Wednesday, April 21, noon--Programs & Services: Zoom
  • Thursday, April 29, 8 a.m.-- Funding: Zoom
For information on joining these or any Chamber meeting or committee, email info@taylorchamber.org.
Free rapid Covid tests
So far, the Chamber has saved local businesses almost $10,000 (in test costs alone) by providing free rapid Covid-19 antigen tests that have helped businesses protect their employees and stay working.
While we hope and believe the end of this virus is in sight, we are continuing to offer this service at 1519 N. Main St. for employees of its member businesses.
Please call the Chamber at 512-352-6364 to setup a time and ask those being tested to register at register.txrapidtest.org prior to their arrival.
Member announcements
Passover Seder
Please join Northview Christian Church Friday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. for a traditional Seder meal with a Christian perspective. Reserve your spot today HERE.
Schedule your blood donation today!
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Taylor will host a blood drive 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 as well as Tuesday April 27. To register for an appointment, call 877-724-4376 or click HERE.
H.E.B. product contest
H.E.B. is looking for Texas made products to be on their shelves. Information and guidelines for submissions will be posted on Feb. 25. Look here on that date.
Edward Jones of Taylor is hiring
Carol VanderDys of Edward Jones is looking for a Branch Office Administrator full-time. To be considered for this position please submit a resume online at: careers.edwardjones.com Job code53557BR
Golf Tournament
The Rotary Club of Taylor will host its annual golf tournament at noon Friday, April 9, at Mustang Creek Golf Course. Four-player teams can register for $300 (which includes a sponsorship) and sponsorships without teams are $100.
Find more information about registration HERE and sponsorship HERE. To learn more, email Austin Brown at AustinBrownSales@gmail.com.
Square Dancing
Square Dancing with Al Frazier invites families, couples and singles age 10 and up to a square dance party 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Tripp Center, 1517 McLain St. Reserve you spot today! RSVP to Al Frazier, 512-632-1932 or TSCA@alfraziertx.com.
Service Fair
The Rotary Club of Taylor plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in Taylor with a Service Fair designed to connect volunteer organizations and service clubs with people looking to become more involved in our community. The event is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at The Loose Screw, 410 W. 7th St. Clubs and organizations interested should email Tia Rae Stone at tia.stone@gmail.com.