"The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission approved rules Aug. 25 intended to make it easier for bars to legally operate as restaurants during the Covid-19 pandemic. The state agency greatly expanded rules that had already offered a limited lifeline for some bars to temporarily reclassify themselves and generate a sliver of sales during the coronavirus crisis. The goal is to provide more ways for businesses to qualify as restaurants under Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order GA-28, which prohibits bars from reopening but allows restaurants to remain open at 50% capacity."
Gov. Greg Abbott halts elective surgeries in big metros, pauses further reopenings as Texas’ coronavirus cases spike
"Gov. Greg Abbott, a day after a key coronavirus metric he’s been watching hit “red flag” territory, again has moved to conserve hospital beds by halting elective surgeries. He also announced Thursday that he’s pausing any further reopening of businesses and other public activities until Texas can “corral” a recent surge in COVID-19 infections...Unlike the March order, though, the one he issued on Thursday didn’t apply statewide, just to Dallas, Harris, Travis and Bexar counties."
"Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that nearly all businesses may increase their capacity to 50% amid the novel coronavirus’ outbreak, with even larger crowds allowed by the end of the month...Amusement parks and carnivals may also reopen at limited capacity in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and starting June 19 may also operate at 50% capacity in the remaining counties that have more cases."
"Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that he will let the state's stay-at-home order expire Thursday as scheduled and allow businesses to begin reopening in phases the next day, the latest ramp-up in his push to restart the Texas economy amid the coronavirus pandemic."
"It appears that Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) might be opening yet another fulfillment center in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to multiple reports. Recent plans submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation describe an unnamed tenant that would be taking a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Irving near DFW International Airport...According to a report by the Dallas Morning News, some local real estate brokers have said that Amazon is looking at the property along with a similarly sized building in Fort Worth."
"Dallas and Houston's economic stability are projected to be somewhat of an anomaly in the U.S. over the next several years, even as much of the world's economic growth slows, according to research firm Oxford Economics."
"Charles Schwab is moving its corporate headquarters to Westlake, Texas, after the brokerage firm merges its business operations with TD Ameritrade. San Francisco-based Charles Schwab announced on Monday an agreement to buy TD Ameritrade in an all-stock transaction valued at $26B."
"American Specialty Health Inc., a 32-year-old firm that serves millions of customers across the United States, has rented 164,000 square feet of offices in the Heritage Commons office complex near Interstate 35W to expand its North Texas operations...co-founder, chairman and CEO George DeVries said in a statement...'With access to a talent-rich labor market, a variety of residential options, lifestyle amenities and an established community, our company is poised to grow and thrive in North Texas for years to come.'..."
"Austin has seen more proportionate growth from net migration than any other major U.S. city in the past 10 years, according to a new analysis...more than 50 percent of migration to Austin from 2012 to 2016 was from people leaving other large Texas cities, such as Houston, Dallas and San Antonio. But census date also shows that a net of thousands of people from states like California, Florida and New York came to Austin during those years."
Spectrum News San Antonio | December 19, 2018 | Spectrum News Staff - "Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC and the City of Austin announced that they have finalized their partnership to construct a privately funded $225 million soccer park and stadium on Wednesday...The natural grass, open-air stadium will be a top destination for professional and local soccer, and will serve as an entertainment and multi-purpose event venue for Austin. The site will also house a park and open space which will be available to the public year-round."