Community Foundation honors Round Rock citizens for philanthropy

The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation presented three philanthropy awards Sept. 23 at its second annual Legacy Luncheon. The event spotlights the non-profit community of Williamson County and the good work being done by those organizations, their volunteers and the businesses who generously support them.

The Unsung Hero Award — which recognizes quiet volunteers who give of their time, talent or treasure — was presented to the Citizens of Round Rock for their generous contributions as a community to the Round Rock Cares fund. Their donations provided over $400,000 in financial assistance to the small businesses of Round Rock in the early days of the pandemic. Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan was a driving force behind the creation of Round Rock Cares, which provided needed funds to local businesses before federal aid became available.

Dell Technologies was presented with the Nancy Rabb Legacy Award which recognizes a business who has made a difference by giving back to their community. Dell Technologies was honored for its leadership with Round Rock Cares and their commendable corporate culture of giving.

The last award, the Impact Award, is given to a local non-profit that is changing our community in an impactful way. The YMCA of Williamson County was selected this year for not only the incredible programs and services that have served the community for decades, but also for stepping up this year to provide camps and childcare for the children of first responders and essential workers during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Take a peek inside America’s largest indoor waterpark

 Kalahari Resorts and Conventions reveals a never-before-seen inside look at its newest resort in Round Rock, Texas, with a 360-degree video tour of America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark and resort, opening Nov. 12. The video offers a behind-the-scenes view of the property, including a guided tour of construction progress updates. “We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome […]

Mayor Morgan: City’s economic indicators show promise

Mayor Craig Morgan writes a monthly column for the Round Rock Leader. Any athlete knows that endurance is important. However, as we enter the sixth month of COVID-19′s presence in Central Texas, it’s still unclear how far the finish line lies ahead. In a survey distributed by the city of Round Rock in April about the effects […]

Round Rock Strong: Funding infrastructure in a pandemic 

Keeping up with infrastructure demands in one of the fastest-growing cities in the state and nation has long been a priority for Round Rock leaders. It takes foresight and funding, and the fiscal 2021 budget provides $192.1 million when it comes to meeting infrastructure needs.  Our Community Investment Program (CIP) makes up nearly half of the $420.2 million […]

Shop the Rock: Civic duty or just the right thing to do? Yes! 

Note: This is the fifth in a series of posts about the City of Round Rock’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget and tax rate.  Want better roads? How about better parks? All you have to do is Shop the Rock !  Seriously, head over to the outlets and buy those shoes, or venture downtown for lunch. It doesn’t matter if you are shopping, […]

Building new roads, maintaining old ones impacts tax rate proposal 

Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about the City of Round Rock’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget and tax rate.  Update: The City Council approved on first reading the Fiscal Year 2021 budget and tax rate on Aug. 27. Building additional capacity for Round Rock’s future transportation needs while also making sure to take care of existing streets requires […]

Water Conservation for Kids!

Teaching Kids About Water Conservation If you have children in your life, whether they are your kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, students, etc., you can teach them about water conservation! Teaching children the importance of conserving natural resources can help them make educated choices and be more conscious about the world they live in. As […]

Budget maintains focus on strategic priorities to keep community on track for long-term progress 

Note: This is the third in a series of posts about the City of Round Rock’s proposed fiscal 2021 budget and tax rate.  Maintaining a strategic focus year–in and year–out, in good times and bad, is one reason Round Rock is featured on so many “Best Place” lists . The proposed budget continues that practice, prioritizing spending on projects that drive […]

City Council wrestles with street maintenance funding level for FY21 

Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts about the proposed fiscal 2021 budget and tax rate .  To fund or not to fund street maintenance, that is the question.  And it’s a $1.5 million question that has a $2 per month impact for property taxpayers next year, as well as implications for the quality of neighborhood streets in […]

The Time is Now for Round Rock’s long-term plans to deliver results in midst of global pandemic 

Note: This is the first in a series of posts about the proposed 2021 budget and tax rate.  With so much still unknown about the impact of COVID-19 on the local economy, planning for the fiscal 2021 City budget has been less complicated than usual. There are no new programs included in the budget, and the current proposed spending […]