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Georgetown wins 2017 Workforce Excellence Award

The Georgetown Workforce Development Alliance, which includes the City of Georgetown, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, and Georgetown Independent School District, was awarded the Texas Economic Development Council’s 2017 Workforce Excellence Award for population 40,001 to 100,000 today.

The alliance is a collaborative community effort to align quality education with workforce development needs and was started as the Education Committee of the Chamber, which has its roots in the GTSet4Success; Aligning Education and Economic Development initiative, which began in 2009.

“We are excited that the hard work the Workforce Development Alliance has put into our community is being recognized at a state level,” Georgetown Economic Development Director Michaela Dollar said. “This collaborative group is an extraordinary asset to have in Georgetown as we grow and develop the city. It is also a testament to the cooperative business environment that makes us so unique.”

The WDA’s efforts in 2016 resulted in programs such as the Georgetown Career Fair and the first Manufacturing Day. The career fair was hosted for GISD juniors and seniors and included job openings with local employers as well as sessions on interviewing skills and resume writing. Manufacturing Day included several local manufacturers hosting more than 60 high school students to spur interest for future training and employment opportunities.

“The WDA is invested in addressing the workforce needs of our growing City and implementing successful workforce initiatives to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community,” Chamber President Karen Sheldon said.

The Workforce Excellence Award program recognizes exceptional contributions by a Texas community or region that has implemented successful workforce initiatives. Nominees were judged on five criteria: innovativeness, transferability, community commitment and leverage, measured objectives, and secondary benefits.

“Our TEDC’s Workforce Excellence Award is one of the ways in which our organization honors the outstanding work done by our communities and regions, their leaders, and their economic development professionals in the area of workforce development,” TEDC President/CEO Carlton Schwab said.

Downtown Retail Workshop on June 16

A downtown workshop to focus on the commercial downtown area for the Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan for Georgetown will be hosted by the City of Georgetown and Catalyst Commercial on June 16.

The City of Georgetown and the Georgetown Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO) have partnered with Catalyst Commercial, a leading expert in retail recruitment, marketing, and strategy to conduct a retail market analysis and create a Retail Strategy and Recruitment Plan customized for Georgetown.  This project will measure the current retail environment, address the types and locations of retail outlets that will be most beneficial for the citizens and successful for businesses, and create a more diversified retail environment in our community.

The workshop on June 16 will be a venue for downtown stakeholders to share their thoughts about Georgetown’s opportunities to attract and retain retail establishments in downtown.

The event is on Thursday, June 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. A light breakfast will be provided.

Walk-ins are welcome. Help us prepare by RSVP to Andreina Davila-Quintero, City of Georgetown Project Coordinator, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at Andreina.Davila@georgetown.org or (512) 931-7686.  If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit https://invest.georgetown.org/retail-strategy-and-recruitment-plan/.

National Women Build Week

On Wednesday, May 4, a group of female officers and civilian employees with the Georgetown Police Department will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) home in Georgetown as part of Habitat’s National Women Build Week.

This is the second year that the Georgetown Police Department will participate.  Almost twenty volunteers will help build a home in Georgetown.  The group is also fundraising for HFHWC to help support future home builds in Williamson County.

National Women Build Week, a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, challenges participants to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.

Police Chief Wayne Nero is proud of his department’s efforts. “Several times a year, women from our department get together for professional development. At least once per year they identify a project in which they can engage our community,” Nero said.

“This year, they again are working with the Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County in honor of National Women Build Week. They will be providing sweat equity for a local affordable housing project and have also engaged in some traditional fundraising for Habitat. I am extremely proud of the women in the Georgetown Police Department and am proud to be their Chief.”

Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County brings communities and people together to create and sustain home ownership opportunities in Williamson County. Habitat has worked with more than 15,000 volunteers and community donors to help 70 families (with their 165 children) become homeowners in Leander, Georgetown, Round Rock, Taylor, and Jarrell.

Street Sealant Work Update

On Thursday April 28, City crews will be applying black sand to the cul-de-sac on River Rock Drive in order to stabilize the Rejuvenation Street Sealant applied in March.  At approximately 3:00 p.m., as the temperature warms and the sealant softens, staff will apply a thin layer of sand and roller compact it into the street.  On Friday morning, crews will sweep any excess sand and monitor conditions as traffic drives on the roadway.

If the sealant is stabilized, crews will schedule the same application early next week when temperatures are expected to be high enough to activate the material on the following cul-de-sacs: Cobalt Cove, Tea Tree Cove, Cider Orchard Cove, Butter Fly Cove, Rainwater Cove, both cul-de-sacs on Stardust Lane, and Tipps Court.  Following the application on the cul-de-sacs, staff will continue to monitor the streets and intersections for any other reactivation and possible sanding application.  Staff will begin driveway cleaning once the sanding application is completed.

The sealant is used to fill small cracks and prevent oxidation of the road surface to extend the pavement life.  The recent tracking of the sealant in Sun City is the result of the latest applications not curing as rapidly as they have in the past. Tracking began occurring mostly on warm days as pavement temperatures reached 120 degrees, causing the sealant to reactivate. This caused tracking issues into driveways and onto adjacent streets.

Staff has shared this issue with the product manufacturer, and requested a plan of action to prevent further tracking.  The manufacture recommended using dry “blotter sand” to prevent additional tracking.  The sand should adhere to the remaining surface and provide a barrier between the surface and tires.  The City’s contract engineer has suggested following a typical TxDOT maintenance procedure for applying the sand.  Sand will be applied with a truck mounted sand spreader and rolled in with a pneumatic roller.  Once dried, any remaining sand will be removed using the City’s vacuum sweeper.  A black sand will be utilized to blend with the existing road surface.  This application will be performed during the warmest part of the day, when the product is reactivated, so the sand will set with the product.

Transportation Department crews have conducted tests in a vacant subdivision near Interstate 35 to help identify issues leading to the product’s tracking.  Staff performed the sanding procedure on freshly applied sealant in a small area with promising results.  Staff has also applied this application to a small test section in Sun City with similar results.

City crews are monitoring the sealant area daily, and have noticed tracks in the product when temperatures rise and heavy vehicles travel the roadway.  To minimize tire rubber and product tracking, residents should refrain from sharp turns into and on driveways.

No further rejuvenation street sealant applications are scheduled at this time.

Public Meetings Weekly

october 15, 2018 - october 21, 2018

  • jul 23, 2018 - jul 29, 2018
  • jul 30, 2018 - aug 05, 2018
  • aug 06, 2018 - aug 12, 2018
  • aug 13, 2018 - aug 19, 2018
  • aug 20, 2018 - aug 26, 2018
  • aug 27, 2018 - sep 02, 2018
  • sep 03, 2018 - sep 09, 2018
  • sep 10, 2018 - sep 16, 2018
  • sep 17, 2018 - sep 23, 2018
  • sep 24, 2018 - sep 30, 2018
  • oct 01, 2018 - oct 07, 2018
  • oct 08, 2018 - oct 14, 2018
  • oct 15, 2018 - oct 21, 2018
  • oct 22, 2018 - oct 28, 2018
  • oct 29, 2018 - nov 04, 2018
  • nov 05, 2018 - nov 11, 2018
  • nov 12, 2018 - nov 18, 2018
  • nov 19, 2018 - nov 25, 2018
  • nov 26, 2018 - dec 02, 2018
  • dec 03, 2018 - dec 09, 2018
  • dec 10, 2018 - dec 16, 2018
  • dec 17, 2018 - dec 23, 2018
  • dec 24, 2018 - dec 30, 2018
  • dec 31, 2018 - jan 06, 2019
  • jan 07, 2019 - jan 13, 2019
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15oct4:00 pm5:00 pmGeorgetown Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO)

15oct5:30 pmHousing Advisory Board

15oct6:00 pm7:00 pmGeorgetown Commission on Aging

16oct4:30 pm5:30 pmArts and Culture Board

16oct6:00 pmPlanning and Zoning Commission

17oct3:30 pm4:30 pmGeorgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation (GTEC)

 

Event Calendar: Public Meetings

october, 2018

01oct6:00 pm11:50 pmPlanning and Zoning Commission

02oct5:30 pm6:30 pmGeorgetown Public Library Advisory Board

03oct4:30 pm6:00 pmGeneral Government and Finance Advisory Board (GGAF)

04oct6:00 pm2030 Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee CANCELLED

08oct6:00 pm8:00 pmGeorgetown Village Public Improvement District (GVPID)CANCELLED

09oct3:30 pm6:00 pmCity Council Workshop

09oct6:00 pm8:00 pmCity Council Meeting

10oct4:00 pmUnified Development Code Advisory Committee CANCELLED

10oct6:00 pm7:00 pmADA Advisory Board

11oct6:00 pm7:00 pmParks and Recreation Board

11oct6:00 pm7:00 pmAnimal Shelter Advisory Board

12oct8:30 am9:30 amMain Street Advisory Board

12oct8:30 am9:30 amConvention and Visitors Bureau Board (CVB)

12oct10:00 am11:00 amGeorgetown Transportation Advisory Board (GTAB)

12oct2:00 pm3:00 pmGeorgetown Utility System Advisory Board (GUS)

15oct4:00 pm5:00 pmGeorgetown Economic Development Corporation (GEDCO)

15oct5:30 pmHousing Advisory Board

15oct6:00 pm7:00 pmGeorgetown Commission on Aging

16oct4:30 pm5:30 pmArts and Culture Board

16oct6:00 pmPlanning and Zoning Commission

17oct3:30 pm4:30 pmGeorgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation (GTEC)

23oct3:00 pm6:00 pmCity Council Workshop

23oct6:00 pm8:00 pmCity Council Meeting

24oct4:30 pm6:00 pmGeneral Government and Finance Advisory Board (GGAF)

25oct5:00 pmHistoric and Architectural Review Commission (HARC)

 

Street Sealant Work in Sun City: Updated Dec. 7

Update, Dec. 7: The street sealant work in Sun City has been hampering residential seasonal shopping traffic and local parcel deliveries.  To reduce disruptions, City crews will be finishing the roadways already started and suspending further sealing until after the first of the year. Existing work should be completed by Wednesday, December 9. (See the updated schedule below.)  The sealing will be resumed in January when disruption to residents and crews will be minimized. Notification of the new schedule will be provided after the first of the year.

Below is the schedule for the sealant work, which will happen from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Rain may cause changes to the schedule. The attached color-coded map (below) shows the sections that correspond to the dates.

Date: Section on map Neighborhood numbers
Monday, December 7 Section 2 40, 41, 43
Tuesday, December 8 Section 2 41
Wednesday, December 9 Section 2 41

The sealant product, also called a rejuvenator application, seals the pavement and slows the oxidation process, extending the life of the pavement. The sealant treatment helps to defer more costly maintenance work.

Look for warning signs and flaggers who will be stationed throughout the neighborhood to provide residents with directions. The sealant will be applied to one half of the road at a time. Once the first half has dried, the second half of the roadway will be treated.

Each application typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to dry. High humidity may extend the drying time.

Crews will work to minimize disruptions during the sealant application process.

Driveway Access Affected:  A small orange cone will be placed in each driveway to signal that the sealant has been applied on the street and is in the 60-minute drying process. Residents should avoid driving on the freshly-applied sealant until the driveway cones have been removed. Flaggers will be present to give instructions on temporary parking locations while the sealant is drying.

Schedule changes: This schedule could vary due to rain, other weather conditions, equipment failure, or product availability. The City will update this schedule if there are changes.

Questions about this street work should be directed to Georgetown Utility Systems Customer Care at (512) 930-3640.

Street Sealant Sun City map 10-21-15

Park Closure

Due to recent rains and potential flooding, Blue Hole Park and San Gabriel Park are closed effective immediately.  The parks will reopen when it is determined that the areas are safe.

Call for Volunteers: Boards & Commissions

The City of Georgetown is recruiting highly qualified and dedicated individuals to serve on one of Georgetown’s Advisory Boards or Commissions. The City Council depends on citizen board members to assist in evaluating local issues to enrich and promote the community.

For more information regarding the variety of boards and commissions and their roles in City government, please visit https://georgetown.org/council-boards-agendas/. Applications can also be found on this page.

If you are interested in serving as a board member, please complete an application. You may also attach a resume (no more than 2 pages).   You may print and complete an application, or choose to use the online application process. Printed applications should be mailed to:

Mayor Ross & the City Council
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627

 

The deadline to submit an application is January 8, 2016. Board and Commission appointments are made in February. New members begin serving in March.

Please contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651 with any questions.