Bastrop County officials are staying ‘connected’ through a monthly gathering that has its roots in the early 1990s. The representatives, including mayors, city managers, area chambers of commerce, economic development and school district officials, are part of ‘BEST’ – Bastrop, Elgin, Smithville, Texas – which helps promote Bastrop County’s heritage in conjunction with business/community promotion.
Austin, Texas – September 22, 2014 – The BuyBastropTX Campaign has been named a finalist in the Best Marketing Program category of the 2014 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Program. Since 1998, the Awards Program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns. The categories are divided based on populations of over and under 50,000 inhabitants.
Bastrop ISD’s enrollment is projected to exceed 11,000 students for the 2019-2020 school year. Based on a demographic study by Templeton Demographics, continued growth is expected over the next ten years.
“Welcome to Mia’s Mirror” or “Right this way for Healthy Living” are words local shoppers will soon be hearing after one of Bastrop’s largest construction projects is completed.
Shoppers will also be treated to cooking demonstrations – and taste delicious samples – at “The Cooking Connection” from master chefs, and perhaps learn the difference between Rhone or Rhine wines from onsite wine experts.
One morning in September, 1989, Dan Kinney unlocked the doors for the first time on a brand-new McDonald’s, the first establishment on the south side of State Highway 71 passing through Bastrop.
“We were out in the middle of a field and when cars came over the hill, all they could see was our bright lights,” Kinney recalled recently. “Now, there’s been so much growth, you can barely see our golden arches from that hill.”
The little trailer beside the car wash near Wal-Mart dispenses much more than just New Orleans-style shaved ice snowballs and a friendly smile. In fact, after 13 years in business in Bastrop, Richard Giro, owner of Snowball Express, has customers from as far away as Houston who time their trip to Austin so they reach Bastrop during his business hours. But Richard’s customers can get so much more.