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Tourism, economic directors given hearty welcome at Art Center

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Mike Kamerlander and Susan Smith (Terry Hagerty Photos)

The Bastrop-area community gave a robust welcome to Susan Smith and Mike Kamerlander, new directors for Visit Bastrop and the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, respectively, at a reception September 27 at the Lost Pines Art Center.

Mayor Connie Schroeder welcomed Smith and Kamerlander aboard as strong assets for the community, adding they had been “such great quality candidates” when applying for the key jobs which promote Bastrop-area tourism and business/industry recruitment.

Mark Rose chats with Susan NoguesChef Lex Solis, Southwest Food Service

Jeanette Condray, who had been co-project manager, along with Karol Rice, for the Art Center’s construction, said it had been an honor to host the event. She also gave kudos to Chamber of Commerce President Becki Womble for initiating the idea of holding the event at the Art Center.

Welcomers enjoyed delicious food catered by Southwest Food Service and overseen by chef Lex Solis.

Check out Flickr for more photos from the event!