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JAMCo Holds Ribbon Cutting at Bastrop Industrial Park

Terry Hagerty (Contributing Writer)

Company officials cite ‘friendly’ community, financial incentives as strong draw

A Ribbon Cutting was held for the newest tenant of the Bastrop Industrial Park, JAMCo, Inc, for their new Texas headquarters. (Photo by Terry Hagerty Photography)

H-E-B ‘Plus Store’ to be ready by mid-November

Terry Hagerty (Special to the BEDC)

29,000 sq. ft. being added to current store


 “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.

Past Quarter Century in Bastrop Has Been Good for McDonald’s

Jim Lewis

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.”

Enjoying ‘Burgers and Golf’ at ColoVista in Bastrop Texas

By Terry Hagerty (Special to the BEDC)

Bastrop County Golf Course makes strong comeback after 2011 wildfire

Snowball Express -- Such Sweet Success -- in Bastrop

Debbie Moore

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.Richard Giro has owned Snowball Express in Bastrop, Texas, for 13 years.</body></html>

Falconer Turns Passion into Profit in Bastrop County

Debbie Moore

Kevin Gaines from Sky Kings Falconry Service, Bastrop, Texas, holding a barn owl. Terry Hagerty PhotographyTexas native Kevin Gaines’ love of falconry and birds of prey began during his college days when he volunteered with the falconer at the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Student enthralled by Bastrop EDC summer work

By Terry Hagerty (Special to the BEDC)

Brittney Horn, 16, is learning about the business world at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation this summer, and having quite a bit of fun, too.
The Bastrop High School junior is participating in a six-week paid program that allows youth to gain exposure to “industries of interest” to them, build job skills and network for possible future employment. The program is called the Rural Community Development Summer Program. It is a partnership between the Rural Capital Area Workforce Solutions and The Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University.

Building the American Dream One Pit at a Time

Dave Quinn

The Griesenbeck family’s roots run deep in Bastrop.  B. J. Griesenbeck represents the fifth generation of the clan to live here.  His forefathers include a county judge, a furniture store owner, and a rancher to name a few.

He first began welding when he was 15.  Growing up on a ranch, there were always things to fix.  His dad’s tools were usually just a hammer to hammer in nails and a screwdriver which doubled as a crowbar.  So, B. J. learned early on to be creative and to make things from what he had on hand.

Bastrop Economic Development Wins Gold in International Economic Development Competition

Bastrop Economic Development Corporation received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of General Purpose Promotion for communities with populations less than 25,000 from IEDC.