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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.