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Promoting Bastrop - Buc-ee's Kiosk Installed

In 2012, the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation entered into a development agreement with Buc-ee’s that included allowing the EDC to place a kiosk inside their Bastrop store to provide visitor information. Buc-ee’s attracts thousands of visitors each year – it is a rest stop for travelers driving through, and has such a cult following that people have been known to drive an hour out of their way to add it to their trip. The EDC wanted to make sure that all of those visitors were aware there is more to Bastrop than what they see on Hwy 71.

Public weighs in on 921 Main

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Bastrop citizens got a chance to weigh in on the future of the vacant lot at 921 Main Street during a public forum at City Hall on February 13th. The information session was hosted by Bastrop Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Shawn Kirkpatrick, who presented four options being considered. The BEDC acquired the space from the City for $4 and is helping to direct discussions of ‘where to go next’ with the project. Key to that process is getting public input, Kirkpatrick said.

Public Input Session to be Held to Discuss Future of 921 Main Street

The Bastrop EDC is hosting a public input session on February 13, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, to discuss options for 921 Main Street.

The lot has been empty since a fire destroyed the building in 2003. In 2016, due to damage sustained by the neighboring buildings, the Bastrop City Council approved the EDC purchasing the lot in order to remediate the damage and determine the future use of the lot. The EDC is committed to mitigating the site issues through working with the neighbors and community and developing an actionable plan to remedy the site conditions. 

Friendly residents lauded by holiday shoppers in Bastrop

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

With Christmas on the near horizon, an informal survey of shoppers – more than a few from out-of-town – found a marked appreciation by them for Bastrop stores and the “friendly” residents they said were making their shopping experience in Bastrop even more enjoyable.

Small Business Saturday thrives with strong turnout

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Area residents and out-of-towners turned out in impressive numbers Saturday to help support local merchants during the annual Small Business Saturday. “I always shop locally – do all my Christmas shopping in downtown Bastrop,” said Alice Traufott, who held up a blouse she had purchased earlier at a Main Street store. “I have many gifts I bought around town.”

Support Small Business Saturday on November 26

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Across the nation, Small Business Saturday on November 26 will be a day to celebrate and support small businesses “and all they do for their communities,” according to the Small Business Administration. And Bastrop is pulling out the stops for that date, officials say.

An informative talk on the BEDC

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

Executive Director Shawn Kirkpatrick gave an enlightening talk on the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation’s mission and some current projects at a Bastrop Chamber of Commerce in early November. Kirkpatrick said the greatest amount of BEDC resources are committed to ‘Type A’ businesses , which he listed as biotechnology and life sciences, manufacturing, IT and computer technology, hospitality and retail, and ‘targets of opportunity’. He said the focus is on the attraction, retention and expansion of those businesses.

Businesses tackle disasters

Terry Hagerty (Contributing Writer/Photographer)

It’s a startling statistic – 80% of businesses affected by major disruptions either never reopen, or close within 18 months. Area business owners were equipped with tools to counteract those alarming statistics during a Disaster Preparedness Workshop held Sept. 28 at the Bastrop Convention Center.

Helping businesses recover from disasters

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer

How to rebound your business when disaster strikes will be the subject of a workshop on Sept. 28 at the Bastrop Convention Center.

“We want small business owners to have the tools they need to be prepared in case of a disaster; unfortunately disasters are a reality in today’s world,” said Bastrop Chamber of Commerce President Becki Womble.