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By Brandon Mulder - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 05/18/2018 - 08:37

Since its inception last fall, Bastrop’s new marketing and tourism arm has splashed one event after another on the city’s calendar.

From car shows to pub crawls — and now with this weekend’s first annual Bastrop Music Festival — Visit Bastrop has hit the ground running on its mission to transform the city into a tourism engine.

Last year, only months after Visit Bastrop was founded as the city’s nonprofit marketing team, events around the city became energized with more people, more local business... Read More

By Brandon Mulder - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Wed, 05/16/2018 - 08:12

During Austin Community College’s graduation ceremony last week, hundreds of students beamed with pride as their names were called to walk across stage and receive diplomas. In that mix was a cohort of students from Bastrop.

Thirty-one Bastrop students Colorado River Collegiate Academy received their associate’s degree weeks before their high school diploma. They were the academy’s first class to complete the program that integrates students’ high school curriculum with college courses.

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By Adam Hammons - CBS Austin | Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:00

City, county and state officials celebrated the opening of the new overpass in Bastrop, but not all local drivers are happy.

TxDOT held the official ribbon cutting for the overpass Friday morning. The bridge on Hwy 71 goes over Hwy 95, taking away a stop light for highway traffic going between Houston and Austin.

“We’ve been waiting for this about a hundred years actually,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said.

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By Agilent Technologies | Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:00

Construction Anticipates Future Growth in Genomics Market

May 04, 2018 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that it is breaking ground on a 15,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s logistics center in Cedar Creek, Texas.

The expansion will increase Agilent’s capacity to house inventory to fulfill the growing demand for next-generation sequencing products from... Read More

By Brandon Mulder - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 05/04/2018 - 08:53

Bastrop officials and Seton Healthcare executives gathered under a white tent in an open field Tuesday morning, standing on the grounds of Bastrop’s future neighborhood hospital.

It was the groundbreaking of the future $30 million medical campus that will be designed to expand on its 35 acres alongside Bastrop County’s continued population boom.

“One thing that’s exciting about this proposal is it’s expandable, it’s scalable — it will grow as we grow,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Wed, 04/11/2018 - 13:00

Shawn Kirkpatrick, who has led economic development and job recruitment in Bastrop for three years, has tendered his resignation as executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corp.

“After deep contemplation with my family, I am resigning my position as executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation effective Friday, April 20,” Kirkpatrick told the Advertiser. “After three years of highly successful public service in Bastrop, the needs of my family have driven this decision... Read More

By Brandon Mulder Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:47

John Robison likes to see himself as a leader in Texas’ film industry. The only problem is that the industry — whose strength depends on the state’s waning incentive program — has run aground as productions are poached by other southern states.

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By Chelsea Cunningham - KVUE | Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:57
Bastrop is one step closer to being the filming location of Small Business Revolution Main Street.

They're one step closer!

Out of several small towns across the country, Bastrop, Texas, was named as a top five finalist Friday for the "Small Business Revolution - Main Street" television series.

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By Andy Sevilla Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 02/13/2018 - 00:00

Bastrop was named a top 5 finalist Tuesday morning in the nationwide competition to be featured in reality show “Small Business Revolution - Main Street” and winning up to $500,000 to revitalize its downtown.

Now in its third season, Deluxe Corporation, a small business marketing and financial services firm, is searching for a city to feature on the show and invest up to $500,000 in small businesses downtown.

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By Debbie Moore | Thu, 02/01/2018 - 06:00

Have you seen people all over town taking pictures with a black “window frame?” If you use Facebook or Twitter or any of the other social media channels, have you seen posts with #mybastrop and #smallbusinessrevolution? Let me tell you what it’s all about. It’s a really big deal.

It all started a few years ago when Deluxe Corporation started the Small Business Revolution by showcasing 100 small businesses nationwide. Through the process, they realized how badly small businesses are under siege in small... Read More