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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

By TM Promotions | Wed, 01/31/2018 - 00:00

Bastrop, Texas could soon be leading the way in the revitalization of small towns in Texas.

Bastrop has recently been selected as a top 10 finalist in a nationwide search for the next small town to be featured in Season 3 of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street series, hosted by Deluxe Corporation. As the only Texas town in the running, Bastrop hopes to make it to the top 5 finalists later in February, at which point... Read More

By Christy Millweard - KVUE | Sun, 01/07/2018 - 07:08

A production crew arrived in Bastrop Sunday to meet with city leaders, as they try to choose the location for their show’s next season.

For the next 24 hours, people in Bastrop will try to persuade the crew of the online show "Small Business Revolution Main Street", to film season three in Central Texas.

Bastrop is one of the top 10 finalists in the competition and would get $500,000 to help local businesses if they're the last city standing.

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By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 01/05/2018 - 00:00

New year, new taste.

If you thought you’d tried everything to eat on Bastrop’s Main Street, think again. Several restaurants have revamped their menus — and their interiors — ahead of the new year, including Main Street Cafe, a downtown staple for 20 years.

Owner Melissa Kitchens, who took over the former Deli Depot three years ago, has reimagined the restaurant’s menu in advance of offering dinner service and alcohol sales, as well as a new lounge patio next month.

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By Jason Puckett - KVUE | Wed, 12/13/2017 - 09:21

AUSTIN - While Austin may be known as a tech hub, some of the surrounding areas are giving the city a run for its money.

In Bastrop this week, elementary, middle and high school students all came together with one thing in common: robots.

"Schools from middle schools all the way to high school," Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder said. "It's a way of giving the kids a career path from the interests they have in school to a potential career in the field."

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