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By Office of the Texas Governor | Wed, 09/13/2017 - 00:00

September 13, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been awarded a $30 million National Dislocated Worker Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to provide funding to create temporary jobs for eligible individuals to assist with cleanup, recovery and humanitarian efforts in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. These grants will be administered in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local... Read More

By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Wed, 08/23/2017 - 00:00

School may be back in session, but summer isn’t over yet. Hero Water Sports is encouraging people to visit its new water obstacle course, an inflatable water park, on Lake Bastrop before the August heat turns to a winter chill.

The course, which opened on Aug. 5, features two slides, a rope swing, a giant trampoline and a floating “UFO,” which bobs on the lake while you pitch your friends into the water. It’s a 40-yard swim from the dock at North Shore Park, which is situated six miles north of Bastrop.... Read More

By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:00

Three new restaurants are set to open soon in Bastrop, including a Denny’s, Burger King and Cici’s Pizza.

The city’s economic development corporation announced Monday that site plans had been approved for the Denny’s and Burger King, both set to open on the corner of Childers Avenue and Texas 71 in the Bastrop Station shopping center.

The restaurants are working through the city’s permitting process, the BEDC said, and there is no specific timeline when they will open.

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By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. on Monday approved spending $680,000 to build a downtown trail route that will encircle the city’s core, making Bastrop more walkable for residents and visitors.

The trail will stretch east to west along Texas 71 from Loop 150 to Perkins Street, travel north on Water and Main streets and connect back to Loop 150 to curve west toward Texas 71.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 07/21/2017 - 00:00

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. is offering up to $400,000 in incentives to a granite and stone material manufacturing company to move to Bastrop, build a $9 million, 50,000-square-foot facility and hire 150 employees over five years, according to an economic incentive package the corporation’s board approved Monday.

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By Jayme Lamm - CultureMap Houston | Wed, 07/05/2017 - 18:56

I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve made the drive from Houston to Austin. It’s one of those trips I make so frequently I'm always trying to beat my previous time, so I just skip right past one of the most majestic spots off State Highway 71 on the way in to the Live Music Capital of the World. But this time I decided to stop at a few hidden jewels along the way.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa

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By Sarah O'Brien - Bastrop Main Street Program | Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:31
Online surveys, mystery shopper visits provide positive feedback plus actionable insights for local stores, restaurants and attractions to boost traffic and enhance their unique appeal

Bastrop, Texas, June 21, 2017 – This spring, Bastrop’s tourism business consulting firm, Cygnet Strategies, conducted an online survey asking participants what to see and do in Bastrop’s downtown, culinary and cultural arts districts.

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By Andy Sevilla | Fri, 06/09/2017 - 18:04

Bastrop’s Economic Development Corp. on Thursday received the 2017 Workforce Excellence Award from the Texas Economic Development Council for its contributions to workforce development.

The award celebrated the corporation’s 2016 Bastrop Youth Career Day, now an annual program in the city that helps bridge the gap between students in high school and sustainable employment after graduation.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:13

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. is bringing fiber network connectivity to its Business and Industrial Park to enhance the development’s technological capabilities and make the property more marketable to technology, biotech and life science companies.

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By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 05/19/2017 - 17:38

A network of sidewalks might soon encircle downtown Bastrop as part of a plan by the Bastrop Economic Development Corp. to make the city more pedestrian friendly.

The downtown trail route was proposed at the corporation’s board meeting on May 15.

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