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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:32

Business retention and expansion, workforce development, primary job creation, developing and exploring housing solutions, developing Bastrop’s brand and improving communication are among the goals the Bastrop Economic Development Corp. hopes to achieve in the next three to five years.

In a meeting Monday night, Alysia Cook of Opportunity Strategies led the corporation’s board in an analysis of the organizations strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — or SWOT — as it looks to develop goals,... Read More

By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:31

The starter board for Bastrop’s Destination Marketing Organization has hired an interim director to help incorporate the organization as a state nonprofit, create bylaws, seat a full board and outline potential funding mechanisms.

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By Terry Hagerty - Special to the American-Statesman | Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:50

While Bastrop certainly has some gifted homegrown musicians, a local resident who is a musician and producer prominent in Texas music wants to take Bastrop a step further — by pairing local acts with some of the state’s best known performers. Freddy Fletcher, a nephew of Willie Nelson and a founder and partner in Austin venue ACL Live and recording studio Arlyn, is kicking off a monthly music series at Viejo’s Tacos Y Tequila on Main Street on Friday, March 3.

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By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:58

Bastrop residents will have a chance to weigh in on the future of the empty slab at 921 Main St. during a public hearing hosted by the city’s economic development corporation next week — part of an effort to determine the best use for the rundown space where three previous buildings have burned to the ground.

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By Shawn Kirkpatrick - Contributing columnist | Sun, 02/05/2017 - 13:23

It’s an exciting time to be in Bastrop.

As 2017 gets going, new businesses and restaurants are opening their doors, projects are developing in our historic downtown and additional housing options are coming closer to fruition. At the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, where I have served as executive director since April 2015, we’re hard at work to keep the momentum going.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 02/03/2017 - 08:45

Ninety-four new single-family homes were approved for construction in Bastrop in 2016 — setting a five-year high — and officials say the city is on pace to meet or exceed last year’s housing production.

“We had several new site plans come through that we’re either reviewing or under construction or in the approved phase but they haven’t actually started,” Bastrop Director of Planning and Engineering Wesley Brandon said.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Mon, 12/12/2016 - 09:39

The executive director of the Bastrop Economic Development Corp. recently received the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer after passing a two-day qualifying examination.

The International Economic Development Council, the largest organization serving economic developers, conferred the industry certification on Shawn Kirkpatrick Dec. 4.

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By Sarah O'Brien | Tue, 11/22/2016 - 12:07
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By Mary Huber - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 10/18/2016 - 16:00

The Bastrop Economic Development Corp. is weighing a host of changes to its bylaws, including one that could limit the number of City Council members allowed to serve on its board.

The proposed change is in response to repeated concerns voiced by board members, city officials and residents who have said the council has too much influence in the organization, which lead the corporation to decide in February to take a comprehensive look at its governing document.

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