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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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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:29

The Colorado River Collegiate Academy, Bastrop school district’s early college high school, has been identified as an Honor Roll school by Education Results Partnership and the Institute for Productivity in Education.

“CRCA continues to provide students with a high-performing educational program and early college experience,” Bastrop schools Superintendent Steve Murray said. “We appreciate the work of those talented educators and the dedication of our students to push themselves toward academic excellence... Read More

By By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer | Thu, 05/11/2017 - 10:01

Bastrop-area entrepreneurs received tips for starting up and maintaining businesses during the Small Business Workshops and Luncheon held on May 1 at the Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center.

The event, part of the national celebration of Small Business Week, was hosted by the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation and the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce. It featured a panel of five officers from lending and community development institutions and two experts on business start-up and maintenance.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Mon, 05/08/2017 - 09:50

Political newcomer Connie Schroeder defeated 27-year veteran Council Member Willie DeLaRosa for Bastrop’s highest elected office, becoming the first woman to hold the post, according to the unofficial results.

“I am thrilled and honored to be the next mayor of Bastrop,” Schroeder said. “But what I’m most thrilled about is to see the huge participation in the election process. I appreciate Council Member Willie DeLaRosa’s service to our community.”

Schroeder enjoyed a strong lead after the early vote... Read More

By Terry Hagerty - Contributing Writer | Thu, 04/27/2017 - 16:25

Bastrop students say the Youth Career Day held April 13 at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Performing Arts Center provided them a strong guiding light toward their potential career paths.

Students from Bastrop High School, Cedar Creek High School and the Colorado River Collegiate Academy heard from a panel of local business and public safety professionals, plus a keynote speech from the Austin tech community.

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By Andy Sevilla - Austin Community Newspapers Staff | Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:35

Bastrop is the 11th-fastest-growing county in Texas, according to U.S. Census data measuring growth from 2015 to 2016.

In that year, Bastrop County grew by 3.15 percent, reaching an estimated population of 82,733 in 2016.

“Our growth is expected, since we are next door to perhaps the No. 1 economy in the nation,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said. “Jobs are available and our cost of living is relatively low.”

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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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