Contact Information

Rayna Willenbrink, Economic Development Specialist
City of Navasota
200 East McAlpine Street
PO Box 910
Navasota, Texas 77868

Phone 936.825.6475 ext. 5016
Fax 936.825.4018

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When you think of high school students, recent graduates, and GED seekers, do you also think about economic development? Bastrop Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) does! Part of an economic developer's job is to improve the local labor force and enrich the lives of residents by supporting workforce development opportunities. Bastrop,... Read more
Published on: 2023-02-23
The Texas Workforce Commission uses Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants to cover start-up costs of developing career and technical education programs. AUSTIN, Texas — On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that 152 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants totaling over $54 million have been awarded by the Texas Workforce Commission to public community,... Read more
Published on: 2022-12-30
Roscoe State Bank’s commitment to supporting the Bastrop-area community’s economic growth is being seen on multiple fronts – a commitment which was given an additional boost with the bank’s recent merger with Cornerstone Capital Bank, SSB, officials said. At the Nov. 21 meeting of the Board of Directors of the...... Read more
Published on: 2022-11-28
Workforce shortages are top-of-mind for employers. Nationwide, there are more than 11 million job openings yet only 6 million unemployed workers. The importance of guiding youth in their career development has never been more critical, both for individual happiness and satisfaction and for the economy. Bastrop Independent School District recognizes...... Read more
Published on: 2022-11-07
ACC will be offering welding classes in Bastrop starting November 30th. With a growing need for welders in the industry, 428,000 nationally, now is the time to get started and grow your career opportunities.  ... Read more
Published on: 2022-10-26
- MOCA’s Payment Platform Provides a Safer, More Convenient, and More Secure Solution for our Veterans Worldwide to Receive Benefits and Make Payments - AUSTIN, TEXAS, OCTOBER 5, 2022 - MOCA Financial, the leader in advanced digital accounts and payment processing, has partnered with the Association of Military Banks of... Read more
Published on: 2022-10-13
A ribbon cutting was held on August 11th to mark recognition of the team efforts of the City’s River Loop Sidewalk Project and its approaching completion. The loop, composed of new sidewalks and curbing, encompasses a nearly two-mile pedestrian/biking route around the downtown area, while crossing the Colorado River. The...... Read more
Published on: 2022-08-25
Founded five years ago, TCS Mechanical has worked with the likes of Samsung, Micron and NXP. Learn about how leaders have built a successful company right out of the gate, and what challenges still vex them. Included with this report: ABJ's latest list of local manufacturers. Continue reading here. (subscription... Read more
Published on: 2022-08-05
When: Thursday, July 28  I  1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Where: Online Webinar About: The Governor’s Small Business Webinar Series – Basics of Business Licensing will provide resources and information to small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs on how to license their business in Texas. This webinar is an opportunity to learn,... Read more
Published on: 2022-07-21
The United States' second-largest state is home to vast outdoor spaces, pleasant weather, and many welcoming towns loved by their senior citizens. These 12 small towns beckon to spend very enviable Golden years in Texas. Bastrop Set south-east of Austin, the small town of under 9,000 residents is an excellent place to live out... Read more
Published on: 2022-07-18
Back in February, Spark River Entertainment LLC, a conglomerate of industry veterans and investors, took over Spiderwood Studios 969 in Elgin. While a master plan is still being finalized, the company hopes to start by the end of the summer on building out the 152-acre site east of Austin as...... Read more
Published on: 2022-06-24
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MOCA, a provider of advanced mobile-first digital accounts featuring a next-generation card-based payment platform and unlimited cash-back rewards is pleased to announce that it has added Shawn Sinner, a former Visa Payment Executive and Issuer processing industry veteran, as President and Chief Revenue Officer. In his role with... Read more
Published on: 2022-06-03
Successful economic development relies heavily on workforce development. In recent years, addressing the skills gap in the labor pool for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has been an urgent focus. Often efforts are targeted at post-secondary programs, but there are real benefits to focusing STEM advocacy and...... Read more
Published on: 2022-04-13
As we inch closer to spring, Bastrop, Texas, residents have even more to anticipate. Construction of the Bastrop River Loop Trail is underway! “The river loop project was first approved by the BEDC Board in 2017, and we are thrilled to see it coming to fruition,” said Angela Ryan, Operations... Read more
Published on: 2022-02-18
AUSTIN, Texas — P. Terry's, an Austin fast-food favorite, is expanding even more, according to Austin Business Journal. According to filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation obtained by the Austin Business Journal, the burger stand plans to open new locations in Bastrop, Cedar Park and East Austin... Read more
Published on: 2022-01-27
Bastrop is Central Texas’ next frontier and this has never been more true than in 2021. Bastrop Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) facilitated and incentivized a number of business relocations, expansions, and negotiations. Bastrop is perfectly situated for companies looking to expand into the Texas market because it is located just...... Read more
Published on: 2021-12-23
Get to know the man atop this unique metalworking business in Bastrop, including how he disconnects when he's not at work and why he has a love-hate relationship with his smartphone. Deep in the Heart has gained acclaim for projects such as the the large "Jacob's Dream" sculpture at Abilene...... Read more
Published on: 2021-11-24
Bastrop, Texas, is a destination for the holidays! Wassail Fest and Small Business Saturday are back November 27th to kick off the season of Lost Pines Christmas events! Canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, the return of this family-friendly celebration, a tradition since 2016, is guaranteed to get you...... Read more
Published on: 2021-11-24
In order to address the impacts of COVID-19 and to support Texas’ continued economic recovery, our partners at the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved funding to support a new child care program to help workers in TWC-specified service industries.  While TWC is targeting aspects of the service sector with Service Industry Recovery (SIR)... Read more
Published on: 2021-11-18
The recently constructed building at 921 Main St. in Downtown Bastrop not only represents a new hub of talent and creativity for the community, it also symbolizes the fruit of a longtime collaboration between the City Council, economic development center and chamber of commerce.  In 2016, Kathryn Nash, the Bastrop... Read more
Published on: 2021-11-18
Manufacturing Month  Bastrop, Texas, is home and witness to major innovations in manufacturing, including 3D technology. Locating in Bastrop just makes sense for manufacturers because it offers a business-friendly climate that includes a highly skilled workforce, easy access to global markets, and predictable regulations. Additionally, the Lone Star State has... Read more
Published on: 2021-10-29
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a request by the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation to spend $94,300 to contract a public utility company to conduct a feasibility wastewater study on the western stretches of the city.  The study will evaluate the existing wastewater infrastructure in Bastrop’s western extraterritorial jurisdiction which surrounds... Read more
Published on: 2021-09-24
The Bastrop City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the city’s Economic Development Corporation’s request to sell a 26.5-acre tract of land in the Bastrop Business and Industrial Park for $900,000 to an Austin-based financial technology company.   The company, MOCA Ventures Nebraska LLC, plans to build a high-tech, modern three-building complex... Read more
Published on: 2021-09-17