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Bastrop EDC Announces New Executive Director

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Press Release from Bastrop Economic Development Corporation:

Bastrop Economic Development Corporation Announces Hiring of New Executive Director

Bastrop, Texas (April 1, 2015) – The Bastrop EDC Board of Directors has announced the hiring of Shawn Kirkpatrick as the new Executive Director of the BEDC. “The Board is thrilled to have someone of Mr. Kirkpatrick’s caliber coming to Bastrop at this exciting time. He brings a wealth of knowledge related to the opportunities facing Bastrop especially in job creation, workforce, and housing,” said Steve Mills, BEDC Board Chair.

Shawn Kirkpatrick comes to Bastrop from the Levelland Economic Development Corporation where he has served as Executive Director since October 2011. He is a graduate of Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and is working on becoming a Certified Economic Developer. Prior to working in Levelland, Mr. Kirkpatrick gained experience in economic and community development and residential and commercial construction working in the Austin and San Antonio markets. He is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a Master of Science in Agriculture and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics. Mr. Kirkpatrick is married to his wife Dione and they have a 10 year old son, John Collin. Dione is currently employed with Littlefield ISD and she and their son will be joining him in Bastrop in June 2015 following the completion of the school year.

“My family is excited about Bastrop and we look forward to being part of the community,” said Mr. Kirkpatrick. “Bastrop has had great success in retaining its roots while developing new economic and community development that benefits the community. I look forward to working with the City, Board and community in building Bastrop.”

Mr. Kirkpatrick starts with the BEDC on Tuesday, April 7th , with regular office hours starting on Monday, April 13th . The Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center is hosting a Meet & Greet from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 23, co-sponsored by the Bastrop Chamber and Bastrop EDC. The community is invited to come and meet Mr. Kirkpatrick.



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