Community news: Shoal Creek management meeting Tuesday


A California sign company is moving its headquarters to Hutto with the help of a $450,000 incentive package.

The Bastrop chamber hosts a small business workshop on “Avoiding Social Media Blunders” on Wednesday.



Shoal Creek meeting Tuesday

The Shoal Creek Conservancy will host a stakeholder meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cirrus Logic Conference Center, 700 West Ave.

The meeting will allow community members, businesses and organizations to voice ideas and issues related to the management of water resources in the Shoal Creek Watershed. This meeting will launch a a multiyear effort to develop a Shoal Creek Watershed Action Plan, which will identify cooperative solutions to the creek’s water quality, flooding, erosion and habitat loss challenges.

The meeting will include a conversation about watershed issues and a presentation about the process for developing a watershed action plan.

Reservations are requested by emailing

— American-Statesman staff


Stick art at Pease Park

Artist Patrick Dougherty will display his “Stickworks” art display, titled “Yippee Ki Yay,” opening Saturday at Pease Park, 2201 Parkway. An opening ceremony and celebration will take place from 1 to 3 p.m.

Mayor Steve Adler, Parks and Recreation Department Acting Director Kimberly McNeeley and state Rep. Gina Hinojosa, D-Austin, will give remarks; and refreshments will be provided.

Dougherty, along with his son, Sam, and volunteers, worked for three weeks to create the permanent display. The sculpture is the 288th site specific “Stickworks” display, similar to work he has done around the United States and the world.

— American-Statesman staff


Grant funds Girlstart program

Girlstart, an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing girls’ interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and math, has received a grant of $10,000 from the PPG Foundation.

The grant will help fund the Girlstart After School club in Austin that will directly affect 25 girls each week. Girlstart After School brings hands-on STEM education to more than 2,600 high-need girls every week throughout Texas to increase their learning in STEM and build their interest and confidence in related subjects and careers.

The donation was made on behalf of PPG Industries’ architectural coatings business.

— American-Statesman staff



Company moving to city

A California sign company is moving its headquarters to Hutto with the help of an incentive package worth $450,000 from the city and the Hutto Economic Development Corporation.

The JRS Company, which manufactures sign frames and holders, is spending $5 million to build a 37,000-square-foot building at the Burge Business Park at 250 County Road 199, said Brad Jaques, the company’s president. He said the company plans to begin moving into the building in September.

It will bring 25 employees from Covina, Calif., and hire about 40 new employees in its first year of operation in Hutto, he said. Jaques said the affordability and the quality of life in the greater Austin area, plus Hutto’s incentive package, attracted the company to Texas.

The Hutto Economic Development Corporation will pay the company $25,000 per year up to 10 years provided the company has at least 50 employees each year, said Hutto City Manager Odis Jones. He said the city is also giving the company a 50 percent reduction on property taxes for up to 10 years, worth about $200,000.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



Service Dogs gets kennel grant

The Petco Foundation has given a $340,000 grant to nonprofit Service Dogs Inc. to help build a kennel for newly adopted dogs at the nonprofit’s 6-acre training campus. The group adopts dogs from animal shelters and other organizations, then trains them to assist Texans living with deafness or mobility challenges free of charge.

The grant was made possible through the Petco Foundation’s annual Helping Heroes fundraising campaign, in partnership with Natural Balance Pet Foods. During the campaign each October, customers donate in Petco stores across the country to support service and therapy animals and organizations.

— American-Statesman staff



Small business workshop set

The Bastrop Chamber of Commerce will host a small business workshop, “Avoiding Social Media Blunders,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber’s boardroom, 927 Main St.

Participants will learn why small businesses should utilize social media and how to avoid simple mistakes. Other topics explored will include scheduling and boosting posts, uploading photos or graphics and tips on using Facebook’s analytics tools.

The cost is $18 for chamber members and $30 for nonmembers.

To register:

— American-Statesman staff

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