Eco-Merge GCC to Bring Smart, Substantial Development to Central Texas

April 30, 2011

The following opinion article was published in the April 30, 2011, edition of the Bastrop Advertiser, a publication in Bastrop County, Texas, the home of the planned Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers project, including Central Texas Airport:

The economic transformation of Central Texas over the past 30 years has been remarkable.  From a base of mostly state government, the University of Texas, and farming and ranching, the region has been enhanced by diversification and growth from information technology, including semiconductors, personal computing, software and wireless innovation.

The resulting social and economic effects are unmistakable.  Williamson County, one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, had average household incomes exceeding $69,000 in 2009—nearly 40 percent higher than the U.S. average.  Households in Travis County average more than $53,000, which is above both national and state averages.

Bastrop County, however, has largely missed the region’s evolution into newer industries.  That is why, in part, the same survey showed county household incomes below $44,000—about 10 percent less than the rate for all of Texas.  Why more than 70 percent of Elgin ISD students are from economically disadvantaged families.  And why the county’s high-school graduates must move elsewhere to find jobs with …

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