Mayor: Business is booming in Burnet

Burnet is booming in a lot of ways but especially economically.   The Burnet Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) along with the City of Burnet and sometimes other partners can be very proud of their accomplishments as well as their plans for additional development.   

Oftentimes citizens see the results of this type of work but may not be aware of the many months, even years, that are invested in making these things happen, not to mention the dollars that it takes to do so.  

An example is the ribbon cutting ceremony that was just held for the improvements to John W. Hoover Parkway which was a partnership between the BEDC, the City of Burnet, the Burnet Industrial Foundation and Burnet County.  

This project resulted in the widening and resurfacing of a portion of the roadway to ease travel access to the emergency entrance to Seton Highland Lakes as well as the many clinics that surround the hospital; a project that was only possible through the tenacity of some dedicated folks and the willingness of entities to step up to the plate both economically and with man power, to get it done.  

The restoration of the Badger Building and rebuilding of the “Old Chamber Building”, now denoted as the Tex Robertson Building, is a project that has been years in the planning.  

It began with the donation of the properties to the BEDC by the Robertson family and was followed by the appropriation of significant funding by the BEDC. This project is nearing completion and a contract for occupancy by Wedding Oak Winery has been inked.  It is a tremendous boon to not only the historic square but to the city in general.

Again, the generosity of the Robertson family and a partnership between the BEDC and the City of Burnet made this project possible.

The BEDC has purchased and plans are underway (with construction planned for the very near future) for the development of a new commercial park on Highway 29 East.   Of the 21 acres, two locations have already been sold for development; one to Baylor Scott and White as a location for their new health clinic and the other to a local businessman for the relocation of a successful manufacturing company from out of state.  

A three-pad site on US Highway 281 South has been sold with the first tenant, Taco Bell®, already in business.  The other two pad sites are slated to be occupied by Burger King® and Captain D’s® in the very near future. The BEDC has also recently purchased additional acreage for development just off of 281 and Houston Clinton Drive for commercial development.

New retail shops and service businesses continue to expand across the city and sales tax collections are up 3.95% for fiscal year-to-date as compared to the same period last year.  In fact, the trend for the past five years has shown a steady increase averaging over 4% per year.

Another indicator of economic growth is housing and Burnet is booming in that respect as well.  With new developments across the city and the recent infill project (MyTown) a variety of housing opportunities are available and continue to be developed.  

I recently spoke with someone who moved to the area within the last year who originally came from Portugal, to California, and then to the Hill Country.  She equated Burnet, with pride, to the quaint villages of her childhood and was excited to see the many opportunities being developed while striving to keep that home town feel.   

I think that is what most of us want, certainly I do. It’s a fine line to draw, but the City and our many partners strive to do just that.

Mayor Crista Goble Bromley

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