Businesses in Bastrop are fueled by a large skilled workforce and a highly educated future talent pool. The greater Bastrop/Austin area is growing by 50,000 in population annually and is home to 6 colleges and universities. With inevitable growth and expansion, business benefits include affordable cost of living, quality of education, strength and training in the workforce, business tax breaks, and the lure of retail attraction. 


Considering the US average unemployment rate of 3.6%, Bastrop has an outstanding rate of 3.4%. This low number is a direct influence of low cost of living, convenient amenities, shorter commutes, workforce training and highly educated employees.

Bastrop has major employers such as Bastrop ISD, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, Bastrop County, and University of Texas Science Parks. Companies are empowered to choose their employees from a large existing workforce labor pool of 1,000,000+ in the Austin MSA. The largest industries in Bastrop are Retail Trade, Public Administration, and Educational Services.

Workforce Training

Local vocational and occupational training is available in order to maintain the highest quality workforce. Bastrop is dedicated to providing employers with many resources from the Bastrop/Austin area that help aid in developmental skills for all employees. Business owners can access these resources for the benefit of employees and overall business development.  

Access to a Large Talent Pool

Companies in Bastrop have access to great highway connectivity and the workforce living in and near Austin. 

  • 30 minutes to Austin via highway 71
  • 25 minutes to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport via highway 71 (before your reach Austin)
  • 25 minutes to Texas Toll 130
  • 35 minutes to TX Loop 1


Higher Education in students is of utmost importance and it provides perpetual candidates for employers looking for highly educated employees.

Higher Education

Six colleges and universities within an hour drive, all preparing the future workforce with the skills and expertise needed to add value to Bastrop’s thriving companies. 

High School Education

Two high schools with career and technology pathway programs for students, including automotive, agriculture, business, construction, culinary arts, health sciences, and STEM-based programs that set them up for internships after high school. In the future, EMT, AWS welding, and AutoCAD certifications are offered.


Bastrop EDC is dedicated to providing resources and solutions for all employers and employees. See our partners below.