Rapid growth expected in Pflugerville

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by HEATHER KOVAR / KVUE News

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Posted on May 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM

PFLUGERVILLE -- Internet technology provider Thin-nology is moving from its current Pflugerville location, and expanding in another Plugerville location at 130 Commerce Center.

Kathryn Grona is president of the virtually based office solution provider.

“We looked around and we just kept getting pulled back to Pflugerville,” said Grona.

She says they were offered a good incentive package that helped them get started quickly.

Another company moving to the 130 Commerce Center is tortilla chip factory El Lago. It’s leaving its long time East Austin home for Pflugerville's incentives.

Floyd Akers is the Executive Director and general Counsel for Pflugerville Community Development Corporation.

He says El Lago is bringing 40 employees.

"We are giving them a cash grant of $1,500 per employee as they move into town."

The 160-acre 130 Commerce Center is also where the 3-star Courtyard by Marriott and Convention Center will be developed. It will be Pflugerville's second hotel; a Best Western Plus was approved earlier this year.

"We were probably the biggest city in Texas that didn’t have a hotel. We have over 52,000 people in the city,” said Grona.

He says offering incentives benefit residents. By collecting more sales tax from businesses, they can lower property taxes and this will be the 12th year in a row they've been reduced.

Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park, which is set to open in June, received economic development grants.

Young Rylee is excited.

"It looks really fun and I can’t wait to hop in the water because I really, really love water!” said Rylee.

Her mom says growth is bittersweet. She says she likes seeing the name brand shops and other business moving closer, she says you are starting to miss a little bit of that hometown and country feel.

 

 

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