Texas Tech-Highland Lakes offering Coding Academy (dailytrib.com, 09-23-2019)

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

Texas Tech University-Highland Lakes and Austin Coding Academy announced a partnership September 18 to create the Texas Tech Coding Academy.

The academy welcomes its first cohort at TTU-Highland Lakes in October. Coding is creating a set of instructions or rules that are used to write software for computers, apps, and websites. The 32-week program includes instruction on full-stack web development with a focus on JavaScript; a practical project-based curriculum that prepares students to be professional web developers; and unlimited tutoring.

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Marble Falls’ property tax rate shrinks as economy grows (dailytrib.com, 09-19-2019)

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON

The city of Marble Falls chipped off more from its property tax rate, something it has managed to do each of the past couple years.

“I’m pretty excited about the tax rate and the city’s overall economic strength,” City Manager Mike Hodge said. “When I got here about four years ago, the rate was about sixty-five cents, but we’ve been able to bring it down to sixty-one cents now.”

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State of downtown Marble Falls: Many changes afoot (dailytrib.com, 06-21-2019)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

If it’s been more than a week since your last visit to downtown Marble Falls, chances are it looks completely different to you.

Two new businesses opened this week on Main Street, and another will be leaving soon. In the greater downtown area of Marble Falls, buildings are under contract to be sold, have sold, or are being renovated.

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Marble Falls passes detailed sidewalks plan for grant (dailytrib.com, 06-19-2019)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

The Marble Falls City Council passed a Sidewalk Master Plan on June 18 that would add nearly 10 miles of sidewalks to the 20 miles that already exist in the city limits. Current city sidewalks range in width from 4-10 feet and were installed by either the city, developers, or the Texas Department of Transportation.

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MFISD bond projects on schedule; student safety priority (dailytrib.com, 06-13-2019)

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

Taxpayers passing by Marble Falls Independent School District campuses might not be able to see it, but implementation of the projects they approved in a $55 million bond election last year are underway and on schedule, including programs and facility enhancements designed to make the schools safer.

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Let summer begin. These are the best towns to live out the summertime dream by the lake. But when your skin becomes raisin-wrinkled and you’re tired of splashing, they’ve also got you covered with plenty of non-watery things to see and do. And we’re not talking go-karts and mini-golf.

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Blue Bonnet Cafe in Marble Falls celebrating 90 years (dailytrib.com, 05-13-2019)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

“Some customers have been coming in here forty, fifty, sixty years,” said John Kemper, who, along with wife Belinda, has owned the iconic Marble Falls restaurant since February 1981. “You’ll have people come in, and there will be a whole big family of them and one of them will check out and say, ‘That’s my grandfather over there, and his father used to bring him in here when he was little.’”

The Blue Bonnet Cafe, 211 U.S. 281, celebrates 90 years in business Wednesday, May 15, with 90-cent slices of pie and other throwback prices.

Marble Falls sales tax receipts from December set record (dailytrib.com, 03-01-2019)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS

Marble Falls sales tax receipts set a record in December, according to the state comptroller.

The February payment to the city — which is based on December sales — was $890,983.99, up 8.42 percent from the previous year’s amount.

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Career and technical education building framework for future (dailytrib.com, 02-19-2019)

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON

When Marble Falls High School junior Cole Schmidt and his classmates tackle projects for their construction trades class, they aren’t just building something for a grade; they’re building the framework for a well-paid and fulfilling career after high school or college.

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Downtown Marble Falls’s newest music venue: Harmony Park (dailytrib.com, 2-07-2019)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Steve Reitz remembers a family trip to Silverton, Colorado, because of one of the city’s downtown features: a musical instrument installation. “From 2 years old to 100, everyone hit (one of those instruments) once or twice,” said Reitz, the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. board president. “It was a real asset […]

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Marble Falls sets new record with hotel revenue (HighlanderNews.com on Fri, 02/01/2019)

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

A new report from the Texas Comptroller’s Office shows Marble Falls hotels generated a record $11.7 million in total revenue for 2018 — an increase of about seven percent above the nearly $10.95 million lodgers generated in the community in 2017, a local economic development official said.

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Chamber: Walkway of Lights is staying at Lakeside Park (DailyTrib.com 12-6-2018)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS News of a $3.2 million contract awarded for Marble Falls park improvements quickly sparked words of remorse for the supposed loss of the beloved Walkway of Lights. (more…)

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Marble Falls sales tax receipts show big gains for two industry segments (DailyTrib.com)

Posted on 21 November 2018. Tags: Marble Falls economy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Marble Falls’s November state sales tax allocation increased 3.88 percent from the prior year’s amount, according to the state comptroller’s office. The growth in November’s allocation — which is based on September receipts — is the ninth month in 2018 the city has received more than the comparable month in 2017. This month’s […]

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With EDC decision, you could be watching movies on the lake (DailyTrib.com)

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS Free monthly movies in Marble Falls parks could soon be a regular occurrence after the Economic Development Corp. and Hotel Occupancy Tax committee approved funds for an inflatable screen and a high-definition projector. (more…)

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Latest ‘sign’ of development in downtown Marble Falls (DailyTrib.com)

Oct 5, 2018 – DailyTrib.com – Your Hill Country online news authority … The next step in the evolution of downtown Marble Falls came earlier this week … Renderings on the development’s website show five stories of residences … to Marble Falls Economic Development Corporation executive director Christian Fletcher.

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2017 banner year for Marble Falls (HighlanderNews.com)

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Reports have been steady that things have been promising on the economic front in Marble Falls this year and the long-awaited downtown hotel/conference center seems to back on track.

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Hotel/conference center coming into focus (HighlanderNews.com)

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

A set of new renderings of the proposed hotel/conference center in Marble Falls reveal a concept compatible with newest additions to the city landscape.

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NEW STORES AND GROWTH BOOST SALES TAX COLLECTION IN MARBLE FALLS (DAILYTRIB.COM, 12-8-2016)

MARBLE FALLS — When 23-year-old Becca McCrocklin arrived home from college, she resettled into quite a different town with more retail outlets and eateries than when she first left.

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JOB-TRAINING PROGRAM SEEKS TO INCLUDE INDUSTRIAL TRADES WITH EDC ASSISTANCE (DAILYTRIB.COM, 9-19-2016)

MARBLE FALLS — A job-training program offering free tuition has proposed expanding to include trades such as plumbing and electrical with potential seed money from the state and the Marble Falls Economic Development Corp., officials said.

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EDC RELEASES $6.2 MIL TO HOTEL PROJECT (THE HIGHLANDER, 8-9-2016)

The Marble Falls Economic Development Board of directors on Wednesday, Aug. 3, committed $6.2 million to the $25.3 million waterfront hotel conference center agreement with Novak Cobalt Partners, LLC.

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GREGG RANCH EXPECTED TO ADD 700 HOMES IN MARBLE FALLS AREA(DAILYTRIB.COM, 7-5-2016)

MARBLE FALLS — When the first homes in the Gregg Ranch development are ready in late 2017, it will fill a need local leaders have been eyeing for some time.

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MARBLE FALLS EDC HIRES DOCKERY FOR NEWLY CREATED POST(DAILYTRIB.COM, 10-8-2015)

After narrowing down a list of 52 applicants, Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials chose Midge Dockery, a longtime nonprofit funding director, for a newly created business development coordinator position Oct. 7.

MARBLE FALLS EYES GROWTH, AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR FUTURE(DAILYTRIB.COM, 6-10-2015)

City leaders believe they must strike a balance between the needs of aging infrastructure within the community and investing in future growth and development, according to discussions during a city planning retreat June 9.

SAVE THE WORLD RELEASING FIRST BEER IN MIDST OF CITY’S ALCOHOL OPTION ELECTION (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 5-1-2014)

A budding craft brewery will unveil its first ale to the public while campaigning to expand Marble Falls’ boundaries allowing for the sale of alcohol on premises to include areas annexed in the past two decades.

LLANO, MARBLE FALLS NAMED TO NATIONAL BEST HIGH SCHOOLS LIST (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 4-25-2014)

Bronze isn’t such a bad color when it means you’re among the top 15 percent high schools in the country.

That’s just what Marble Falls High School and Llano High School learned April 22 when the U.S. News and World Report released its 2014 Best High Schools rankings. The magazine awarded both schools bronze medals as “high-performing schools based on state exam performance.” The top two awards were gold and silver.

MARBLE FALLS EDC LOOKS TO BUY LAND, SPUR GROWTH DOWNTOWN (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 4-3-2014)

Economic Development Corp. officials are eyeing a tract of land between historic downtown Main Street and Lakeside Park for potential development such as a performing arts center, a hotel and conference center or a retail, eatery and lodging complex.

SAVE THE WORLD BREWING CO. CLOSER TO GETTING ITS PRODUCT TO LOCAL VENDORS (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 3-25-2014)

David Rathkamp and Alex Payson are busy discussing and mashing numbers as a large vat of soon-to-be craft beer bubbles nearby. They talk about yeast amounts, sugar percentages and all types of things one doesn’t think about making beer.

MARBLE FALLS BREWERY, EDC GET ENOUGH SIGNATURES FOR ALCOHOL OPTION ON MAY BALLOT (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 1-22-2014)

Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. officials and owners of a fledgling microbrewery obtained more than enough signatures needed on a petition to offer an alcohol-sale-and-consumption option to voters, officials said.

10 BEST WINE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS 2014: TEXAS HILL COUNTRY (WINE ENTHUSIAST, FEBRUARY 2014)

Everything really is bigger in Texas: It’s the No. 5 wine-producing state in the U.S., the Texas Hill Country AVA is the second largest in the nation and its most promising wines boast supersized flavors.

PHOTO GALLERY: MARBLE FALLS HOSPITAL BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE (THE HIGHLANDER, 12-20-2013)

The skeleton of the Baylor Scott & White Marble Falls hospital is becoming visible from TX 71 with vertical expansion now underway.

PIE HAPPY HOUR: THE ART OF BUSINESS INNOVATION (FORBES, 12-2-2013)

He answered “2,000.”  I said, “You have got to be kidding. You made and sold 2,000 pies over the Thanksgiving holiday?”

MARBLE FALLS SERVES UP SLICES OF HEAVEN (TEXAS HIGHWAYS, DECEMBER 2013)

Within this upper echelon of pie peddlers, the city of Marble Falls stood out for its status as home to not one, not two, but three spots garnering multiple mentions.

SHOP-LOCAL MOONLIGHT MADNESS MEANS GOOD THINGS FOR HIGHLAND LAKES, MARBLE FALLS (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 10-24-2013)

While Moonlight Madness on Oct. 24 doesn’t officially kick off the holiday shopping season, organizers hope residents will see it as an opportunity to check out local retailers and remember them when it comes time for Christmas shopping.

MARBLE FALLS PARKS DIRECTOR SEES POTENTIAL OF CITY’S HIKE-AND-BIKE TRAIL SYSTEM (RIVER CITIES DAILY TRIBUNE, 7-10-2013)

As he drove to the different parts of the city of Marble Falls’ trail system, Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss smiled.

SUBURBS SHOPPING FOR RETAILERS (AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8-10-2012)

Economic development officials in Austin’s suburbs have again hung the proverbial “open for business” sign for retailers and restaurants…

SCOTT & WHITE FILLS KEY ROLES FOR HILL COUNTRY REGION (AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6-21-2012)

Scott & White Healthcare has filled two executive roles in charge of the system’s Hill Country region. Kevin Leeper has been named chief executive officer of hospitals…

MARBLE FALLS HAS STRONG SELF-EMPLOYMENT RATE (AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL, 2-14-2012)

Marble Falls has a strong entrepreneurial spirit. An estimated 13.7 percent of workers, or 2,609 people, in the Central Texas town are self-employed…

MARBLE FALLS OFFERS A TWIST ON THE OLD-SCHOOL SOAPBOX DERBY (TEXAS HIGHWAYS, JUNE 2011)

The second annual Marble Falls Soapbox Classic should confirm once again that men will be boys—and, yes, women will be girls, albeit in lesser numbers.

CNN MONEY NAMES MARBLE FALLS 1 OF 6 TERRIFIC TOWNS ON THE WATER(MONEY MAGAZINE, 9-16-2008)

Many baby boomers dream of retiring somewhere by the water. These half-dozen places are on a lake, a river or an ocean – yet they won’t sink your retirement budget…