Hutto had a busy year recruiting and landing manufacturers to relocate to the city. Two separate manufacturers from California, JRS Co. Inc. and AEND Industries Inc., both announced they will relocate their headquarters to Hutto. Paradigm Metals, a local technology manufacturer, is relocating its operations to Innovation Business Park in Hutto.
In 2014, Mike Farr, owner of Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre, decided to relocate the venue from Southwest Austin to McNeil Park, located off I-35 in Round Rock.
Two of Pflugerville’s largest-ever commercial projects, Costco and Living Spaces, opened in 2018. The two will contribute to Pflugerville’s growing sales tax base, which has so far experienced a year-over-year 6.2 percent climb from 2017-18.
More than a year after the enactment of Senate Bill 6, which restricts how cities can annex portions of their extraterritorial jurisdictions, local cities are ironing out how to manage their growth. SB 6, combined with proposed property tax caps and Texas Supreme Court decisions, has the Texas Municipal League—a lobbying group of which Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto are all members—concerned about the expansion of state legislation over municipal control.