As 3M Co. finalizes its move out of Four Points, the worldwide corporation hosted a farewell party this week, celebrating three decades at the 156-acre campus at 6801 River Place Blvd.
Hundreds of local employees enjoyed live music and food trailers brought to the campus on May 7. On display was a time capsule, it was placed into the 3M kiosk when the center was built 33 years ago commemorating groundbreaking and inscribed “3M Groundbreaking March 4, 1986”.
During H-E-B’s 20 year celebration in Four Points, the grocer awarded the Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation a $2,500 grant on May 7.
“LEEF is grateful for our partnership with H-E-B and their commitment to community and education,” said Coleen Brighton, LEEF board member and part-time employee of the foundation. “These grant funds will go back to directly benefit our Leander ISD students and teachers in books, teaching grants and college and career readiness programs.”
“LEEF was the only non-profit they were awarding the grant so it was really special,” Brighton said. “I think it’s a pretty big deal to be selected by HEB as their grant recipient.”
H-E-B hosted several events this past week to commemorate its two decades in Four Points including balloon twisting, juggling, treats, giveaways, raffles and a live taping with H-E-B’s celebrity chef Emily.
The Vandegrift DECA club had a fantastic showing at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla. April 27 – 30. Representing VHS were 34 qualifying competitors and three leadership academy students. Students competed in a field of more than 22,000 students representing schools from around the world.
Senior Dylan McKenzie received a medal for top performance in a role play in Business Finance Series.
Sophomore Vishal Sagi for received a medal for top performance in a role play in Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series.
The city of Austin’s new plan for a secondary road from Vandegrift is expected to move forward after the 3M campus turns over in late summer. Meanwhile, Leander ISD continues to push for the same road it has been working on since 2012 in the back of the Vandegrift campus, through a utility easement within preserve land.
Following last month’s passage by Austin City Council of a transportation plan that includes a secondary road from Vandegrift and Four Points Middle School, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan weighed in on the nuances of the new campus access. He amended the city’s Strategic Mobility Plan to add the roadway — running parallel to RM 2222 and connecting McNeil Road to Four Points Drive/River Place Boulevard — on April 11, and the plan was approved unanimously by City Council.
Steiner Ranch business owners can rest easier now. Defendant Frank Flores, who is linked to local break-in cases, entered guilty pleas on Monday to six counts of burglary of a building and was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each case.
“We are pleased with a result that will keep the defendant off the streets for a few years,” said James Booher, assistant Travis County District Attorney. “We trust these sentences will give our business owners in Steiner Ranch and around Austin some peace of mind and deter the defendant and others from similar conduct in the future.”