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Economic Development news items from Yoakum, the State of Texas, the USA and around the world.

 

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Downtown Vision

Yoakum’s downtown National Register District (NRD) project reaches a milestone next month when the completed historic resources survey is submitted to the Texas Historical Commission (THC). Read More

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Retail Attraction

One of the roles of economic development is to attract new retail development. Retail has proven to create jobs, increase tax revenue, and provide greater selection for residents. A town filled with retail is considered thriving Read More

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YEDC Year in Review

The Yoakum Economic Development Corporation (YEDC) concluded its fiscal year September 30 by successfully providing twenty one (21) matching grants to local businesses and non-profits. In total, YEDC expenditures of Read More

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Yoakum General Store - Open for Business

Jackie Boswell and the owners of the Yoakum General Store accept a $50,000 ceremonial grant check from Mayor Annie Rodriguez and Read More

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Foreign Direct Investment

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting site selectors from the European American Investment Council (EAIC) while on a stop in Victoria. Site selection is a unique class of consultant service whose commercial clients Read More

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Grant application workshops

UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Harvey the YEDC grant workshops were poorly attended. Interested parties are encouraged to contact YEDC for a private consultation. Read More

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National Register District Update

Since the effort to create Yoakum’s first National Register District (NRD) began in May, significant progress has been made on the Historic Resources Survey. Read More

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Retailers! Christmas Season Stress?

"Christmas in September - Planning for the Holidays". The holiday season accounts for 20% or more of retailers' annual sales. Small business retailers gear up! Hear fresh ideas for the holidays. Read More

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“Made in America” Won’t Come Easily

A Walmart official recently stated that 57% of its sales were Made in America. That surprised me. I thought nearly everything in Walmart was made in China. But consider this: A few higher priced USA-made products exceed Read More

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Texas Rural Leadership Program

This column will not bash Millennials. I promise. Well, I’ll try. So much written and discussed about Millennials, those born between 1982 and 2004. As baby boomers yield their positions, are Millennials prepared Read More

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Yoakum NRD research in full swing

The effort to establish a National Register District (NRD) began last December when the YEDC discussed the idea with downtown building owners. After additional presentations with local banks, businesses, civic clubs and Read More

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Digital Marketing for Business

CANCELLED: "Digital Marketing.. It's a little scary" scheduled for Wednesday, June 14. Read More

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YEDC News Column

The former president of an East Texas grocery chain once explained how his company chose new store locations. Read More

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How Does Texas Stack up Against Other States?

The 50-STATE SCORECARD compares and ranks all fifty states' Population & Demographics, Business & Workforce, Economic Indicators, Quality of Life, Tax & Debt, and Natural Resources. Read More

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MARKETING! Session for Yoakum Businesses

MARKETING! Participants will explore creative ideas outside the box of conventional marketing strategies. Read More

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Circle Y Saddles Accepts Grant Check

Circle Y Saddles President Steve Tucker accepts a ceremonial check for $30,000 from the Yoakum Economic Development Corporation (YEDC). Read More

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Generating CA$H

The Yoakum Economic Development Corporation (YEDC) invites Yoakum area businesses to attend “Generating Ca$h”, a two hour session with tips on how to increase profits and cash flow. Read More

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Yoakum Pre-Qualifies as National Register District

Yoakum EDC Director Chuck Dart announced today that Downtown Yoakum has passed pre-qualification as a National Register District. Read More

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Outages Happen! - Business Essentials Session

When business is disrupted, lost revenues combined with extra expenses mean reduced profits. Read More