Yoakum EDC Blog

Discussion of Economic Development in Yoakum, the State of Texas, the USA and around the world.


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Downtown Revitalization Committee Appointed

Seven representatives of the Yoakum community were appointed by City Council at its February 13 meeting to participate in the newly formed Downtown Revitalization Committee. Read More

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Joint Promotions Coming Up

Laura Henson has a vision of creating a regional tourism effort among area cities. Henson, the director of the Yoakum Heritage Museum, Read More

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City Awarded $1M Grant

The Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded a $1 million Texas Capital Fund (TCF) grant to the City of Yoakum for infrastructure improvements relating to an expansion at Eddy Packing, Yoakum’s largest employer. Read More

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Candidates Needed for Downtown Committee

The revitalization of downtown Yoakum will require the coordination of multiple interests with different and sometimes competing ideas. As a partner in the process, the Yoakum City Council moved Read More

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Downtown Survey: Clothing, Craft Beer, and Yoakum-Themed Stores

As evidenced by the 279 people who participated in the Yoakum EDC-sponsored Downtown Vision Survey between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Yoakum area residents really care about their downtown. Most of the participants understood this was Read More

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Part 2:  What Successful Small-Town Downtowns Do

Last week’s article presented two types of small-town downtowns: the first, an active place full of experimentation, excitement, and energy. The second, Read More


10 Things Successful Small-Town Downtowns Do

There are two kinds of small-town downtowns. There are downtowns which are constantly trying new ideas and learning, and always trying to keep a sense of excitement and energy alive. The public takes notice of these downtowns! Why? Read More

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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


“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


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


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


Outages Happen! - Business Essentials Session

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