2018 Blogs

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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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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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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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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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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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Opportunity Knocks

A Lavaca County census tract located mostly in the City of Yoakum gained a tool to encourage long-term private investment after Governor Greg Abbott submitted the state's Opportunity Zone designations to the U.S. Treasury Department. Read More

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Perk & Brew Coming to Historic Downtown

Yoakum’s newest residents will open a unique store in Historic Downtown. “We really feel Yoakum needs a place for both a relaxing cup of coffee and a nice adult beverage. A place where people can socialize without the stigma of a bar” Read More

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YEDC Hosts Business Appreciation Luncheon

Yoakum businesses were treated to a panel program at the fourth annual Business Appreciation Luncheon. About 125 people attended the meeting at the community center on Wednesday, May 2. Receiving the 2018 Community Investment Award were Read More

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Anytime Fitness Coming to Yoakum

The Yoakum area will soon exercise a new option for keeping fit. Anytime Fitness, an international franchisor of fitness clubs, will open in the former Alco building on US Hwy 77A. Read More

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YEDC to Hire Intern

A job posting from the Yoakum EDC has been posted on the City of Yoakum website. The position, which will last for eight weeks beginning June 25, will primarily entail research Read More

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Boost for National Register District

Yoakum’s bid to become a National Register District got a big boost when the top Texas Historical Commission (THC) reviewer visited Yoakum recently. “This city’s historical buildings are remarkably in tack” Read More

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First Steps to Start Your Own Business

Begin your business the right way! Do you have a great idea you think could be a successful business but just don’t know how to get started? This is a no-cost workshop recommended for those considering opening a business. Read More

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Yoakum’s Grand Birthday Bash!

Thanks to a growing number of downtown enthusiasts the City of Yoakum will celebrate its birthday for the first time in decades. According to local sources, land was donated by John May on July 28, 1887 Read More

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Recent YEDC Grant Awards

The Yoakum Economic Development Corporation recently changed its long-standing policy to accept grant applications monthly. Previously the YEDC Read More

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Downtown Yoakum's Game Changer

The Grand Theater entertained generations of Yoakum residents with movies since the depression era. It abruptly closed in the late 1990's. About twenty years passed when Tammy Steinmann and her husband Phillip decided to purchase and rehabilitate the property. Read More

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Video: Downtown Yoakum's Game Changer

A seven minute video on the Grand Theater and its impact in Downtown Yoakum. Read More

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Historic theaters increase foot traffic in Crossroads' downtowns

Last week the Texas Downtown Association announced The Grand Theater as a finalist for its Economic Game Changer of the Year award. The winner will be announced November 7 at its annual meeting in Corpus Christi. CONGRATULATIONS to The Grand Theater! (article and photo credit Kathryn Cargo, Victoria Advocate) Read More

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♫..when I’m 64 ..

In 1967 the Beatles released a song about a young man asking if his mate would still care for and feed him when he got older. With my own 64th year rapidly closing it may be time I get serious Read More

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Yoakum Municipal Airport Expands

A new private hanger is currently under construction at the Yoakum Municipal Airport. Travis McKee, of McKee Construction, is constructing Read More

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Christmas Lights to Return to Downtown Yoakum!

After an almost ten year black-out, Christmas Lights are coming back to downtown. The Yoakum Chamber and Yoakum EDC will split the cost of new light strings and LED bulbs, while the City of Yoakum electrical department will perform the installation. Read More

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The Grand Theater wins People’s Choice Award

The Texas Downtown Association’s annual People’s Choice awards resulted in Yoakum’s Grand Theater winning, by popular vote, the state’s Best Economic Game Changer. Over 450 people cast their votes for The Grand Theater Read More

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New Downtown Zoning Proposed

The City of Yoakum Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, and Yoakum EDC recently asked downtown business and building owners to weigh in on proposed changes to downtown zoning. The downtown zoning changes are intended to identify preferred uses for the future. Read More

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National Register District News

If all goes as planned, the Yoakum Commercial Historic District will be the newest addition to the 342 National Register Districts statewide and the fifteen National Register Districts within a 60 mile drive of Yoakum. The Texas Historical Commission (THC) will return to Yoakum on December 5 Read More

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Putting up the Lights!

City Electrical Department employees Robert Haynes and Kenny Eggemeyer put the finishing touches on the new downtown Christmas lights. Read More

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View the Yoakum Commercial Historical District Nomination!

The final draft of Yoakum's National Register District nomination is available for viewing on the YEDC web site. The nomination contains 104 pages packed with local history, architectural descriptions, historical photos and current photos. The nomination will be reviewed at the Texas Historical Commission public meeting on Wednesday, December 5 at 530pm at Yoakum City Hall. The public is welcome. Read More

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Changes to Downtown Zoning Proposal

Comments from building owners who attended the Central Business District (CBD) Open House Nov. 27 - 28 were shared with the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Committee, a group of seven volunteer citizens, on Dec 10 and the following changes to the proposed CBD were made. Read More

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Training Makes for Good Employees

Many young adults today demonstrate the maturity levels of pre-teens or teenagers of past generations because they have not yet learned to work. Minimum wage, liability insurance, the cost of transportation, excessive smart phone use and parental bail-outs have collectively reduced youth employment opportunities. The result is a maturity deficit Read More