The Yoakum Economic Development Corporation hosted its fourth annual Business Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday May 1. This year, two businesses received Community Investment Awards: Dairy Treet (901 W Grand) and Perk and Brew (210 W Grand). “Eddie Varela and family had a successful business in the Stanley Center for 18 years, yet they chose to invest in their own building” said Economic Development Director Chuck Dart. “He and his family made great sacrifices to purchase, renovate, and update their new building to the betterment of Yoakum”. The Yoakum Perk and Brew, owned by Diane McCommas and family, provided a needed spark in the W Grand blocks of downtown. “Through Diane’s involvement the first street dance in a decade occurred last summer. Her energy and enthusiasm lead her to become current chairman of the Yoakum Area Chamber of Commerce.” Dart remarked.
Over 135 business people were treated to a presentation by Dr. Tom Tunstall of the UTSA Institute of Economic Development. As an expert on the Eagle Ford, he provided historical context to the effects of oil and shale on the Texas rural economy and provided a tempered forecast of oil pricing and production. “The speaker hit a home run” remarked one attendee, “folks in Yoakum are very interested in the economics of oil production”.
Photo (from left): YEDC Board Chaiman Gery Maneth; Dairy Treet's Eddie Varela Jr and Eddie Varela Sn.