Community Impact Newspaper

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Community Impact Newspaper
FormatFull-color stapled newspaper
Owner(s)John P. Garrett & Jennifer Garrett
PublisherJohn P. Garrett, Traci Rodriguez, Jason Culpepper, Christal Howard, Travis Baker, Kristina Shackelford, Amy Ellsworth
Editor-in-chiefJoe Lanane
Managing editorsMarie Leonard, Matt Stephens, Krista Wadsworth, Joe Warner
Headquarters16225 Impact Way
Ste. 1
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Circulation2 million
Free online archives

Community Impact Newspaper is a chain of hyperlocal monthly newspapers delivered for free to homes and businesses. John P. Garrett is the CEO and founder, along with his wife Jennifer Garrett. In August 2018, Community Impact Newspaper had 26 print editions delivering to more than 2 million mailboxes in the Austin, Houston, Dallas | Fort Worth, Phoenix, and Nashville areas.


In September 2005, Community Impact Newspaper published by JG Media, Inc. launched its first edition in Round Rock | Pflugerville, Texas. There were six employees including the founder and publisher, John P. Garrett, and the company met in the game room in John’s house. Garrett was a former Advertising Director of the Austin Business Journal before he started Community Impact Newspaper.

In its first five years, Community Impact Newspaper added about 60 employees and launched 10 community newspapers, including its first in the Houston Metro area in September 2009.[1] In 2010, in a period of heavy layoffs at newspapers and throughout the legacy media industry, Community Impact Newspaper experienced growth,[2] [3] [4] and pushed the idea that "Print Ain't Dead.[5]" After expanding into the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area in March 2011,[6] the media company was featured by Editor & Publisher,[7] CISION[8] and CultureMap Austin.[9]

In late 2012, Community Impact Newspaper announced plans to build a new $2.5 million headquarters in Pflugerville, TX,[10] and the 16,000-square-foot building was completed in December 2013. John P. Garrett was featured in Forbes shortly after the announcement.[11] In June 2015, Community Impact Newspaper announced it would invest in a $10 million printing facility at its headquarters to begin printing all newspaper editions starting in 2016.[12][13] Eight months after the company's 10-year anniversary in September 2015, Community Impact Newspaper launched its 21st local newspaper edition. Nine editions are in the Austin metro area, 10 editions in the Houston metro area and four editions the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. The company employs about 200 "Impacters" in five offices throughout the state.

Community Impact Newspaper has received 106 awards for writing and design from the National Newspaper Association since 2007, including 16 Better Newspaper Contest awards in 2016.[14] Community Impact Newspaper has also been named to Inc. Magazine's top 5000 fastest-growing companies for seven consecutive years, from 2011-2016.[15]

Additionally, Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 opened a 36,000-square-foot printing facility[16] adjacent to its headquarters in Pflugerville. Community Impact Printing, a $10 million press operation, prints all of the newspaper editions produced by Community Impact Newspaper staff. While the company is intensely focused on its quality print product, efforts to competitively expand daily news coverage online accelerated in 2016[17] Long-time Impacter Joe Lanane was promoted to the newspaper's Executive Editor in 2016.[18]

In 2018, Community Impact Newspaper announced its first launch outside of Texas into Phoenix, Arizona, debuting its first area edition in Gilbert.[19]

In January 2020, it was reported Community Impact Newspaper would launch an Atlanta, Georgia edition starting in March of that year. Heading the publication will be Allison Altobelli.[20]

Publications / trade areas[edit]

As of 2019 the following markets are being served with various individual editions:

The newspaper is mailed to all households and businesses in the given area assuring widespread circulation. It is a non-subscription based newspaper and comes free in the mail each month. However, subscriptions are available for those outside of the circulation area.


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  10. ^ "Community Impact Newspaper to build new campus in Pflugerville - Austin Business Journal". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
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  12. ^ "$10M printing facility to fuel growth for Community Impact - Austin Business Journal". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  13. ^ Thomas, Scott. "Local newspaper owner expands to printing operation". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  14. ^ "Welcome to NNA's 2016 Better Newspaper Contest". Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  15. ^ "Community Impact Newspaper: Number 2737 on the 2016 Inc. 5000". Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  16. ^ Arkin, David (Oct 20, 2016). "Community Impact Newspaper gets new $10 million press rolling". Retrieved Nov 15, 2016.
  17. ^ Zook, Sarah (Oct 10, 2016). "Commitment to print, commitment to community". News & Tech. Retrieved Nov 15, 2016.
  18. ^ "Community Impact Newspaper | About | Joe Lanane". Retrieved 2017-12-19.
  19. ^ "Community Impact Newspaper will launch in Phoenix Metro area; finds first home in Town of Gilbert in September 2018 | Community Impact Newspaper". Community Impact Newspaper. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  20. ^ Mateos, Evelyn. "Community Impact Newspaper Expands Into Atlanta Region – Editor & Publisher Magazine". Retrieved 2020-01-09.