Community Impact Newspaper

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Community Impact Newspaper
Type Monthly
Format Full-color stapled newspaper
Owner(s) John P. Garrett & Jennifer Garrett
Publisher John P. Garrett, Traci Rodriguez, Jason Culpepper, Christal Howard, Travis Baker, Kristina Shackelford
Editor-in-chief David Arkin
Managing editors Jocelyn Kerr, Joe Lanane, Emilie Lutostanski, Matt Stephens, Krista Wadsworth
Founded 2005
Language English
Headquarters 16225 Impact Way
Ste. 1
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Circulation 1,709,054 throughout Texas
Free online archives

Community Impact Newspaper is a chain of hyperlocal monthly newspapers delivered for free to homes and businesses in Texas. John P. Garrett is the publisher. In January 2017, Community Impact Newspaper had 22 editions delivering to more than 1.7 million mailboxes in the Austin, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth 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 experienced tremendous growth, adding about 60 employees and launching a total of 10 community newspapers including its first in the Houston Metro area in September 2009.[1] In 2010, amidst heavy layoffs at newspapers and throughout the legacy media industry, Community Impact Newspaper made headlines[2] with its publishing success,[3] fast growth,[4] and pushing the idea that "Print Ain't Dead.[5]" After expanding into the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area for the first time in March 2011,[6] the media company's story was picked up 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 new $10 million printing facility at its headquarters to begin printing all newspaper editions starting in 2016.[12][13] Just eight months after the company's 10 year anniversary in September 2015, Community Impact Newspaper launched its 21st local newspaper edition. There are eight editions in the Austin metro, ten editions in the Houston metro and four editions the Dallas-Fort Worth metro. The company employs more than 175 "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 136,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art 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] with the hiring of Chief Content Officer David Arkin,[18] who earlier was awarded Innovator of the Year[19] by the Local Media Association.

Publications / trade areas[edit]

As of 2016 the following markets are being served with various individual editions:

Specific, unique editions include:

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.


  • LOCALMEDIA ASSOCIATION — As part of the LocalMedia Digital Innovation Awards, Community Impact Newspaper was recognized in February 2017 for being the best in digital innovation among local media. CI received awards in multiple categories, including two first place spots in Best Social Media Strategy and Best Overall Local News Strategy, as well as second place in Best Local Website and Best Strategy to Grow Digital Audience.
  • NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION — Community Impact Newspaper has been recognized 90 times for both outstanding journalism and advertising design by the National Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Established in 1885, the NNA, a not-for-profit trade association, represents owners, publishers and editors of America’s community newspapers. Its mission is to protect, promote and enhance the nation’s local newspapers.
    • 16 National Newspaper Association awards in 2016
    • 17 National Newspaper Association awards in 2015
    • 11 National Newspaper Association awards in 2014
    • 9 National Newspaper Association awards in 2013
    • 12 National Newspaper Association awards in 2012
    • 11 National Newspaper Association awards in 2011
    • 12 National Newspaper Association awards in 2010
    • 11 National Newspaper Association awards in 2009
    • 5 National Newspaper Association awards in 2008
    • 2 National Newspaper Association awards in 2007
    • Publisher and founder John P. Garrett was recognized for founding 20 hyperlocal Texas newspapers that inform the public about education and are staffed with journalists who build a rapport with school district leaders.
  • FRISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — Small Business of the Year 2014
    • The Small Business of the Year award was given to Community Impact Newspaper—Frisco edition for contributions to Frisco and the Frisco Chamber of Commerce and community during the year.
  • AUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE —The KPMG Executive Leadership Award – John Garrett
    • The 2014 Greater Austin Business Awards, a competition organized by the Austin Chamber of Commerce to honor excellence in business in the Greater Austin region. The Executive Leadership Award recognizes presidents, principals or chief executive officers for devoting time and energy to strengthen and transform the organization they lead.
  • WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS (Texas Section of the American Water Works Association) — The Watermark Award for Media Excellence 2014
    • John Rigg, Sugar Land | Missouri City editor, was a 2014 recipient for his story, “Cities make plans to limit groundwater use.” This award recognizes Texas media who have raised the public’s level of understanding of water issues in Texas.
  • RECOGNIZE GOOD — Large Business of the Year 2014
    • Community Impact Newspaper was named large business of the year for 2014. Presented by RecognizeGood nonprofit organization, this Central Texas Ethics in Business and Community program annually honors organizations and individuals who have demonstrated exemplary ethical practices.
  • AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL— John P. Garrett, Best CEO of 2013, Small Business
    • Austin Business Journal annually chooses one CEO from small, medium, large and nonprofit businesses as the best in the Austin area. Community Impact Newspaper founder and CEO John P. Garrett was named best small business CEO of 2013.
  • INC. 5000 — JG Media listed in fastest-growing private companies in America six consecutive years.
    • Very few of the nation’s companies have demonstrated such consistent high growth, particularly in the difficult economic environment of the past few years. In 2010, Inc. magazine named Community Impact Newspaper the fasting-growing media company in Texas.
  • ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION —“The Transie,” First Annual Transit Award Recipient 2012
    • Alliance for Public Transportation is a coalition of groups including the Austin Chamber, Real Estate Council of Austin and others who may not agree on the details around transit, but they do all agree we need more and better mass transit to help our transportation situation in Central Texas. Community Impact Newspaper received “The Transie,” transit award for its comprehensive and informative coverage of transportation in Central Texas.
  • LAKE TRAVIS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — Small Business of the Year 2012
    • The Small Business of the Year award was given to Community Impact Newspaper—Lake Travis/Westlake edition for contributions to Lake Travis and the Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce and community during the year.
  • TEXAS CHISHOLM TRAIL CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION —Outstanding Media Award 2011 Recipient — Grapevine | Colleyville | Southlake edition
    • The Outstanding Media Award, given to our Grapevine | Colleyville | Southlake edition by the Texas Chisholm Trail chapter of the Texas Crime Prevention Association, annually recognizes a media outlet for its commitment to coverage and education in the areas of public safety and crime prevention.
  • CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY TEXAS — John P. Garrett, 2010 “Excellence in Leadership” — Gala Honoree
    • Concordia University Texas selected John P. Garrett, publisher of Community Impact Newspaper, as the 2010 “Excellence in Leadership” Gala honoree. The “Excellence in Leadership” Gala recognizes an outstanding Christian leader each year and raises money for the university’s annual scholarship fund. Past honorees have included Roger T. Staubach, executive chairman of The Staubach Company and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Austin business and community leader Tom Stacy, president of T. Stacy & Associates, and Texas Sen. Kirk Watson.
  • SILVER SPUR MEDIA AWARD 2010 RECIPIENT — John and Jennifer Garrett, Community Impact Newspaper
    • The Silver Spur Media Award recognizes contributions by a print or broadcast reporter/photographer/editor/producer or a print or broadcast outlet to a public affairs, public education or community relations program that benefitted the community and was also supported by professional public relations efforts. This award was given first in 1999 by the Texas Public Relations Association. Past recipients include: KHOU-TV Channel 11, News 8 Austin, WOAI Radio’s Morning Report, KXAN-TV and Dallas Morning News.
  • PFLUGERVILLE EDUCATION FOUNDATION — John Garrett, 2010 Distinguished Alumni — Excellence in Innovation
    • The foundation is committed to honoring and recognizing alumni of Pflugerville ISD for their professional achievements and service to the community. Each year awards are given in the categories of innovation, leadership, community service, rising star and achievement.
  • SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY — John Garrett, Distinguished Alumni Award 2010
    • The award recognizes alumni under the age of 40 who have “distinguished themselves through personal and professional achievements and who have made significant contributions to SHSU and/or society, and thus have brought honor and distinction to our university.”
  • CY-FAIR HOUSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — Small Business of the Year Award 2010 Recipient — Northwest Houston (Cy-Fair edition)[20]
    • The Small Business of the Year award, given to our Northwest Houston edition by the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, annually recognizes three outstanding local businesses in the small, medium and large business categories that have demonstrated exemplary growth and made a significant contribution to the Chamber and community in the past year.
  • AUSTIN BUSINESS JOURNAL — Eighth Best Place to Work 2008
  • ROUND ROCK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE — Outstanding New Member 2005-2006


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