Community Impact Newspaper

Community Impact Newspaper
Type Monthly
Publisher John Garrett
Editor Cathy Kincaid
Managing editors Shannon Colletti
Founded 2005
Headquarters 821 Grand Ave Pkwy.
Ste. 411
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Circulation 448,312 in seven Central Texas editions, 105,298 in Northwest Houston edition[1]
Official website



In September 2005, Community Impact Newspaper, published by JG Media, Inc. launched its first edition in Pflugerville/Round Rock, Texas. There were three full time employees including the publisher, John Garrett, and the company officed out of the game room in John’s house. Garrett is a former Advertising Director of the Austin Business Journal before starting Community Impact Newspaper.

Today Community Impact had grown into a full-fledged, fast growing business.[2] As of 2011 the newspaper has 63 employees, has earned multiple National Newspaper Association awards[3][4] and has been named "One of the 10 Fastest Growing Newspapers in the US" by The Business Insider online magazine.[5]  

Publications / trade areas

As of 2011 the following markets are being served with various individual editions:[6]

  • Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

Specific trade area editions are:[7]

Austin metro: Central Austin | Northwest Austin | Southwest Austin | Buda | Cedar Park | Georgetown | Hutto | Kyle | Leander | Pflugerville | Round Rock | San Marcos | Taylor | Westlake |
DFW metro: Colleyville | Grapevine | Southlake |
Houston metro: Cypress | Houston | Magnolia | Tomball |

There are plans for additional expansions into Houston and Dallas as well as other markets and expasion of the existing Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston markets. Current circulation in 2011 is above 700,000. The newspaper is mailed to all households in the given trade area assuring widespread circulation. It is a non-subscription based newspaper.


  • Concordia University (Austin, Texas) selected John P. Garrett, publisher of Community Impact Newspaper, as the "2010 Excellence in Leadership" Gala honoree and presented the prestigious Excellence in Leadership award to him.[8]
• 1st Place – Best Agricultural Story – "Food from Austin's Backyard" by Patrick Brendel
• 1st Place – Best Review – "WeFuse" by Eric Pulsiferi
• 1st Place – Best Feature Photo– "Humane Society of Williamson County" by Kathryn Eakens
• 2nd Place – Best Education Story – "Pflugerville ISD revenue falls short of projections, TAKS scores go up" by Rob Heid:rick
• 1st Place – Best Business Feature Story – "Plant in Leander will be 'game changer' for region" by Robert Bell
• 2nd Place – Best Business Story – "Austin businesses prepare for holiday shopping season" by Eric Pulsifer
• 3rdPla:ce – Best Business Story – "Wolf Ranch brings retail stores, sales tax revenue to city" by Suzanne Haberman
• 3rdPlace – Best Education Story – "More budget cuts for CFISD" by Kimberly Stauffer
• 3rdPlace – Best Use of Color – Central Austin, , Leander / Cedar Park, Northwest Austin, Georgetown / Hutto / Taylor
• 3rdPlace – Best Newspaper Website – Round Rock / Pflugerville, Leander / Cedar Park, Northwest Austin, Georgetown / Hutto / Taylor


  • CEO and Publisher: John P Garrett
  • Associate Publisher: Claire Love
  • Houston Market Publisher: Jason Culpepper
  • Chief Financial Officer: Darren Lesmeister
  • Chief Operating Officer: Jennifer Garrett
  • Human Resources Manager: Kimberly Davis
  • Executive Editor: Cathy Kincaid
  • Managing Editor: Shannon Colletti
  • Creative Director: Derek Sullivan
  • Ad Production Manager: Tiffany Knight

Social Media

Twitter: @impactnews (Or sign up for individual publications areas HERE [11]
Facebook: communityimpact (Or sign up for individual publications HERE [12]


  1. ^ "Issue 1, Vol 4". Community Impact Newspaper, Northwest Austin Edition. 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Company History". Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "2008 Better Newspaper Contest Winners". 
  4. ^ "2008 Better Newspaper Advertising Contest Winners: Best Use of Ad Colo". Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  5. ^ Business Insider - The Wire. April 25, 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ Colletti, Shannon (March 5, 2010). "Concordia University Awards Publisher Excellence in Leadership Award". Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Congratulations to 2010 Silver Spur Award Winners". Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "NNA awards General Excellence winners in 2010 newspaper contests". National Newspapaer Association magazine. October 2, 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
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