Awards

RecognizeGood
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
2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Honoree
Inc. magazine yearly releases its list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. 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.
A4PT
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Capital of Texas Award
Time Warner Media Award - 2011
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.
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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. Past recipients include: KHOU-TV Channel 11, News 8 Austin, WOAI Radio's Morning Report, KXAN-TV and Dallas Morning News.
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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 for 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
Small Business of the Year Award 2010 Recipient - Northwest Houston
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
Greater Pflugerville Chamber of Commerce
Business of the Year 2007
Round Rock Chamber of Commerce
Outstanding New Member 2005-2006
National Newspaper Association Awards
Community Impact Newspaper has been recognized 62 times for both outstanding journalism and advertising design by the National Newspaper Association. 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. NNA Logo
2013 NNA Awards
  • 1st place – Best Newspaper Website – impactnews.com 
  • 1st place – Best Environmental Story – “Surface water conversion efforts raise questions" – Shawn Arrajj
  • 3rd Place – Best Environmental Story – "Volente has high hopes for lake's future despite drought conditions" – Joe Lanane
  • 1st place – Best Education/Literacy Story – “Return to Veterans' Hill" – JP Eichmiller
  • Honorable Mention – Best Agricultural Story – "Agency says food costs to rise in 2012" – Annie Drabicky
  • 2nd Place – Best Use of Color – Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake/Westlake edition – Jean Henric, Rachel Slade
  • Honorable Mention – Best Use of Color – Tomball/Magnolia edition – Jackie Brunk, Emily Roberts
  • 3rd Place – Best Use of Ad Color – "Ed's Photo Booth" – Cathy Chedrawi
  • Honorable Mention – Best Single Ad Idea - Color – "PhoNatic Vietnamese Cuisine" – Jason Suarez
2012 NNA Awards
  • 1st place – Best Agricultural Story – “Wilco farmers ponder future” – Beth Wade, Samantha Bryant
  • 1st place – Best Business Story – “Panama Canal expansion to boost local businesses" – Molly Ryan
  • Honorable Mention – Best Business Story – “ExxonMobil campus could drive broad economic impact" – Brian Walzel
  • Honorable Mention – Best Environmental Story – “Natural gas plans drill up urban debate" – Rachel Slade
  • 2nd Place – Best Feature Photo – "Messina’s Shoe & Boot Repair" – Chase Martinez
  • 1st Place – Best Use of Color – Northwest Houston Edition– Rhonda Holden, Molly Ryan
  • 3rd Place – Excellence in Typography – Leander/Cedar Park Edition – Derek Sullivan, Kara Nordstrom, Macy Hurwitz, Jenn Rains
  • 1st Place – Best Small-Page Ad – “Jolie Salon” – Rhonda Holden
  • 1st Place Best Single Ad idea, Color – “11 plates & Wine” – Lisa Rehbein
  • Honorable Mention – Best Use of Ad Color – “Modern Salon Day Spa” – Shawn Epps
  • Honorable Mention – Best Small-Page Ad – “Cedar Park Choice Auto Repair & Service” – Ethan Hill
  • Honorable Mention – Best Single Ad idea-color – “Georgetown Plastic Surgery” – Tiffany Knudtson
2011 NNA Awards
  • 1st place – Best Business Story – "Mixed-use Pacana development negotiations to be re-examined" – Blake Rasmussen
  • 3rd place – Best Business Story – "Magnolia leaders seek growth, new business opportunities" – Emily Roberts
  • Honorable Mention – Best Business Story – "Foreclosures transformed into starter homes" – Molly Ryan
  • 2nd place – Best Education/Literacy Story – "Closing the achievement gap in Round Rock ISD" – Rebecca LaFlure
  • 1st place – Best Small-Page Ad – "Entry Door Refinishing" – Rhonda Bowers
  • 2nd place – Best Small-Page Ad – "Yogurt Experience" – Kristin Bruno
  • 3rd place – Best Use of Ad Color – "Marlene Schiller DDS" – Tiffany Knight
  • Honorable Mention – Best Use of Ad Color – "Energy Capital" – Gentry Griffin
  • 3rd place – Best Use of Color – Cedar Park/Leander edition – Kara Nordstrom
  • 1st place – Excellence in Typography – Central Austin edition– Lisa Rehbein
  • 1st place – Best Newspaper Website – impactnews.com
2010 NNA Awards
  • 1st place – Best Agricultural Story – "Food from Austin’s backyard" – Patrick Brendel
  • 1st place –Best Business Feature Story – "Plant in Leander will be ‘game changer’ for region" – Robert Bell
  • 1st place – Best Review – "Russell’s Bistro" – Eric Pulsifer
  • 2nd place – Best Education / Literacy Story – "Pflugerville ISD revenue falls short of projections, TAKS scores go up" – Rob Heidrick
  • 2nd place – Best Business Story – "Austin businesses prepare for holiday shopping season" – Eric Pulsifer
  • 3rd place – Best Business Story – "Wolf Ranch brings retail stores, sales tax revenue to city" – Suzanne Haberman
  • 3rd place – Best Education / Literacy Story – "More Budget cuts for CFISD" – Kimberly Stauffer
  • Honorable Mention – Best Business Story – "Vacancies high in commercial real estate" – Tiffany Young
  • 1st place – Best Feature Photo – Photo by Kathryn Eakens
  • 3rd place – Best Use of Color – Cedar Park/Leander, Central Austin, Northwest Austin & Georgetown/Hutto/Taylor editions – Kara Nordstrom, Lindsay Beran, Lisa Rehbein & Ellie Burke
  • Honorable Mention – Best Use of Ad Color – "Energe Spa" – Rhonda Bowers
  • 3rd place – Best Newspaper Website – impactnews.com
2009 NNA Awards
  • 1st place – Best Agricultural Story – "Growing Pains" – Patrick Brendel
  • 1st place – Best Business Story – "The Region’s Best-Kept Secret" – Shannon Colletti
  • 2nd place – Best Business Story – "Recruiting the Right Retailers" – Amy Stansbury
  • 3rd place – Best Business Story – "Pflugerville Expects Commercial Growth to Lower Taxes" –Eric Pulsifer
  • 3rd place – Best Business Feature Story – "Georgetown’s Largest Quarry Turns 50" – Shannon Colletti
  • 1st place – Best Use of Local Photograhy – "Cover 3" – Photos by Ellie Burke
  • 2nd place – Best Single Ad Idea - Color – "Dance Elements" – Alison Lyons
  • 3rd place – Best Use of Ad Color – "Simply Suzi" – Lisa Rehbein
  • 3rd place – Best Small-Page Ad – "Ready to Sew" – Elizabeth Janson
  • Honorable Mention – Best Single Ad Idea - Color – "Convict Hill Floorcovering" – Tiffany Knight
  • 3rd place – Excellence in Typography – Northwest Austin edition – Alison Lyons
2008 NNA Awards
  • 1st place – Best Health Story – "Round Rock plots next economic growth" – Christi Covington
  • 3rd place – Best Business Feature Story – "Downtown living moves north" – Rachel Youens
  • 2nd place – Best Use of Color – Georgetown/Hutto/Taylor edition – Derek Sullivan and Shannon Colletti
  • 1st place – Best Single Ad Idea - Color – "First State Bank Central Texas" – Heather Trueblood
  • 3rd place – Best Use of Ad Color – "Caffe Panini" – Tiffany Knight
2007 NNA Awards
  • 2nd place – Best Business Story – "How Dell changed Round Rock" – Christi Snow
  • 3rd place – Best Use of Ad Color – "Beyond the Red Door"