The Waco Business Newsletter: April 13, 2019

A bi-monthly newsletter investigating the people, places, and policies shaping Waco’s economy.

I'm Austin Meek, Vox of Waco Business News. Listen to "Downtown Depot," my radio show and podcast tracking the ins and outs of Waco business, live on Fridays at 11:30AM on 103.3 KWBU-FM. You can also stream previous episodes anytime via Apple PodcastsNPR, and Waco Business News.

The Waco Business Newsletter: April 13, 2019



  1. The TIF board approved spending $350,000 on an engineering study for a public space that would function as East Waco's "front porch." According to the Trib, Assistant City Manager Bradley Ford said the vision for Elm Avenue and East Waco “is probably the most exciting I’ve seen come before the board.” (The Waco Tribune-Herald)

  2. Ashley Millerd, Executive Director of Keep Waco Beautiful, joined me last week on Downtown Depot. We talked about how she manages over 13,000 volunteers and KWB's recent partnership with Pokey O's, which has formally adopted Indian Spring Park. We'll be hosting a clean-up event on April 27 from 10am-12pm and giving free ice cream sandwiches to all participants! (Waco Business News)

  3. Get to know Jacob Martina, head brewer at Brotherwell Brewing, featured on this month's "Small Business Spotlight." (Waco Business News)

  4. Corey McEntyre, head chef at Milo, previewed a few highlights from the restaurant's Spring menu for "The Chef's Corner" in April. (Waco Business News)

  5. McLennan County home values are up, but only slightly compared to the past two years. Austin Hooper will discuss this and more next week on  Downtown Depot in April's edition of "The Residential Recap." (The Waco Tribune-Herald)


  1. Austin, the capital of Texas, was voted the best place to live in the country! According to U.S. News, people are drawn to the city's music, outdoor spaces, and cultural institutions. The report notes the state's lack of income tax and the low state and local tax rates as major factors, benefits which are also extended to Wacoans. Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio ranked 21st, 30th, and 34th, respectively.  (U.S. News and World Report)

  2. What would it actually cost to put a roof over the head of every person experiencing chronic homelessness? Some number crunching suggests not as much as you think, and an amount we could afford—especially given what it already costs not to. (Strong Towns)

  3. A development group in North Oak Cliff, Dallas, is busy designing communities the way they were built before the automobile had people flocking to the suburbs. (D Magazine)