How do we find the newspaper’s Impacts?

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We often hear from readers and sources that their favorite section of the paper is the Impacts. That is where we list new businesses, future openings, anniversaries, expansions, closings and more.

The section is a valuable resource to readers that merits the many hours it takes to compile the listings each month. Sometimes we learn about Impacts through press releases. Often the information is uncovered during regular market drives while scouring for “Coming soon” signs—prompting us to ask construction workers what they are building.

Once we confirm the name of the business, its address, the phone number and other information, we publish it online. Most of them also make it into our print edition. Since we have several businesses opening, coming soon or closing, Impacts are intended to be short and not in a long-story format.

If you would like us to consider a local business as an Impact, we want to hear from you. Email tblodgett@communityimpact.com.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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