In this episode of NacChat, Amy and Larissa visit LIVE with the Nacogdoches Rotary Club! Tune in and listen to our Q and A style rumor mill for answers to all of your biggest questions about what's happening in Nac!
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Amy and Larissa begin this podcast by explaining the purpose of our NacChat Podcast to the Rotary club before opening the floor for live questions (5:45)
The first question for Amy and Larissa is about street projects in Nacogdoches. Which streets are owned by TxDOT vs. the City of Nac and how street projects are funded are discussed. (6:40)
What street projects are coming up? (7:52)
What is happening with the businesses on the corner of Austin Street and North Street? (9:11)
When we recycle our plastics in Nacogdoches, where do they go? (10:28)
Larissa explains why Nacogdoches no longer offers curbside recycling. (12:14)
Is HEB ever going to come to Nacogdoches? (13:42)
Who is Charlie Doches? (15:29)
The newest pup in the oldest town, Charlie, is working hard at the Nacogdoches Visitor's Center to encourage travelers to bring their pets when visiting our city!
Restaurant rumors are discussed at (17:48).
Tune in to hear about Barkeeps and what's happening with Nijiya.
When will the South Street construction and improvements begin? (19:44)
Larissa explains a tentative timeline including moving utilities before moving to streets. This is expected to begin in 2019-2020.
What is the new Mongolian buffet by Staples on North Street? What about the new Bottlecap Alley? (20:55)
Larissa discusses the new businesses and the importance of a mixture of chain restaurants and our locally owned eateries.
Larissa is asked to explain the difference in retail density in Lufkin vs. Nacogdoches. (22:56)
Traffic count, population, median incomes, and proximity to other retail businesses are all factors that businesses review before deciding to locate in a community.
Amy Mehaffey began her work with the City of Nacogdoches in July 2015. Prior to this, she worked as a 4-H Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. In this role she did marketing and promotion for the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and served as the event coordinator for Texas 4-H Roundup, the agency’s largest event. Amy graduated in May 2015 with her PhD in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in youth development. During the pursuit of this degree she also received a certificate in Prevention Science and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Previously, she completed a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Communications at Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s of Science in the same field at Texas Tech University. Amy is also a freelance photographer and enjoys Texas A&M football in the fall. She is married to John Michael Mehaffey who is a professor of Animal Science at Stephen F. Austin State University. They are proud parents to Hattie Mae Mehaffey, born September 1, 2016 and are expecting another, Hunter Leigh Mehaffey in July 2018.