Locals Love Us Waco Now a Locally-Owned Franchise

WACO, TX, January 21, 2015 – As Locals Love Us Waco enters their fourth year of uncovering the most-loved places in town, they will do it as a locally-owned franchise. Matt Blackwell, a resident of Waco from 2005-2008, spent the past year as a sales agent for Locals Love Us Tyler, and has moved back to Waco as the local franchisee.

"Waco has been in my family's thoughts and prayers for years, so we are excited to get back and give back to a community that is growing exponentially," said Matt Blackwell. "We are just excited, thankful to God and humbled for the opportunity to work so closely with so many great people."

Underway right now is the fourth annual Locals Love Us survey of the Waco area, which seeks to find what places, businesses and charities the locals love the most. Voting is secure, anonymous and open through March 9 at Last year, over 2,200 locals cast more than 72,000 votes for their favorite places in Waco, which is one of six Locals Love Us markets.

The winners selected by the locals will be included in a print publication distributed all over Waco and an online directory at Both are free to the public.

"There are seven weeks left for locals to vote for their favorite places in Waco," said Blackwell. "So share the love with your favorite local businesses by voting today at!"

About Locals Love Us
Locals Love Us is a national franchise that creates print and online directories of the most-loved places in a community for its residents. Founded in 2004, the company expanded into Waco in 2012 with a survey asking the locals to name their favorite businesses in more than 200 categories. For more information, go to


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