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LMS Restoration adds new Project Manager

LMS Restoration adds new Project Manager

Louis Yates, Jr., new Project Manager for LMS Restoration. (Submitted Photo) Local company, LMS Restoration, is pleased to announce the addition of a new Project Manager to its team of professionals. A native of the Paris and Lamar County area, Louis Yates, Jr. has been in the construction...

08/10/2013 by Josh Allen
R3bi director resigns

R3bi director resigns

R3bi Director Hank Betke After less than a year as director of the Red River Region Business Incubator, Hank Betke is resigning. “The incubator has gone through some difficult times in the past few months, and some challenges are ahead,” he said. “I think my resignation gives the board an...

07/30/2013 by Jeff Parish
Hot diggity dog: A la Cart mobile food stand open for business

Hot diggity dog: A la Cart mobile food stand open for business

One would expect to see a lineup of hot dog carts around the streets of NYC or Chicago, serving up a quick bite to eat for busy folks. Here in Paris, the market for mobile food stands hasn’t quite developed. With a slow-cooked idea, Casey Jordan brought that charm to town, opening up...

07/26/2013 by eParisExtra
R3bi's first client ready to graduate

R3bi's first client ready to graduate

Jazzy Frog owner James Wallace shows off a certificate presented by R3bi Director Hank Betke and board members Donald Lewis, Jordan Harper, John Spradling, Casey Ressler, Sydney Young and Dr. Pam Anglin. (not pictured: board member Greg Wilson) Photo by Jeff Parish, eParisExtra Red River Region...

07/20/2013 by Jeff Parish
Gilbert proposes action plan for PEDC

Gilbert proposes action plan for PEDC

The PEDC board reviews Director Steve Gilbert’s proposed action plan (Photo by Jeff Parish, eParisExtra) Paris Economic Development Corp. Director Steve Gilbert has developed an action plan for the remainder of the fiscal year. “The Paris DC has a lot of work to accomplish in the coming...

07/19/2013 by Jeff Parish
Board member deems incubator funding without agreement 'irresponsible'

Board member deems incubator funding without agreement 'irresponsible'

PEDC Chairman Rebecca Clifford Paris Economic Development Corp. has been “irresponsible” in giving money to the business incubator without an agreement for the last few years, according to one board member. “There’s no agreement between PJC, PEDC and the incubator,” board Chair...

07/18/2013 by Jeff Parish
PEDC chair says budget still needs work

PEDC chair says budget still needs work

The Paris Economic Development Corp. budget still has a lot to be trimmed out, according to the board chairman. The PEDC board is scheduled to take another look at its budget in a workshop at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8. Chair Rebecca Clifford suggested board members review each budgetary line item as...

07/17/2013 by Jeff Parish
PEDC credit card transactions sought in open records request

PEDC credit card transactions sought in open records request

The Paris Economic Development Corporation’s headquarters is housed here in the old train depot on Bonham Street. A Paris man has been looking into Paris Economic Development Corp. credit card transactions for the last two and a half years. On July 2, William Strathern filed an open...

07/17/2013 by Jeff Parish
R3bi plans to go mobile

R3bi plans to go mobile

This mockup shows what a mobile incubator might look like once it hits the streets. (Submitted photo) The Red River Region Business Incubator is looking to go mobile. R3bi is looking for funding to outfit a vehicle that can go through the region and offer services as a mobile...

07/13/2013 by Jeff Parish
Council's action on PEDC budget raises eyebrows

Council's action on PEDC budget raises eyebrows

Listen to the comments made at this week’s City Council meeting, and you find what sounds like overwhelming support of the Paris Economic Development Corporation, which is why the council’s action to have two major PEDC projects – the business incubator and a retail marketing firm...

07/11/2013 by Jeff Parish
Commissioners approve tax abatement for Potters Industries

Commissioners approve tax abatement for Potters Industries

Lamar County commissioners approved a tax abatement for Potters Industries, which plans a $17.7 million expansion. (Photo by Jeff Parish, eParisExtra) Lamar County commissioners approved a tax abatement for Potters Industries’ $17.7 million expansion of the old Flex-O-Lite plant. “We...

07/10/2013 by Jeff Parish
R3bi debate 'much ado about nothing,' director says

R3bi debate 'much ado about nothing,' director says

With the recent debate in the Paris Economic Development Corp. about the Red River Region Business Incubator, Director Hank Betke said there may be some confusion about what R3bi actually does. R3bi Director Hank Betke “Never have statements of officials been more relentlessly bellicose and...

07/07/2013 by Jeff Parish
PEDC deserves better from City Council, a former board president says

PEDC deserves better from City Council, a former board president says

As a past Paris Economic Development Corp. board member and resident of Paris, I am concerned about the apparent disregard and lack of appreciation some members of our City Council — mayor in particular – have shown toward the PEDC and Executive Director Steve Gilbert in public council...

07/05/2013 by Jeff Parish
City of Paris issues 'Certificates of Occupancy' to 14 businesses

City of Paris issues 'Certificates of Occupancy' to 14 businesses

Shawn Napier Certificates of Occupancy — the equivalent of a business safety inspection sticker — were issued in June to 14 businesses — nine of them new — according to Shawn Napier, director of community development for the City of Paris. D&P Contractors, 1150...

07/01/2013 by Charles Richards
PEDC board narrowly adopts budget

PEDC board narrowly adopts budget

A split Paris Economic Development Corp. board of directors adopted a budget Monday that retains a couple of items that have proved controversial. From left: PEDC executive director Steve Gilbert and board members Bruce Carr and president Rebecca Clifford. (eParisExtra photo by Jeff...

07/01/2013 by Jeff Parish
Green Boutique to launch eco-friendly jewelry

Green Boutique to launch eco-friendly jewelry

The Green Boutique plans to launch a new line of eco-friendly jewelry at an event downtown Saturday. The public is invited to the launch party for Terra Natural Designs with jewelry, chocolate and wine. The event is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. at Creative Candy Designs, 115 S. Main St. The Green...

06/28/2013 by Jeff Parish
PEDC votes 3-2 to keep funding for R3bi

PEDC votes 3-2 to keep funding for R3bi

It appears the Red River Region Region Business Incubator gets to keep its funding from Paris Economic Development Corp. for at least another year.  Although the budget has not been adopted yet, a split PEDC board voted Thursday to keep $90,000 for R3bi while trying to find a way to help the...

06/28/2013 by Jeff Parish
PEDC board members call for closer look at budget

PEDC board members call for closer look at budget

The proposed Paris Economic Development Corp. budget is about 40 percent lower than the one adopted last year, but some board members are calling for further cuts. The Paris Economic Development Corporation’s headquarters is housed here in the old train depot on Bonham Street....

06/28/2013 by Jeff Parish
Consultant says dynamics are right for explosive new retail growth in Paris

Consultant says dynamics are right for explosive new retail growth in Paris

Rickey Hayes, founder and CEO of an economic consulting firm that focuses on retail development, said Panda Express is just one of many companies with their eye on the city. The 56-year-old Paris native heads Retail Attractions, upon which the Paris Economic Development Corporation has relied...

06/28/2013 by Charles Richards
Get ready for big changes coming to health care

Get ready for big changes coming to health care

With the recent Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, people have some very important health care decisions to make in coming months. “This is a really big deal coming down the pipe,” said local insurance agent Phil Whitaker. “I do not think people have realized it yet.” The...

06/27/2013 by Jeff Parish