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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
Business incubator questions continue

Business incubator questions continue

PEDC Executive Director Steve Gilbert makes a budget presentation to the board of directors. To incubate or not to incubate? That seems to be the question on the minds at the Paris Economic Development Corp. Red River Region Business Incubator proved a controversial subject that consumed...

06/27/2013 by Jeff Parish
PEDC budget deliberations off to slow start

PEDC budget deliberations off to slow start

City Clerk Janice Ellis swears in new PEDC board member Vicki Ballard. If Wednesday’s workshop is any indication, this year’s Paris Economic Development Corp. budget may come down to the wire. The PEDC board of directors spent most of the first of four scheduled meetings debating...

06/27/2013 by Jeff Parish
Panda Express to open quick-serve gourmet Chinese restaurant in Paris

Panda Express to open quick-serve gourmet Chinese restaurant in Paris

Panda Express, which has some 1,500 gourmet Chinese restaurants in the United States, is finalizing plans to build a 2,220-square-foot free-standing restaurant just south of CVS Pharmacy on Loop 286. Representatives of Panda Express have been visiting with Joey Sleeper, building official for...

06/21/2013 by Charles Richards
Texas Grown Organics combines fish, produce into a unique venture

Texas Grown Organics combines fish, produce into a unique venture

R3bi mentor John Lee, left, discusses business with Davey Griffis, owner of Texas Grown Organics. Davey Griffis thinks a fishy idea could be a big agricultural business. “We are hoping to be an organic, sustainable food source company,” Griffis said, co-founder of Texas Grown Organics Inc....

06/20/2013 by Jeff Parish
Help elderly loved ones avoid financial abuse

Help elderly loved ones avoid financial abuse

It’s unfortunate, but true: The elderly population may be the most vulnerable group in our society. In fact, in an effort to call attention to the problems of physical, emotional and financial abuse of the elderly, the United Nations has designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse...

06/19/2013 by eParisExtra
Bois D'Arc Restaurant's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held Thursday

Bois D'Arc Restaurant's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to be held Thursday

RIBBON CUTTING  Bois D’ Arc Restaurant Matt Coyle, Owner Michael Perry, Chef Date:    Thursday, June 20, 2013 Time:   4:00 PM Address:   208 South Main Street To those attending the ceremony, Owner Matt Coyle will offer a special featuring 50 percent off of each menu order. Mark...

06/18/2013 by Josh Allen
New fabrication company finding success in oil fields

New fabrication company finding success in oil fields

The minds behind Urway Fabrication are no strangers to business, although their foray into the oilfield equipment industry is proving to be a beneficial shift from the usual. “We have some family and friends who work on the oil fields,” President Jeff Gilbert said. “The time seemed to be...

06/18/2013 by Jeff Parish
Big Brothers Big Sisters receives big corporate support

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives big corporate support

Customers Invited to Round Up Purchases to Benefit Mentoring Youth Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, is joining forces with Jcpenney in June for the retailer’s charitable giving program, ‘JCP Cares‘.  By rounding-up...

06/14/2013 by Josh Allen
Nursing Job Fair at Paris Regional Medical Center

Nursing Job Fair at Paris Regional Medical Center

On Monday, June 24 from 4-8 pm, Paris Regional Medical Center will host a job fair to recruit and hire Registered Nurses and a Family Nurse Practitioner for full-time and PRN positions. Paris Regional will hold on-site interviews for nurses in Behavioral Medicine, Emergency Room, Float Pool,...

06/11/2013 by eParisExtra
Serv Pro of Paris to sponsor 'Burgers and the Fixins' community networking event

Serv Pro of Paris to sponsor 'Burgers and the Fixins' community networking event

Servpro of Paris Sponsoring Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Burgers and the Fixins’ Meet & Greet – Networking Event Location:   The Pavilion at Love Civic Center 2025 S. Collegiate Date:  Friday, July 12, 2013 11:30 to 1:30 PM This will be a great time for business...

06/10/2013 by Josh Allen
Flower Mart home to a growing passion

Flower Mart home to a growing passion

Frances Bush, left, runs The Flower Mart and Special Events with the help of, from left, lead designer and shop manager Lisa Sessums, office and delivery staff Rosa Copeland, and part-time designer Tena Carlow. If there’s one thing Frances Bush has learned, it’s that you’re...

05/26/2013 by Jeff Parish
Concierge Now helps to restore some of life's sanity

Concierge Now helps to restore some of life's sanity

Kristi Young is happiest in helping others. In fact, she’s made it her business to help others. “People say they don’t have enough time to get stuff done, and their lives are stressful,” she said. “I come in and do what they don’t want to do or don’t have the time...

05/20/2013 by Jeff Parish