About PEDC

We are on a mission

To plan, promote, finance, and construct opportunities for the retention, growth, and attraction of businesses that enhance the level of employment, the economic base, and quality of life in Paris and Lamar County, Texas.

Learn more about the PEDC below.

Pat Hook, VP of Operations at AMERICAN SpiralWeld, receives an award from PEDC members Josh Bray, Mark Homer, and Erik Roddy.

What we do

As an economic development corporation

We are proud to work closely alongside businesses, manufacturers and major employers to secure new locations, expand opportunities, and advocate for growth and retention.

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Dedicated to serving the community


The Team

Our drive and tenacity are the reasons why global businesses choose to call Paris home.
We go above the call of duty to create innovative solutions for businesses, manufacturers, and major employers.

Executive Director

Maureen Hammond

Maureen Hammond is the Executive Director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation (PEDC). She was appointed to the position in August of 2020 by the PEDC Board of Directors and has 20 years of experience in economic development. As the Executive Director, Hammond is responsible for providing visible and active leadership in the development and implementation of economic development programs that address new investment, business attraction, business retention, entrepreneurship and workforce development in Paris and Lamar County.

Hammond has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and has completed the Economic Development Institute, a program of OU’s College of Continuing Education. She is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council and the International Economic Development Council. Hammond currently serves on the TIRZ Advisory Board of the City of Paris and Keep Paris Beautiful.

Jenna Thurman

Research Assistant

Adam Cawthon

Executive Assistant

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Our Board Members

Josh Bray

Josh Bray

Chairman

Entrepreneur, Private Equity Investments

Curtis Fendley

Curtis Fendley

Vice Chairman

Partner at Pierson & Fendley Insurance, Former Mayor

Chase Coleman

Chase Coleman

Secretary/Treasurer

Vice President at Liberty National Bank

Dr. AJ Hashmi

Board Member

Cardiologist Specialist at Heart Clinic of Paris PA, Former Mayor

Erik Roddy

Erik Roddy

Board Member

Market President at Farmers Bank and Trust

Mark Homer

Mark Homer

Board Member

Entrepreneur, Real Estate Investor, Owner Sonic Drive-In franchisee, Former Texas State Representative

Stephen Terrell

Stephen Terrell

Board Member

Owner/CEO Print Works

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Our Board of Directors meet monthly at the Paris City Council Chambers.

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