PEDC: 2020 was a good year for economic growth in Palestine

Monday, January 11, 2021

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Despite a pandemic, Lisa Denton, Palestine's new Economic Development Corporation Executive, has accomplished a great deal of good for the city in her first six months at the helm, focusing on expanding affordable housing, retail business and recreational and entertainment options.

Taking the reins in May, Denton has already negotiated several big projects that include housing and retail development.

"2020 has been a difficult year, nonetheless, it has proven to be a year of growth for Palestine," Denton said.

These projects often take time to develop, even after the initial negotiations and contracts are signed. Social media is filled with questions about the progress or lack there of on many of these projects, like Starbucks, Panda Express and the sale and revitalization of the Palestine Mall. In a recent interview, Denton shared updates on retail recruitments, expansions and the PEDC Downtown Grant Program.

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