BONHAM, Tex. -- Bonham city leaders say 2007 was one of the most successful they've had in attracting more people to their city, and they want to keep the momentum going. On Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual banquet, honoring the work over the past twelve months. But in order to get the city where they want to be, their work is far from over.
"2007 is probably our best year ever so far. We just keep getting better and better," Bonham Chamber President Bill Jones says.
Jones says he is not surprised by the amount of success his office has had in bringing in new business to Bonham, especially when taking into account all the work done to accomplish that.
“Efforts we've been doing for the past couple of years has paid off this year we had a lot of new manufacturing operations moving in and a lot of new retail businesses moved in,” Jones says.
At Saturday's banquet, there were no speakers or inspirational messages delivered. It was just a good time had by all.
One reason Mayor Roy Floyd thinks the city has been so successful is the city's history.
“Everybody views themselves as a separate entity but Bonham has a quality of life. We've maintained our square, and it's a lot to do with our history,” Floyd said.
Over the past year, Bonham has opened up several manufacturing companies and retail stores, such as the new Brookshire’s along Highway 82. But city officials can't bring in new people all alone, they need the cooperation of the county. Mayor Floyd says that’s something they’ve been lacking. “The relationship with the county over the years was not that good but over the past ten years we have just been working together and pulling the same way."
Officials say retail revenue has increased more than in years past, which will be key when attracting people from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. “They really didn’t want to give up some of the amenities. They had so we're making a push in the retail business to make a push for those things that they're used to."