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Emily Porter

City of Bonham

Emily Porter, chair person of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says the Bonham Manufacturers group met recently.  Among the topics were the need for more medium-price housing and greater access to high-speed Internet.  Another subject was the creation of a rural-rail district to bring freight service to industries, now being discussed by the city of Bonham and Fannin County.  Emily also discusses the need for volunteers to help implement Bonham's new Vision Plan.

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Emily Porter, chairperson of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), says the city is seeking a grant of up to $80,000 to add a new water line that would provide more water for expected population grown in the city and for business.  A new line would also provide more water for fire-fighting capabilities.  BEDCO is working with a company named Aerial Focus in developing a new city map and a new website.  The Bonham ISD board has joined the city and Fannin County in approving the F

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Emily Porter, the chair person of the Bonham Tourism Committee, says the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham is observing its 60th anniversary with a photo exhibit including pictures of Presidents Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.  Also, the annual Festival of Flight takes place Saturday at Jones Field in Bonham on State Highway 78.  Emily says the history of the event goes back to 1912. 

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Emily Porter, chairman of the Bonham Tourism Committee, says the annual Farming Heritage Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Sam Rayburn House on Highway 56 in Bonham.  Emily also discusses the long-standing Bonham Trade Days, which takes place the weekend after the first Monday each month.  The next Bonham Trades Days will be Oct. 4-7.

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Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says representatives of the city recently attended the Sunbelt Builders conference in Dallas to promote the building of affordable housing in the city.  Emily says Bonham, like many other small cities, is in need of more housing for middle-income people.

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The president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, Emily Porter, says, in addition to the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th Century appearance, a number of other buildings are being rehabilitated in downtown Bonham.  Also, Emily previews the annual "Quilt Hop" in Bonham and Honey Grove, Friday-Saturday, July 28-29.

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Emily Porter, president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation, says a sheet-metal manufacturer, Tong Ren International, a Chinese company, is moving its plan in Melissa to Bonham.  And she reports that a new Dairy Queen franchise is being built in Bonham and will probably be open by the end of the summer.

Renlita Doors

Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development Corporation and the Bonham Tourism Committee, says Bonham manufacturer Renlita Doors will move into a larger building on Albert Broadfoot Street and will expand its operations.  Renlita builds innovative doors that raise into the ceiling for companies such as Holiday Inn Express. 

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Emily Porter, the president of the Bonham Economic Development board and chairman of the Bonham Tourism Advisory committee, discusses plans for the restoration of the Fannin County Courthouse to its original 19th century appearance.  Voters approved the project last fall.  Emily says the restoration project is generating a lot of business interest in downtown Bonham.