Decatur Economic Development Corporation (DEDC) Staff

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Thom Lambert

Executive Director

Phone: 866-627-9109

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Barbara Metcalf

Barbara Metcalf

Executive Administrative Assistant

Phone: 940-393-0354

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Board of Directors



Members

Jason Wren

Jason Wren, President

Jason Wren joined the Decatur Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as President. He also served on the Decatur City Council, is a member and elder at CrossRoads Church, and serves as president of the board of directors for Acts 4 Others, a local, faith-based nonprofit organization. Wren previously served on the Decatur Education Foundation Board of Directors, the Wise Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors, and as president of the Decatur Lions Club. He has served as general counsel for both Wise Regional Health System and Wise County Regional Health System and is currently the CEO of Wise Health Systems.


Jay Davidson

Jay Davidson, Vice President

Jay Davidson joined the Decatur Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors in 2010 where he serves as the vice president. He is a 40 year resident of Decatur, with his wife. He is a member of First Baptist Church of Decatur where he serves as a deacon as well as a long time department Director. Jay Currently serves on the Decatur City Council where he is in his 9th year of service. He served as chairman on the Decatur Conference Center Advisory Board for 6 years and served on the planning and development committee for the new Fairfield Inn and Suites adjoining the conference center. Jay is a real estate sales agent with Parker Properties in Decatur and is also the owner and president of the oil and gas consulting firm JMD Consulting that specializes in lease and mineral acquisition, pipeline, production and operational development consulting. 

Martin Woodruff

Martin Woodruff, Secretary / Treasurer

Martin Woodruff joined the Decatur Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors in 2001 and currently serves as secretary/treasurer. He has also served on the Decatur City Council since 2005 and is the current Mayor of Decatur. He is a 30-plus-year member and past president of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

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Buster Chandler

Buster Chandler joined the Decatur EDC Board in 2018.  He is also a member of the Decatur Lions Club where he previously served as a board member.  Chandler’s experience includes Commercial Bank Lending, small business ownership, and 22 years in managerial positions with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the US Department of Agriculture.


Susan Cocanougher

Susan Cocanougher

Susan Cocanougher joined the Decatur Economic Development Corporation board in 2016 and is currently serving her second term on the Decatur City Council. She previously served on the Decatur Zoning Board of Adjustment and is also serving on the board of the Music and Arts Foundation of Wise County.


Area Information

  1. Total Employment in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Area up 107,000 over the year

    Total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 3,780,000 in May 2019, up 107,000 over the year, Read on...
  2. County to regulate development in ETJ

    The county has new authority over development in Decatur’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). At Monday’s meeting, the Decatur City Council approved an interlocal cooperation agreement with Wise County that grants the county. Read on...
  3. Free Concert - Stoney LaRue and Jarrod Morris and Jeep Night

    Texas famed Stoney LaRue will be headlining with Decatur's own Jarrod Morris opening. Music begins at 7pm. Food trucks, live music, and a great time! NO COOLERS, beverage sales on site! Read on...

Testimonials

  1. “We had a lot of choices when we were looking to relocate our corporate headquarters from Colorado, and Decatur has proven to be the best option for us. It was close to a major airport, but still a good environment for our employees’ families. The Decatur folks worked overtime to locate a piece of property and arranged a sale lease back with a local developer that got us exactly what we needed.”

    – Michael Clark, CEO, H2X Hydroexcavation

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About Decatur

  1. Decatur is a thriving Texas community with a rich history and competitive location near the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro. Its regional health system, flourishing downtown, community-oriented lifestyle, strong retail base, and prime location are strengths that are propelling Decatur's economic growth.

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