Palestine Chamber Magazine 2018-2019 - Page 9

PA L E S T I N E C H A M B E R.O RG Meet the City CITY OF PALESTINE: MAYOR The City of Palestine Texas Welcomes You! Steve Presley Mayor of Palestine Our people are known for their Southern hospitality and follow their passions to make our city a great place to live, visit, and invest in the futu re. Palestine was established in 1846 as a center of commerce and culture and in the 1880’s grew dramatically as headquarters of the International and Great Northern Railways. Palestine continues to thrive because of its small town charm, friendliness, welcoming atmosphere, educational and economic opportunities. Palestine is centrally located between Dallas, Houston, and Shreveport and is a transportation hub with opportunities for rail, ground, and air. We are also a regional healthcare center. Our primary retail trade area has over 58,000 people. We encourage our entrepreneurs to succeed here. For more information on economic development check out the Palestine Economic Development website In addition to being a great escape for the heritage tourist, Palestine is a Top 40 Tourist Destination, a Texas Main Street City, and a designated retirement community. We are home to the Texas State Railroad which features steam and diesel train adventures throughout the year and becomes the magical Polar Express every Christmas; the Trails of Davey Dogwood Park are showcased during the Dogwood Trails Festival in March and April; home of the Hot Pepper Festival in October and the Frost Fest in December. We look for any reason to have a parade. If you are here for a day trip, weekend getaway, or a lifetime, I know your time in Palestine will be truly special. If the City of Palestine can be of further assistance to you, please visit our website at or contact our Visitor’s Center at (903)723-3014. Hope to see you soon, Steve Presley, Mayor 2018-19 Palestine City Council Larissa Loveless District 1 Mitchell Jordan District 2 Vicky Chivers District 3 Joe Baxter District 4 Dana Goolsby District 5 Ann Conner District 6 7