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Canadian-Hemphill County, Texas
Economic Development Corporation

A great place for business. A better place for you!


News & Views


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Global Trade Magazine Podcast

June 9, 2019

Listen to Shane Spencer talk about our town and how great it is to live and grow in Canadian!

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Who We Are

The Economic Development Corporation of Canadian is a 501C-3 that is geared to bring prosperity and exceptional quality of place to the community through job creation, grant funding, business incubation/retention and entrepreneurship. We utilize a portion of the city of Canadian's sales tax to fund our organization and projects. With a strong history of collaboration with the city of Canadian and Hemphill County, the EDC is a vital and effective resource for economic growth within our region. 


Meet the Staff

Aracely Ruiz

Administrative Assistant
Chamber of Commerce/EDC

A Canadian native, 'Cely' joined the team full time in 2018 and has brought enthusiasm and fun with her. She loyally served the Chamber in a part time capacity for several years prior and brings that experience with her. Highly organized, bilingual and intelligent, she is a valuable asset to the office and even more to the community.

Kat Decker

Director of Marketing
Chamber of Commerce/ EDC

Kat began her career with the organization in 2009 as the Administrative Assistant. Over the years she honed her creative skills in graphic design and moved into the new role of Marketing Director. Thoughtful and fun, Kat makes our community shine bright. Even though she's from Oklahoma, we still love her the same.

Jackie McPherson

Director of Chamber & Events
Chamber of Commerce/EDC

No one in town is as knowledgeable about Canadian as Jackie. We affectionately refer to her as our Canadian Google. A hard worker and dedicated public servant, Jackie started at the organization in 2000 and she serves her community with pride. She is a native of Canadian and brings excellence and valuable planning skills to each Chamber event.

Shane Spencer

Executive Director
Chamber of Commerce/EDC

A 2018 graduate of the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University, Shane has served as the Executive Director of the EDC and Chamber since 2015. Shane believes teamwork is paramount to getting things done and collaborates well with his team and other local organizations to bring value to the community. A native Texan, he brings practicality, humor and real world thoughtfulness to his role.


Get in touch with us!

Want to grow or start your business or just need some more information? Please let us know how we can serve you! 

119 N 2nd St
Canadian, Texas 79014


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“One is not always happy when one is good; but one is always good when one is happy”

Oscar Wilde

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