Established in October 2007, the Pecos 4B Economic Development Corporation (PEDC) has been at the forefront of most of the economic development that Pecos has seen over the past 5 years.
Voters in May 2007 approved the creation of a 4B Economic Development Corporation for Pecos, which under state law is allowed to spend tax funds on a wider variety of projects than those permitted under 4A rules.
Bill Oglesby, Executive Director since January 2011, previously served as a PEDC Board member and brings 38 years of banking experience to his position.
Ken Winkles, Jr., Assistant Director since September 2015 had worked for the Sul Ross Small Development Center in Pecos for the past 5 years and brings 25 years of small business ownership experience to this new position.
A seven member Board of Directors, including Pecos Mayor Venetta Seals and City Manager Eric Honeyfield, governs the PEDC.
Under Oglesby’s leadership over the past 5 years, the PEDC has been responsible for, or assisted with, more than 40 projects which has led to an increase in the total property tax base for Pecos and an increase in both primary and secondary jobs. These projects have also led to an increase in the community wealth and well-being of its citizens.
The primary responsibilities of the PEDC are to:
• Promote and encourage economic growth for the City of Pecos
• Retention of business enterprises within the City
• Promotion and development of new and expanded businesses in the City
For more information on the PEDC and business opportunities in Pecos call 432-445-9960.
Pecos is located on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in far West Texas in the Trans-Pecos region. Access is easy by Interstate highway, bus or air. Map coordinates are 31°24′56″N 103°30′0″W.
Pecos is situated at the intersection of Interstate Highway 20 and US Highway 285. Highway 285 is a major route running south through Fort Stockton (and intersecting with Interstate Highway 10) to Sanderson, Texas (and intersecting with US Highway 90) - and running north to Carlsbad, New Mexico and up to Santa Fe, New Mexico and Northern New Mexico and beyond. Interstate 20 ends and merges into Interstate 10 forty miles west of Pecos and IH 10 continues to El Paso, Texas and the West Coast. East on Interstate 20 takes you to Monahans (38 miles), Odessa, Texas (76 miles) and Midland, Texas (98 miles).
A scenic route in the region is via Highway 17 to the South intersecting Interstate Highway 10 and then through Balmorhea, Texas to Fort Davis, Texas in the Davis Mountains and on to Alpine or Marfa, Texas. Also, you can join the scenic loop in the Davis Mountains and visit the world-famous McDonald Observatory.
Greyhound Bus Lines serves Pecos with regular service from the Kwik-Stop store at 915 W. 3rd St. Package Service is available. Call 432-445-5016 for more information. Ticketing is available from 6 am to midnight daily.
Local air service for Pecos is served by the Pecos Municipal Airport which opened in 1938 is currently on 771 acres two miles south of the city center. This airport is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days per week and provides two lighted runways and instrument approach allowing aircraft to land 99% of the time. The airport has hangar facilities, fuel services and serves the needs of small aircraft and business jets. No commercial services are provided. Famous visitors over the years include Amelia Earhart in 1928, George H.W. Bush when Vice-President and the Olympic Torch in 1988. Every year in August the airport hosts the Annual Cantaloupe Fly-in where small aircraft arrive to bomb ground targets with cantaloupe and enjoy a Lions Club hosted pancake breakfast. For more information call the Pecos Air Center at 432-447-2488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional scheduled commercial air service is offered at the Midland International Airport (90 miles east of Pecos) or the El Paso International Airport (206 miles west).