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Parker County Economic Development Update - February 13


Discover the exciting developments taking place in Parker County and its growing real estate landscape.

February 13, 2024 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

@Parker County Brewing Company

Join us for the Parker County Economic Development Update, a collaborative event presented by The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth and the Parker County Economic Development Council.

Parker County is the 6th fastest-growing county in the nation, and you are invited to:

  • Explore the ambitious development plans set to transform Parker County and learn how they intersect with neighboring Tarrant County and the Greater Fort Worth region.

  • Understand the plans in place to support the area's rapid growth, identify any needs, and uncover potential roadblocks.

  • Gain firsthand insights into the county's commercial real estate growth patterns and discover its trajectory for the future.

  • Delve into the details of the Parker County transportation bond and its implications on the region's infrastructure.

  • Get a closer look at the master plans for the Walsh Ranch and Veale Ranch mega sites and their impact on residential development.

Exclusive Development Tour: Weather permitting there will be a tour after the event of The District at Willow Park a vibrant neighborhood restaurant and entertainment district just 15 minutes from Fort Worth.

Lunch will be provided by the wonderful Parker County Brewing Company.

Be sure to register today!



REC and Parker County EDC Members - $50

Non-Member Rate - $70



Bryan Grimes

City Manager
City of Willow Park Texas

I am the City Manager of the City of Willow Park Texas. Serving as the Administrative Head of the City, I lead all staff and implement the directives and actions of the City Council, including the city budget, finances, and human resources. We are challenged with managing growth in Willow Park as it relates to Economic Development and planning, as well as securing our water and wastewater infrastructure. 

In addition, I served as the City Manager for the Cities of Ballinger, Texas (2014 - 2017), Anson, Texas (2011 - 2014), and Petersburg, Texas (2010 - 2011). 

I have extensive experience in multiple fields of public service including finance, budget, HR, public relations, legislative advocacy, and a wide variety of municipal issues. 

I have been involved at some level of politics since 1997. I have been fortunate to assist several communities throughout Texas to resolve their issues and meet their needs. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to assist many realtors with their political and governmental affairs. Also, I have managed and assisted multiple political campaigns throughout most of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

I married Heather (Vest) Grimes on May 19, 2001, and it was easily the best decision I have ever made. 

We have two children, Scarlett and Zach. My hobbies include attending and watching as many Texas Tech athletic events as possible, golf, and camping. However, most of my time is spent in the multiple activities that Scarlett and Zach participate in.

I am a proud member of the Texas City Managers Association, Texas Tech Alumni Association, Red Raider Club, Lions Club, and Rotary Club. 

Pat Deen

County Judge
Parker County

Sworn in September 7, 2018, as Parker County Judge, I have been privileged to work with an outstanding staff and Commissioners Court in establishing a vision for both the current and long-term goals of Parker County while dealing with the growth ahead.

Prior to my current position, I have over 25 years of experience in the private sector with Fortune 50 companies including Procter & Gamble, Gillette, and Berkshire Hathaway which are all leaders in their industry. This experience has enabled me to bring a performance-based initiative for better efficiency of county operations and taxpayer savings.

I also have the privilege of over 18 years of experience in city government with the last 12 years being the Mayor and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Hudson Oaks, Texas. With a focus in managing growth and economic development, the City of Hudson Oaks is one of the few cities in the State of Texas with no city tax and ranks #3 in sales tax per capita.

Currently serving on local organizations with the three local Chambers of Commerce in Parker County, Aledo Rotary Club, Regional Transportation Council, Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, 911 Board, Juvenile Board, Local Government Collaborative and previous experience with United Way Board of Directors serving as Chair with multiple campaigns including the Weatherford Little League, Springtown Optimist Club and American Red Cross.

It is my intent to prepare Parker County for the growth ahead as the #6 fastest growing county in the nation with infrastructure and all county needs to achieve this goal.

Ashley Seitz

Assistant Director of Economic Development
City of Weatherford

Ashley Seitz is a multifaceted professional currently serving as the Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Weatherford.

Hailing from Fargo, North Dakota, Ashley is a proud alumna of North Dakota State University, where she majored in Marketing and minored in Sales. Her 11 years in sales complement her economic development role, where she leverages her skills to foster growth, attract investments, and enhance the economic landscape of Weatherford. In addition, her 13 years of military service, which includes two overseas tours, reflects a deep commitment to duty but also instills in her a global perspective that she now brings to the realm of economic development. Ashley continues her service today as part of the North Dakota Air National Guard.

Ryan Dickerson

CEO of Walsh Companies


Chris Strayer

Executive Director
Parker County EDC

Chris Strayer serves as the Executive Director for the Parker County Economic Development Council.  The mission of the EDC is to promote business opportunities that will strengthen and grow a vibrant and diverse economic future for Parker County. Chris leads all activities for this county-wide non-profit that oversees community and economic development in Parker County.

Prior to joining the Parker County Economic Development Council, Chris served as the Executive Vice President for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce where he led a team responsible for business attraction, retention and expansion, workforce development, small business and entrepreneurship, as well as advocacy.


Chris has also worked in senior level positions for Columbus 2020, the state of Ohio, and local Ohio communities, where he helped to attract and retain a variety of businesses.  Throughout his career, Chris has been responsible for projects totaling over $8 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs created and retained.  



Chris has been named twice to the list of “Top 50 Economic Developers in North America” by Consultant Connect and is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.

More speakers from Veale Ranch will be announced soon!




Kelle Moulton



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