Economic Development

The Anna Economic Development Corporation (EDC) works in cooperation with the Community Development Corporation to coordinate efforts that expand the city's business tax base with a focus on creating primary jobs within the City of Anna. The corporations have provided incentives that resulted in much of the retail development that has occurred in Anna since 2008. The EDC was instrumental in recruiting Brookshires, CVS pharmacy, McDonalds and Wal-mart. The EDC and CDC jointly purchased an 85 acre tract of land at the northeast corner of hwy. 5 and the Outer Loop to develop a business park. The EDC purchased and remodeled the Old Post Office located in our downtown area which now serves as office space for several small businesses.

Purpose: Foster a vibrant, thriving economy through the promotion and development of new and expanding businesses.


  • Effectively market our community brand
  • Attract professional jobs
  • Seek out family entertainment style businesses
  • Promote downtown development
  • Assist developers in filling available lease space


About the Director:

Jessica began as the Assistant to the City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer to the EDC and CDC in December of 2008. Under the Direction of the City Manager, Ms. Perkins is responsible for special city projects as well as to provide management support to the Anna Economic and Community Development Corporations and their board members.

Ms. Perkins grew up in northern Ohio and moved to Texas in 2004. Jessica has a BA in Social Work from Taylor University and a Master's in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.

Prior to working for the City of Anna, she worked for the City of Sherman, Texas for 4 years in Public Works and Engineering. Ms. Perkins lives in McKinney with her husband and two children.