Julie Seymore is no stranger to Canton. She has lived and worked here almost all of her life. She has always found herself working as a public servant and enjoys seeing Canton grow and develop.
Born in McKinney, Texas, to Don and Patricia Hackney, Julie’s family returned to Canton when she was in the third grade. She graduated from Canton High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. Julie also earned her certified public manager degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and is currently working on her international economic development council certification. She believes education is a life-long process and it is important to never stop learning.
Upon completion of college, Julie worked for the Forum Club of Houston, a non-profit organization that brought international speakers to connect the business community and the education field. Featured speakers included President George H. W. Bush, General Colin Powell, Dan Rather, and the Dalai Lama. After living in Houston for 12 years, she returned to Canton to raise her children, Andrea and Tyler, in the same community in which she was raised. Years later, she would meet the love of her life, Gregory Seymore, to whom she has been married for 11 years.
Upon returning to Canton, Julie worked for the City of Canton managing the Canton Civic Center. She performed various roles during her 20-year career with the city. In 2014, she accepted the position of executive director for the Canton Economic Development Corporation, which allows her to be a part of preserving Canton’s history as well as planning for its future growth. Julie’s role includes oversight of the Main Street program, the Visitors Bureau, and First Monday Marketing under the Canton Alliance. She also serves as president of the Canton Chamber of Commerce.
Julie has served as the secretary for the Canton Volunteer Fire Department and is a legacy member of the Women’s League of Canton. She also volunteers with the annual Tailwind Regional Balloon Festival, held in mid-May in Canton.
In addition to her work with many different organizations, Julie still finds time to give back to her community. Her philosophy on volunteerism is, “Everyone has a responsibility to give back to their community in some way. It is an honor to serve others.”
When asked what she loves most about Canton, she is quick to respond, “I love the open space and the friendly people. There is a real sense of community here and people come together for the common good of the town. Many people give of their time and volunteer in order to make the town they live and work in a better place.”