Mixed-use development will be at 380-tollway

Prosper’s Town Council and Prosper Economic Development Corporation approved agreements for a public – private partnership for a 157-acre mixed-use development on the northwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and  Highway 380.

Dallas developer Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest closed financing on the property and plans to develop more than 3-million square feet of retail, medical, office, residential, hotel and entertainment space.
Prosper’s Town Council and Prosper Economic Development Corporation stated that the project will not lead to an increase in property or sales tax rates.

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McKinney mayor running again

By Brian Loughmiller, McKinney Texas Mayor

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of McKinney for the past 3 1/2 years. During the past 3 1/2 years, we have taken positive steps forward in the development of our city, in the areas of increasing commercial tax base, infrastructure improvements, quality of life projects through our parks and recreation department, and regulatory changes to make our local government more efficient.
Our City Council has continued a commitment to a balanced budget. And despite a difficult economy, we have continued to provide quality city services necessary in a fast growing community while maintaining healthy reserves. During my tenure as Mayor, our Council has maintained a policy of balancing our city budget with no tax increase. 

During my time of service on City Council and as Mayor, we lowered the tax rate three times and have maintained our current tax rate for the past six years without any increase. 
Our City Council has had – and continues to have – challenges as we live through the expansion of State Highway 75 and other major road projects that will ultimately pave the way for the next phase of development in our growing community. We appreciate the community’s patience as we work through these construction projects.
McKinney has received national recognition over the past few years, moving up the list of Money Magazine’s Best Cities in America: From No. 14 in 2008 to No. 5 in 2010 and No. 2 in 2012. We have also been recognized as one of the safest cities in America, one of the top 100 cities for young people, and one of the top 10 cities in which to relocate, according to Forbes Magazine in 2009. 
Through expansion and redevelopment we have a historic downtown that other cities emulate and try to replicate. 
As we move into 2013, as Mayor, with the support of our City Council, I remain committed to our strategic goals of bringing quality economic development to McKinney, while continuing to promote a family-centered environment for all of our community. I will continue to focus on policies that promote cooperation between private business and local government; and a conservative regulatory environment that meets the needs of our citizens while encouraging private investment in McKinney.
I have my business in McKinney, and I am proud to call McKinney my home. My wife and I have enjoyed raising three children, Chelsea, Reece and Cameron, in McKinney. And we have enjoyed the friendships that we have established over the past 23 years. I want to thank the citizens of McKinney for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Mayor of McKinney since 2009. 
My goal has always been to help make McKinney the kind of place our children and grandchildren will want to call home, when they have families of their own. It is with the support of my family and friends that I announce my intention to seek reelection in May of 2013, to continue to serve you as your Mayor for the next four-year term.
Have a blessed and safe Christmas and New Year. I look forward to seeing you in 2013.

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Frisco RoughRiders Job Fair Jan. 23 and 26

BASEBALL JOBS: The Frisco RoughRiders will be offering two job fairs at Dr Pepper Ballpark on January 23 and Jan. 26, 2013. 

The ’Riders will be hiring for a variety of game day positions for the upcoming season and are looking for energetic, outgoing and dependable people to join one of the best staffs in all of baseball.
5:30 to 8 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 23.
and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
Location: The JCP Club inside Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, Texas 75034.
Find it: The JCP Club is located behind home plate on the second level inside the ballpark and is accessible from Dr Pepper Ballpark’s main entrance.
HELP WANTED:
  • Ushers
  • Ballpark Watch (security)
  • Ticket Takers
  • Box Office Ticket Sales
  • Parking Attendants
  • Grounds Keeper Assistant
  • Food & Beverage Employees (concessions, hospitality management)
  • CONTACT: Anyone with questions about the job fair should contact Scott Arnold at SArnold@RidersBaseball.com
    The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team has finished first in all of Double-A Baseball in attendance in each season from 2005 – 2012. The RoughRiders are also owned by Mandalay Sports Entertainment, winners of the “Baseball Organization of the Year” in 2008 by Ballpark Digest.
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    New economics director pitching for McKinney

    Jim Wehmeier new CEO at MEDC

    By Brian Bearden

    McKinney city leaders see the next 10 years as an important time in McKinney’s history as the once small town prepares to rapidly grow again. City leaders privately will say they don’t want to blow it when it comes to keeping the small town atmosphere while attracting thousands each year as new residents.

    New McKinney Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Wehmeier knows he’s under pressure to bring in business that will make the city home to both residents and places for them to work.

    “Our priority is not going to be counting rooftops,” Wehmeier said. “We will be focused on bringing in corporations, industrial and headquarters type development. This is a competitive business, and I love it. We are not just competing with Allen, Plano and Frisco. Now, we are competing for these worldwide companies with cities around the world. They can move anywhere they want, and we want them to move here.”

    McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said, “Our goal continues to be to promote quality economic development to the city focusing on new commercial development as well as retention of our current commercial tax base. With the new Economic Development director, we are evaluating our incentive programs, our land uses in undeveloped areas of the city, and our strategic plan for development as we move forward into 2013.”

    “Mr. Wehmeyer was selected based on his experience as an economic development director,” Loughmiller added, “as well as his experience in working with various agencies at the county, state and federal level that may participate in economic development activity with the city. The timing for this is very good as we see additional activity and interest in McKinney over the past 12 months and continuing into this year with the addition of new projects like Wistron, Emerson’s new project at the Gateway site, potential college expansion, resolution of the hotel conference center issues at Gateway, and the improvements we have completed at the airport.”

    Wehmeier (a German name pronounced We-meier) grew up on the soccer and baseball fields of Plano. He had planned to be a major league pitcher, but his baseball career ended early in surgery. It was either have surgery and hope to keep pitching, or risk a lifelong injury to his arm. Wehmeier decided to go with the long-term option. The end of his baseball career brought tears to his mom’s eyes as she saw her son’s hopes of playing in the big leagues slip away.

    MOVING UP TO McKINNEY

    Wehmeier, who began his rise in economic development in Hillsboro, Texas, loved his job as economic development director in Lufkin, Texas, too, but sees McKinney as both a challenge and great place to live.

    “What brought me out of Lufkin was McKinney,” Wehmeier said. “We already love it here, and we are downtown on the square quite a bit. This is a great community, and one that grew 150 percent but still kept that small-town feel and took home No. 2 in Best Places to Live. That tells me about the leadership we have here in McKinney.”

    City councilman Roger D. Harris confirmed what Wehmeier said, “Our economic development strategy included bringing in a hard-charging, self motivated ‘closer’ that will represent McKinney in the world of bringing in corporate tax-base. I think the MEDC Board has found the right person for the job, and I congratulate them for their hiring of Jim Wehmeier.

    “Jim is moving to McKinney from Lufkin where he had a similar role. However, Jim grew up in Plano and will actually be returning home. Jim told me that he has always wanted the EDC job in McKinney. I think we have found someone who will be here a long time and will work hard to be a strong member of the city of McKinney economic development team.”

    Wehmeier, who is still moving into his new first-floor office on Lake Forest and the SRT/121, knows his mission.

    “Business retention is our No. 1 priority,” Wehmeier said, adding that the business climate in Texas remains attractive to companies around the country because of taxation.

    “We have received multiple calls since the elections, not just the national, but the state elections around the country,” he said. “With the Recession, companies are looking around and saying ‘We definitely have to get out.’ The phone has been ringing. Companies around the country are looking for a better environment for business and a better quality of life. We have that in McKinney. If there is a shining light in the country, it is Texas, and in Texas, it is McKinney.”

    ON THE FAST TRACK

    Wehmeier said that the completion of the tollway to U.S. 75 and expansion of the Collin County Regional Airport has created momentum for the city’s growth.

    “The tollway to 75 changed the game,” Wehmeier said. “I dare say you can get from McKinney now to DFW airport faster now down 121 and the SRT than you can from many places in Dallas-Fort Worth. You can now get anywhere fast from McKinney.”

    He pointed out how driving around McKinney and Dallas-Fort Worth is now easier than sitting in traffic in Austin.

    Mayor Loughmiller said, “As construction on 75 continues towards completion, we will be preparing for the next waive of development along 75 through McKinney that we believe will be possible with the expansion of 75 to eight lanes.”

    The expansion of the county airport in McKinney probably won’t mean a commuter airline landing in the city. Wehmeier said he will be working to bring in more corporate jets, maintenance and industrial facilities because of the airport.

    “Would you rather drive a few minutes down 121 to DFW, or fly three minutes to DFW from McKinney?” Wehmeier explained, saying most wouldn’t want to take off in McKinney only to have to connect at DFW.

    “Our wheel house at the airport is the corporate jets and possibly cargo,” he said. “The airport is a huge opportunity. McKinney is a global city now.”

    FAMILY LOVES MCKINNEY SPIRIT

    Wehmeier said he’s had his eye on the McKinney job for years and knew what he wanted to say when a headhunter came calling this year.

    “I look at McKinney for how it will be in the next 50 years,” Wehmeier said. “And, that’s the way the city leaders look at it. We don’t want short-term answers. We want to build it so that McKinney will be a great place for our grand kids to live and work.”

    Wehmeier said he thrives on competition but has to be patient.

    “I’ve learned economic development does not work on a schedule,” Wehmeier, a golfer, said. “We have to be consistent, and we have to keep building the city and keep doing a good job of outreach to business around the country and around the world. If we are consistently building business, we will attract the quality jobs along with the growth. Like I said, economic development is not about counting new rooftops. We want McKinney to be a great place to live and work.”

    MORE INFORMATION
    McKinney Economic Development Corporation

    Congress approves final hurdle to help North Texas water supply

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, with the support of Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03), including a provision to secure the water supply for North Texas.  The House’s passage represents the last hurdle for the bill to become law.
    Congressman Johnson said: “This is great news for North Texas. This bill will ensure a full water supply for more than 1.5 million Texans who have had to endure drought conditions for several summers.  I’m pleased that Congress acted quickly to move this important legislation forward.”

    The provision would exempt the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) and the Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA) from being held in violation of the Lacey Act for transporting water from Lake Texoma to treatment plants servicing North Texas. 
    For more than three years, the presence of zebra mussels, an invasive species, in the lake has prevented the transporting of water via pipeline to the treatment facility in Wylie, Texas.  Under the Lacey Act, transporting water over state lines with an invasive species is considered a criminal offense with penalties up to $500,00 for each violation.  The mussels do not harm water quality, but they clog water intake pipes by attaching to anything underwater.  The water can be cleaned in Wylie without violating the Lacy Act.
    The bill (S.6387) contained provisions from H.R. 6007 sponsored by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) and passed by unanimous consent.

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    New economics director pitching for McKinney

    By Brian Bearden
    for TownSquareBuzz.com

    McKinney city leaders see the next 10 years as an important time in McKinney’s history as the once small town prepares to rapidly grow again. City leaders privately will say they don’t want to blow it when it comes to keeping the small town atmosphere while attracting thousands each year as new residents.

    New McKinney Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jim Wehmeier knows he’s under pressure to bring in business that will make the city home to both residents and places for them to work.

    “Our priority is not going to be counting rooftops,” Wehmeier said. “We will be focused on bringing in corporations, industrial and headquarters type development. This is a competitive business, and I love it. We are not just competing with Allen, Plano and Frisco. Now, we are competing for these worldwide companies with cities around the world. They can move anywhere they want, and we want them to move here.”

    McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller said, “Our goal continues to be to promote quality economic development to the city focusing on new commercial development as well as retention of our current commercial tax base. With the new Economic Development director, we are evaluating our incentive programs, our land uses in undeveloped areas of the city, and our strategic plan for development as we move forward into 2013.”

    “Mr. Wehmeyer was selected based on his experience as an economic development director,” Loughmiller added, “as well as his experience in working with various agencies at the county, state and federal level that may participate in economic development activity with the city. The timing for this is very good as we see additional activity and interest in McKinney over the past 12 months and continuing into this year with the addition of new projects like Wistron, Emerson’s new project at the Gateway site, potential college expansion, resolution of the hotel conference center issues at Gateway, and the improvements we have completed at the airport.”

    Wehmeier (a German name pronounced We-meier) grew up on the soccer and baseball fields of Plano. He had planned to be a major league pitcher, but his baseball career ended early in surgery. It was either have surgery and hope to keep pitching, or risk a lifelong injury to his arm. Wehmeier decided to go with the long-term option. The end of his baseball career brought tears to his mom’s eyes as she saw her son’s hopes of playing in the big leagues slip away.

    MOVING UP TO McKINNEY

    Wehmeier, who began his rise in economic development in Hillsboro, Texas, loved his job as economic development director in Lufkin, Texas, too, but sees McKinney as both a challenge and great place to live.

    “What brought me out of Lufkin was McKinney,” Wehmeier said. “We already love it here, and we are downtown on the square quite a bit. This is a great community, and one that grew 150 percent but still kept that small-town feel and took home No. 2 in Best Places to Live. That tells me about the leadership we have here in McKinney.”

    City councilman Roger D. Harris confirmed what Wehmeier said, “Our economic development strategy included bringing in a hard-charging, self motivated ‘closer’ that will represent McKinney in the world of bringing in corporate tax-base. I think the MEDC Board has found the right person for the job, and I congratulate them for their hiring of Jim Wehmeier.

    “Jim is moving to McKinney from Lufkin where he had a similar role. However, Jim grew up in Plano and will actually be returning home. Jim told me that he has always wanted the EDC job in McKinney. I think we have found someone who will be here a long time and will work hard to be a strong member of the city of McKinney economic development team.”

    Wehmeier, who is still moving into his new first-floor office on Lake Forest and the SRT/121, knows his mission.

    “Business retention is our No. 1 priority,” Wehmeier said, adding that the business climate in Texas remains attractive to companies around the country because of taxation.

    “We have received multiple calls since the elections, not just the national, but the state elections around the country,” he said. “With the Recession, companies are looking around and saying ‘We definitely have to get out.’ The phone has been ringing. Companies around the country are looking for a better environment for business and a better quality of life. We have that in McKinney. If there is a shining light in the country, it is Texas, and in Texas, it is McKinney.”

    ON THE FAST TRACK

    Wehmeier said that the completion of the tollway to U.S. 75 and expansion of the Collin County Regional Airport has created momentum for the city’s growth.

    “The tollway to 75 changed the game,” Wehmeier said. “I dare say you can get from McKinney now to DFW airport faster now down 121 and the SRT than you can from many places in Dallas-Fort Worth. You can now get anywhere fast from McKinney.”

    He pointed out how driving around McKinney and Dallas-Fort Worth is now easier than sitting in traffic in Austin.

    Mayor Loughmiller said, “As construction on 75 continues towards completion, we will be preparing for the next waive of development along 75 through McKinney that we believe will be possible with the expansion of 75 to eight lanes.”

    The expansion of the county airport in McKinney probably won’t mean a commuter airline landing in the city. Wehmeier said he will be working to bring in more corporate jets, maintenance and industrial facilities because of the airport.

    “Would you rather drive a few minutes down 121 to DFW, or fly three minutes to DFW from McKinney?” Wehmeier explained, saying most wouldn’t want to take off in McKinney only to have to connect at DFW.

    “Our wheel house at the airport is the corporate jets and possibly cargo,” he said. “The airport is a huge opportunity. McKinney is a global city now.”

    FAMILY LOVES MCKINNEY SPIRIT

    Wehmeier said he’s had his eye on the McKinney job for years and knew what he wanted to say when a headhunter came calling this year.

    “I look at McKinney for how it will be in the next 50 years,” Wehmeier said. “And, that’s the way the city leaders look at it. We don’t want short-term answers. We want to build it so that McKinney will be a great place for our grand kids to live and work.”

    Wehmeier said he thrives on competition but has to be patient.

    “I’ve learned economic development does not work on a schedule,” Wehmeier, a golfer, said. “We have to be consistent, and we have to keep building the city and keep doing a good job of outreach to business around the country and around the world. If we are consistently building business, we will attract the quality jobs along with the growth. Like I said, economic development is not about counting new rooftops. We want McKinney to be a great place to live and work.”

    MORE INFORMATION
    McKinney Economic Development Corporation

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    County Line: Party for Joe Jaynes

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    Dear Friends,

    After sixteen years I will soon be leaving the commissioners court. I just wanted to say thank you very much for your friendship and support over the years. I hope that I have represented you well and look forward to continuing our friendships in the future.


    Over the last sixteen years we have:


    • Managed over $2 billion in transportation projects
    • Constructed over 800 miles of new roads
    • Preserved approximately 700 acres of new parkland
    • Added 750 jail beds
    • Increased funding for volunteer fire departments
    • Achieved an AAA bond rating
    • Built a new courthouse.

    I am also proud to say that I never voted for a tax increase and even with all the projects above the tax rate is lower than it was when I took office.

    I would also like to invite you to my going away party. It will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 10 at Bill Smith’s Café.  I do hope that you can attend.

    Best,
    Joe
    Joe's Farewell Party

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