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McKinney Community Development Corporation Awards $6.7 million in grant funding

McKinney Community Development Corporation Awards $6.7 million in grant funding

Did you know? 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the McKinney Community Development Corporation (MCDC). In the last 20 years, MCDC has awarded grant funds totaling $124,177,931.00 to a broad range of organizations, from the Parks and Recreation department to city community, recreational, convention and tourist facilities and community service organizations that enhance quality of life in our city through projects and events that support business development and tourism and showcase our city. This year, MCDC has announced grant awards totaling $6.7 million for initiatives and activities.

Following submission of the grant applications, MCDC board members reviewed the requests for funding and heard presentations from each of the applicants describing the impact of their proposed programs on the local community.

MCDC board chair Kurt Kuehn said: “Local shopping and dining enables MCDC to make a direct impact in the community. The one-half cent sales tax generated from local shopping and dining is allocated to the MCDC and is awarded to project and promotional grants that enhance quality of life and support tourism and business development in McKinney.”

Listed are Project Grants awarded by McKinney Community Development Corporation during the 2015—16 fiscal year, totaling $6.6 million:

  • Pecan Grove Cemetery – Road resurfacing and construction. Funding Amount: $127,698
  • Heard Natural Science Museum – Exhibit building modifications, electrical and equipment requirements for Magic Planet. Funding Amount: $50,000
  • Armed Services Memorial Board – Gold Star Families monument site work and installation at Veteran’s Memorial Park. Funding Amount: $145,000
  • Heritage Guild of Collin County
  • Bevel House, Chapel and Pavilion repairs and upgrades. Funding Amount: $62,000
  • Dulaney Cottage improvements. Funding Amount: $50,000
  • Dulaney House improvements. Funding Amount: $175,000
  • Heard Natural Science Museum – Dinosaurs Live exhibit equipment, infrastructure improvements and construction. Funding Amount: $50,000
  • McKinney Rotary Foundation – All-abilities playground located at Bonnie Wenk Park. Funding Amount: $200,000
  • Collin County Historical Society and Museum – Equipment to facilitate self-guided tours. Funding Amount: $6,968.20
  • North Collin County Habitat for Humanity – Land acquisition, surveys, lot preparation and exterior house repairs through the neighborhood revitalization program. Funding Amount: $251,000
  • Frisco ISD Neighborhood Park adjacent to Scott Elementary. Funding Amount: $500,000
  • McKinney Community Center – Upgrades for ADA Compliance. Funding Amount: $470,000
  • Gabe Nesbitt Community Park – Parking and road improvements adjacent to the Apex Centre. Funding Amount: $1,500,000
  • The Courts at McKinney – Expansion of tennis facility. Funding Amount: $3,000,000
  • Parks Master Plan Update. Funding Amount: $30,000

Promotional and Community Grants awarded by McKinney Community Development Corporation during the 2015—16 fiscal year, totaling $100,000:

  • 3e McKinney – Run for Cover – 1k walk; 5 and 10k runs. Funding Amount: $3,000
  • Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney – Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney Fun Run and Festival. Funding Amount: $3,000
  • Embrace Waiting Children – Fairways for Families Golf Marathon and 5k. Funding Amount: $2,000
  • Heard Natural Science Museum – Texas Heritage Festival. Funding Amount: $2,500
  • Heritage Guild of Collin County – 2016 Historic McKinney Farmers Market and 2016 Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-off. Funding Amount: $6,500
  • Kiwanis Club of McKinney – Historic McKinney Triathlon. Funding Amount: $3,000
  • ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship – Gaitapalooza. Funding Amount: $4,000
  • McKinney Main Street – Arts in Bloom. Funding Amount: $12,000
  • Smiles Charity – Smiles Charity Concert. Funding Amount: $5,000
  • The WERX Foundation, Inc. – Start-up Local Competition; Innovate McKinney; Innovate Her Competition; Hot Tech Chili Cook-off. Funding Amount: $9,000
  • Holy Family School – Believe Run McKinney 5k, 10k and 1-mile fun run. Funding Amount: $5,500
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal and Community Lifeline Center – Empty Bowls 2017. Funding Amount: $7,500
  • Especially Needed – Fall Carnival and Resource Fair. Funding Amount: $7,000
  • McKinney Main Street – Oktoberfest. Funding Amount: $15,000
  • Arts and Music Guild – McKinney Art Studio Tour. Funding Amount: $5,000
  • North Collin County Habitat for Humanity – ReStore Monster Mash Birthday Bash. Funding Amount: $4,000
  • McKinney Rotary Club Foundation – Parade of Lights. Funding Amount: $6,000

To learn more about any of the project or promotional and community event grants, visit the McKinney Community Development Corporation website. Additionally, email Cindy Schneible, to request a copy of guidelines and application forms.

McKinney Community Development Corporation is an organization with a mission to promote and preserve quality of life in McKinney, TX. The corporation was established in 1996 when voters approved a one-half cent sales tax to be used to support community and economic development projects that enhance quality of life in McKinney. For more information about MCDC, please visit the McKinney Community Development Corporation website.

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature:  As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 162,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller’s update on nine-acre development southwest of historic downtown square

McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and Karl Suchman on development by Robert Shaw, former Dallas Cowboy, in downtown McKinney.

The nine-acre site would maintain the historic square while adding high-end development, retail, office space and housing.

“Downtown is going to be the hub that keeps McKinney together as a community,” Mayor Loughmiller.

Shaw, Columbus Realty and JHP Architecture envision 320 apartments, a parking garage, 45,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail space on the nine-acre location where the old courthouse was (southwest of the downtown McKinney square) at McDonald St. (State Highway 5) and Davis Street. – Brian Bearden

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Collin County – Texas High School Football roundup

Brian Bearden’s Texas High School football quick hits

Scoring: Celina’s Cash Conder (11-99 rushing) scored from the 18, 35, 5 in 42-7 win over Melissa.

Farmersville’s Caleb Twyford scored three touchdowns vs. Kemp.

Frisco’s Austin Shaw caught two for 80 yards.

Frisco Centennial’s Connor Martin kicked field goals from 27 yards twice in a 41-7 win over Frisco.

Frisco Lone Star kicker Cameron Scott made seven extra points vs. Little Elm.

McKinney North’s Ronald Jones scored six touchdowns against Wylie East on runs of 3, 36, 38, 6, 59 and 50 yards.

PCA’s Eric Stevenson (13-46 yards) scored three touchdowns on bursts on 3, 3 and 2 yards

Plano West’s Soso Jamabo scored seven touchdowns in a 62-30 win over McKinney Boyd. His scoring runs came from 31, 2, 6, 10, 4, 68 and 1 yards out.

Plano West kicker Parker Davidson had 14 points vs. Boyd on 8 point-after-kicks and two field goals (37, 32 yards).

Princeton’s Julio Vasquez made two FG’s and three of point-after kicks.

The Colony’s Kendrick Johnson (8-139 rushing) scored on runs of 30, 39 and 50 yards vs. Frisco Independence.

Big plays: Allen’s Lee Morris caught a big fourth-quarter 13-yard scoring pass from Kyler Murray as Allen struck back for a 35-24 come-from-behind win over Flower Mound Marcus.

Farmersville’s Cole Anderson had a 40-yard fumble return in a 62-7 win over Kemp.

Frisco Centennial’s Riley Brasuell scored on an 80-yard pass play from Court Walker in a 41-7 win over Frisco. Walker also found Jackon Grimes open for a 41-yard scoring strike in the third quarter.

Lovejoy’s Kevin Davis had a 76-yard return in a 55-42 victory over Denison.

McKinney’s Donnie Porter recovered fumble in end zone in third quarter for a 17-13 lead over Wylie.

McKinney Boyd’s Brandon Bowling scored on a 61-yard pass play from Grant Restmeyer in high scoring matchup with Plano West.

McKinney North’s Ronald Jones, who averaged a first down every time he handled the football, scored on a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter against Wylie East for his sixth touchdown in the game. He had a 59-yard run in the third quarter for six points and a 37-27 lead.

Plano West’s Bennett Dubrow scored on a 57-yard TD pass from Robert Colmery (6-8-0, 114 yards) against Boyd.

Prosper’s Bailey Mack (4-86 yards receiving) scored on a 63-yard pass in 34-7 win over Sherman.

Wylie’s Carson Cook hauled in a 24-yard TD pass to Darius Carter in the fourth quarter in 27-24 win over McKinney.

Wylie East’s Justin Bailey scored on a 60-yard catch in the second quarter and a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Eno Benjamin scored on a 48-yard pass from Braden Shewmake in the fourth quarter as East pulled ahead in a 49-46 win.

Rushing: Allen’s Kyler Murray averaged 4.7 per keeper, and David Feliciano averaged 4.3 yards rushing against Flower Mound Marcus.

Celina’s John Franklin scored on a 31-yard run and finished with 83 yards rushing on 11 tries vs. Melissa.

Farmersville’s Darrin Pennington averaged 10.5 yards a carry en route to 209 yards on 20 attempts in a 62-7 win over Kemp. Cole Anderson averaged 11.8 yards on four rushes.

Flower Mound Marcus’ Nathan Hopkins ran for 207 yards and two TD against Allen on 35 carries.

Frisco’s Paul Terry (4.9 yards rushing) ran 31 times for 154 yards and a TD vs. Centennial.

Frisco Centennial’s Anthony Pegues (17 for 184 yards) had one touchdown from 53 yards out vs. Frisco. Pegues gained 10.8 yards per carry.

Frisco Legacy Christian’s Chase Eisenmann had 173 yards rushing on 21 carries and two TD in 49-35 loss to Tyler Grace. Eisenmann caught four passes for 70 yards.

Lone Star’s Robert Hall averaged 7.4 yards rushing and scored on TD runs of 4, 8 and 16 yards in a 56-14 victory at Little Elm.

Lovejoy’s Chase Tucker (7.6) ran 13 times for 99 yards against Denison.

McKinney North’s Ronald Jones averaged 10.3 yards per carry on his way to 393 yards against Wylie East.

PCA’s Colin Whitaker ran 12 times for 113 yards, averaging 9.4 yards. DeOne Williams (6.3 yards) scored once. Ryne Carter (2-71 yards) scored from 38 yards away against TCA.

Plano’s Brandon Stephens ran for 271 yards on 25 carries and scored from 37, 70, 2 and 3 yards out in the Wildcats’ 35-13 victory over Flower Mound. Stephens also averaged 16.7 yards per catch with three for 50 yards. He even went 1 for 1 passing.

Plano’s Lopaka Yaro averaged 6.9 yards rushing vs. Flower Mound.

Plano West QB Robert Colmery averaged 7.9 yards on keepers for 126 yards.

Prosper’s Robert Mahone averaged 5.6 yards and ran for 81 yards and a 5-yard TD vs. Sherman.

Wylie East’s Enos Benjamin had 228 yards rushing on 28 attempts in a 49-46 win over McKinney North. He scored on runs of 4, 25, 27, 64 as well as the 48-yard pass play from Braden Shewmake with the outcome on the line in the fourth quarter.

Passing: Allen’s Kyler Murray (11-18-0) had no interceptions while passing for 218 yards and 3 TD against Flower Mound Marcus.

Anna’s Gage Scribner (5-14-1, 79 yards) had three TD strikes against Callisburg, connecting with Eric Jackson, Brandon Dossett and Barry Sims.

Farmersville’s Chase Hasker (12-14-0, 187 yards) threw for two touchdowns vs. Kemp. He also averaged more than five yards on keepers.

Frisco Legacy Christian’s Chase Moake (11-27-0) passed for 229 yards and two TD’s vs. Tyler Grace.

Lovejoy’s Bowman Sells (11-17-0) passed for 194 yards and two TD to beat Denison.

Frisco Lone Star’s Jason Shelley (12-15-0) passed for 222 yards and three touchdowns and had 78 yards and a pair of TD’s on a dozen quarterback keepers against Little Elm.

McKinney Boyd’s Grant Restmeyer (12-28-0, 308 yards) passed for three touchdowns against Plano West, including a 43-yard touchdown to Jacob Cantrell. Seth Washington (3-3) threw for 100 yards in reserve.

Melissa’s Taylor McGehee (8-21-1) passed for 132 yards and a TD against Celina.

Prestonwood Christian’s Ryan Cash (21-26-0) passed for two TD and 258 yards vs. Trinity Christian – Addison.

Princeton’s Colt Collins went 14-28-0 for 240 yards and two touchdowns in 27-14 win over Gainesville. Collins bolted for an 11-yard TD run in fourth quarter too.

Prosper’s Justin Kiedinger (12-16-1) passed for 154 yards and three TD in 34-7 victory over Sherman. Prosper’s QB ran 12 times for 5.6 yards.

Wylie East’s Braden Shewmake (12-21-2) threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns vs. McKinney North.

Receiving: Allen’s Jalen Guyton caught eight for 180 yards vs. Flower Mound Marcus.

Farmersville’s Cole Anderson had four catches for 84 yards against Kemp.

Frisco Lone Star’s Michael Johnson caught two passes for 93 yards vs. Little Elm. Jordan Jones had two for 65 yards and two touchdowns from the Lobos’ 49 and 20 on passes from Jason Shelley.

Lovejoy’s Steven Prudhome had 113 yards receiving vs. Denison.

Melissa’s Christian Norton had 106 yards receiving on three catches, including a 73-yard TD vs. Celina.

Prestonwood’s Michael Irvin caught nine passes for 97 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter against TCA-Addison.

PCA’s Collin Whitaker had a key scoring catch from 23 yards out.

Princeton’s Zach Torres caught three passes for 103 yards with a 24-yard scoring catch in the first quarter against Gainesville.

Prosper’s Bailey Mack had four catches for 86 yards vs. Sherman.

Texas High School Football Results

Allen 35, Flower Mound Marcus 24

Bishop Dunne 47, John Paul II 0

Callisburg 48, Anna 28

Celina 43, Melissa 7

Denton 50, Chisholm Trail 14

Denton Guyer 40, Keller 33

Farmersville 62, Kemp 7

Frisco Centennial 41, Frisco 7

Frisco Lone Star 56, Little Elm 14

Frisco Wakeland 17, Frisco Liberty 3

Keller Central 37, Denton Ryan 29

Lewisville 38, Hebron 20

Lovejoy 55, Denison 42

Pilot Point 57, Bonham 14

Plano 35, Flower Mound 13

Plano West 62, McKinney Boyd 30

Prestonwood 56, TCA-Addison 13

Princeton 27, Gainesville 14

Prosper 34, Sherman 7

Wylie 27, McKinney 24

The Colony 56, Frisco Independence 2

Tyler Grace 49, Legacy Christian 35

Waco Reicher 35, McKinney Christian 13

Wylie East 49, McKinney North 46

OCT. 3 Football Games

Private Schools

John Paul II at Prestonwood Christian

Legacy Christian at Tyler All-Saints

McKinney Christian at Irving The Highlands

District 6-6A

McKinney Boyd at Plano East (Kimbrough Stadium)

Plano vs. Plano West (John Clark Stadium)

Flower Mound Marcus at Flower Mound

District 9-5A

Frisco vs. Heritage (Toyota Stadium)

Independence vs. Centennial (Memorial Stadium)

Lone Star at The Colony

Wakeland at Little Elm

District 10-5A

Denison at McKinney

McKinney North at Prosper

Sherman at Lovejoy

Wylie vs. Wylie East

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy registration under way in Frisco TX; middle and high school students can apply now

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), an innovative educational program for students entering Grades 6 through 12.

The YEA! program takes students through the process of starting and running their own businesses. Each participant will brainstorm a business idea, write a business plan, pitch to potential investors, obtain funding and actually launch their own business or social enterprise.

Frisco ISD middle and high school students are encouraged to apply. No prior business experience is required, though applicants should show determination, creativity and a strong work ethic.

The program begins in November and runs through April. Classes meet each Tuesday evening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Frisco ISD Career and Technical Education Center, 9889 Wade Boulevard in Frisco.

Students take educational field trips, meet community and business leaders and work with fellow students to develop official logos and websites for their businesses, an interactive process that encourages professional communication and provides real-world experience for Frisco ISD students studying graphic design and web development at the CTE Center.

Tuition for the YEA! program is $295 including books and supplies. Scholarships are available and will be awarded on the basis of need and merit. For information, contact Roz Righetti at 972-335-9522.

The deadline to apply for Young Entrepreneurs Academy is Sept. 30, 2014. Click here to download the application.

TxDot grant gives McKinney National Airport a lift

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the granting of $1,756,202 in federal funds to reimburse McKinney National Airport for the cost of land it acquired in 2010 as part of the $45 million project to replace the old runway.

Project costs will be funded through the City of McKinney and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation airport system.

Airport Executive Director Ken Wiegand said: “Federal and state grants administered by TxDOT provide the kind of financial assistance our airport needs to continue to grow and provide top-quality service to our business aviation customers. McKinney National Airport has been fortunate to receive outstanding support from FAA and TxDOT over the past 12 years.”

The runway in McKinney was constructed at 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It was the largest in single development project in TxDOT Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

Notable: Ken Wiegand, an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds a commercial pilot’s license in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wiegand, a 20-year military veteran, has been executive director of Mckinney National Airport since 2002. He served 10 years as executive director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority in Virginia and eight years as Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia and most recently by the Texas Department of Transportation as its 2008 Airport Manager of the Year.

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