Tell me about Allen TX – Aerial view of Allen via Allen EDC

Did you know? Allen, Texas, is home to many businesses, and the Allen Economic Development Commission is proud of every single one. From a diverse, well-educated population to our business-friendly economic development corporation, Allen gives the companies that call us home the tools they need to succeed.

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Allen TX – What can you tell us about The Convention Center and hotels at Watters Creek?

The Allen TX hotel and convention center will feature 290 guest rooms, 64,200 square feet of convention space and a 1,000-car parking garage
The Allen TX hotel and convention center will feature 290 guest rooms, 64,200 square feet of convention space and a 1,000-car parking garage

How did the convention center and hotel project come about? The Allen City Council approved a development agreement for the construction of The Convention Center at Watters Creek.

Where is it? The $85 million, four-star facility developed by TCH Altera is being built at Bethany Drive and North Central Expressway. It is projected to open in January 2017.

What will it mean to Allen TX and Collin County? The hotel and convention center will feature 290 guest rooms, 64,200 square feet of convention space and a 1,000-car parking garage. It will allow Allen to host larger meetings and conferences, with enough space to accommodate groups of 500 people or more.

How big is the Allen convention center and hotel? The space is comparable to some of DFW’s most significant convention centers, including the Gaylord Texan, Hilton Anatole and Sheraton Dallas Hotel, according to a study by HVS. The HVS study estimates that revenue from the convention center will reach $3.6 million annually by its fourth full year of operation.

The City of Allen, Allen Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and Allen Community Development Corporation (ACDC) agreed to jointly contribute $12.3 million toward the capital investment in the project. In addition, the City of Allen TX pledged up to $10 million in hotel occupancy tax over a 12-year period toward the management operations of the convention center.

5G Studio Collaborative will complete the architectural design. Plano-based Aimbridge Hospitality has been chosen to manage the hotel, offering a wealth of experience working with cities for management of convention center properties.

The corner of Bethany and 75 will soon have a new hotel when Aloft opens in 2018
The corner of Bethany and 75 will soon have a new hotel when Aloft opens in 2018

Across Bethany, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced this week that a 136-room Aloft hotel will be opening along Central Expressway in Allen TX in 2018 in Watters Creek.

In addition, more apartments are going in at the popular area that offers a place to live, walk, shop, entertain, enjoy the outdoors, dine and work.

Business roundup: Perry, Bush headline events

Photo courtesy of Governor’s office: Gov. Rick Perry attended the Plano
 Chamber of Commerce’s Quarterly Luncheon to discuss the Texas
Budget Compact, composed of five key principles for a stronger Texas,
and to address the health of Texas’ economy. The governor met with local
business leaders during a roundtable discussion before the luncheon
 to listen to their concerns and get feedback on how to maintain
 the state’s competitive economic edge.

Gov. Rick Perry said “People know this is the place to come find a job” when he met with the Plano Chamber of Commerce for lunch on Wednesday. Plano Mayor Phil Dyer introduced and praised Perry for making Texas a leader in job creation and business.

Gov. Perry said, “People know this is the place to come find a job. People are moving to Texas because they know what’s going on here.”

Gov. Perry said, “It is imperative we remain committed to the sound conservative values that have brought us to where we are today.”

Perry said even though Texans all don’t ride horses to work or all have oil wells in their backyard that companies still want to move into the state. The quarterly luncheon was sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano.

Another former Texas Governor, former President George W. Bush, will be the keynoter at the Mm Ee Ff 20th Anniversary Gala on April 21 at the Collin County Regional Airport. The event starts at 6 p.m. Reporter Steve Stoler will be the emcee when the former world leader addresses the McKinney Education Foundation event. Jon Christopher Davis and Lone Star Attitude will be performing, too.

Harry Whalen, who has nearly 40 years experience in bringing in business, has started in his new job as executive director of the Allen Economic Development Corp. He was previously with the Caldwell County, N.C., Economic Development Commission. Caldwell is northwest of Charlotte and northeast of Asheville.

Allen Economic Development Commission chair Tim Wood said, “We have grown into a desirable destination to relocate and have the infrastructure in place to accommodate a wide variety of developments.”

To take a look at Caldwell County’s EDC, click on

Tootie Pie Gourmet Cafe will be joining the lineup at The Villages of Allen on Stacy Road. The cafe is also in Frisco.

Richardson city secretary Pam Schmidt is retiring at the end of April. She said, “It has been a very gratifying experience to be able to work here in the city of Richardson. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work in this community, and with the many members of the city council and management team.”

Thomas Hall has been appointed as CEO of First Choice Emergency Room. He was chairman, CEO and president of NovaMed. Rick Covert, founder of First Choice Emergency Room, will be on the board of directors of the company. First Choice has locations at 2401 Preston Road in Plano and 211 East FM 544 in Murphy. Info:

Celina Chamber CEO/President Jeran Akers is on a leave of absence to run for state representative of Allen, Plano and Richardson in District 67. Celina Travel owner Tracy Fiers said, “Jeran’s ability to connect with the people of Celina was nothing short of amazing.” Akers, a former Plano mayor, won the Texas Tea Party straw poll, the first to include all five candidates in the race for Texas House District 67 with 42 percent of the vote:

The Celina Balloon Festival has announced Oct. 26-27 as the 2012 dates. … Blockbuster’s distribution center in McKinney will be closing in May, ending nearly 200 jobs. … The Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce has started accepting applications for its Executive Director position. The job is for 20 hours a week.

The 37th annual Germanfest will be northwest of Dallas in Muenster, Texas, April 27-29. For more info, click on

If you love Shelby Cobras, look for them this summer for a 50th anniversary celebration at Legacy Texas Bank in Plano. The Shelby family has a big ownership stake in the bank.

Plano Mayor Phil Dyer, the bank president of Legacy Texas Bank, stated, “We are delighted to help bring the Shelby American Tour to North Texas and to host this extraordinary celebration of auto innovation. This is a unique opportunity for serious collectors, as well as those who simply appreciate the Shelby tradition of quality, to get a close up view of some extremely rare Shelby models.

Mayor Dyer said, “The 50th Anniversary Tour has an even deeper meaning for our bank for two significant reasons. Our long-time association with and respect for the Shelby family, and the fact that the Shelby show coincides with the kickoff of the bank’s 50th year make it a very special event for us and for our community.”
– Brian Bearden

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