Allen West joining Chris Hill at Omni Frisco at The Star for reception, announcement on Oct. 26

Friends of Collin County Commissioner Chris Hill are hosting a fund-raising reception for
Chris Hill. The featured special guest for the afternoon will be former U.S. Congressman and retired Lt. Col. Allen West.

Lt. Col. Allen West

Allen West has spent his life in the service of America, serving most notably as a US Army lieutenant colonel and a Republican member of the US House of Representatives.

During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.

In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

West serves as a Fox News Contributor, and is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas.

Allen West and his wife, Angela, have two daughters and live in North Texas.

Friends of Chris Hill will have a VIP Guided Tour of The Star at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 with Allen West.

At 5:30 p.m., there will be a Special VIP Reception with Allen West.
The general reception will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

Register for the Chris Hill reception

The new Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star is situated at 11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, Texas 75034.

The Hill Family of McKinney TX

Chris Hill is a sixth-generation native Texan, and a fourth-generation resident of Collin County.

In the early 1900s, his great-great-grandfather was a Collin County farmer in the same precinct Hill represents as county commissioner. Hill has been married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, for 20 years. Today, they live in McKinney with their three children.

Before his election as county commissioner, Hill served as an Executive Pastor, and worked as a corporate accountant and controller in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

As the first in his family to graduate from college, Hill earned a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Texas A&M University at Commerce, a Master of Pastoral Leadership degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary, a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University, and a Master of Accounting and Information Management degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Hill family attends and volunteers regularly at Christ Fellowship church in McKinney. He is a member of the Rotary Club of McKinney, the Kiwanis Club of McKinney, the Texas Home School Coalition, and a life member of the National Rifle Association. He serves on the board of directors for The Samaritan Inn and Minuteman Disaster Response. Hill is an Eagle Scout and a member of MENSA.

In both of his campaigns for county commissioner (2012 and 2016), Chris Hill pledged that he would pursue limited government, low taxes, and excellence in every aspect of county government. In his first four years as commissioner, Collin County reduced the property tax rate four consecutive times. Today, Collin County has the No. 1 lowest county property tax rate of all 254 Texas counties and is a leader in the state of Texas in economic opportunity and county government efficiency.

Pol. adv. paid for by the Chris Hill Campaign

This page sponsored by Lincoln Society of Collin County




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.

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