Through a cooperative effort of the Collin County Chambers of Commerce, McKinney Chamber and other local officials represented the city at 2013 Collin County Days. Chamber President Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray, Director of Membership and Leadership McKinney Deb Fitzgerald, Events Manager Nicolette Daugherty, the Leadership McKinney Class of 2013, along with several chamber members and members of the Chamber’s Government and Legislative Issues Committee all attended the fast-paced, agenda-packed event.

Also representing McKinney were Mayor Brian Loughmiller, Councilmember Geralyn Kever, City Manager Jason Gray, McKinney Economic Development Corporation President Jim Wehmeier, McKinney Community Development Corporation Director Cindy Schneible, Collin County Regional Airport Director Ken Wiegand and McKinney Independent School District Superintendent Dr. J.D. Kennedy.

Other locally elected officials participating in the program were all the members of the County Commissioners Court and several members of the Collin College Board of Trustees along with President Dr. Cary Israel.

Participants met with Collin County legislators, attended sessions on pertinent issues, were recognized in the House and Senate, networked with their colleagues and toured the Capitol.

Session Topics

•  Healthcare – presented by speaker Chuck Girard, Director of Government Relations, Hospital Corporation of America

•  Water – presented by speakers Commissioner Todd Staples, Texas Department of Agriculture and Jeremy Mazur, Director of Governmental Relations, Texas Water Development Board

•  Education – presented by speakers Senator Dan Patrick, Chair, Education Committee and Representative Dan Branch, Chair, Higher Education Committee

•  Transportation – presented by speaker Phil Wilson, TXDOT Executive Director


McKinney Chamber President Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray said, “We were able meet with members of the legislature, including Collin County delegation members, Senator Ken Paxton, Representatives Scott Sanford, Jodie Laubenberg, Van Taylor, Jeff Leach and Scott Turner. The McKinney delegation also met with Speaker of the House of Representatives Joe Strauss and Texas Secretary of State John Steen. We used this opportunity to bring them up to speed on issues facing McKinney as well as boast of our progress and our region.”

Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray, President of the McKinney Chamber, speaks during the Collin County Days in Austin.

Secretary Steen met with the McKinney Delegation led by Mayor Brian Loughmiller and discussed the role of his office in international protocol and welcoming delegations from outside the US who are interested in investing in Texas. Mayor Loughmiller shared the recent news that Wistron Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in Taiwan will locate a division called Wistron Green Tech in McKinney later this spring. The new development will bring 80-100 jobs in phase one and a $21 million electronics recycling plant to McKinney.

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Ray adds, “Collin County Days provides local officials a more personal way to discuss important issues with our representatives. We are able to voice concerns and they in turn, are able to provide feedback.”