McKINNEY (Nov. 7, 2013) – The 2013 State of the Community event took place at Christ Fellowship Church in McKinney. The business community and public attended McKinney's annual community address hosted by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. Presenting sponsors for the event were First United Bank and the City of McKinney.
Leaders from the City of McKinney, Collin County, Collin College, McKinney Economic Development Corporation and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce focused on current and future development in McKinney. Accomplishments, current development and a vision for the future of McKinney were included in the McKinney Today – Tomorrow panel.
The City of McKinney 2013 annual report centers on the theme “25 Reasons to Love McKinney.” This year’s report is an interactive digital annual report that includes videos, links to websites and other information to enhance the text and bring the information to life. It is available online at mckinneytexas.org.
Panel of Speakers included:
- Brian Loughmiller, Mayor, City of McKinney
- Jodi Ann LaFreniere Ray, President, McKinney Chamber of Commerce
- Jim Wehmeier, President, McKinney Economic Development Corporation
- Dr. Cary Israel, President, Collin College
- Chris Hill, Collin County Commissioner Precinct 3
LaFreniere Ray opened the event, followed by an invocation by Bruce Miller, founding pastor of Christ Fellowship. Congressman Sam Johnson then led the group in the pledge of allegiance. A brief video of “McKinney Today – Tomorrow” depicting the accomplishments of the city was unveiled.
Mayor Loughmiller, excited about where McKinney is, said “It is our time. Everyone is working together for the common goal,”
“Our goal is building a balanced community through economic growth and quality of life.”
Commissioner Hill addressed transportation and infrastructure growth in and around the city. He gave a timetable for the many highway construction projects currently underway and mentioned the importance of the changes taking place on roadways. Hill continued with a nod to TAPS (Texoma Area Public Transit) and applauded the choice to bring them into the community for transportation needs.
Dr. Israel gave a short presentation on the state of Collin College and how it was experiencing significant growth. A state-of-the-art health sciences building is going to be built at the McKinney campus. Israel focused much of his presentation on the increased need for evolving as the times are changing the direction of education.
Wehmeier continued the discussion with a recap of the recent economic development wins for the city, including the newly relocated Wistron and the freshly built Emerson Process Management division.
“There are people who have vision and those who are seeing things. We are fortunate to have visionary leaders here in McKinney,” Wehmeier said. “At the MEDC, we don’t sign a contract with you then forget about you. We’re in it for the long haul, and we’ll be with you until the end of time.”
Loughmiller and LaFreniere Ray closed with an overview of the future of McKinney. For a presentation that includes slides, please click here. Mayor Loughmiller closed by saying, “We have a lot to be proud of. Our time is now. We celebrate our successes and talk about them. Let’s encourage projects and growth. It’s a great time to be a citizen of McKinney.”
About the McKinney Chamber of Commerce
The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for the McKinney business community and proudly serves as the unified business voice of McKinney. The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is the fourth largest Chamber in the Metroplex and holds a four-star accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The McKinney Chamber of Commerce proudly serves over 1,200 member businesses representing over 39,000 employees throughout the North Texas region. With a rich heritage of leadership and collaboration, the Chamber works in concert with the City of McKinney, community partners and the corporate community to promote, advocate for and expand business. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, McKinneyOnline.com and McKinneyChamber.com, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.