The McKinney Chamber of Commerce hosted its Spring Quarterly Luncheon on Thursday, April 14 at Eldorado Country Club. Over 100 Chamber members were in attendance.

The luncheon was sponsored by Medical Center of McKinney and featured Tracye McDaniel, president and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) as keynote speaker. McDaniel has more than 30 years of experience at the state and regional level as a widely-recognized strategist in all facets of economic development.

“We were honored to have Tracye speak to our Chamber,” said McKinney Chamber President Lisa Hermes. “Her knowledge and insight were informative for our community to understand the direction the state’s economic development efforts are going.”

From left, Robbie Clark, LegacyTexas; Lisa Hermes, McKinney Chamber of Commerce; Tracye McDaniel, Texas Economic Development Corporation; Scott Peek, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney; and Scott Sanford, Texas House of Representatives for District 70.

From left, Robbie Clark, LegacyTexas; Lisa Hermes, McKinney Chamber of Commerce; Tracye McDaniel, Texas Economic Development Corporation; Scott Peek, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney; and Scott Sanford, Texas House of Representatives for District 70.

 

McDaniel’s presentation was entitled “Wide Open for Business: Taking Texas to the Next Level in 2016.” She spoke about the TexasOne Program, created by TEDC for the purpose of marketing and promoting Texas as a premier business location.

“It’s no secret that McKinney is growing fast, just like the state,” McDaniel said. “Texas has tremendous assets. Our state plays well with businesses. We have leaders who ‘get it.’ “

The strategy of TexasOne is to engage decision makers with bold, proactive marketing and direct outreach campaigns that attract and retain business on a global scale. Target industries include:

  • Advanced Technology and Manufacturing
  • Aerospace/Aviation and Defense
  • Biotechnology & Life Sciences
  • Information and Computer Technology
  • Petroleum Refining and Chemical Products
  • Energy

“TexasOne – We have a passion to promote the state and share each of your stories,” McDaniel said. “Texas has tremendous assets. Our state plays well with businesses.”

From left, Will Windham, Sally Huggins, Lee Mathew and Steve McCraw of Medical Center of McKinney, the Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Quarterly Luncheon.

From left, Will Windham, Sally Huggins, Lee Mathew and Steve McCraw of Medical Center of McKinney, the Presenting Sponsor of the Spring Quarterly Luncheon.

 

Texas has a reputation for being friendly to business. As a result, Texas is more competitive and successful at attracting national and international companies.

McDaniel stressed the importance of the private sector’s participation in growing and attracting businesses to Texas. She explained how the TexasOne model is a great example of how public-private partnerships can achieve results.

 “The private sector needs to be involved to help maintain the direction of the state that has proven successful,” she said.

Click here to download McDaniel’s slide presentation (26 pages, .pdf format).

Please join us for our next quarterly luncheon on Thursday, July 28 where MYP will present their “Christmas in July” contributions to CASA of Collin County.

 

About the author: Chuck Grimes is the Digital Communications Manager for the McKinney Chamber of Commerce and McKinneyOnline.com. You can reach him at 972-542-0163 (ext. 224) or via email at cgrimes@mckinneychamber.com.