McKINNEY (Nov. 1, 2013) – The 2013 State of the Community event will take place at Christ Fellowship Church, 2801 Orchid Drive in McKinney. The business community and public is invited to attend McKinney's annual community address hosted by the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. Presenting sponsors for the event are First United Bank and the City of McKinney.

Leaders from several key McKinney organizations – the City of McKinney, Collin County, Collin College, McKinney Economic Development Corporation and the McKinney Chamber of Commerce – will focus on current and future development in McKinney by sharing recent accomplishments, discussing developments currently underway and presenting a vision for the future of McKinney.

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 will be available online the day of the State of the Community at A printed postcard at the State of the Community event will lead readers to the online report.


  • Registration and sponsor exhibits open (11 a.m.)
  • Lunch (11:30 a.m.)
  • Program (noon – 1 p.m.)

Panel of Speakers:

  • Mayor Brian Loughmiller, 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

The public is encouraged to attend. For more information or to register for the event, please contact Gina Blackwell at the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.


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, and earned its four-star accreditation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As publisher of McKinney Magazine, and, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business.

About McKinney

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