Join the McKinney Chamber of Commerce as they welcome the City of McKinney’s new City Manager Paul Grimes at a meet-and-greet reception August 30.

The welcome reception will take place at Gather in Downtown McKinney, located at 207 E. Virginia St., McKinney, TX 75069.  The public is welcome to attend from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Grimes was appointed the new City Manager after an extensive search process and began his service to the City on August 1. Prior to this appointment, Grimes served for eight years as Village Manager for Orland Park, Illinois, where he successfully negotiated land acquisition and redevelopment agreements in Orland Park’s downtown Main Street revitalization. During his tenure, Orland Park maintained a citizen satisfaction rating of 95 percent and was also the first public entity in Illinois to gain a transparency rating of 100 percent from the Illinois Policy Institute.

“The City Council is very excited about the future of McKinney with new city manager Paul Grimes.  Mr. Grimes was selected unanimously after a nationwide search over several months.   He brings with him experience in regional and local economic development initiatives, redevelopment and a reputation of being a collaborator with citizens, chambers of commerce, public sector entities, private developers and corporate citizenry,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller.  "I trust our citizens will give Paul a warm McKinney welcome and give him the opportunity to incorporate his history of success and management style into the fabric of our community as we look towards the continued growth and development of our city.” 

The welcome reception is an opportunity for the community to visit with Grimes as he completes his first month with the City.

“As we work to move our community forward, the Chamber is excited to welcome Grimes as its newest partner,” said McKinney Chamber President Lisa Hermes. “We welcome his leadership and expertise as he takes on the responsibility of helping grow our city. McKinney is a community of engaged citizens and businesses who care deeply about our city. We welcome Grimes and look forward to working with him and other community leaders on issues that are important to our future.”

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 Chamber, which celebrated its Centennial in 2014, represents over 40,000 employees from more than 1,200 business investors in McKinney and 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. Through and associated social media pages and feeds, the McKinney Chamber markets the community’s advantages as the foremost location for doing business and to keep a growing community connected. You can find the McKinney Chamber of Commerce on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Flickr.