Frisco Fire Department 9/11 Ceremony

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Tuesday was the 17th anniversary of the attacks on America.  Frisco Fire Department holds a somber ceremony every year commemorating the deaths of the 413 New York emergency workers who died that day.  It is held outside at Frisco’s Central Fire Station on Main Street.  This year it was raining as the bagpipes played and we all remembered.  Interestingly, Fire Chief Piland was at the Pentagon fighting the fires on 9/11.

Frisco Garden Club Ceremony
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Later Tuesday, at 6:00 PM, Frisco Garden Club sponsored the 9/11 Ceremony which is open to the public.  It is held at the Warren Sports Complex up on the hill.  Approximately 100 people came.  It was nice to see families bringing their young children to this memorial.  When we say “we will never forget”, this implies we educate and share our stories with our children and grandchildren.  Thank you, moms and dads, for telling your children about your experiences of 9/11.  The Frisco Garden Club organizes an evening for all of us to remember that day.  Thank you, ladies.

Improving Off the Field Lives of NFL Players
Photo Credit: VisitFrisco.comThis week I met with Dante Wesley and his wife, Renetta.  Dante is a former NFL player and spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys.  His mission has changed since his days as a player.  Dante and Renetta are focused on improving the lives of NFL players and their families by focusing on their marriage and family relationships.  They shared with us the divorce rate in the NFL is 80%.  Dante and Renetta have teamed up with married Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt to create a program to restore these relationships.  Thanks, Renetta and Dante, we hope you can provide needed support for the players.

The New Modern Homes

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On Wednesday morning, we broke ground for one of Frisco’s newest and most exciting residential builders.  The New Modern Homes chose Frisco to be the community where they first build.  The Frisco Chamber was there to welcome them and there was plenty of media capturing the news of this development.  The New Modern Homes are sustainable, energy free, and maintenance free.  They use solar panels to provide all the needed energy to run the home and even charge your car.  We are proud to be attracting this level of innovation to our residents.  Thank you, Jimmy Tanghongs, for choosing Frisco to build The New Modern Homes.


State of the University Address

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Thursday afternoon, we traveled to Denton to be at UNT President Neal Smatresk’s Annual State of the University Address.  Neal talked about all their achievements during the last year.  More students graduated, more money raised, more money spent on research, more buildings completed.  Do you see a trend?  Neal has been the President at UNT since 2014 and you can see the undeniable impact he has made on every aspect of the University.  Of course, one of the highlights for me was when he spoke so fondly of Frisco and the 100-acre campus they will be building on the Brinkmann Ranch property.  I recorded one statement in particular because he repeated it a couple of times and it was so meaningful.  “The union of creativity and technology is strategically important to our future and the growth of the creative economy around us.”  Neal explored the concept of a creative economy.  He said it represented 15% of the US GDP.  The University is strategically moving in that direction.  We see our city naturally moving into those business sectors like, sports, entertainment, arts and all the many related fields which support them.  Neal is truly a visionary and it is an honor that he and his incredible team has chosen Frisco for his expansion.

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