Happy Birthday, Frisco!
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In Frisco, buildings seem to spring up out of the ground overnight. Everything seems so new. For that reason, we are so blessed to have our Heritage Association who works to preserve our long history as a city. Did you know this last Sunday Frisco celebrated it’s 116th birthday? As Mayor, I am asked to pull the train whistle at each of our annual birthday celebrations. The Heritage Association planned a very special day for Frisco families to experience and learn more about our history. We had a birthday cake and sang “Happy Birthday” and there was animals and activities for children. Congratulations Heritage Association for another great celebration of Frisco’s historical past.

Townhall for Everyone, Anywhere
Photo Credit: VisitFrisco.comMonday evening was a City Town Hall. We host these occasionally throughout the year. It is an opportunity for our citizens to ask any question about anything. I lead the discussion along with Council and our City Manager, George Purefoy. We have all our City department heads present, ready and available for your queries. Dana Baird and her awesome Communications team work to make this event available to everyone. You can come to City Hall and participate or you can listen on the phone or watch on Facebook Live. We work hard to be open and available to you, our residents. We went until we had addressed everyone’s questions. We had approximately 30 questions and 40% were traffic/roads/transportation related. No surprise! There is several roads under construction, developments with all the technology integration and movement towards other forms of transportation. The rest of the questions were about Exide, apartments, future performing arts center, security in our schools, Wade Park and library expansion. The good news is if you missed the town hall, you do not have to wait until the next one. Just send me an email and I can either answer it or make sure it gets answered by the appropriate city staff. jcheney@friscotexas.gov

Thank you for your service, Councilman Tim Nelson

Tuesday night council meeting was a shorter one than normal. Councilman Tim Nelson was not there. He has been called back into active duty through the end of March and is stationed now in South Korea. Please keep Tim in your thoughts and prayers that he returns home safely. With the resignation of Fred Rogers as the Chairman of our Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee, I announced our new Chairman is J.P. Hogan. Colonel James P Hogan (JP) has been a long time friend and personal advisor and has dedicated his life to serving his country and fellow veterans. Congrats, JP, we know you will be a spectacular leader for our FVAC. In his monthly report, Chief Piland mentioned two separate successful rescues which he characterized as “two difficult calls that rivals anything I have seen in all my experience”. In the last month our Frisco Fire has been involved with a confined space rescue and a construction equipment extrication. Our Fire Department had the right training and the necessary equipment and resources to perform these sophisticated rescues. Because of the professionalism and expertise of our personnel, two men are alive today. Thank you Chief Piland!

Another Great MBRT
Photo Credit: VisitFrisco.comWednesday was our third Mayor’s Business Round Table. We host these quarterly events as an opportunity for me to speak directly with Frisco’s business community. It is important for me to have a connection with them and be available to listen to their needs and concerns. Each quarter a different business hosts it, selects the venue, provides the lunch and chooses the topic of discussion. Careington International Corporation was the host, the theme was “Smart City – Healthy City” and it was at the Dr. Pepper Arena. It was an interesting discussion to connect how smart city attributes like utilization of technology and conserving valuable resources leads to a healthier community. Barbara Fasola, CEO of Careington, a superstar who is recognized for her vision and leadership, lead our discussion along with Legacy ER’s CEO, Dr. Jay Woody and Sharecare’s SVP, David Toomey. We are living at an exciting time with the intersection of technology and healthcare. We have three major hospitals who have chosen to build in Frisco, Baylor Scott & White, Texas Health Resources and Scottish Rite. We are perfectly positioned to be in the middle of healthcare advancements. Thank you Barbara and her whole team at Careington, our panelists, and all the business leaders who participated.

Welcoming More Businesses to Frisco
Photo Credit: VisitFrisco.comWe had two ribbon cuttings on Thursday, Fresenius Kidney Care in Frisco on Legacy Drive and Hotel Indigo on Avenue of the Stars by the Dr. Pepper Arena. We welcome these two businesses to Frisco and wish them the greatest success.

Frisco Cares for Our Veterans

Photo Credit: VisitFrisco.comI was looking forward to Project Relo’s Casino Royale Night fundraiser. Casey McEuin moved to Frisco after leaving the military and brought the headquarters of his veteran service organization here, too. Project Relo works with CEO’s through three-day outdoors missions in conjunction with various military bases to help them understand the value of employing veterans. Thursday evening was their first ever large scale fundraiser and it was a huge success. World Series of Poker was one of the sponsors so there was a lot of charitable gaming, two fantastic live bands, donated food by the ever-generous owner Liz Brown of Bonnie Ruth’s restaurant, one Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton and many uniformed and non-uniformed military personnel and veterans. Thank you Casey and your entire team! Great job!

Be Your Own Boss

Photo Credit: VisitFrisco.comIf you are an entrepreneur or have been contemplating starting a business on the side, please consider coming to our first Inspire Frisco social gathering next Thursday, March 1st at 5:30pm at HALL Sip Lounge. We want to begin bringing together our entrepreneurs and let them know we are here to support, encourage and provide valuable resources to them. It’s free because entrepreneurs deserve a break.

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