From the Office of Mayor Brian Loughmiller
McKinney Courier Gazette, November 20, 2016
The Honor of Serving
Those of us who have the honor and pleasure of serving the City of McKinney on City Council are caretakers of the public trust for a period of time knowing we will pass it on to others who will seek to lead our city into the future. In most cases, the tangible results of the decisions we make and policies we create while in our appointed positions will not be seen until years after our tenure on Council has ended.
Quality of Life
McKinney has received many accolades over the years for our quality of life, diversity of housing, education opportunities and management of exponential growth including Best City for Relocation by Forbes Magazine in 2009, Best City to Raise a Family in 2012 and ultimately Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine in 2014. While these accolades and recognition come and go through the years, we have many successes that go unrecognized but continue to define us as a first rate community.
New Corporate, Retail and Restaurant Development
New road construction and improvements completed in the recent years and coming soon will create new opportunities for our community to attract new corporate, retail and restaurant development that will help balance our tax base and create opportunities for our citizens to not only live here in McKinney but work here as well.
Corporate Expansion and Business Development
The most recent economic developments in our city have been in corporate expansion and new development of businesses predominately in service or light manufacturing industry. Companies like Simpson Strong Tie, Encore Wire, Hisun Motors Corporation and Blount Fine Foods have all expanded or brought new development to McKinney. Vazata has brought a new data center to McKinney and Service First Mortgage, recognized as the fourth best mid-size company to work for in the Metroplex on the Dallas Morning News top 100 businesses, will be relocating their U.S. headquarters in McKinney by the end of the year bringing 128 new jobs.
Expanding McKinney National Airport
We continue to focus on new business opportunities at the McKinney National Airport, the only regional airport in Collin County, with the construction of new corporate hangers and updating the airport master plan with input from representatives from the city, county and other surrounding cities.
Vision for the Historic Town Center
The city continues to make strides in maintaining a vibrant historic commercial district. From discussions of future parking opportunities and a municipal center to the recent approval of the nine-acre development in downtown bringing 320 living units, restaurant, retail and office development by Robert Shaw and Columbus Realty, City Council is holding true to our policies to bring vision and tangible results out of the Town Center Study.
City Council is asked to lead in creating a vision for the future of McKinney but not at the cost of our history and what defines us as unique amongst other cities in Collin County. In order to achieve continued success in our city, we must build consensus amongst ourselves and our community.
The Best is Yet to Come
In 2002 when I was first elected to Council, my campaign slogan was “For McKinney's Bright Future.” Because of the purposeful decisions and foundation established by prior mayors and councilmembers before me, over the past 14 years consensus and continuing to build on that good path has achieved my goal of McKinney being a place my children will want to call home. I see the beauty in what we have and what is yet to be in McKinney. The Best is Yet to Come.