Mayor's Column

From the Office of Mayor Brian Loughmiller

 

McKinney Courier Gazette, May 28, 2017


Mayor Brain Loughmiller reflects on 14 years of public service to McKinney


As I approach my last meeting as Mayor of McKinney due to term limits, and my last Mayor’s column, I reflect on my 14 years of public service on the McKinney City Council as Councilman and Mayor. I think about where McKinney was when I started, those that I served with, where McKinney is today and my hopes for McKinney for tomorrow.

Development and 

Infrastructure Projects 


In the past 14 years we have seen passage of $650 million dollars in bonded infrastructure projects that have improved roadways, water lines, parks and recreation facilities and revitalized our downtown area. We saw the construction of the Public Safety Building, the John and Judy Gay Library, the Senior Center, Gabe Nesbitt Park, Bonnie Wenk Park to name a few. Sam Rayburn Tollway was a two lane road when I started and expansion of 75 was not on the horizon at that time. We built a new runway at the airport, a new control tower acquired and built new hangers and received national recognition and accreditation of our airport as we also saw an increase in corporate aircraft at our airport.

We have also seen commercial expansion during that time with companies like Torchmark, Raytheon, Encore Wire, Wistron Corporation, UPS, Emerson Process Management to name a few. Even as I leave we continue to see new projects come to fruition with new companies moving to McKinney, a new development in downtown McKinney and a new resort hotel and conference center in the McKinney Craig Ranch Corporate Center on the horizon. 
The city also expanded its relationship with Collin College with the construction of the Higher Education Center, the Health Science Center and we are currently under construction with a new Police and Fire Training Center. 

Mayor Brian Loughmiller

National Accolades 


We were honored to be recognized by Forbes Magazine as a top 10 city to relocate to and Money Magazine rankings of 14, 5, 2, and ultimately No. 1 best place to live during my tenure. As we transition, we continue planning initiatives that we started last year for the future of our city.

Challenges Only Made Us Stronger


McKinney also had its share of challenges including the recession of 2008 through 2010 impacting our Gateway development that now is the location of Emerson, the Sheraton Hotel and the Collin College Higher Education Center; water shortages due to drought resulting in new conservation policies, ordinance revisions and water and wastewater planning ; and community challenges that brought national attention to McKinney through which our community united and worked together with the help of our pastoral leadership. We brought several initiatives including “Together We Serve-Mayor’s City of Service” to revitalize areas of east McKinney and the “Mayor’s Health Partnership “ with the school district, Baylor Hospital, Cooper Clinic and others to focus on preventative health care, nutrition and exercise for our community. Downtown events continue to grow and reinforce our home town feel with events like Oktoberfest, Home for the Holidays, Arts in Bloom, Bike the Bricks and Krew of Barkus.  When I started on Council McKinney’s population was 30,000 people, today it is about 175,000 and still growing. Those that preceded me on Council set the groundwork for my years of service as well as the Council members who served with me. Through the challenges and successes mentioned above during my tenure, we set the stage for the next Mayor and Council to take the city even farther as we all strive for McKinney to be a city known for its quality of life and economic opportunities.

Stronger Together

I look forward to the continued progress of our new Council as they finalize our McKinney 2040 planning initiative and ask that we support those who are elected to lead us in the future through our next period of growth.  We are strongest as one community, One McKinney.

The ability to serve my community as Mayor of McKinney will always be remembered as one of the highlights of my life. I am thankful to all of the citizens of McKinney for giving me this opportunity.  

God bless McKinney, Texas,

Brian Loughmiller
Mayor