From the Office of Mayor Brian Loughmiller
McKinney Courier Gazette, April 16, 2017
McKinney Has it Going on in 2017
McKinney is home to an active population, and that means busy families, dynamic businesses and a constantly changing and evolving community. To say the least, the city has hit the ground running in 2017.
The City of McKinney and the McKinney Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently selected a development team led by KDC to enter into a period of exclusive negotiations for the development of the Gateway site located at the interchange of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and U.S. 75. We like to think of the Gateway development as McKinney’s “front door,” and we look forward to years of future development in this area.
This month, City Council took a great step forward in the process to alleviate the parking issues in downtown by approving a lease agreement to construct a five-story parking structure with 310 spaces on the northeast corner of Virginia and Chestnut streets. The parking garage is scheduled to be complete by the end of year, making our beautiful historic downtown square a more convenient and accessible environment to shop, dine or attend a performance.
Five Transparency Stars
I couldn’t be more proud to announce the City of McKinney is the first city in the state to receive all five transparency stars from the Texas Comptroller’s program that recognizes local government entities that provide easy online access to important financial data. McKinney earned stars in the areas of Traditional Finances, Contracts and Procurement, Economic Development, Public Pensions and Debt Obligations. The City Council and I have long embraced public transparency, and we are proud of this recognition and the efforts by our city staff in making it happen. That our community has more ways than ever to be engaged, obtain factual data and information, and stay informed is great news for McKinney. Every citizen deserves open government.
McKinney's Famed Quality of Life
Finally, City Council is mindful residents expect us to maintain a quality of life that has resulted in McKinney being nationally recognized as a premier city, and we strive to make decisions that will help us maintain and surpass those expectations. The actions of the local City Council members directly affect residents on a daily basis. The Gateway development, the creation of a future Corporate Center along 121, corporate expansion and new hangar construction at the airport, infrastructure improvements over the past few years throughout McKinney, efforts with retail coach on future retail opportunities, new park projects and new downtown projects including the Columbus Realty Project on Davis street and the new parking garage are some examples of decisions elected officials have made that affect you, your neighbors, property taxes and more.
May 6 Mayoral / City Council Election
Registered voters will cast ballots to elect City Council representatives for Mayor, District 1, District 3 and one At Large member to serve a four-year term. Early voting begins Monday, April 24 and Election Day is May 6. I’d like to personally encourage every registered McKinney voter to make your voice heard and vote in this local election.
For the convenience of our citizens, registered voters can cast their ballots at any polling site in Collin County. A full list of polling locations can be found on the Collin County website.
Get out and vote. Remember, local elections are just as important to citizens of McKinney as state and federal elections.