From the Office of Mayor Brian Loughmiller
McKinney Courier Gazette, December 18, 2016
Santa is Alive and Well in McKinney
I can’t think of a better place to spend the holidays than in McKinney. At the beginning of the month, McKinney residents displayed an outpouring of generosity donating toys to WFAA Channel 8 Santa’s Helpers event. Thank you to everyone who brought new, unwrapped toy to the drive-thru line on Kentucky Street near the McKinney Performing Arts Center in historic downtown. All the toys collected in McKinney will now go on to benefit children in Collin County, specifically those served by the Salvation Army of McKinney, the Assistance Center of Collin County and Frisco Family Services. Last year we collected 3,000 toys and 47 bikes. This year we finished the evening with 3,231 toys and 84 bikes, for a total of 3,315, making Christmas a little bit merrier for the children of our community.
Joy and Community - Coffee with the Cops
I’d like to invite everyone to continue to spread the joy and foster the sense of community by attending Coffee with the Cops 7:30—9:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 19 at Benny’s Bagels for a casual conversation and a cup of coffee with our McKinney Police officers. Our officers enjoy meeting the people of our community and hope you will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring your concerns or simply get to know each of them better.
Looking Back, Looking Forward
The end of the year always provides a period to look back and reflect on the year we’ve had. 2016 brought several new businesses relocating to McKinney including the approval of the nine-acre site development, Service First Mortgage in the Craig Ranch Corporate Center, Blount Fine Foods in our Bray Central corridor, new corporate hangers at our airport, and Texas Air Shuttle and CareFlite choosing our airport as a base.
As a community, I believe McKinney stands above the rest for many reasons. Our success can be attributed to two things: diligent oversight and planning by talented city leaders, and an involved community that guides the direction of the city. The summer of 2017 will usher in a new mayor and new City Council members. As your Mayor for the past eight years, I ask you to support your future Mayor and Council in the decisions that they will have to make and the investment they will have to consider as your elected leaders in order to compete on a regional and national level as Texas continues to be a place where companies want to expand or relocate.
I see the beauty in what we have and what is yet to be in McKinney, Texas. I want to thank our residents for the opportunity to serve as Mayor and wish each and every McKinney resident a joyous and blessed Christmas, Happy New Year and successful 2017.