Talking Points & Issues

FRISCO FAST FACTS

  • Fastest growing city in the country per the US Census.
  • EZRI International Award Winner – GIS and SAFER.
  • 14th safest city in the country in 2010-2011, and 4th safest in nation for cities with population of 100,000-499,000.
  • Money Magazine named Frisco in the top 100 places to live in the U.S.
  • Forbes named Frisco as the No. 7 place to relocate in the U.S.
  • Home to largest exemplary school district in the state.
  • No. 1 in the U.S. for number of new jobs created from 2000-2005, and currently have a low unemployment of 7.1%.

PUBLIC SAFETY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Worked hand-in-hand with fire department to secure approximately $450,000 in grants.
  • Worked hand-in-hand with the police department, securing 16 grants for over $1 million for personal, equipment & training.
  • Instrumental in getting fire station #7 started, and now working on fire station 8.

CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

  • Worked to engage our citizens in every aspect of our community.
  • Initiated monthly “Coffee with the Mayor,” informal monthly citizen roundtable.
  • Created and appointed Frisco Veterans Advisory Committee to involve our veterans in city government.
  • Created and appointed Frisco Sister Cities International team to expand Frisco’s business, sport, education and tourism reach throughout the world.
  • Made ethics a priority and brought to council an ad-hoc ethics committee to review and revise the city ethics code.
  • Involved citizens by bringing to council a charter review committee, whereby citizens worked with our staff and council to review our charter and made recommendations, which was followed by a charter election.
  • Created and appointed a committee to work on a fitness initiative for Frisco, and to battle childhood obesity as well as make fitness part of our culture.
  • Created and appointed the Mayors Complete Count Committee for the U.S. Census effort. Led by citizens, we reached a record participation rate and insured Frisco receives public safety funding, as well an any taxpayer’s dollars eligible for return.
  • Continued and expanded the Mayor’s Youth Council to involve the youth of Frisco. Also helped the youth council create a program for elementary school students, “A day with the Mayor” and a teen day “Battle of the Bands.”
  • Partnered with cancer survivors like myself to help and participate in the Relay for Life event.
  • Helped lead Team Frisco as we worked with the NCAA to bring the NCAA Division 1 Football Championship game to Frisco.
  • Appointed ad-hoc citizens committee to work with our staff to study science museum and black-box theater.

EDUCATION

  • Served on several Frisco ISD Committees.
  • Engaged with Lewisville ISD and Prosper ISD to coordinate educational efforts.
  • Worked with our citizens in a grass roots effort to lobby Lewisville ISD to build Hicks Elementary. Using phone calls, demographic surveys and door-to-door visits with citizens, we were successful in having Hicks built in Frisco.
  • Worked with Lewisville ISD to coordinate involvement with the Mayor’s Youth Council.

EXPANDING HIGHER EDUCATION

  • Personally worked with the University of Texas at Arlington to bring a new MBA program to Frisco starting this fall.
  • Chairman of the Collin College Education Foundation to help students achieve their potential in our community.

TRANSPORTATION & ROADS

  • Instrumental in ensuring that Frisco receives a seat on the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) where I now represent Frisco, Prosper and Lucas.
  • Personally engaged TxDOT for several roadways in Frisco and was instrumental in moving 3537 (Main Street) from Preston Road to Custer.
  • Worked with our neighboring cities, county and TxDot to coordinate efforts on 423 from Sam Rayburn Tollway to Highway 380, and currently serve on the 423 task force.
  • Worked with the RTC & COG to secure additional funding for roads in Frisco.
  • Proposed numerous other transportation projects which have allowed us to keep the taxpayer costs low and get roads built.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

  • Personally engaged and met with CEOs and executives looking to relocate to Frisco.
  • Personally worked on several large projects for Frisco.
  • During my term as mayor:
  • Worked with our Economic Development Corporation and staff on a new comprehensive economic development strategy, and began implementing many of the concepts identified in the plan.
  • In 2010, our team facilitated or executed performance agreements with 33 projects which will construct or occupy over 1.4 million square feet of potential new space and generate potential new capital investment in excess of $264 million and create 3,465 new direct jobs in the city of Frisco.
  • Since elected as mayor, Frisco went from having 10 agreements in 2008, to 20 in 2009 and 33 in 2001 for a total of 63 agreements totaling approximately 2,745,589 square feet, a capital investment in Frisco of $484 million and 5,270 jobs.
  • In Fiscal Year 2011, we are now up to 7 projects, adding 226,300 square feet of space and $40.3 million in capital investment s, with the potential of 812 new direct jobs.

RESIDENTIAL & OTHER DEVELOPMENT

  • Added mixed use development around the mall including Cool Springs and Post Properties, as well as Hall Office Park and Duke Office Park expansion.
  • Under my term as mayor, Newman Village was approved and is under construction – a quality mixed use master planned community.
  • Retail developments at Dallas North Tollway and Eldorado including, Market Street, Super Target and restaurants.
  • Super Kroger, the first and largest concept Kroger in the DFW area.
  • Cinemark Movie Theater added in Frisco Square.
  • New, high-end, hospital broke ground at Dallas North Tollway & Main.
  • Instrumental in working with Costco executives to bring the project to Frisco.

NEW COMPANIES

  • Ameriflex, LLC
  • Oracle, USA
  • Sheplers, Inc.
  • Genband US
  • Quest Recycling (expansion)
  • Catalyst Health Solution (expansion)
  • Walmart
  • Wingate Hotel

TRANSPARENCY

  • Since taking office, I have posted the city checkbook on-line for our citizens to review. Frisco has received recognition for our transparency efforts.
  • Continued Town Hall Meetings, State of the City Address, Coffee with the Mayor, and numerous one-on-one meetings with citizens. Facilitated new town hall format with a record number residents participating.
  • Communicated with citizens on daily basis using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blogger, web page and newsletter.

REGIONAL, STATE & FEDERAL

  • Appointed to serve on state-wide Texas Municipal Retirement System committee comprised of only three elected officials.
  • International affairs, membership and transportation committees at the U.S. conference of Mayors.
  • Won awards at U.S. Conference of Mayors in large city categories for environmental protection and public safety.
  • Hosted national league of cities community and economic development committee.
  • National NCAA bid was won.

FINANCIAL

  • City of Frisco received a certificate of achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for our comprehensive annual financial report for 2009.
  • Out of all cities over 5,000 in population in Denton, Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties, Frisco’s tax rate is 59th out of 68 (68 being the lowest). In cities in the 4-county area with a population of over 100,000, Frisco has the lowest tax rate.