Constitution Week Proclamation

WHEREAS, September 17, 2012 marks the two hundred twenty-fifth anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention; and

WHEREAS, It is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary, and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate the occasion, and

WHEREAS, Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17th through 23rd as Constitution Week.

NOW, THEREFORE I, Maher Maso, Mayor of the City of Frisco, Texas do hereby proclaim the week of September 17th through 23rd, 2012 as


And ask all Citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that lost rights may never by regained.

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Team Celtics 15U AAU Proclamation

WHEREAS, Team Celtics is a 15U AAU Basketball team that practices at Stafford Middle School and Fieldhouse USA; and

WHEREAS, Team Celtics is led by Head Coach Paul Washington, Sr., a teacher at Stafford Middle School and Assistant Coach Sherry Washington, also a teacher at Stafford Middle School; and

WHEREAS, Team Celtics consists of Nic Cahill, Tyree Key, TJ Keys, Edmund Miller, Brian Owens, Griffen Powter, Lavel Ramsey, Nolan Ritchie, Sam Schwietz, Michael Sullivan, PJ Washington, Jimmy Wilkins and Justice Williams; and

WHEREAS, Team Celtics, on their road to the 15U AAU National Basketball Championship game in Little Rock, Arkansas, defeated 6 other teams from across the country to compete in the Championship game where they beat the Virginia Hokies Elite team 67-64 completing their outstanding season.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Maher Maso, Mayor of the City of Frisco, Texas do hereby proclaim August 21st, 2012 as


And encourage all citizens to congratulate the team, the coaches and the parents for their dedication, determination and outstanding season. Go Team Celtics!!

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A President & a good man

Of course, he will always have that title; President.  I’m a firm believer of respecting the office of any elected position as I believe strongly in our democracy and thus, I will always show respect to the office.  The other part is something you have to earn with me.  “A good man”, to me, is one of the highest compliments that I ever give.  It is three simple words that define who you really are, as a person. It also applies to woman – ” A good lady” has the same meaning to me.  It’s rare I will say that about someone I may not know that well, but it is also easy to say it about someone who makes a huge impact on me even from a distance.

George W. Bush is one of those people that I have had the opportunity to meet more than once. I have also had the opportunity to meet and speak with Mrs. Bush.  The experience with her was very similar to the experience with President Bush.  When I met Mrs. Bush, my wife and older daughter were with me.  She knew who I was, introduced herself and took the time to talk to us in a hectic environment.  She made my daughters day and took a picture with her.

My daughter with President Bush

Sincere smiles by both Layna and President Bush.

Tonight was no exception. The U.S.-China Cross Border Private Investment Summit began yesterday and will end tomorrow.  Tonight was a dinner where President Bush was the guest speaker.  Of course, I was mingling with investors and north Texas leaders speaking about the successes of Frisco.  As I was speaking to Mayor Rawlings of Dallas, I was introduced to Governor Richard Scott of Florida.  Governor Scott is a pleasant man and he seemed to know about Frisco. Hopefully, not because we won a new corporate headquarters recently and beat out Florida’s attempts, which were directly from the governors office!  I then saw President Bush sitting a few chairs over and he looked over at me and said “Hi Mayor!” I was surprised he recognized me and I walked over  to shake his hand. We spoke briefly and then he introduced me to the Chinese Chairman and an interpreter translated as I welcomed him to Texas.

After a few minutes with the chairman, I asked President Bush if he minded if my daughter met him.  His smile and quick words were “absolutely” and also “to make sure she brings her menu so that I can sign it”.  I was really impressed with his kindness yet again.  Not only did he sign it, but he asked her if she wanted a picture (they were not allowing pictures and I didn’t have any expectations of a picture).  He took the time to have a dialog with her, encourage her and take a picture with her, which really made her day. While he has always been someone she has admired, I think it is now a life-long admiration!

After that, we finished our dinner and then President Bush went on stage for his “interview”.  It was very inspirational and he spoke about his international relation efforts. He did not mince any words and was firm about his faith, even how he presented it in China and the importance it has in a free society.

The summit and visit with investors will finish tomorrow and I will continue working with regional leaders to bring additional investment to North Texas & Frisco.

Not only did I have the opportunity to see President Bush again, but I had a conversation with “A Good Man” tonigh.

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Select Committee on Economic Development

[The report was completed and can be viewed HERE: ]

It was an honor for me when Governor Perry appointed me to the select committee on economic development.  The select committee for economic development was established by House Bill 2785 of the 82nd Legislative Session.  The 12-member committee will recommend an economic development policy for the state of Texas, as well as conduct a study and make recommendations regarding state and local economic development incentives.  The committee will evaluate existing incentives and policies, and make recommendations regarding their continuation, elimination, or modification for the 83rd legislature.

The charge for the committee is very broad and will include:

  1. recommend to the legislature an economic development policy for the state;
  2. conduct a study and make recommendations to the legislature regarding state and local economic development incentives;
  3. develop criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of existing economic development policies and incentives in this state and make recommendations the committee considers necessary to improve those policies and incentives.  These include state and local tax systems, types or categories of business eligible for incentives, extent of incentives, retention or expansion, direct effects of business activity, how the incentives are offered compared to other states and countries and type of particular incentives;
  4. consider the benefits of consolidating state and local economic development incentives into a single statewide office or agency;
  5. evaluate existing state or local economic development incentives and make recommendations regarding the continuation, elimination, or modification of those incentives based on the criteria developed and.
  6. make recommendations on whether the state should adopt new incentives to better accomplish the state’s economic development policy.

As you can see, this is a comprehensive look on economic development policy in Texas and will keep me busy for some time. As part of this effort, I also chair a subcommittee looking at whether the state should adopt new incentives to better accomplish the state’s economic policy.  Several meetings will be held over the next two months and a full report presented to the entire select committee on economic development.

A lot of pre-work and preparation took place prior to the first meeting, held in Austin on September 5th.  Chairman Morris Foster  asked for our subcommittee reports and then we listened to invited testimony.  Aaron Demerson, executive director with the office of the Governor-Economic Development and tourism started us off by introducing his staff and the staff supporting us. After some key comments, we then heard from Keith Phillips – senior economic policy adviser at the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Resrve Bank of Dallas.  Bill Allaway, President of TTARA (Texas Tax Payer and research Association). Research Foundation followed Mr. Phillips.   We then heard from Joseph Henchman, VP of Tax Foundation in Washington DC and our last speaker was Tom Stellman- President & CEO of TIP Strategies.

This meeting was very fast paced and with significant documentation, research and reports for the committee to consider.  I am proud to represent Frisco and all of Texas as we continue to make our state the best place to do business.  I’m always looking for additional input, so please share your thoughts on economic development.

In the near future, I will convene our sub-committee in Austin to receive testimony on any potential new tools for the state to use in creating jobs.



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West Nile Virus

I have been receiving many questions about Frisco’s response to the West Nile Virus (WNV).  Whether on my twitter feed (, facebook ( or Linkedin ( – the two general comments are “Please spray” and “Please do not spray”.

At this time, Frisco has no plans to do any aerial spraying. That seems to be the biggest area of concern for our residents followed by doing any type of spraying.  Frisco follows a strict protocol on when and where to spray, if needed. As of the time that I am writing these comments, we have had three reported cases of WNV in Frisco.  Dallas and some surrounding communities are carrying out aerial spraying.  Frisco has carried out targeted spraying in three areas so far.

My position is that aerial spraying is a last resort option and I do not believe we are anywhere near that.  Under current conditions, I do not support aerial spraying.  I know Dallas Mayor Rawlings has declared a State of Emergency over WNV.  I have not declared a State of Emergency for Frisco.  Right now, you can help us deal with WNV.  Please read the city information page HERE.  There are some basic things you can do to protect yourself AND help our community do all it can.

  1. If you have standing water on your property, please eliminate it by finding the cause.
  2. If you know of abandoned swimming pools or other areas of standing water around the city, please contact the City of Frisco and let us know.
  3. Follow the precautions on the city web site; the “Four Ds” –  Apply DEET when outdoors especially at dawn or dusk, Drain standing water in your backyard and neighborhood, Dress in long sleeves and long pants when outside and stay indoors at dusk and dawn

There is not an easy solution for WNV and we must work together to minimize the risk.  I appreciate all those that have sent us comments and suggestions and I will work hard to continue to communicate with you on this issue.  I also recommend you visit the city web site at and sign up for communication from Frisco.


Maher Maso – Mayor



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Frisco Family Services 10th annual Mayor’s Golf Classic



Monday June 25th, 2012 marks the 10th annual Frisco Family Services Mayor’s Golf Classic and the launch of an all-new Kid’s Classic golf outing at Stonebriar Country Club on the Country Club course.

Baylor Medical Center at Frisco is the Presenting Sponsor for this important fundraising event which allows FFS to provide assistance to Frisco and Frisco Independent School District residents in need. Proceeds from the Mayor’s Golf Classic provides financial support for critical needs such as utility payments, rent/mortgage assistance, gasoline vouchers and food for FFS Food Pantry serving neighbors who are facing a crisis or hardship.

“Please consider participating in the Mayor’s Golf Classic. Your donation and time will impact our neighbors in need when they need it most. Not only that, you never know how one simple gesture of generosity can mold and influence future generations to become community conscience and charitable,” says Frisco Mayor Maher Maso.

The cost for an individual adult golfer in the Mayor’s Golf Classic is $200 and includes refreshments, lunch, dinner, and a goodie bag. Registration and lunch begins at 11:30 with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.

Also on Monday June 25th from 8:30 am to 12:00 is the Mayor’s Kid Golf Classic. Kids ages 6 – 16 are welcome to come enjoy the day, win great prizes and have lunch – while raising funds for Frisco kids in need. Funds raised through the Kid Classic will go towards the FFS Back-to-School program which provides essential supplies to Frisco ISD students whose families are in crisis or facing a financial hardship.

“We are really excited to launch the Mayor’s Kid Classic this year as a means of engaging our youth in philanthropy,” says Frisco Family Services Development Director, Gayla Simmons. “Our hope is that through events like this, kids will get excited and develop a life-long passion for helping others”.

While there is no registration fee, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 through pledges from friends and family. “Getting pledges for the Kid Classic is easy,” says Simmons. “We have set up an online pledge system and all kids have to do is email neighbors, family and friends and ask them to support their fundraising efforts by making an online tax-deductible donation to FFS.”

The first 100 kids to register and raise at least $100 can enjoy a morning of golf, games, prizes and lunch. If a child does not want to play in the golf outing, they are still welcome to set up a pledge page and raise funds. Everyone who participates is eligible to win prizes based on the amount of money they raise.

Proceeds will help supply the items needed for the FFS Back-To-School program which serves more than 200 Frisco ISD children annually. “The kids we serve through the Back-To-School program receive the essential items they need to start the school year off right – things that a lot of kids take for granted,” says Myrna Martinez, FFS Client Services Director. “Through the generosity of the community and events like the Kid Classic, we are able to provide backpacks, school supplies, new clothing and shoes to kids whose parents are struggling financially.” The average cost to provide these items is about $165 per student for grades K-5 and $250 per student for grades 6 – 12. “We feel very strongly that all children should walk into that first day of school confident that they, like most of their peers, have what they need to be successful.”

Underwriting support, hole sponsorships, and prize donation opportunities are available for both golf events. For more information or to register visit, or call


About Frisco Family Services:
Frisco Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help members of our communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. FFS houses the only food pantry in Frisco and offers financial assistance for critical needs such as rent/mortgage, gasoline and utility payments. FFS sells and distributes clothing, furniture, and household items through Frisco Resale. Special programs include: Summer Lunches, Back-To-School, Thanksgiving meals and holiday store for children and senior citizens. FFS also offers life skill classes, education assistance and employment support to adult clients.

About Baylor Medical Center Frisco
Baylor Medical Center at Frisco’s mission is to provide the opportunity to every individual within Frisco and the surrounding communities the highest standard of health care services, designed with excellence, delivered with dignity, and demonstrated with respect to those served. Baylor Medical Center of Frisco opened on September 30, 2002 with 4 operating rooms and 13 patient beds. The following year, the facility was expanded to include 6 operating rooms and 25 patient beds. A major expansion occurred in 2007, bringing the total number of operating rooms to 11 and patient beds to 68. The Women’s Center was added and currently serves as the birthplace for approximately 1,600 babies annually.

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