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Larry Robinson, McKinney City Manager State of the City – November 4, 2004


RECORD GROWTH According to current U.S. Census estimates for cities that had a population of at least 50,000 during the 2000 Census, McKinney,Texas is the fastest-growing city in America. The City of McKinney's population increased by 31,494 people in less than four years. We are currently at 96,000 and will break 100,000 early next year. This is an average annual growth rate of 14.5% over each of the four years – a monthly population increase of 700 people per month.


record GROWTH Since January, the City of McKinney has experienced its fastest growth ever. 1,633 single-family permits were issued in the first six months of 2004. In June alone, the City issued a record 321 single-family permits and seven commercial permits with a valuation of $30 million. In the long run, we want to be known as the most well-thought-out, best-planned community in the country.


Governing Growth A growing economy, balanced tax base Strategic Goals 2004-2009 A more financially sound City government A more vibrant historic downtown More leisure and recreational opportunities A more attractive hometown: cleaner and greener


balanced GROWTH Goal 1: A growing economy, balanced tax base Branding: McKinney is in the middle of a Citywide branding initiative involving all of the City’s various agencies and organizations. A great deal of research has been done in this effort and we look forward to rolling out an exciting new look and message for McKinney in 2005. This level of cooperation is not found in every city – and McKinney has benefited greatly from the willingness of these agencies to work together toward a common goal.


balanced GROWTH City Council passed the City’s Comprehensive Plan, which is a road map to our future. The plan provides clear direction for the development of the community, including land use, transportation, parks and recreation, urban design and utilities. Thanks to a combination of careful planning and cooperation, our economy is among the most balanced in the region. Comprehensive Plan


balanced GROWTH According to recent data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, our well-rounded economy accounts for gross sales of $2.1 billion. In comparison, Frisco has $1.8 billion and Allen $1.1 billion. We have aggressively courted prospective retail prospects at the annual International Council of Shopping Centers conference at both the national and local level. Balanced Economy


economic GROaWTH McKinney has earned a reputation for working closely with its existing businesses. Several of the City’s existing businesses announced significant expansion plans this year . Simpson Strong-Tie Business Expansion Encore Wire Blockbuster


economic GROWTH Over the past five years, Simpson Strong-Tie’s plant has grown at an annual rate of 12-15%. To accommodate new growth, Simpson will construct a $13 million, 315,358-square-foot industrial building located on 26 acres in East McKinney. Simpson Strong-Tie


economic GROWTH Encore Wire will add 75 employees this year and triple its annual capital expenditures to fund a ninth expansion project in McKinney. The company is spending $15 to $18 million on this expansion, which will be used to increase production in McKinney. Encore Wire With more than 1-million square feet of production space employing 725 people with annual revenues exceeding $380 million.


economic GROWTH Blockbuster consolidated its purchasing operations and centralized its national procurement operations at its McKinney facility. The City of McKinney, MCDC and MEDC will benefit as a result of this Blockbuster deal by receiving additional sales tax revenues, estimated to total as much as $1 million annually. Blockbuster


economic GROWTH Collin County Regional Airport is ready for full take off. We broke ground in 2004 for three new taxiways -- and construction of the new EDS hangar facilities is currently wrapping up. Collin County Regional Airport Combined with Texas Instruments’ business jets, Collin County Regional Airport is now home to one of the biggest corporate flight departments in the Dallas area.


economic GROWTH The City’s economic success story has many authors and is a great example of the value of teamwork. Success The City Council, Chamber, MEDC, MCDC, our great workforce and outstanding schools all contribute to our City’s success in the recruitment and retention of business.


sound GROWTH Goal 2: A More Financially Sound City Government The City proposed that the tax rate be reduced one-half cent, from $0.598 to $0.593 per $100 of assessed valuation. In addition, the senior citizen homestead exemption was increased from $30,000 to $50,000.


sound GROWTH There are currently more than 70 City projects, totaling $67 million, in various stages of development to meet the City’s growing infrastructure needs. A recent survey placed McKinney 14th out of 15 communities in the number of city employees per resident. Award-winning Finance Department: Distinguished Budget Presentation Award Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Certificate of Excellence for Investment Policy


vibrant GROWTH Goal 3: A More Vibrant Historic Downtown Texas Historical Commission granted McKinney designation as one of the select 2004 Urban Main Street cities. In 2004, the City and MCDC hired a Main Street director, Amy Bear, to rally the troops and provide a focus for our efforts to promote the area and help guide the vision and growth of McKinney’s Historic Downtown Square.


vibrant GROWTH The City has provided more than $2.2 million to improve and update the downtown infrastructure. The historic Collin County Courthouse is a beautiful facility with a proud history that will enhance our Historic Downtown and give McKinney a multi-use facility as unique as our City.


leisurely GROWTH Goal 4: More Leisure & Recreational Opportunities The City’s Parks and Recreation Department completed construction on five new parks. Serenity Park Dr. Charles B. McKissick Park A. Hardy Eubanks, Jr. Park Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park (due to be completed in mid-November) Gabe Nesbitt Softball Complex


leisurely GROWTH The PGA-owned and operated Tournament Players Club at Craig Ranch golf course opened in September. World-class sports, health destination Cooper Aerobics Center announced they will locate a new 70,000 square foot facility in McKinney.


greener GROWTH Goal 5: Attractive Hometown, Cleaner and Greener McKinney has been designated a Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.


greener GROWTH McKinney completed two Rebuilding Neighborhoods clean-up projects and its first ever household hazardous waste collection. Our recycling program recycled 4,800 tons of waste collected from our residents and recycled or mulched 5,950 cubic yards of brush and limbs. Rebuilding Neighborhoods: A total of 257 tons of waste and 706 scraps tires were removed from two neighborhoods through the participation of 700 volunteers.


greener GROWTH We utilized a State grant to provide a one-day household hazardous waste collection event for our residents. We collected, recycled, and disposed of 42,500 pounds of household hazardous materials. We joined the Texas Clean Fleet Program with 26 percent of the City’s Fleet meeting the program’s criteria for ultra-low emission vehicles. The McKinney landfill was closed in August, and a new regional disposal facility was opened north of Melissa.


future GROWTH Next Year’s State of the City Highlights The development of a Hotel/Conference Center An action plan for the development of U.S. 75/S.H. 121 New airport development A Strategic Infrastructure Investment Policy and Plan The launch of McKinney’s branding campaign The grand opening of the Historic Courthouse And many, many future successes