A Look at Plano’s Fire-Rescue and Police Deparments

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We hear it all the time and we believe it’s true; ‘Plano is one of the best places to live in the US’.

Just look at our Police and Fire-Rescue departments.PlanoFireRescueLogo

Plano’s Fire-Rescue Department, under the guidance of Fire Chief Sam Grief, holds two accreditations.

The first is the Commission on Fire Accreditation, International (CFAI) since 2001.  This accreditation has been received by only five cities in Texas and in less than 170 agencies nationwide.

The second is the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services since 1998.  The department is one of only five EMS services in Texas to receive this accreditation and is the ONLY fire-based EMS service to even hold this distinction.

The prestige of these accreditations and the length of time they been bestowed on the department speaks to the resolution of Plano’s Fire and Rescue’s commitment to ensuring its citizens receive some of the finest services in Texas and throughout the United States.

Our Police Department, under Chief Gregory W. Rushin, has also received prestigious accreditations of its own.

The Plano Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA is an international organization which was created in 1979 through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement groups:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement ExecutivesPolice Plano
  • National Sheriff’ Association, and
  • Police Executive Research Forum

 

Plano’s police department also receive the Accreditation for Excellence Award in 2012 which designation Plano as an extraordinary example of Law Enforcement.

Taking into consideration the excellent status that both departments have in common, it’s very easy to see two major reasons why Plano, Texas is considered one of the United States, favorite cities in which to live.

To learn more about these departments and to get community news, check out their website:

For Police http://www.plano.gov/214/Police  For Fire and Rescue:  https://www.plano.gov/215/Fire-Rescue

Is Frisco the New Sports Mecca for North Texas?

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starpic_831360_616x346It’s been touted, and with good reason, that Frisco is set to be the mecca for sports in North Texas with the opening of ‘The Star’, a 91-acre campus that hosts the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys in Frisco, Texas.

The Star features the Ford Center—a 12,000 seat state-of-the-art indoor football stadium that will host a variety of events, an entertainment district lined with restaurants and shops, the Omni hotel, a medical center and more.

Add a 60,000 square foot gym, 30 meetings spaces and the Dallas Cowboys’ corporate headquarters, this campus offers an experience for fans worldwide to take a look inside the entire operation of the Dallas Cowboys.

VIP Tours of the Star are offered 355 days of the year and promise the ‘ultimate tour experience’. The calendar on the Star’s website is already packed with sports events that range from the 2017 Indoor Track and Field Classic to the return of the Patriot Cup. There’s even a simulcast of the Dallas Opera’s ‘Madame Butterfly’. You can check it out for yourself by clicking here.

This is just the beginning though, as the demand for corporate offices has been so great, there’s already plans for expansion.

The Star is turning out to be just what Frisco needs to be among the greats of sports facilities and we think the answer as to whether it’s North Texas’ new sports mecca is a resounding, ‘Yes’!

PLANO – THE GREATEST CITY ON EARTH!

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Plano The Greatest City On EarthWOW!  More Amazing Accolades for our beautiful City of Plano!   We continue to rank in the top 10 categories for the current and past years with this trend continuing for the future.  Plano now has 283,558 residents and according to the Business Insider is one of the top 20 Best Cities to Find a Job in 2017, WalletHub reported that Plano ranked #2.  Yes we did and only right behind Scottsdale, AZ!

There are so many major corporations choosing Plano as their new home. Plano is already the corporate home to Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay and J.C. Penney. The most recent corporate relocation announcements were by FedEx Office, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Fannie Mae Mortgage, JP Morgan Chase and Toyota North America. These companies all have one thing in common. They selected Plano as their home and are building in the 240-acre Legacy West, a $3 billion mixed-use urban development in West Plano. And recently, IT behemoth, NTT DATA International announced it is relocating its North American headquarters to One Legacy West. This stands to reason why “Over the next 10 years, employment in the Plano is projected to expand by about 63,000 jobs,” said Bruce Glasscock, Plano city manager.

Master developer, Fehmi Karahan, brought his vision of a seamless, pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development to West Plano. Those big corporate names have helped make Fehmi’s vision even bigger. This is all supported by the live, work, eat philosophy of corporate relocation and residents living  in  Legacy West.

Plano ranked No. 1 for the number of full-time employees compared to part-time, No. 3 for disability-friendliness of employers as well as for housing affordability, and No. 3 for families.  Plano has been ranked #3 for the Most Livable City in America and top 15 for the Happy and Healthiest Cities to live!  Whatever positive matrix you are comparing, Plano will generally rank in the top of the spectrum. Welcome to Plano – The Greatest City on Earth!

Leadership Plano Announces Its 2017 Class

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plano-city-of-excellenceThe Real McCoys are delighted to announce that Ron McCoy has been selected as part of the 2016-2017 roster for Leadership Plano. This is a continued reflection of their commitment not only to the real estate needs in this town but of their consistent dedication to the prosperity of the community at large.

The roster of community leaders selected for this class includes civic and community-focused, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to the continued growth and improvement of Plano. Leadership Plano has helped to develop the leadership skills of many civic leaders who have served our community through more than three decades of growth and change.

According to Program Director Carole Greisdorf, “Leadership Plano has made a tremendously positive impact on the Plano community and beyond. Its graduates serve in numerous elected positions and on non-profit boards throughout north Texas. This program provides a solid foundation for service.”

Spanning nine months from September through May, the program is designed to increase community awareness and leadership skills. The opening retreat, a two-day orientation weekend beginning September 10 at 7 a.m. at the Plano Chamber, 5400 Independence Pkwy., Ste. 200, Plano, TX 75024, focuses on individual leadership styles and techniques. From October through May, the class spends one day a month examining specific aspects of the community such as education, government, local business and economic development, health and human services, the criminal justice system, the arts and more.

Gaining a broad perspective of the Plano community equips participants to become well-rounded leaders ready to apply their skills in a variety of ways. Leadership Plano provides a foundation for long-term involvement in Plano and assists in launching a supportive community network of colleagues and friends.

You can view the entire announcement here: Leadership Plano Class 34 News Release

West Village District

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The West Village District is a walkable urban village in the Uptown area of Dallas, Texas. West Village is located at the northern edge of Uptown along McKinney Avenue and is bordered by Lemmon Avenue, Cole Avenue, Haskell Drive and Central Expressway. West Village has 88 retail, restaurant and entertainment tenants within 244,000 square feet and contains approximately 700 residential units. This has been the catalyst for the West Village District, which contains approximately 3,600 residential units, an emerging office market (including the Richard’s Group Corporate Headquarters), and an estimated 500,000 square feet of gross leasable space- all within walking distance.
West Village is two miles (1.6 km) north of Downtown Dallas.

The DART Red and Blue light rail lines stop at the Uptown/CityPlace station (located within the West Village District). The McKinney Avenue Transit Authority’s M-line streetcar travels from downtown Dallas to Cityplace Station and loops around the West Village. The Katy Trail, a noted Dallas running and biking corridor, is within a block of the development.

West Village Homes CLICK HERE