We love Plano. It’s our home, in our heart and a big part of why we chose to go into real estate. Working with folks from our favorite place in the world has been a pleasure bigger than we could put into words. We have our place in leadership in the city as well.
Now we’re sharing some info that will hopefully give anyone thinking of running for office, the push they need to give it a try. Plano needs good, strong leaders to protect what we have and to bring us into the future.
- The election to select Council Members for Places 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be conducted on May 4, 2019. All places are elected at large. Candidates for Places 1 and 3 must reside in the respective district (map below).
- Candidate packets will be available for pick up beginning December 12th. Call the City Secretary’s Office to schedule an appointment at 972-941-7120.
- Prospective candidates may file their application January 16th thru February 15th.
Texas Ethics Commission https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/main/local.htm
Texas Secretary of State https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/
Collin County Voter Information https://www.collincountytx.gov/elections/Pages/default.aspx
Denton County Voter Information https://www.votedenton.com/voter-information/
Mayor & City Council Info
Plano is governed by the Council-Manager form of government where the Council sets City policy and the Manager is responsible for City operations. The City Council consists of the Mayor and seven City Council members, all of whom are elected at-large.
There are eight Council places in the City of Plano which includes the place of Mayor. All Council members run and serve at large which means that all Council Members represent the entire City and likewise the entire City may vote for all eight places as they come due regardless of where they may reside in the City. Each Council Member serves a four-year term and all members are limited to no more than two consecutive terms.
It’s a great time to be a crane in the Dallas Fort Worth area, and we don’t mean the bird. The heavy equipment machine called the ‘crane’ that lifts massive weights of building materials to incredible heights is certainly getting a work out the last few years and it won’t be getting a rest any time soon as the PGA Headquarters developments begin in Frisco.
The PGA of America announced early December it will move its headquarters from Palm Beach County, Fla., to Frisco, Texas, paving the way for future PGA Championships and perhaps even a Ryder Cup to take place in the Lone Star State.
The move includes the creation of a 600-acre, mixed-use development with an initial investment of more than $500 million. Along with a 100,000-square-foot headquarters, the campus will include two championship courses, a short course, a 127,000-square-foot conference center, retail village, parks, and a 500-room Omni resort. It will sit just south of U.S. 380 at Rockhill Parkway and Legacy Drive, within a 2,500 development being master planned by Hunt Realty Investments.
The PGA is partnering with the city of Frisco and its economic development arm, Frisco ISD, and Omni Stillwater Woods, a joint venture led by Omni Hotels & Resorts, Stillwater Capital, and Woods Capital, which bankrolled Trinity Forest Golf Club in South Dallas.
History of PGA in Texas
The last time a major golf tournament came to Texas was the 1969 U.S. Open held June 12–15 at the Cypress Creek Course of Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Orville Moody won his only PGA Tour title that year, one stroke ahead of runners-up Deane Beman, Bob Rosburg, and Al Geiberger.
That was the last time an open was held in Texas and the new courses being built are the courses that will host two PGA Championships — in 2027 and 2034 — and possibly even a future Ryder Cup. A Ryder Cup in North Texas, what a wonderful world.
“Our move to Frisco will be transcendent for the PGA of America,” Seth Waugh, CEO of PGA of America, said in a statement. “Everything great starts with a dream. This is the beginning of a bold, new journey as we bring together world-class partners in a world-class location — to deliver innovative and differentiated experiences for our nearly 29,000 PGA golf professionals, golfers of all abilities and our staff.”
Venues for future PGA Championships
- 2019: Bethpage Black (Bethpage, New York)
- 2020: Harding Park (San Francisco, California)
- 2021: Kiawah (Kiawah Island, South Carolina)
- 2022: Trump National (Bedminster, New Jersey)
- 2023: Oak Hill (Pittsford, New York)
- 2024: Valhalla (Louisville, Kentucky)
- 2025, 2030 (undetermined): Southern Hills (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
- 2026: Aronimink (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania)
- 2027: Frisco (TBD)
- 2028: Olympic Club (San Francisco, California)
- 2029: Baltusrol (Springfield, New Jersey)
- 2031: Congressional (Bethesda, Maryland)
- 2032: N/A
- 2033: N/A
- 2034: Frisco (TBD)
The Ryder Cup backup is even deeper as U.S. venues are slated through 2036.
A special thanks to these reference posts: -https://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2018/12/how-frisco-won-new-hq-championships-from-pga-of-america/ -https://www.golf.com/thttps://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2018/12/how-frisco-won-new-hq-championships-from-pga-of-america/our-and-news/2018/12/05/pga-of-america-announces-relocation-florida-to-texas/ -https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/pga-of-america-moving-headquarters-to-texas-and-possibly-taking-pga-championships-with-it/
Having fun doesn’t have to be expensive, as a matter of fact, it doesn’t need to cost that much at all! Dallas is an incredible city in that it offers so many wonderful exhibits and features for free! That’s right, you pay zilch, zero, nada to get into or take advantage of these wonderful Dallas treasures.
Bonus: Number 15 is perfect if you’re brave enough and want a Halloween adventure!
- McKinney Avenue Trolley (M-Line Trolley): Hop on the free M-Line Trolley—restored, vintage trolleys that run through Uptown and Downtown. The trolleys stop at several points of interest, including West Village, Hotel Zaza, Shops at The Crescent, Dallas Arts District and more.
- Free Admission Museums: Who says one needs money to get cultured? The Dallas Museum of Art is free and features more than 22,000 works of art spanning all mediums and time-periods, from ancient civilization to modern art. Other must-see museums include The Samurai Collection at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Crow Collection of Asian Art, African American Museum and the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art. The Meadows Museum of Art, with one of the largest Spanish art collections outside of Spain, at Southern Methodist University is free on Thursdays after 5 p.m.
- Dallas Arts District: Spanning 68 acres and 19 contiguous blocks, the Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the country. The area showcases more than a dozen different attractions and world-renowned venues, such as the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art (free admission), Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art (free admission), Klyde Warren Park and much more. 214-744-6642, 2301 Ross Ave. (Blue Garage for area parking)
- The Samurai Collection at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: Nestled in a unique location on the second floor of the Saint Ann restaurant and bar, this collection includes Japanese armor, artwork, helmets, masks, horse armor, weaponry and accessories. It’s one of the largest collections of its type in the world. Then afterward, pull up to the bar downstairs for craft beer and charcuterie. 2501 North Harwood St.
- Uptown and West Village: Dallas’ popular Uptown district is exploding with new residential, retail and entertainment centers with a variety of elements coming together for an experience that will appeal to all types and tastes. Hop on the free M-Line Trolley and explore the sights of one of the city’s hippest neighborhoods. The West Village shopping center is the unofficial epicenter; start there, or sightsee historic homes off McKinney Avenue. 3699 McKinney Ave.
- Lower Greenville Avenue: This area of Greenville Avenue, south of Mockingbird Lane and north of Ross Avenue, is one of the city’s liveliest nightlife spots. Lower Greenville is bar, after café, after live music venue, jam-packed on the weekends and decently populated during the week. One of Dallas’ biggest yearly festivals happens on Lower Greenville, too. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches each year down this street, and culminates in a green-beer-flowing block party with local and national acts and fun costumes. Greenville Avenue between Mockingbird Lane and Ross Avenue
- Flagship Neiman Marcus: Originally opened in 1907 and permanently moved to its current location on the corner of Main and Ervay streets in 1914, the Neiman Marcus flagship store is a must-see for any sartorialist. Stroll the street and window shop, or venture inside for luxury goodies. 214-741-6911, 1618 Main St.
- NorthPark Center’s art collection and 1.4-acre CenterPark: NorthPark Center is Dallas’ premier shopping and dining favorite and a not-to-be missed destination for art enthusiasts. The art collection features major works by renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Joel Shapiro, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Antony Gormley, Barry Flanagan and Beverly Pepper, among others.
- NorthPark’s 1.4-acre landscaped garden, CenterPark, doubles as a serene urban retreat and an exciting venue for free community events. Relax and dine amid world-class sculpture, canopies of trees and a lush green space. A complimentary map of the NorthPark Art Tour with descriptions of each piece on display is available from the NorthPark Center Concierge. 8687 North Central Expwy., Complimentary shuttle to/from Park Lane DART Light Rail Station. 214-363-7441
- Model trains at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas: Housed in the lobby of the hospital, this is the largest permanent model train display in the country. Eight trains run simultaneously at the free exhibit that’s open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 1935 Medical District Dr.
- Dallas Farmers Market: Seven days a week, local farmers display and sell a mouth-watering selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, locally purveyed honey and nuts, and plants at the Dallas Farmers Market. It’s a perfect place for a leisurely stroll. Also check out The Shed, where specialty products are offered, or watch a cooking demonstration. 1010 S. Pearl Expy.
- Sports connection: Dallas has six professional sports teams: Basketball’s Dallas Mavericks and the new arrival to Dallas – Dallas Wings, football’s Dallas Cowboys, baseball’s Texas Rangers, hockey’s Dallas Stars and soccer’s FC Dallas. This means that at any given time in any given local sports bar, visitors will find sports fans cheering for the home team. Join the fun at one of the city’s many sports hangouts.
- Dallas Symphony Community Concert series: For more than 20 years, the DSO has presented the Community Concerts Series throughout Dallas in the spring. These free outdoor performances include the popular Memorial Day Concert at Flagpole Hill, which is topped off by a stirring fireworks show. Other locations are selected on a rotating basis. Various locations
- African American Museum at Fair Park: The African American Museum is the only one of its kind in the Southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African-American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It has one of the largest African-American Folk Art collections in the United States. Visitors will find African art, African-American fine art, extensive archives and more housed in four vaulted galleries, augmented by a research library. The museum also hosts entertaining and educational programs presented in the theater, studio arts area and classrooms. 3536 Grand Ave., 214-565-9026
- Haunted Dallas: Every city has supposed haunted places, and armed with a little historical knowledge and a good camera, visitors may just find something unexpected at these places around town (please note: these venues are only allegedly haunted, and may not be free admission to enter), including: Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum, Historic West End, Millermore Mansion at Old City Park, The Adolphus Hotel, Majestic Theatre and White Rock Lake.
Why is football important?
It is our American sport and the new NFL season is upon us.
We wondered though, how to put into words why football is so important to us here in the USA? We came upon an article from Sports Illustrated where a reporter asked a high school football coach this very question.
He had a great answer:
Every good football coach knows you can be the greatest mind in the world when it comes to strategy, but if you don’t train your troops, it’s all a waste. In football, we are training the troops. We are teaching kids traits desired by many professions, including the military. I took my team on a trip to West Point a few years ago. I wasn’t surprised to find out that every freshman cadet was required to play on an intramural football team. Because in football, we are teaching kids hustle, determination, teamwork, effort, discipline, intelligence and that hard work pays off.
This coach seemed to sum it up pretty well and in the spirit of the good sportsmanship, we have below NFL schedules from printableteamschedules.com for you to search and find your team’s game schedule for this season.
Then to really get the party going, below that is a video recipe of a kickoff cake from the great folks at howtocakeit.com.
Enjoy and may the best team win!
Let us eat cake!
What better way to show off your team spirit than by making a football cake?! We can’t think of one and we suggest that you try too hard not to think of one either. Let football day be your cheat day and imbibe in the joy that is a delicious slice of cake!
This is no ordinary cake recipe. This recipe from Yolanda Gampp from “How To Cake It” shows you how to make a super- easy, super-realistic kick-off cake.
Salute America’s workforce this Labor Day by enjoying one of these awesome events around Plano!
Happy Labor Day everyone from the Real McCoys!
Texas Pool Labor Day Party
Take a dip on Labor Day at the Texas Pool as they wrap up the 2018 season! The Texas Pool Labor Day Party is from noon to 6:00 pm on Monday, September 3rd. Food, pool games and fun! The snack bar will be open and the grills will be hot. Coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages welcome. 5-OHH BBQ and KONA Ice Truck will be on location.
Admission is free for Texas Pool members, everyone else is $10/person.
The historic Texas pool is a 168,000 gallon saltwater pool shaped like Texas. It is a nonprofit, membership supported community pool with a diving board, two water slides, island, and shallow wading area for small children. The Texas Pool season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Less than a year after announcing the move, Boeing is doubling the size of its office in Plano’s Legacy West development.
The Chicago-based aerospace firm has rented another large block of offices at the northwest corner of Legacy Drive and the Dallas North Tollway.
In April 2017, Boeing announced it was moving the headquarters for its new global services division to the $3 billion Legacy West project, joining Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JPMorgan Chase and FedEx Office.
“Yes, Boeing is expanding its footprint in Legacy West,” said spokeswoman Lisa Maull. “We will add another 35,000 square feet to accommodate global services as well as growth in some other capability areas within Boeing.
“This added capacity will allow for more than 200 employees at this location.”
Boeing created the global services division in 2016 to expand its revenues from servicing aircraft and related businesses. It originally said the Plano location would have a few dozen workers.
Boeing’s Plano office is located above the shopping and retail buildings along Windrose Avenue.
“We are very excited with Boeing growing their presence at Legacy West,” developer Fehmi Karahan. “With their lease our office space is not quite full but we are close to getting there.”
Other tenants in the office complex include shared office provider WeWork, Fidelity Investments and Toyota Connected. Landing the Boeing office was one of the most high-profile business deals in North Texas in 2017.
Boeing said it chose to locate its new division here because of the geographic location and access to a large, talented labor pool.
Stan Deal on Why Boeing Global Services Chose Plano in its ‘Quest to Disrupt’ Aerospace
Boeing Global Services opened its headquarters in Plano last year with a lot of media attention, and a focus on meeting the needs of government, space, and commercial customers around the globe. President and CEO Stan Deal took time from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about how and why Boeing Global Services chose North Texas for its home.
Tell us about Boeing Global Services operations here in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Boeing launched its Global Services business unit in July 2017, operating alongside Commercial Airplanes and Defense, Space and Security. This dedicated services business focuses on sustainment needs of government, space, and commercial customers worldwide.
Global Services’ headquarters, located in Plano, is home to approximately 75 employees — and growing — and spans the globe with approximately 20,000 employees. Our business brings innovative services solutions to customers in four key capability areas: Supply Chain, Engineering, Modifications & Maintenance, Digital Aviation & Analytics, and Training & Professional Services.
What excites you most about 2018?
Growth! Our quest to disrupt and rapidly evolve the aerospace services industry in order to capture more of the estimated $2.6 trillion, 10-year service market is an aspirational journey with Plano at the center. We’re off to a great start with more than $16.5 billion in orders in 2017. This represents growth of more than 6 percent from the previous year, and I’m really excited about continuing that trajectory into and beyond 2018.
We see an emerging need and significant near-term growth for digital analytics in particular. Boeing’s digital solutions business is healthy and growing because of the value we bring to our customers. Just one example is our real-time analytics product, Airplane Health Management (AHM), which allows Boeing to evaluate up to 2 million conditions each day to determine when alerts should be generated across nearly 4,400 airplanes. One of our 787 customers tells us they are able to reduce turn times an average of 10 percent by using AHM’s decision-support utilities. This is just the tip of the iceberg. We also partner with our government customers to provide analytics-enabled services that help meet mission requirements. There’s a huge opportunity here to improve aircraft readiness rates and productivity using digital solutions.
Art Installation at Legacy West
At the Boeing headquarters in St. Louis, The Boeing Company proudly celebrates their more than 100 year history with an impressive Air and Space History Exhibit which portrays milestone events and displays models of aircraft and spacecraft that played pivotal roles in shaping the history of aerospace.
In Legacy West, Plano, home of the Boeing Global Services headquarters, a similar, though much smaller exhibit has just been opened. The display of large-scale models is visible outside on the west side of the Boeing office in the Legacy West complex and represents many of the commercial and defense products Boeing services including the F/A-18 Super Hornet, P-8A Poseidon, 787-9 Dreamliner, 737-800 BCF, C-17 Globemaster III, 767-300BCF, 777-300ER, and CH-47 Chinook.
Spotting it isn’t easy though. Standing on the west side of Windrose Avenue, look up and east.
Within the past year, millennials have risen to the top in becoming the single largest generation of Americans. There are currently around 84 million members of this thriving demographic, outnumbering the once-dominant baby boomer generation by nearly 10 million. Naturally, being the largest age group in America, millennials have a lot of power in shaping the future real estate market, which is why it’s so critical to pay attention to their views on real estate investing and other investing opportunities.
8 Ways Millenials Affect the Housing Market
1. Cost savings
According to the NAR report, home purchases soar up to 13 percent among multigenerational households. A multigeneration household primarily consists of adult siblings, adult children, parents and/or grandparents. The data represents younger boomers representing a huge segment of multigenerational buyers. The majority are the ones who said that the primary reason for the purchase is because the adult children are moving back into their house.
2. Wage growth
Recession subsided in the last quarter of 2014, and with this, companies have initiated the hiring spree once again. There are millennials, who have managed to survive the pressure of recession and performed well, have been rewarded with a good boost in their remuneration. Moreover, there are sectors such as oil and gas, as well as engineering and health care, that have seen a major boost in the past few quarters. Individuals, experienced or fresh talent, who are entering the fields are getting good pay packages and thus have a high purchasing power to rotate money in the sector.
3. The technological boost
Regardless of their age, the young homebuyers are fast approaching the World Wide Web for their dream home. More than 88 percent of real estate investors voyage through real estate portals for a home to satiate their selling or buying needs. Millennials are making use of mobile apps, Internet and various other online services to get the task done. Technology has given a good boost to each sector, and real estate is no exception. The vulnerable millennial era has also not been able to escape the charm and is rotating money accordingly.
4. A look at the regions
A common thread that runs in the millennial herd is their inclination toward city living and high propensity to rent. These two factors have contributed to urban transformation, a sharp surge in the demand for apartments and a range of development activities in different parts of the world.
Global markets, such as the real estate market in India, America, Europe and Canada. There are cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Boston, Seattle and similar regions that are flocked to by young professionals and individuals at a very high rate. The real estate markets in these prominent countries are affected by the millennials and their mushrooming investment activities in a positive way.
Global real estate market contributes more than one-fourth of the economic GDP, and this is how millennials are helping the global market.
5. Commercial realty factor
By the year 2025, millennials will cover more than 75 percent of the global workforce. This is one demographic that has not been raised by the office landlords lately. The commercial market is one of the integral parts of any real estate market. The young generation is interested in living in a locality that places them closer to their work setting. The builders realize that fact and thus are increasingly stationing commercial hubs in such areas. Movement of millennials in big cities for work and a better life has also given a boost to the global real estate market, and thus the world’s demographics are changing.
6. Economic turbulence for good
Foreign investors might still find high-end real estate markets like that of America or India lucrative, which owes to economic turbulence in their home countries. This can be explained by the famous example of the U.K., which is toying with a so-called “mansion tax,” and then there is another case of China, as well.
China has put restrictions on home purchases in urban cities. Further, the foreign money rotators also fear currency fluctuation, which results in a devaluing of money they hold in their home countries. The swapping activity is actually positively affecting the real estate markets of targeted countries.
The nations are benefiting each other, and this is another aspect that is well-supported by the millennials as migration is also happening at the very same rate.
These are some of the highlighted factors that are affecting the global real estate markets in the coming years. The younger generation is ruling the business, as well as the professional arena, and is giving a good boost to the entire market.
7. Raising Up the Neighborhood
Millennials will move to cities for several reasons including low cost of living, economic opportunity and general quality of life. The following U.S. metropolitan areas had the highest and lowest young adult growth in 2010-2015, according to the Millennial Generation report which was released by the Brookings Institution in January 2018. Each of the 10 fastest-growing areas below—with growth rates exceeding 10 percent—is located in the South or West.
8. Real Estate Investing
Millennials are most likely to value real estate over the stock market.
Thanks to the economic downturn of the Great Recession, most millennials graduated from college and entered the job market when it was rather difficult to find employment. Millennials have watched the stock market crash and burn, and watched as it negatively impacted their parents’ lives.