Water, transportation, education, the commercial real estate market – these are all issues that affect the business climate in Collin County and Texas as a whole.
Join the Collin County Chambers of Commerce from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Collin County Day 2012 on Tuesday, March 27 at Eldorado Country Club in McKinney. Take this opportunity to gain insight into pressing issues facing the North Texas region and to discuss how the business community can address them.
Presented by the Collin County Chambers of Commerce of Allen-Fairview, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Wylie, this half-day program attracts local business, government, education and civic leaders. Topics covered during informational sessions include state infrastructure, transportation, education and workforce.
This event includes a kick-off luncheon, issue briefings and a networking reception to close the day. Luncheon speaker Steve Brown, Real Estate Columnist for the Dallas Morning News since 1980, will update attendees on the changing real estate outlook in Collin County.
Education and business needs go hand in hand. Or at least they should. Sandy Kress, Senior Counsel at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld LLP, will address how educational institutions and the business community need to bridge the gap on workforce needs. Are students learning the skills necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s job market? How can education institutes connect with the needs of local businesses?
Two other crucial issues facing our region are water and transportation, topics that seem to be in the news on a daily basis. How do these impact the business community and what can business leaders do to help?
Jim Parks, Executive Director of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), along with other panelists will dialogue with attendees about the present and future water needs and the challenges facing the district. Water is a finite resource, and even the best conservation practices are not enough to provide the necessary resources to serve the North Texas region. The business community will face challenges, and the NTMWD is working to provide the sustainable infrastructure required for the commercial and residential growth expected.
State Representative Larry Phillips, the Chair of the Texas House Transportation Committee, joins participants in a discussion about the region’s rapid growth and the challenges that presents to transportation infrastructure. The committee of 11 members regulates not only metropolitan transit as well as the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Transportation Commission.
To wrap up the afternoon, area CEOs will share their outlook on the issues and the future of the region, and how they hope to address the topics for the sustainability of their business.
Invited panelists include:
Michael W. Dardick, President & CEO of Granite Properties, Inc.
Cade Thompson, CEO of Halo Companies
Brian Dick, CEO of Quest Recycling Services
Daniel Jones, President & CEO of Encore Wire Corporation
Moderator: Dr. Cary Israel, President, Collin College
Following the panel, connect with local legislators and network with business leaders at the closing
reception from 4:30 – 6 p.m.
Register now to be a part of the dialogue on issues, and the solutions, facing the North Texas region.
Collin County Day Sponsors include: Texas Instruments, IESI, HNTB and Atmos Energy.
The cost per attendee is $50 and reservations should be made by Friday, March 23. Visit the McKinney Chamber’s registration page by clicking here.