Monday , 20 November 2017
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Letter To The Editor: Thoughts on Economic Development in McKinney

I am a 5 year resident of McKinney, specifically Stonebridge Ranch, and love the city and all it stands for.  The residents and community are second to none.  Lately I am beginning to feel frustrated that we are unable to complete important developments such as Craig Ranch, Adriatica and the 75-121 Gateway intersection. 

I was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership McKinney Class and had some meaningful exposure to all aspects of the economic growth focus in future years.  I believe if McKinney civic and private sector groups would prioritize investment and incentives in the right sequence we could step way beyond Allen and Frisco with respect to growth and jobs. It appears that Craig Ranch has the most complete vision and capability to fulfill its objectives and once finished, would establish the economic centrifugal force to drive all other planning and development concepts for Downtown (including Eastside), Gateway and Adriatica. 

Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources and when evaluating the current financial climate across the US, and more specifically North Dallas (Collin County), it is very apparent that focus is a must.  In closing, Craig Ranch should be the absolute priority for the next 18 months in terms of community investment.  Once certain milestones are achieved, then Craig Ranch becomes responsible for subsiding the marketing and funding of Adriatica, Downtown, including the eastside, as well as the the 75-121 Gateway exchange.  Craig Ranch will generate the volume of new homes, retail sales and hotel activity thereby creating the sales, property and license tax base to drive real economic growth. 

It is time we prioritize public-private sector investment with respect to the most viable well conceived developments so the economic benefits can flow to other areas and make McKinney the place to settle down.

Sincerely,
Scott Smith
McKinney Resident

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