This week students in Legacy’s Professional Schools Program were treated to a symposium with Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney and his Chief of Staff Lorie Medina.
Mayor Cheney started with a personal story about one of the most influential and inspiring people in his life, his Pre-AP Calculus teacher, Mrs. Mallory. His story was encouraging to the students as he shared his trepidations as a high school student and the sheer terror he faced at the idea of speaking in front of hundreds of people. While this is something he does on a weekly if not daily basis now, in his youth it was simply unimaginable. Mrs. Mallory taught him calculus, but more importantly, she pushed him outside of his comfort zone. She moved him to the front of the class and convinced him to speak regularly, and he gradually built up his confidence. He expressed his gratitude for Mrs. Mallory and noted the immeasurable and far-reaching impact teachers can make on their students.
While teachers have an innate responsibility to their students, the Mayor and City Council are charged with the lofty proposition of setting the vision for the City of Frisco. They make recommendations to the City Manager. They make decisions about the growth and direction of the city as well as how best to spend taxpayer money. Mayor Cheney noted the objective of developing Frisco into a full lifecycle community. His hope is for residents to view Frisco as a wonderful place to grow up, go to school, study in college, develop professionally, and then, finally, to retire.
The boom happening in Frisco started gradually but has recently started to soar. Just twenty years ago, the population of Frisco was about 15,000. Now there is an average of 1000 new residents moving to Frisco every month and Frisco’s total population is hovering right around 185,000. The rapid growth certainly comes with growing pains and various challenges but it is an exciting time for residents of this prospering and prideful city. As a part of managing growth while still ensuring quality of life for Frisco residents, every commercial development has a commitment to have at least ten percent open space. With plans to continue to build hike and bike trails in addition to the 300-acre Grand Park, the leaders in Frisco are doing all that they can to continue to grow the city while maintaining aesthetically-pleasing developments.
Mayor Cheney and Chief of Staff Medina noted several intriguing facts and notable accolades Frisco has recently received:
- Best Place to Raise an Athlete
- Fastest Growing City in America
- Sports City USA – Frisco is the only city with 7 Pro Sports teams –
- First City in Texas with publicly accessible autonomous vehicles – Drive AI
- Frisco/Dallas will be the first city in the world to have Uber Elevate – urban air transportation
- Over 72 languages are spoken at homes of Frisco ISD students
- Partnership development with UNT will be transformative for Frisco's future
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