Mayor LaRosiliere and the City Council have identified four key initiatives in the 2013-14 fiscal year. These initiatives are Economic Development, Reinvestment and Revitalization, maintaining Quality City Services and Community Engagement.
Plano is open for business! Plano continues to receive national recognition for its pro-business environment. With robust amenities, low taxes and housing costs, high quality city services, complete infrastructure and exceptional schools, Plano is an ideal place to work as well as raise a family. Accolades include national attention for being the nation's Most Affluent City, Best City to Create Wealth, Best Run City and Safest City in America.
Multinational companies have headquarters in Plano including J.C. Penney, Pizza Hut, Frito-Lay, HP, and Rent-A-Center are all headquartered in Plano. Several technology giants have major R&D operations here including Texas Instruments, Ericsson, McAfee, CA, Intuit and Alcatel-Lucent. These companies attract highly skilled workers from throughout the U.S. and abroad.
It is easy to see why Plano boasts City of Excellence!
Reinvestment & Revitalization
Plano has been home to one of the fastest growing populations in North Texas over the past 50 years. Thoughtful planning by the City of Plano has guided the growth and development into the City of Excellence it is today. As Plano approaches build-out, it is important to focus on infrastructure redevelopment and revitalization of commercial and residential areas. The City of Plano created the 1st Choice Neighborhood Program to:
- Coordinate services by bringing attention, focus and problem-solving resources to neighborhoods.
- Guide redevelopment and revitalization.
- Provide opportunities to improve the quality of life.
- Protect neighborhood residences and existing businesses from decline.
High Quality City Services
Recognized at the national level for its development, public safety and quality of life, Plano delivers thoughtful planning, complete infrastructure, high quality city services, robust amenities and a seasoned leadership with a commitment to excellence for business as well as life. In 2013, Plano was named Best Run City of 100 largest cities in the U.S
Ensuring a safe community is a core value of Plano. For the second year in a row, Plano was named one of the Safest Cities in America due to the investment in public safety. The Plano Police department has earned international accreditation and received the Accreditation with Excellence Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Plano Fire Rescue is the only fire department in the United States to hold accreditation from the Center for Fire Accreditation International, CAAS (Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services) and an ISO Class 1 rating. Plano is home to 5 major hospital facilities with full-service care including the renowned Children’s Medical Center Legacy.
As Plano experienced extensive development of neighborhoods, offices and shopping centers, open space has remained a priority in the urban planning process. Plano Parks and Recreation offers 82 park sites with 4,000 acres of park land as well as 4 recreation centers offering enrichment classes year-round in wellness, arts, sports and more. In addition, Plano has five libraries that serve 1.4 million visitors in a year, averaging about 4,100 people every day.
Community Engagement remains a top priority for the Mayor and City Council. Engagement can be as simple as subscribing to the weekly Plano City News e-newsletter, connecting on social media, downloading FIXIT Plano to help report needed repairs, attending a Town Hall or providing important feedback on the future of Plano.
For those looking to get more involved Plano offers a number of boards and commissions citizens can serve on as well as joining the 30-year tradition, "Volunteers in Plano or VIP" where citizens can work side-by-side staff throughout all areas of city operations.
For the next generation of leaders, Plano has created a Youth Ambassador Program. The Youth Ambassador Program will encourage active citizenship in the community and develop an understanding the role of government plays in everyday life.
Youth Ambassadors can help other children in need with Food 4 Kids. This program helps provide chronically hungry children with nutritious food during the school year.
There are also opportunities for Plano’s brightest minds to get real world experience in high school with the the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program.