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  • Quality Time: A Love Language We Can Help You with in Fairview, Texas

    Quality Time: A Love Language We Can Help You with in Fairview, Texas

    A few years ago, my wife, Kimbra, and I read the book “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, who is a counselor as well as an author. It was an exciting and rewarding read. I discovered that my love language is touch and Kimbra’s is … well, everything but touch. That explained a lot. 

  • New Fire Station a Prime Example  of Fairview Community Development in Action

    New Fire Station a Prime Example of Fairview Community Development in Action

    The beginning of construction on a new fire station is the latest evidence of Fairview, Texas’ investment in community infrastructure and safety. Local voters overwhelmingly approved a $7.6 million bond package in 2019 to fund the new 14,708-square-foot facility, which will replace the current portable and metal structures housing Fire Station No. 1. The Town of Fairview Community Development Corporation (CDC) has committed to provide $3.3 million toward the debt, representing the CDC’s largest community financial contribution to date.

  • Make an Attitude of Gratitude Your Antidote

    Make an Attitude of Gratitude Your Antidote

    Gratitude has always been a valuable quality that can lift a mood, a situation, a relationship, a career and even an entire life. But there has never been a more important time than right now — today — to cultivate and share an authentic attitude of gratitude. Whether you live in Fairview, Texas or New York City, whether you work in economic development or literally any other field, gratitude has the power to change your life and the lives of all you encounter.

  • Mid-Term Working-from-Home Refresher Course

    Mid-Term Working-from-Home Refresher Course

    Here’s a riddle for you: What have some of us been doing once or twice a week for years, others among us have always wished they could do, still others have been doing full-time (and tell you that it’s not always as much of a walk in the park as you might think) — and suddenly, like it or not, almost all of us have been forced to do for the past couple of months due to the coronavirus shutdown?

  • Investing in Ourselves While Sheltered at Home

    Investing in Ourselves While Sheltered at Home

    Like almost everyone around the globe, we in Fairview, Texas are feeling the concern, frustration and restlessness that have come with COVID-19’s forced isolation from the workplace and society. It sounds like we might be getting closer to the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, but there’s still a great deal of uncertainty, so this might be the perfect time to re-evaluate the way we are managing (or not) our time these days.

  • ‘Getting Neighborly’ in Fairview, Texas Podcast Now Live

    ‘Getting Neighborly’ in Fairview, Texas Podcast Now Live

    “Getting Neighborly,” the new podcast featuring Fairview, Texas residents who are making differences in their community and beyond, is now live, with the first two episodes available.

  • Fairview Economic Development to Launch ‘Getting Neighborly’ Community Podcast

    Fairview Economic Development to Launch ‘Getting Neighborly’ Community Podcast

    We’ve always known that Fairview, Texas was a community of involved individuals and families who love where they live. Lately we have also been discovering just how interesting and impactful our neighbors are, and the wonderful differences they are making, locally and beyond. We decided you and the rest of the world deserve to know about these residents who rock, so we have been working on a podcast that we’re calling “Getting Neighborly,” which will go live very soon.

  • Small Business Thrives in Fairview, Texas

    Small Business Thrives in Fairview, Texas

    Bill Baxter is a master at finding smart, efficient and economical solutions for businesses — including his own.
     
    When Baxter was ready to leave the corporate world back in 2001 to put his technology expertise to work for clients of his own, he found Fairview, Texas to be a fitting location for his small business. That’s when and where he founded Baxter I.T., and he has never looked back
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  • Fairview, Texas is Making Headlines

    Fairview, Texas is Making Headlines

    September was a busy, eventful, exciting month here in Fairview, Texas, where not one, but two big announcements put our community and our economic development efforts in the headlines.

  • How a Fairview, Texas Location Allows You to Give Your Employees the Most Valuable Gift of All

    How a Fairview, Texas Location Allows You to Give Your Employees the Most Valuable Gift of All

    During a recent recruiting mission with our state marketing partner, Team Texas, we had the opportunity to visit with nearly a dozen companies that had expressed interest in relocating or expanding their California businesses to Texas. This was an ideal way for us to gain a better understanding of our target customer, and it was gratifying to confirm that Fairview, Texas has exactly what many smaller, growing companies today are seeking: the winning combination of desirable location, nearby talent and affordable office space.

  • What Economic Development and Landscaping Have in Common

    What Economic Development and Landscaping Have in Common

    Explaining what I do as an economic developer or why my community even has an economic development department is something I have been asked about many times during my career. As a seasoned economic development professional and now as a coach, speaker and economic and community development trainer, it is my responsibility to help residents of my community understand how a strong economic development program serves their needs and desires for the place they call home.

  • Boost Business with Community Events

    Boost Business with Community Events

    Every relocation starts with a site visit; however, not every site visit takes the form of a business meeting. Have you ever thought about the image your community projects to the prospective relocation decision maker (or acquaintance of one) who just happens to be visiting for a completely unrelated reason, such as a recreational or holiday event?

  • “Surban” Development: The Latest Commercial Development Trend

    “Surban” Development: The Latest Commercial Development Trend

    The redefined live/work/play center combines urban and suburban advantages
     
    What do you get when you mix urban coolness with suburban practicality? Think high-end office sites, diverse retail, great restaurants and pleasant walkability combined with desirable housing options, reasonably priced real estate, ample and convenient parking, outstanding schools, safety and growth potential.

  • The Revitalization of Retail

    The Revitalization of Retail

    Brick-and-Mortar is Alive and Well
     
    Borrowing from a famous Mark Twain quip, rumors of the death of retail have been greatly exaggerated. No question, retail as we once knew it is evolving, but dead? Hardly!

  • What’s So Great About DFW?

    What’s So Great About DFW?

    Making it to the short list of top finalists in the Amazon HQ2 site selection reaffirmed that Dallas-Fort Worth has much to offer even the world’s largest companies.
     
    Recent major corporate relocations and population statistics are proof positive that companies and their employees continue to want to call DFW home, and the reasons for that are many and varied. Where to begin?

  • An Educated Workforce Is Key to Economic Development

    An Educated Workforce Is Key to Economic Development

    Whether you are a resident seeking access to quality education and training for yourself or family members, or an employer looking to locate in an area that is home to an educated workforce, Collin County, Texas delivers.

  • Education: Fairview, Texas Makes the Grade

    Education: Fairview, Texas Makes the Grade

    A quality education for local youth is — or should be — a top priority for all of us. An educated community is a stronger one in essentially every way.
     

  • DFW’s Regional Workforce: One of Our Most Valuable Assets

    DFW’s Regional Workforce: One of Our Most Valuable Assets

    Here in thriving Collin County, Texas, we are fortunate to be a part of one of the strongest job markets and workforce regions in the country. Yes, in North Texas we view our large, well-educated workforce as a regional asset — one regional labor market rather than a number of individual cities whose employees are based primarily within their respective borders. This approach is as beneficial to employers as it is to employees.

  • Relationships Make the Difference in Economic Development

    Relationships Make the Difference in Economic Development

    Traveling back to Fairview recently from the 2018 Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Spring World Conference, I spent some time reflecting on the value of this event as well as others that I attend throughout the year — the value not just to myself, but to the community I’m representing and to the corporate real estate brokers and the site selectors who are searching for the ideal location for their clients.

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