Saturday, July 28, 2007

Residential Incentive Programs

I hope you are aware that as a homeowner - or potential homeowner - in Farmers Branch, you are eligible for tremendous financial incentives to renovate an existing home, or build a new one. The Residential Incentive Program provides citizens with cash and complimentary services for renovation and beautification done on your property, and the popularity of this program is surging!

There are three categories of the program, each with varying levels of incentives: the New Home Program, the Major Remodel Program, and the Exterior Makeover Program. You can find out all the details of these great programs here:

This is a program that is open to all homeowners, regardless of property size or location. To date, 27 homes have been impact by the programs. And those homes come from every neighborhood in the city, and the majority of the program participants are homeowners whose properties are worth less than $150,000. This program is working for all citizens of Farmers Branch!

Nicole Recker, Marketing Specialist for the city, has done a fabulous job of administering the program, and marketing it across the Metroplex. She told me that to date she's received over 280 calls or inquiries about the program, and her efforts have landed details of the program in the Dallas Morning News, WFAA Channel 8 News, WBAP 820, TXCN News, and Pegasus Online Newspaper, among others. Plus, check out the new Neighborsgo section of your Saturday Dallas Morning News, and you'll probably see an eye-catching ad for the city, and the wonderful home options we have. And just recently, the program was profiled by the Dallas Business Journal in their July 13 issue, you can read it here:

If you want to know more about the Residential Incentive Program, and what it could mean to you if you were in the market to remodel a bathroom or kitchen, add an addition, paint your house, improve your landscaping, or build an entire new house, call Nicole today to discuss what the city can do for you! She can be reached at 972-919-2509, and I know she'd love to hear from you.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

FB Business News: Quebecor World Announces Deal with "The Econimist"

Did you know that the largest commercial printer in Texas is right here in Farmers Branch? It's the impressive Quebecor World, which is located at 4800 Spring Valley in a 423,000 square foot facility. They employ 425 people, and print popular magazines and catalogs, such a Us Weekly, Texas Highways, Brookstone, Macy's, Parade and Sears.

Today, at a ceremony attended by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppart and Farmers Branch Mayor Pro Tem Tim O'Hare, they announced their newest customer, The Economist.

The Economist is a weekly magazine offering comprehensive analysis of world events and global politics. Based in London, The Economist has been in publication since 1843, and has a world-wide print circulation of 1.2 million.

Quebecor World will print The Economist on their state-of-the-art printing and finishing equipment, and will distribute the magazine across the Southern United States.

Quebecor World is an excellent business here in Farmers Branch, one that enjoys world-wide exposure and respect. I am proud they call Farmers Branch home.

So pick up a copy of this week's Economist, and know that it was printed today in Farmers Branch.

You can find out more about Quebecor World at
You can find out more about The Economist at



Monday, July 23, 2007

Your Ideas are Needed!

Welcome to the Farmers Branch Blog!

It’s been over 60 days since I was elected to the Farmers Branch City Council, and one of the things I wanted to ensure was good communication and an open dialogue with the citizens of our city on what the city was doing, and what the vision and strategy is for the future as we work to improve the overall quality of life in DFW’s “best living place.”

One avenue for this two-way communication is this blog. I will update it regularly with news about the programs and activities we are undertaking, important meetings and events, and all other relevant information that I can share about Farmers Branch. But a major motivation for creating this blog is to solicit ideas and input from Farmers Branch citizens. This is your city, and I want to hear from you!

The aim of the current City Council is to improve the livability and quality of life of Farmers Branch for all our residents. We have established a set of aggressive goals to build on the fabulous foundation we have of established neighborhoods, beautiful parks, and outstanding police, fire, and municipal services.

To assist in reaching these goals, our City Manager Gary Greer has introduced three new standing agenda items on all City Council Meetings:

- Revitalization Initiatives

- Public Safety Initiatives

- Beautification Initiatives

Every meeting, the city council will be brainstorming new ideas and following up on existing projects for each of three items. The city staff is already hard at work on several projects that have come out of these discussions, and I will be posting details of these as they develop. But I want to hear from you and your ideas for our city in these three areas.

If you have ideas for programs, activities, strategies, etc. please either post them in the comments section of this post, or email them to me at:

The future of Farmers Branch is bright!


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