"State of the City" Address

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2018 "State of the City" Address

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Mayor Pro Tem Brent Daniels presented the 2018 "State of the City" video to a joint luncheon of the Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village business communities. The video highlights 2017 achievements and projects planned for 2018.

 

Video script:

2017 CERTAINLY WAS A BUSY YEAR IN LEWISVILLE, WITH EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES AROUND EVERY CORNER. FROM PRIVATE DEVELOPMENTS TO PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE, IT WAS A GOOD YEAR TO LIVE AND WORK IN LEWISVILLE.


MUCH OF THAT SUCCESS IS A RESULT OF WORK DONE BY THE CITY’S 800-MEMBER MUNICIPAL WORKFORCE. THE LARGE NUMBER OF WORKERS STAYING WITH THE CITY FOR 20, 30, OR EVEN 40 YEARS SHOWS THAT LEWISVILLE IS A SPECIAL PLACE TO WORK.

TO IDENTIFY AND CAPTURE WHAT MAKES THE CITY SPECIAL, A TEAM OF EMPLOYEES REPRESENTING A CROSS-SECTION OF THE CITY ORGANIZATION DEVELOPED A NEW VALUES PROGRAM CALLED THE LEWISVILLE WAY. THIS INITIATIVE FORMALIZES MUCH OF WHAT ALREADY WAS BEING DONE, ENCOURAGING EMPLOYEES TO VALUE PEOPLE, SERVE EVERY DAY, AND BUILD OUR FUTURE. THESE CORE VALUES HAVE BEEN INTEGRATED INTO ALL FACETS OF CITY OPERATION AND PROVIDE A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR DECADES OF FUTURE SUCCESS.
EMPLOYEE INNOVATION LEADS TO NEW AND HIGHLY EFFICIENT WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. LAST YEAR, LEWISVILLE WAS NAMED A WHAT WORKS CITY BY THE BLOOMBERG FOUNDATION. THIS PROGRAM RECOGNIZED 100 COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON USING MEASURABLE DATA TO IMPROVE A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES.

IN LEWISVILLE, THAT INCLUDED THE LAUNCH OF AN ONLINE PERFORMANCE DASHBOARD, PRESENTING DOZENS OF REAL-TIME MEASUREMENTS RANGING FROM POTHOLES TO POLICE CALLS. THIS HIGHLY TRANSPARENT SYSTEM LETS THE PUBLIC KNOW HOW THEIR CITY GOVERNMENT IS DOING, AND HELPS CITY LEADERS IDENTIFY AREAS FOR POTENTIAL IMPROVEMENT.

ONE OF THE MOST VISIBLE PUBLIC PROJECTS COMPLETED IN 2017 WAS EXTENSION OF VALLEY RIDGE BOULEVARD, BETWEEN MILL AND COLLEGE STREETS. THIS PROJECT CREATED A CONVENIENT CONNECTION FROM BUSINESS 121 TO INTERSTATE 35E AND BEYOND, SIGNIFICANTLY CUTTING COMMUTE TIMES FOR LEWISVILLE RESIDENTS AS WELL AS OUR NEIGHBORS IN FLOWER MOUND AND HIGHLAND VILLAGE.

THE SCORCHING HOT DEVELOPMENT MARKET IN HISTORIC OLD TOWN LEWISVILLE ALSO HAD MULTIPLE SUCCESSES DURING 2017.

THE CITY PLAYED A ROLE BY OPENING A NEW VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER ON MAIN STREET, AT THE WESTERN ENTRY TO THE MAIN & MILL ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT. IN ADDITION TO VISITOR SERVICES, THE CENTER HOUSES THE LEWISVILLE CVB, SPECIAL EVENTS, AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICES. IT ALSO FEATURES THREE EXHIBIT ROOMS FOR HISTORY AND HERITAGE DISPLAYS FROM THE LEWISVILLE COLLECTION, A JOINT PROJECT WITH DENTON COUNTY OFFICE OF HISTORY AND CULTURE.

PRIVATE-SECTOR DEVELOPMENT DROVE THE OLD TOWN MARKET LAST YEAR. FOUR NEW DINING OPTIONS OPENED – TWISTED ROOT BURGER, CAVALLI PIZZA, PROHIBITION CHICKEN, OLD TOWN WINE BAR, AND DOMINO’S – WITH AT LEAST THREE MORE EXPECTED TO OPEN IN 2018. CONSTRUCTION ALSO STARTED LATE LAST YEAR AND EARLY THIS YEAR ON SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES IN SOUTH VILLAGE AND UPSCALE BROWNSTONES ON WALTERS STREET BEHIND CITY HALL.

THAT MOMENTUM IS CERTAIN TO CONTINUE IN 2018. NOW THAT THE VALLEY RIDGE EXTENSION IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC, DESIGN IS BEING FINALIZED FOR A DRAMATIC FACELIFT ON MILL STREET, FROM COLLEGE TO PURNELL. THIS PROJECT, FUNDED THROUGH A NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS GRANT, WILL BRING PEDESTRIAN FEATURES SUCH AS SIDEWALKS, BENCHES, AND DECORATIVE FEATURES, ALONG WITH IMPROVED STREET PARKING AND BIKE LANES. WORK WILL START IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR.

ANOTHER CITY PROJECT THAT WILL START CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR IS THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED MULTI-GENERATIONAL RECREATION CENTER. THIS FACILITY WAS IDENTIFIED AS A NEED IN THE LEWISVILLE 2025 VISION PLAN, AND WAS APPROVED BY LEWISVILLE VOTERS IN 2015. DESIGN IS NEARLY COMPLETE, AND CONSTRUCTION WILL START THIS SUMMER WITH COMPLETION EXPECTED AROUND THE END OF 2019. THE PROJECT INCLUDES A PERMANENT PUBLIC ART COMPONENT BEING CREATED BY NATIONALLY KNOWN ARTIST ANDREW DUFFORD. WATCH IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS FOR MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT.

TWO OTHER CITY FACILITIES STARTED CONSTRUCTION LAST YEAR AND WILL BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR. FIRE STATION #3 IS LOCATED ON FM 3040 ADJACENT TO THE CONVERGENCE CENTER, AND WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING STATION #3 AT BUSINESS 121 AND CORPORATE. FIRE STATION #8 IS LOCATED ON JOSEY LANE NEAR WHERE 500 NEW SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES ARE BEING BUILT. THESE STATIONS WILL IMPROVE RESPONSE TIMES FOR SOUTHWEST AND FAR EAST LEWISVILLE, TWO AREAS CURRENTLY SEEING RAPID GROWTH.

PUBLIC SAFETY IS ALWAYS A TOP PRIORITY, BUT QUALITY OF LIFE ENHANCEMENTS ALSO ARE IMPORTANT. TOWARD THAT END, AND WITH STATE AND FEDERAL APPROVALS FINALLY SECURED, A NEW LAKE ACCESS POINT WILL GO UNDER CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR WHERE THE TRINITY RIVER CROSSES UNDER HEBRON PARKWAY. THIS WILL ALLOW KAYAKERS AND CANOEISTS TO ENTER THE WATER AT LLELA, ENJOY AN AMAZINGLY PRISTINE JOURNEY DOWN THE ELM FORK AND SAFELY EXIT THE RIVER NEAR A MAJOR ROADWAY. LEWISVILLE’S HIDDEN GEM OF A PADDLING TRAIL IS ABOUT TO BECOME A LOT BETTER KNOWN.

ON THE COMMERCIAL SIDE, 2018 WILL MARK THE OPENING OF THE MARY KAY R&D AND MANUFACTURING CENTER IN SOUTH LEWISVILLE. THIS $120 MILLION FACILITY WILL EMPLOYEE ABOUT 600 PEOPLE AT FIRST, WITH PLANS TO EXPAND THAT WORKFORCE IN THE FUTURE. LEWISVILLE IS A SIGNIFICANT EMPLOYMENT CENTER IN DENTON COUNTY, AND MARY KAY IS A TERRIFIC ADDITION TO THE COMMUNITY.

WHAT OTHER GOOD THINGS WILL HAPPEN IN LEWISVILLE DURING 2018? WITH RESPONSIBLE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES AND INFRASTRUCTURE, AND A THRIVING COMMERCIAL SECTOR, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT AND LEWISVILLE IS TAKING FLIGHT TOWARD A BRIGHT FUTURE.