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Economic Development & Tourism News

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

ELECTIONS: Four running for Mayor; one running for Council seat

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FBTX ~ At the close of the filing period for the upcoming City Council election, four local residents had filed to run for the office of Mayor, while one filed for the open City Council seat. 
   Candidates for Mayor (in drawn ballo...
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Posted on: February 15, 2017

STATE OF THE CITY: Mayor Bob Phelps address available for viewing online and on FBTV

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FBTX ~ Mayor Bob Phelps' 2017 State of the City address, to an assembled luncheon at the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce, is now available for viewing online and on the City's channel.
   The 23-minute presentation can be found at youtube...
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Posted on: February 14, 2017

RECYCLING: Numbers show huge results in first nine months of curbside program

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FBTX ~ With participation from 85 percent of single family homes in Farmers Branch, the new curbside recycling program has easily eclipsed totals from the old drop-off program in less than a year's time since kickoff.  
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Posted on: February 15, 2017

TCEQ: State commission orders full review of Farmers Branch Creek water rights case

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AUSTIN ~ In what is being described by homeowners along Farmers Branch Creek as a major victory, the three-member Texas Commission on Environmental Quality unanimously remanded a water rights dispute between Farmers Branch and Addison back to their staff ...

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

NEW BUDGET: No property tax increase included in new fiscal year budget

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Following the October 1 start to the new fiscal year, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox and his staff have embarked on executing the 2016-2017 fiscal year, $97 million City budget.

Coming in about 1 percent lower than the prev...Read on...

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

FBPD: David Hale takes the reins as Chief of Police

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Poised for a seamless transition, 22-year FBPD veteran David Hale has been appointed Farmers Branch Chief of Police by City Manager Charles Cox.

Succeeding the retired Sid Fuller, Chief Hale brings a wealth of law enforcement traini...Read on...

Posted on: August 24, 2016

NEW JOB: Allison Cook named Director of Economic Development & Tourism

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With confidence in her leadership as well as her proven aptitude for business development, expansion and retention, Farmers Branch City Manager Charles S. Cox has promoted Allison Cook to the post of Director of Economic Development &...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

DCAD: Property values continue upward trend

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DALLAS ~ Certified property values in Farmers Branch for the 2016 tax year stand at $4.85 billion, up from last year's total of $4.5 billion, according to figures released this week by the Dallas Central Appraisal District.

The report shows Farmers...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

SHARROWS: New lane markings encourage harmony between motorists and cyclists

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The artwork appearing on roadways in Farmers Branch is a precursor of more pedal power to come as new "sharrows" signify the most visible signs, to date, of the implementation of the Trail Master Plan.

Crews started putt...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2016

PROMOTION: John Land becomes Deputy City Manager

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Recognizing his leadership capabilities along with his intricate knowledge of city government, City Manager Charles S. Cox has promoted Managing Director John Land to the position of Deputy City Manager.

"I can think of no one ...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

TOP FIVE: DBJ names Farmers Branch Economic Development one of best in DFW

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ With the value of last year's deals measured at $843.9 million, the Farmers Branch Economic Development Department was named by the Dallas Business Journal as the number four agency in Dallas Fort Worth for 2015.

The annual Book of ...Read on...

Posted on: February 5, 2016

AT HOME: Retailer to take up residence in vacant building on Midway at LBJ

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Home decor superstore At Home has announced the company will expand its reach in the North Texas market with a new store opening in Farmers Branch this May.

The 137,000 square foot store will be in the building formerly occupied by Wal...Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2016

LIVE: Farmers Branch Police & Fire become first agencies on state-of-the-art dispatch center

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CARROLLTON ~ Years of planning, preparation, testing and checking, the North Texas Emergency Communications Center, or NTECC, went online earlier today with Farmers Branch Police and Fire as its initial departments.
In the coming weeks, partner citie...Read on...

Posted on: November 18, 2015

2016: Citizen Committee sought to champion potential bond issue

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ In preparation for the prospect of presenting a bond issue to voters in 2016, the Farmers Branch City Council is seeking community volunteers to serve on a Citizen Committee to research and champion a potential quality-of-life bond effort...Read on...

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Posted on: July 10, 2015

WATER & SEWER RATES: Proposed rate increase attributable to fixed costs from providers

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ The record rainfall of 2015 in addition to a legal battle over the source for local drinking water is combining for a perfect storm the will likely result in higher water and sewer rates for the new fiscal year.

Most costs associate...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2014

DEMO/REBUILD: New incentives give homebuyers even more reason to build new homes

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ New "Demo/Rebuild" rules give homebuyers even more incentive to replace older homes with newer ones.

The availability of quality housing stock in the City of Farmers Branch encourages the retention of businesses, attracts new...Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2014

VALUES UP: DCAD reports Farmers Branch property values up 9.6 percent

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DALLAS ~ Farmers Branch property values are on the way up.

According to certified property values, released today by the Dallas Central Appraisal District, certified taxable values in Farmers Branch, for the 2014 tax year, stood at $4.2 billion, up 9...Read on...

Posted on: March 18, 2014

RISING STAR: Allison Cook receives up-and-coming award from Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce

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FARMERS BRANCH ~ Now in her third year as Economic Development Manager for the City of Farmers Branch, Allison Cook has been accorded the "Rising Star" award by the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce at their annual awards banquet, held recently.
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