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June 22, 2017
As things continue to change in and around Richardson, we want to keep you updated about what might affect local business owners.
Richardson’s population has passed the 100K mark and is now officially at 107,400.
NICE Technologies (you’ve probably seen their marquee signage on the west side of 75 at Palisades) is moving its offices to Glenville near Greenville. Read more
Across the road, the RealPage offices are sporting some impressive technology for its employees. Look at what the next generation of tech employees are enjoying. DBJ  Dallas Morning News
State Farm’s regional hub at CityLine is on track to become its largest regional hub with as many as 10,000 employees (up from its current 7,200).
City update
The City Council stayed the same as a result of the election except Bob Dubey, who has been sworn in to replace Bob Townsend. Dubey recently retired from RISD after an impressive 37 years, several of which as athletic director. Bob Townsend was recognized by the city council for his long 57 years of service in Richardson. Townsend was mayor and mayor pro tem at different points, as well as our most recent Citizen of the Year. Our condolences to his family as he has since passed. Paul Voelker was elected as mayor (he was appointed the last time), and Chamber member Mark Solomon, was re-elected by the new City Council as mayor pro tem.
GEICO is now the three-year sponsor of the City’s Corporate Challenge. The ten-day Olympic style competition is believed to be one of the largest in the country, and proceeds benefit the Special Olympics and our local Special Olympics team, the Richardson Roadrunners. A possible new event has been approved to the Corporate Challenge – ax throwing—possibly in line with the coming amusement center on Glenville that will feature the athletic offering. Read more
In other recreation news, The Wildflower Festival wrapped up another successful year, and Mayor Paul Voelker thanked the 1500 people who volunteered for the event. It’s the largest event of its kind in the Metroplex and, since it's not held on city land, it involves collaboration with generous land and business owners. 55K-60K people visited at some point during the 3-day event.
Buildings around the public safety building will start to come down soon. The city is looking forward to what this commitment means for the "town central" development near main street, a more than $60 million development.
All these well-funded and received developments are making property values look better and better. City staff presented a preliminary report on property tax values to the City Council, and based on recently released tax roll figures by the Dallas Central Appraisal District and the Collin Central Appraisal District (61 percent of Richardson's taxable value is in Dallas County and 39 percent is in Collin County), combined estimated property values for Richardson as of Jan. 1, 2017 were approximately $15.4 billion. That's a $1.5 billion increase from the final 2016 certified roll. Much of the growth in value is attributable to the numerous commercial developments throughout the city.
Based on the past five-year history of adjustments, a value increase of 8.6 percent is projected.
Arts update
Hall Group will be putting up a live/work/play multiuse area at Custer and George Bush on 30 acres. Because Hall is interested in the arts and giving back to the community, he will also be developing a piece of art as a gateway to the city. Read more  For millennials DBJ
A new piece of art will also be going up south of Eastside beginning this summer, emphasizing Richardson’s technology history (read more). New pieces of art have already gone up at CityLine. Read more

This year’s Leadership Arts Institute's Class of 2017 project was establishing a public “artwalk,” a free, self-guided art and nature walk of Richardson. The trek features eight pieces of existing outdoor public art, as well as some indoor pieces located along a path stretching from the Galatyn Urban Center to CityLine.

The Institute’s secured funding to create and print a colorful map/brochure of the route, dubbed “Public ArtWalk Richardson,” and presented copies of the map at a recent City Council meeting. The map highlights the art and the artists who created it. (see map)
Amy Alexander, Director, Marketing and Communications
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