March 3, 2017
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall. If you would like to sign up to receive this in a weekly e-mail click here.
REDP Report Given
Richardson Chamber of Commerce staff gave the annual report on the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP) at Monday’s City Council work session. The report updated the City Council on the REDP’s efforts/successes in 2016 and plans for 2017.
The REDP has been hard at work in the areas of recruitment/retention of businesses, workforce development/talent attraction, small business/entrepreneurship, retail, international business development and commercial real estate redevelopment. Highlights for 2016 include 20 relocations and expansions resulting in 2,002 new/retained Richardson jobs and 513,088 square feet of office and flex space occupied; the creation and success of the RealRichardson website, part of a targeted campaign by REDP to attract millennials to live and work in Richardson (it has received more than 4,000 visits since its July launch); the creation of a “how to” guide for small businesses; a continuing and dramatic decline in retail space vacancy (from 13.9 percent in fourth quarter 2012 to 6.2 percent in January 2017); and assisting in securing four new international companies in Richardson.
In the area of redevelopment, REDP’s East Arapaho Task Force identified and mobilized more than 25 property owners, major employers and other stakeholders in the expanded, 1,000-acre East Arapaho
District (roughly bordered by East Campbell Road to the north, North Greenville Avenue to the west, Apollo Road to the south and North Plano Road to the east). Feedback was collected from stakeholders at six meetings throughout 2016 and via an online survey. In 2017, the Task Force plans to identify priority action items, develop an implementation strategy and schedule further City Council briefings.
Other goals for 2017 include helping recruit tenants for more than 1 million square feet of office space that’s expected to transition in 2017; partnering with Richland College in applying for a state skills development grant; generating more partnerships between companies and RISD, such as the new partnership with Methodist Richardson Medical Center; assisting at least five Richardson companies in developing export markets; and updating the Telecom Corridor® area website.
REDP is a joint initiative established by the City of Richardson and the Richardson Chamber of Commerce in 1984. For more of the REDP report, view the presentation here.
RPD Warns Against Phone/Internet Tax Scams
With tax season in full swing, the Crime Prevention Unit of the Richardson Police Department would like to remind citizens to be wary of fraudulent communications that purport to be from the IRS. Tax scams continue making the rounds throughout the country, employing sophisticated tactics to dupe taxpayers into giving out personal information that is then used to drain bank accounts, run up credit card charges, etc. Callers may state their badge number and claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not; e-mails can look like “official” letters but are “phishing” devices. Phone scammers may alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling, and they may have information about you such as your name and address that further their believability. Some may say that they have “received your tax return and need to verify some information.”
To avoid being the victim of a scam, keep in mind that the IRS will never:
For more information on tax scams and how to report them, click here. Questions? Call the Richardson Crime Prevention Unit at 972-744-4955.
- initiate contact with taxpayers via phone, e-mail, text messages or social media to request personal or financial information such as debit/credit card numbers, bank account information or Social Security number
- call about taxes owed without first having mailed several bills, nor will they call to demand immediate payment over the phone
- threaten arrest by any law enforcement agency for not paying
- require that you use a specific payment method for your taxes
- demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity for appeal
No City Council Meeting March 6 and 13
Due to the PISD and RISD Spring Break holidays, there will be no City Council work sessions or meetings Monday, March 6 and Monday, March 13. The City Council will next meet Monday, March 20 for a work session at 6 p.m. For future agendas and meeting dates, go to www.cor.net/CityCouncil.
Correction Notice for Summer Camps and Swim Class Guide
In the latest issue of the Parks and Recreation Summer Camps and Swim Class guide (inside the March Richardson Today), there is an error. Our printer accidentally printed a duplicate page two where page three should be, leaving out an important listing of swim classes. To view the complete, correct guide online, go to www.cor.net/recguide.
Flags at Half-Staff March 3-7 to Honor Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice
The City of Richardson, along with other municipalities and government subdivisions and entities, will fly the Texas and U.S. flag at half-staff the next five days due to the passing of former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Andrew Jackson “Jack” Pope, Jr. Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the flags be lowered from sunrise Friday, March 3, the day of Pope’s interment, through sunset Tuesday, March 7, and is encouraging individuals and businesses to do the same to commemorate Pope’s life of service.
Blue Bags at Fire Station 6 Saturday
Fire Station 6 will offer blue recycling bags from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 4. The 30-gallon bags are sold in rolls for $3.50 for residents or $4 for non-residents. Blue bag letters, redeemable for free rolls, are honored at this location.
Fire Station 6 is located at 3591 Park Vista Rd. The bags are also available at City rec centers, the Senior Center, Service Center and City Hall during normal business hours. For more information, call 972-744-4111.
Free Lawncare Class at Service Center March 9
Learn basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape at a free Lawn Care Maintenance Class, Thursday, March 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Richardson Service Center, 1260 Columbia Dr. You will also learn how to maintain your landscape using less water, fertilizer and pesticides.
Registration required—click here to register.
“Newcomers Guide to Gardening” March 11
All Richardson residents who want to learn how to become a successful gardener are invited to the “Newcomers Guide to Gardening” presentation, Saturday, March 11 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Allen Public Library, 300 N. Allen Dr. in Allen. Collin County Master Gardeners was well as other experts will share their horticultural expertise, research-based information and hands-on experience in the challenges and rewards of gardening.
Cost is free but seating is limited. Please register at www.cityofallen.org/newcomer. For more information, contact Michelle Mann at email@example.com or call 972-744-4228.
Local Pageant Royalty Host Breakfast Fundraiser Saturday
Miss Richardson 2017, Michaela Larry, along with Miss Richardson Outstanding Teen 2017, Ady Lee Forrester, are having an all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser Saturday, March 4 from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 125 N. Plano Rd. The cost is $10 and monies raised benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant. In addition, donations of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products and new socks and underwear for all ages will be collected for clients of NETWORK of Community Ministries.
The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fried red potatoes, eggs and beverage choices of soda, tea and coffee. Purchase tickets online by clicking here.
The Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant, which is part of the Miss America Organization, provides more than $75,000 in scholarships each year. Richardson is home to pageant headquarters; the competition and accompanying activities have been held at the Eisemann Center and nearby Renaissance Hotel since 2014.
Free Yoga at CityLine Returns March 4
CityLine, the 186-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented development located at 1150 State St., will once again host free yoga classes in the Plaza every Saturday from 9-10 a.m. in March, April and May.
The outdoor classes are always free, but attendees are encouraged to consider making a small donation toward a highlighted nonprofit. Each month, CityLine will partner with a local nonprofit, including Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support, Richardson Symphony Orchestra and Café Momentum.
No preregistration is necessary; participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early and bring a mat. Children are welcome to attend as well. Classes are weather permitting—check the CityLine and Reef Point Yoga Facebook pages for updates. Free parking is available in the CityLine garages.
Free AARP Tax Assistance Continues at Senior Center and Library
IRS-trained volunteers are providing weekly help with basic tax returns Mondays through April 17 at the Library from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Basement Program Room, and Fridays through April 14 at the Senior Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The assistance, presented in conjunction with the AARP Foundation, is free and designed particularly for elderly, handicapped and non-English-speaking taxpayers on a first-come, first-served basis. For a detailed list of records to bring, click here.
At the Eisemann Center:
- Dallas Black Dance Theatre March 3
7:30 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $32.
Experience power, beauty and passion as Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) is joined by the DBDT: Encore! company for an unforgettable night.
- Richardson Symphony Orchestra March 4
8 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $15-$87.
Saturday’s program, entitled, “Romantic Treasures,” will include the “Overture to Oberon” by Weber and “Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759/Unfinished” by Schubert. A highlight of the evening will be a piano concerto performed by the winner of the Ann and Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition. Pre-show dining at Prelude Café is available for this event, beginning two hours prior to the performance (for reservations, call the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel at 972-367-2000).
- Dallas Ballet Company March 5
3 p.m. in the Bank of America Theatre. Tickets are $15.
The Dallas Ballet Company presents, “En Avant: Moving Forward,” a performance of all levels of the 28-year-old company, including pre-professional dancers (age 14+), apprentices (age 13+), apprentice trainees (age 13+) and Junior Company members (age 12+).
Unless otherwise noted, tickets to Eisemann Center events are available at the Eisemann Center Ticket Office, 972-744-4650 and at www.eisemanncenter.com.
- Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra March 5
7:15 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. Tickets are $10.
Renowned tenor William Joyner will join the DAAYO for “Flower Song” from “Carmen” by Georges Bizet; “In Vain, My Beloved” from “The King of Ys” by Éduoard Lalo and “Arise, O Sun!” from “Romeo and Juliet” by Charles Gounod.
At UT Dallas:
16th Annual Guitar Competition and Festival Continues Through Saturday
- International Concert Guitar Competition March 3
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Admission is free.
This unique competition, designed to showcase outstanding classical guitar students, will award cash prizes to the winners.
- Stephan Connor Presentation March 4
4 p.m. in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Admission is free.
One of the premier builders of classical guitars in the United States, Stephan Connor has had his guitars played by many celebrated musicians including Eliot Fisk, Zaira Meneses and Angel Romero. He will give a video presentation on his process.
For more information and to purchase tickets to ticketed events, click here.
- Eliot Fisk Performance March 4
8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Tickets are $25.
Fisk is currently director of guitar studies at the New England Conservatory and artistic director for the annual Boston Guitar Fest. He will perform part of his program on a Stephan Connor guitar.
Registration Now Open for March Computer Classes
Registration is now open for three free computer classes offered this month at the Library: Introduction to Facebook (March 11), Tinkercad (March 13) and Introduction to MS Excel 2010 (March 17). Classes fill up fast and space is limited to 12 students per class, so timely registration is encouraged.
To register, call 972-744-4361 or ask a librarian at any Library information desk. A valid Richardson Library card is required for registration.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Meet Dan! Handsome 9-year-old Dan is a sweet introvert looking for a laid back human to love. He is a neutered male, up to date on all vaccinations and ready for adoption for only $15. Please help Dan and all his Shelter friends find “furever” homes!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s web page here.
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Mayor Pro Tem
Marta Gómez Frey