While it is very tempting given that today is April 1 . . . however, I will refrain since I am sure you have already had your fill of April Fools jokes. Instead, I will just wish you a happy new month! March is gone, with the last of the likely cold weather, and we welcome the very spring month of April.
We did not have a Regular Council Meeting this week. Next week on Thursday, April 7 from 4pm – 8pm the Council and staff will meet at our now famous Addison Treehouse on Midway Road to finalize our visioning and strategic planning sessions for FY16-17. We will also discuss our final plans for our Spring Town Meeting that we hope you will attend on Monday, April 11 at 7pm at the Addison Conference Centre. If you can’t join us, you can watch the meeting live online here.
I met this week with Ken Koo of Addison TreeHouse-based Bridge Alliance to hear the exciting news about his upcoming event, which will take place next week on Friday, April 8 at Brookhaven College. Ken shared the details, “the Addison Economic Development Department has partnered with the Bridge Alliance to create better awareness of new innovations being developed in North Texas through the entrepreneurial community and institutions of higher education that lend themselves to making established businesses more competitive. Join us for a luncheon on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 11am to 1pm at Brookhaven College, Building H, where corporations, startups and academia collide. To learn more or register, visit https://bridgealliance.co/addison/” These are the kinds of events developed through our TreeHouse that help spread our very positive Addison business friendly message. Thank you, Ken, for your help and partnership.
On Wednesday afternoon I visited the Addison Conference Centre to speak to the RevTech 4th annual Tech Trends event. RevTech is a leading seed fund and venture accelerator for retail technology startups and chose Addison and our conference center to help host their annual event this year. Managing Director David Matthews of RevTech introduced me to their crowd of over 250 attendees to speak about Addison and our booming economy, including our Addison TreeHouse. I spoke about the five pillars of our economy that includes 180 restaurants, 22 hotels, 10 million square feet of office space, our excellent airport and now, of course, our very successful Addison TreeHouse. I also had the privilege of announcing the winner of their Best Presentation award from their accelerator graduate presenters. The winner was “Forrge” and they are a web platform and mobile app that enables hourly workers in retail, QSR and distribution to pick their own hours and select their own schedules. This was an excellent event to be part of – there was great entrepreneurial energy in that room! This was another way for us to continue to build our brand as being the hub for high tech and entrepreneurship.
On Monday afternoon I was joined by Council Colleagues Ivan Hughes and Bruce Arfsten as I performed the swearing in of officer Kara Curry as the newest member of our Addison Police Department. City Manager Wes Pierson, as well as our entire City Management leadership team, Police Chief Paul Spencer and several of our other on-duty officers came to the event to show Kara their support and congratulate her on joining our team.
Council Member and WaterTower Theater liaison Mary Carpenter reminded me that the WaterTower Theatre will be the recipient of the generosity from Addison’s Whole Foods Market on Tuesday April 12th where 5% of net sales will go to the WaterTower Theatre! What a great way to be supportive, shop at an Addison iconic market, create sales tax dollars for Addison and dollars for another Addison icon – the WaterTower Theatre! Now, that is really a good deal for everyone! This special community giving day for Whole Foods is in addition to their sponsorship of the upcoming WaterTower Theater play, “The Big Meal,” that runs from April 18 – April 30. This is another great example of the growing partnerships between our arts community and business community, and it benefits us as residents.
As you hopefully have heard, Taste Addison will be returning May 13 – 15. We have a special Taste Addison resident perk only available during the month of April. You can beat the lines at the event by pre-purchasing your “Tasty Bucks” at either the Athletic Club or the Finance building. You will need Tasty Bucks to buy all your food and drinks at the event, so I hope you take advantage of this special opportunity for Addison residents!
This next week is very busy with some fun events, so I hope you will find time to join us at one or more of the following:
Monday, April 4, 11:30am – 1pm: First Monday of the Month Economic Development Luncheon at Sidewalk Café, 5030 Addison Circle, just south of Beckert Park. New owner Sue Richter has some special surprises planned for us.
Wednesday, April 6, 10am: First Wednesday of the Month Coffee with the Mayor, Dunn Bros, 3725 Belt Line Road. Friendly conversation and plenty of time for your questions.
Thursday, April 7, 4pm – 8pm: Council Visioning and Strategic Planning Work Session, Addison TreeHouse, 14681 Midway Road.
Saturday, April 9, 7pm: 2016 WaterTower Theatre Gala, Marriott Quorum Hotel, 14901 Dallas Parkway. I understand there may be a few tickets still available by calling Greg at 972.450.6227 or clicking here.
Monday, April 11, 7pm: Spring Town Meeting, Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Please come join us for our community-wide get together where you can chat with neighbors and hear about some of our exciting Town projects and items of interest. There will also be plenty of time for your questions.
As you can see, this week was kind of quiet. We will make up for it in the next couple of weeks. It’s good to know our staff is hard at work doing all of the things necessary to keep Addison a very special place.
All is well in Addison, Texas.
See you soon,