This article appeared in Frisco Enterprise on July 10, 2020.Business owners, community leaders, and area residents will join the Frisco Chamber of Commerce at the annual State of the City Panel Discussion on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM. This year’s event is now virtual, being live-streamed on social media and recorded for later viewing. In years past, this event has been limited to approximately 500 to 650 attendees, serving as the Frisco Chamber of Commerce’s largest luncheon. “Times are different this year,” said Tony Felker, President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. “Through generous support of our sponsors, this live event is now being offered for free to all virtual attendees, literally, everyone is invited! It is during times like these that we are so proud to partner with the organizations that make our business community a model for others to follow and also help to create an attractive place for new and relocating businesses.” The purpose of the annual panel discussion is to keep the Frisco community informed on the overall direction of the city and its impact on the business community. After Frisco began to re-open in May of 2020, the Frisco Chamber rescheduled the State of the City luncheon from an earlier date and began to plan a hybrid event, knowing that some entities would be more comfortable attending virtually, while many others were ready to begin attending events in person. The in-person event was planned with social distancing and precautions at the forefront. However, with current circumstances changing so rapidly, the Frisco Chamber has now moved to a 100% virtual event, to err on the side of caution. Felker weighed in on the significance of the event. “This year’s topic is very timely, focusing on the future of Frisco, and how we look going forward...given all that we have been through thus far in 2020!" said Felker. “We’ll be discussing some of the lessons learned going through the COVID-19 pandemic and how to apply this to future planning in terms of emergency management, tourism, and business attraction. Overall, we want to be looking at the positives that have come out of this pandemic and how Frisco and the area can continue to shine.” The panelists include Mayor Jeff Cheney, City of Frisco; Jason Ford, Vice-President, Frisco Economic Development Corporation; Mark Piland, Frisco Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator; and Marla Roe, Executive Director, Visit Frisco. All of these community leaders are currently serving on the Frisco Recovery Task Force, a collaborative effort to get area businesses re-opened in the safest manner possible. The State of the City Panel Discussion is presented by Texas Health Hospital Frisco. “Texas Health Hospital Frisco is honored to be a partner for all of the community’s healthcare needs, both during this unprecedented time and as we move into the future together,” shared Brett Lee, President of Texas Health Hospital Frisco. “We are proud to support our local business community in coming together to plan for Frisco’s success in leading the way forward.” In addition to Texas Health Hospital Frisco, many other businesses stepped up to make this event possible. The Road to the Future Sponsor is Garver LLC. Innovator Sponsors include Asana Distribution, Eagle Gun Range, and Regions Bank. Visionary Sponsors include BKM Sowan Horan LLP, Cheney Group - The Associates, CMT Worldwide, CoServ Electric, City of Frisco, Farnsworth, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, Oncor, and Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. Influencer Sponsors include Baylor Scott & White – Centennial, Frisco Economic Development Corporation, Frisco Young Professionals, and HALL Park. The event is free; however, registration is required at FriscoChamber.com. See the article in Frisco Enterprise's Eedition.
This article appeared in Frisco Matters (Dallas Morning News) on July 9, 2020.
The Frisco Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City luncheon, which will be held online Tuesday, is expected to revolve this year around the one issue on everyone’s minds.
“We’ll be discussing some of the lessons learned going through the COVID-19 pandemic and how to apply this to future planning in terms of emergency management, tourism, and business attraction,” Chamber of Commerce President Tony Felker said in a news release. “Overall, we want to be looking at the positives that have come out of this pandemic and how Frisco and the area can continue to shine.”
Panelists include Mayor Jeff Cheney, Frisco Economic Development Corporation Vice President Jason Ford, Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland and Visit Frisco Executive Director Marla Roe.
The panel discussion will be live-streamed on the chamber’s Facebook page from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday.