We have so much to be thankful for in Frisco! A growing and thriving business community, involved citizens, an outstanding school system, and great partnerships with our city leaders and community partners, to name just a few! I moved to Frisco in 1997, became part of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce staff in 2004, and, since that time, have seen both the community and landscape evolve drastically. The population has grown from 16,000 residents in 1997 to about 200,000…and there is still so much more to come with a projected population that may one day be around 300,000 at build-out! We are still going strong - approximately 30% of our land is still available for development. Our economy continues to thrive. Frisco’s growth, with new development and redevelopment projects, means more jobs for Frisco residents, increased sales tax revenue, stable property taxes, and more opportunities for everyone! We are a city with a pro-business climate and are fortunate to be home to numerous new and relocating companies. Earlier in 2019, Frisco broke ground on its first Fortune 500 company, Keurig Dr Pepper, broke ground on the PGA headquarters in October, and in November alone…we have witnessed the grand opening of the UT Southwestern Medical Center (in collaboration with Texas Health Frisco which will open in December,) Altair Global, and KidZania. Each of those entities, along with the many other businesses that have relocated or opened in Frisco will significantly contribute to our economy. Frisco continues to add to our city’s long list of accolades and recently topped the list as the number one city for job growth! I am thankful to our Board of Directors and staff. We truly do have a dynamic team in place, all of whom are passionate about not only Frisco but the surrounding communities as well. Working on a regional level with a variety of partners helps us to keep the entire North Texas region attractive to new businesses and helps to attract a skilled workforce. Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded the Frisco Chamber of Commerce with a 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. The entire Frisco Chamber of Commerce team, Board of Directors, community partners, and members contributed to this process. Knowing that being a 5-Star Accredited chamber puts us in the top 1.5% of all chambers of commerce is a great accomplishment, of which we are very thankful. As we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2020, we recognize how fortunate we are to continue to serve as the “Voice of Business”! Again, many thanks to all that help Frisco to be an amazing community to live, work, and visit. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tony Felker serves as President/CEO of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce. A seventeen-year veteran of the chamber of commerce industry, Tony received his IOM designation from West Institute in 2009 and completed and received his CCE designation in 2014. During his eleven-year tenure as President/CEO. Tony is active within the chamber industry as well as serving in leadership positions in the local and regional community. Tony earned a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Bachelor of Journalism and is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute. When not working, Tony enjoys mowing his lawn and traveling. His goal is to climb the high point, golf, and visit a brewery in each of the 50 states!