DeSoto City Lights August, 2019 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department BIG DAY FOR DESOTO AT NORTH CENTRAL TEXAS COG AWARD CEREMONY Grow DeSoto Market Place Wins Award/Mayor McCowan Receives Recognition Story by MaƩ Smith, City of DeSoto ‐ CommunicaƟons Manager The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), an associaƟon of North Texas governments that assists with regional planning efforts, provided the City of DeSoto with some wonderful news on Friday, June 14, 2019. NCTCOG awarded their “CelebraƟng Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award” to the Grow DeSoto Market Place for exemplifying one or more of their Principles of Development Excellence. They also declared that Grow DeSoto serves as an example of Development Excellence in the North Central Texas Region.
The Grow DeSoto Market Place is the product of a public‐private partnership between the DeSoto Economic Development CorporaƟon (DeSoto EDC), the City of DeSoto, the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, OpƟons Real Estate, and The Industry Hub. This partnership is credited with successfully transforming a shuƩered hardware store into a thriving facility that now serves as DeSoto’s small business incubator. Grow DeSoto, which celebrated its grand opening in October 2018, provides shoppers in DeSoto and the region with a wide variety of unique retail shops, services, restaurants, and a full‐service fitness and rehabilitaƟon center. “The Grow DeSoto Market Place symbolizes the creaƟve rebirth of our small business community and serves as an
example to many other ciƟes that the closure of old businesses in a community can present bold new opportuniƟes that can ulƟmately make a posiƟve difference within a city!” stated DeSoto Mayor CurƟstene McCowan. Mayor McCowan, who presently serves on The North Central Texas Council of Governments Board of Directors, also received some great news from NCTCOG. She has been selected to serve as the board’s Secretary‐ Treasurer for 2019‐2020. Said Mayor McCowan, “I am honored to play an even bigger role in this great organizaƟon which has helped to change the face of the North Texas region for the beƩer!” The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) idenƟfies themselves as a voluntary associaƟon of, by and for local governments, established to assist in regional planning. To learn more about NCTCOG, go to www.nctcog.org. And for more informaƟon about the Grow DeSoto Market Place visit www.growdesoto.org.
Pictured above from LeŌ to Right: DEDC Board Member and former DeSoto Mayor Bobby G. Waddle, OpƟons Real Estate COO Lena Liles, OpƟons Real Estate President and Duncanville City Council Member Monte Anderson, DeSoto Mayor CurƟstene S. McCowan, former DeSoto Mayor Pro Tem Rachel Proctor, Grow DeSoto Incubator Consultant Terry Toomey, DeSoto Deputy City Manager LeƟƟa Shelton and DEDC Chief ExecuƟve Officer Joe D. Newman.
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