Lake Cities: Better Together
by Susan Neuhalfen
The Lake Cities Chamber had the rare privilege of hosting all three mayors of the Lake Cities at their January luncheon. Representatives from all three cities gave presentations regarding the state of their city as well as their plans for the future.
All three cities are growing at record rates and the road construction, residential development and economic development are spilling into the other cities. Once road construction starts on one road in Corinth, it usually ends on the same road but in Hickory Creek or Lake Dallas. For many projects it takes the approval of all three cities to complete it.
Lynn Clark, the mayor of Hickory Creek spoke first, describing their relaxed small town as the hidden gem on the lake. The boom they have been experiencing in recent years has shown no signs of slowing down and despite a 9% increase in property value, they have managed to decrease their taxes 3.5% from the prior rate. Hickory Creek is poised for even more growth and the city has a strong financial reserve but maintains a disciplinary approach to spending.
Next, Corinth Mayor Bill Heidemann discussed the vision for Corinth. According to Heidemann they have a system in place as to how they approach economic development. Corinth is going to great lengths to bring in quality developments that enhance long term growth. Everything is growing: the schools, the economy and the residential areas, and they are seeing more every day.
Finally Lake Dallas City Manager Matt Shaffstall spoke to the crowd. Shaffstall discussed Lake Dallas’ strategic plan which consisted of community goals, organizational goals and a Mayor’s initiative. The community goals had to do with street construction, building construction, standards and codes, economic development and public amenities such as parks.
It takes the cooperation of all three cities working together for the greater good of the Lake Cities. While each city has its own unique challenges, when one benefits from economic development, the surrounding communities benefit as well.
“That’s why it is so important that they work together,” said Heidemann. “It generates economic opportunities that help all of the surrounding counties.”
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