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December 28, 2018 -  Allen American
"MLK appreciation day to bring Collin County together"

This year’s event is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 21, again at First United Methodist Church, 601 S. Greenville Ave. WFAA News co-anchor John McCaa will return as master of ceremonies...." Read more.

December 19, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Allen cricket stadium could be first of many, as it draws a big Dallas backer"

A 15,000-seat cricket stadium planned for Allen could be the first of eight U.S. venues designed to help a Philadelphia developer translate his love of the popular global sport into stateside zeal. The stadium is part of a more than 60-acre, $500 million mixed-use development and includes Donnie Nelson, general manager of the Dallas Mavericks, as an investor...." Read more.

December 18, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Texas Health Allen begins $68 million expansion to double hospital's size"

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen broke ground Tuesday on a $68 million expansion project that will roughly double its size by 2020...." Read more.

December 13, 2018 -  Dallas Business Journal
"Dallas esports team to get home games for first time"

The local esports team, Dallas Fuel, will host a weekend of eight matches at the Allen Event Center. ...." Read more.

December 12, 2018 -  The Washington Post Online
"Overwatch League begins crucial trial, introduces limited 'home games' for 2019"

The Fuel’s homestand will run April 27-28 and be held just outside of Dallas at Allen Event Center, which seats 7,000, according to its website. One person with knowledge of the event said the seating capacity would likely be altered by the configuration of the staging, however...." Read more.

November 27, 2018 -  Allen American
"Traffic changes coming to Allen roadways"

"Residents in several areas of Allen should see changes coming to the school zones near the Lowery Freshman Center and speed limit adjustments on three other roads...." Read more.

November 21, 2018 -  Allen American
"Small Business Saturday holds big impact for Allen businesses"

"Sharon Mayer, CEO of the Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce, noted the importance of the initiative, which is something the chamber strives to do year round...." Read more.

November 19, 2018 -  Dallas Business Journal
"Network 200: Meet 20 economic development professionals you need to know in North Texas"

"In a region full of massive office parks and buildings, the City of Allen is differentiating itself with a focus on green space in its high-profile developments, which include Watters Creek, The Strand and Monarch City..." Read more.

November 19, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Allen's $91 million convention center and hotel open in January, but they're already bringing business"

"Commuters on busy U.S. Highway 75 have watched construction on Allen's $91 million convention center and hotel for almost two years. In two months, they'll be able to see what's taken so long to build...." Read more.

November 9, 2018 -  Dallas Business Journal
"North Texas economic development agencies record 189 deals in 2017'"

"Allen Economic Development Corporation lead the charge with $1.23 billion on nine deals...." Read more.

October 30, 2018 -  HospitalityNet
"Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center nearing completion with projected January 2019 opening date'"

"The 300 room, six-story Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center will offer the "bare maximum" of luxury amenities, celebrity-chef driven cuisine by celebrated Chef Stephan Pyles, an expansive pool and patio, proximity to high-end shopping and dining at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, and staff possessing Texas hospitality offering personalized service...." Read more.

October 26, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"CyrusOne's new $600 million data center is one of D-FW's biggest 'digital factories'"

"Shoppers at the outlet mall in Allen probably don't know that one of the big doors to the internet is located right next door...." Read more.

October 24, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Credit Union of Texas heads to Allen with new headquarters"

A growing North Texas financial institution is trading its Dallas digs for a new headquarters in Allen. Credit Union of Texas is moving its head office to the new One Bethany East office building in the Watters Creek development...." Read more.

October 19, 2018 -  NBC 5
"Allen restores vintage fire truck"

Allen is working to restore one of the city's most historic pieces of equipment with hopes of getting a vintage fire truck back on the street...." Watch now.

October 17, 2018 -  Hotel Online
"Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center Nearing Completion With Projected January 2019 Opening Date"

"This January 2019, the City of Allen will have its first 4-star hotel and convention center--Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center...." Read more.

October 16, 2018 -  Allen American
"USPS presents two options for new Allen post office"

"The United States Postal Service is asking for feedback on plans to build a new postal facility in Allen...." Read more.

October 2, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen man recognized for life-saving efforts after cyclist’s collapse"

"During last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Stephen Terrell awarded the Shining Star to Allen resident Jim Sanders, who performed CPR with help from Joe Faulkner on cyclist Kevin Tang until first responders arrived. Faulkner was not able to attend the meeting, but Terrell said he would also be recognized...." Read more.

October 1, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen library to host resource fair for families with special needs children"

"Topics will include effective alternatives for disciplining children, financial planning and helping children transition into adulthood...." Read more.

September 28, 2018 -  NBC 5 / KXAS
"Gaming, Game Development Gains Ground in North Texas"

"Another gaming company, Bossfight Entertainment, also recently built a new headquarters. Bossfight moved into its new space near Watters Creek in Allen over the summer...." Read more.

September 26, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen parks & rec plans full slate of fall activities"

"Join Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium for a night of Harry Potter fun and adventure from 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium...." Read more.

September 20, 2018 -  CBS 11
"New Tool Allows Dispatchers To Find 911 Callers Faster"

Starting this week...wireless carriers are sharing quicker and more accurate information with 911 centers...." Read more.

August 13, 2018 -  Allen American
"New Allen fire chief sworn in"

"Chief Jonathan Boyd was sworn in as leader of the Allen Fire Department during a special ceremony on Aug. 9...." Read more.

August 8, 2018 -  Allen American
"Texas Health Resources announces major expansion of Allen campus"

"Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is expanding to meet increasing demand for hospital services in Allen and throughout Collin County...." Read more.

August 8, 2018 -  WFAA.com
"Man saved after being dead almost an hour"

"A man is alive and recovering after being dead for almost an hour. It took a whole team of heroes and a very special piece of equipment...." Watch the story.

August 1, 2018 -  Allen Image
"Free adoptions to help Clear the Shelters"

"A chorus of excited barks, purrs and chirps typically greet visitors to Allen Animal Shelter. But, when the shelter closes at 5 p.m., on Saturday, August 18, the staff hope to hear a different sound—silence...." Read more.

July 30, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"New fire chiefs start in Allen and Carrollton, and other community updates"

"Jonathan Boyd, Allen assistant fire chief of operations, will become the city's next fire chief on Aug. 4. He began his career with the Allen Fire Department in 1996 and was promoted to division chief in 2005 and assistant chief in 2012...." Read more.

July 26, 2018 -  Allen American
"Let’s hear it for Parks and Rec"

"We’re highlighting Travis Cunniff this week because July is Parks and Recreation Month, and Cunniff has a big role in Allen’s P&R department as recreation services manager...." Read more.

July 26, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen ISD to increase police presence on campuses"

"Starting in January, an 11th SRO will be added. One SRO per year will be added to the district until the 2022-23 school year when the number of SROs reaches 15. After the 13th officer is added in 2020, Pitcock said the SRO with a corporal rank will be upgraded to the rank of sergeant, providing more supervision to fellow officers...." Read more.

July 26, 2018 -  CBSDFW.com
"City Of Allen promotes from within for new fire chief"

"Jonathan Boyd, City of Allen Assistant Fire Chief of Operations, is being promoted to be the city’s next fire chief effective August 4. Boyd has served as Assistant Chief of Operations since 2012 and brings extensive education and experience of the department into his new role, the city said in a news release Wednesday...." Read more.

July 24, 2018 -  Allen American
"Soccer returns to Allen"

"North Texas soccer fans, and Allen soccer fans in particular, now have a new reason to cheer: after a year-long hiatus, Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) action is set to return to the Allen Event Center...." Read more.

July 26, 2018 -  Sports Day
"Sidekicks to return in 2018/19 under new ownership"

"The Dallas Sidekicks will return to the Major Arena Soccer League in 2018/19 after missing the 2017/18 season...." Read more.

July 26, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Arts Alliance spearheads enhanced summer lunch program"

"The city of Allen’s Parks and Recreation department has also gotten in on the action, making appearances at Boyd every Monday and Wednesday to play kickball and give brief information sessions about activities offered through the department...." Read more.

July 22, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Eagle Scout builds a legacy"

"When Dylon Nottingham’s parents decided to home school him at a young age, Liz Nottingham, Dylon’s mother, may not have had the resources of the public education system behind her, but she knew the one skill her son had to learn: reading...." Read more.

July 15, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen City Council approves micro data center at upcoming site"

"The Allen City Council on Tuesday approved an amendment to the development regulations of the data center to be built north of Allen Commerce Parkway and west of U.S. 75 to include a micro data center. Three data centers had previously been planned at the site...." Read more.

July 1, 2018 -  Allen Image
"Case by case: Allen’s youngest attorneys learn about life and law"

"The sight of a pale yellow Jury Summons postcard fills many adults with dread. But, for more than a decade, hundreds of Allen’s youngest citizens have enthusiastically surrendered their weeknights to participate in trial after trial—the student volunteers of the City of Allen Teen Court." Read more.

June 23, 2018 -  Allen American
"Time to shine: Allen aquatics supervisor gets ready for busy summer season"

"Jonathan McCloskey supervises the Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium and Ford Pool, so naturally, during this time of year, the heat is on (pun intended). He took time to talk about supervision, his New England childhood and football...." Read more.

June 21, 2018 -  Allen American
"WatchGuard Video opens new headquarters in Allen"

"The 140,000-square-foot-facility is the first phase of a planned two-phase project. According to WatchGuard President and COO Stephen Coffman, designers planned the building to add 70,000 square feet in Phase 2...." Read more.

June 21, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Allen Premium Outlets expansion ends with H&M opening, food truck row and stores relocating"

"The ongoing expansion of Allen Premium Outlets that started in 2016 is finished. Previously announced stores are opening including a 28,350-square-foot H&M...." Read more.

June 8, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Economic Development Corp. moves its headquarters"

"The organization has moved into 5,000 square feet of office space in One Bethany East at Watters Creek, just north of Bethany Drive and west of U.S. Highway 75. One Bethany East is a five-story, 125,000-square-foot, Class-A office property that will include a conference center, training room, tenant lounge, fitness center and 570-space structured parking garage...." Read more.

May 27, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Teen Court attorneys participate in statewide competition"

"Four student attorneys in Allen's Teen Court program recently tested their legal knowledge among students statewide...." Read more.

May 16, 2018 -  Dallas Business Journal
"See the 'new edge' being designed into Allen's convention center hotel"

"MatchLine Design Group is hoping to create a flagship property with Texas’ first Delta Hotel. The Dallas-based firm was chosen to design the hotel that will be connected to the city of Allen’s $85 million Watters Creek Convention Center at the northwest corner of U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive. Both the center and the hotel are expected to open later this year....." Read more.

May 14, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Allen mixed-use project breaks ground this week with a dozen-plus buildings lined up"

"Construction ramps up this week on the next mixed-use development in Allen. Dallas' Provident Realty and Glaser Retail are breaking ground on the 73-acre Stacy Green project on the last vacant corner at U.S. Highway 75 and Stacy Road...." Read more.

May 12, 2018 -  Allen American
"City of Allen discusses upcoming bond issuances"

"The city anticipates the bulk of $9.1 million in project costs will result from renovation of the Central Fire Station, estimated at $5.6 million....." Read more.

May 10, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Huge Monarch City development in Allen is ready to take flight on U.S. 75"

"Developers who own one of the largest tracts along U.S. Highway 75 north of Dallas have unveiled plans for a major mixed-use development...." Read more.

April 27, 2018 -  Allen American
"New Allen neighborhood will cater to 55-plus crowd"

"A change to development regulations has paved the way for a new community focused on serving residents ages 55 and older...." Read more.

April 25, 2018 -  Allen American
"Additional turn lanes to be added at high-traffic intersections in Allen"

"The Allen City Council has taken action to further mitigate traffic congestion in the city...." Read more.

April 23, 2018 -  Plano Profile
"Celebrity Chef Stephan Pyles is coming to Allen with Delta Hotels by Marriott"

"On Wednesday, April 18, City of Allen officials, developers, businessmen and businesswomen, and North Texas influencers alike gathered for the topping off celebration of the first-ever Texas location of  Delta Hotels by Marriott in Allen, Texas...." Read more.

April 22, 2018 -  Allen American
"City of Allen to install lots of new trail signage"

"Hikers, bikers, walkers and runners are about to get a change of scenery along Allen trails. The city has announced that this year, 52 steel marker signs, 312 information signs and 500 quarter-mile pavement marker buttons will be installed across Allen’s trail system...." Read more.

March 29, 2018 -  Allen American
"Various median improvements planned throughout Allen"

"Now that the design is complete, the city is prepared to enlist construction services to make improvements to numerous roadway medians in Allen...." Read more.

March 29, 2018 -  Markets Insider
"How the nation's top suburbs are bringing greener developments to the table"

"Recognized as being some of the best places to live in the state, the suburbs of Allen and Riverside, Texas have been recognized as offering some of the best in balanced living, helping the area's residents sustain healthy, active lifestyles. To supplement this importance on community accommodations that promote healthy living, future developments along with state-funded programs are getting creative to maximize this selling point...." Read more.

March 21, 2017 -  Allen American
"Allen Parks and Recreation to host first geocache hunt"

"According to Cuniff, the geocaches that hunters will find at Bethany Lakes Park will be eggs containing youth-centered prizes like candy, gift certificates and donations from local Allen businesses. There will be one golden egg, which will contain a geocache that the winner can use to then bury on their own...." Read more.

March 15, 2018 -  Dallas Morning News
"Money magazine ranks Allen No. 2 place in country to launch a career"

"The city of Allen already is famous for its $60 million, 18,000-seat high school football stadium. And last year, it ranked second on Money magazine's annual Best Places to Live list. Now, the business magazine says the Collin County suburb is the second-best place in the country to launch a career...." Read more.

March 12, 2018 -  MONEY
"These Are the Best Places in the U.S. to Launch a Career"

"Growth is the buzzword around Allen, an affluent suburb just north of Dallas. The city of 96,000 residents has worked to actively create economic opportunities within its borders, and the efforts are bearing fruit: Allen has seen $1.6 billion of development breaking ground in 2017 alone. A number of tech and cybersecurity companies have recently committed to the area, bringing with them hundreds of jobs...." Read more.

March 12, 2018 -  Dallas Business Journal
"Energy firm relocating headquarters to Allen"

"Verado Energy Inc. is moving from North Dallas to the new One Bethany East office building in Allen, which will serve as the domestic oil and natural gas production company’s new base of operations...." Read more.

February 28, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Police Department seeks help through state grants"

"The grant for enhancements to APD’s crime services program would provide crime victim advocacy more resources, such as emergency housing and individual or group counseling...." Read more.

February 19, 2018 -  Allen American
"City of Allen to purchase land for new neighborhood park"

"The Ridgeview Crossing neighborhood will be the latest residential development to be serviced by a nearby park. The Allen City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of two acres of park land..." Read more.

February 14, 2018 -  Allen American
"City of Allen to add right-turn lanes at key intersections"

"Motorists navigating the streets of Allen have likely shared the same experience of waiting several light cycles in a long queue to turn right on to a busy roadway like U.S. Highway 75 or Exchange Parkway...." Read more.

February 12, 2018 -  Rolling Stone Online
"Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton Unite on U.S. Summer Tour"

"Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton will unite for a North American summer tour. (including July 27 - Allen, TX @ Allen Event Center.) ..." Read more.

February 9, 2018 -  CultureMap Dalas
"Dallas neighbor named one of country's best ’burbs for millennials"

"Allen isn’t just a magnet for millennials. It’s also a magnet for anyone seeking a first-rate quality of life. In 2017, Money magazine named Allen the second best place to live in the U.S. ..." Read more.

February 7, 2018 -  CNBC
"Millennials are flocking to the suburbs—here are 20 of the most desirable ones in America"

"The suburbs may not be as flashy as cities, but they have a lot to offer: affordable housing, good schools, employment and proximity to cool urban amenities. ..." Read more.

February 2, 2018 -  Allen American
"'Bottom line, we care:' Allen Community Outreach debuts makeover"

"Allen Community Outreach (ACO) has a brand new look.The community’s homegrown charitable organization unveiled its new logo and rebranding Friday morning. A crowd of about 50, including members of the ACO staff, the Allen-Fairview Chamber of Commerce and dignitaries including Mayor Stephen Terrell, City Manager Peter Vargas and Mayor Pro Tem Gary Caplinger were present. ..." Read more.

February 1, 2018 -  Allen American
"City of Allen wins important decision over Brazos Electric"

"The city of Allen recently claimed a key win in their bid to keep a new substation and transmission line out of town. The Public Utility Commission (PUC) denied Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc.’s amendment to its certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) that would allow the company to build the proposed “Kittyhawk” substation in the vicinity of State Highway 121 and Alma Drive in northwest Allen. ..." Read more.

January 30, 2018 -  The Dallas Morning News
"North Texans are flocking to gardening classes to learn about plants, water, soil and growing their own food"

"Gardening seems easy: Poke a hole in the dirt, drop in a seed, water. Voila! Beautiful flowers and great squash. ..." Read more.

January 27, 2018 -  Allen American
"City of Allen seeks grant funding for trail project"

"Allen Parks and Recreation is making moves towards building a major trail system. The Allen City Council on Tuesday approved the department to apply for a grant through Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) for construction of the Rowlett Trail Connection. ..." Read more.

January 27, 2018 -  Allen American
"‘Enclave’ set to be built in Allen's southwest corner"

"Planners and developers had to get a bit creative, but a new single-family residential neighborhood called “The Enclave” is set to become a reality. Recently given the OK for construction by the Allen City Council, the 25-acre development will be located north of Hedgecoxe Road and east of Custer Road. ..." Read more.

January 22, 2018 -  Allen American
 "Allen City Council approves senior independent living center"

"Allen will be able to offer senior citizens more living options in the near future. The Allen City Council recently approved a concept plan and development regulations for The Gatherings at Twin Creeks, a new senior independent living facility to be built north Bray Central Drive and west of Watters Road. ..." Read more.

January 11, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Profile: Shelli Siemer"

"Shelli Siemer believes in asking good questions. It’s how she makes Allen a better place to live. For this piece, Siemer was on the answering end of questions. ..." Read more.

January 11, 2018 -  Allen American
 "'The Strand' gets going in Allen"

"The vision for a huge development in Allen continues to progress towards reality. The Allen City Council on Tuesday approved the planned development, concept plan and development regulations for “The Strand,”..." Read more....

January 10, 2018 -  CW 33 News
"Hollywood comes to Allen to film for wrestling movie"

"ALLEN- Allen's getting some big time shine! "This week at the Allen Event Center, we shot a wrestling movie called 'The Last Champion,'" said David Angeles, the general manager at the center." Watch the video clip....

January 10, 2018 -  NBC 5 DFW
"Three in Custody After Employee Shot During Scuffle With Robber"

"Three people are in custody Wednesday after a shooting during a robbery at a mobile phone store in Allen, police say. ..." Watch the video clip....

January 4, 2018 -  Allen American
"Allen Profile: Eileen Gonzalez"

"A person in communications who wants to live off the grid? That’s just one interesting thing we learned about Eileen Gonzales, marketing manager for the Allen Economic Development Corp. ..." Read more.