Jeff Cheney

Rendering of the new Business and Innovation Hub at The Star in Frisco. [Rendering: HKS]

Online Protection Provider McAfee Announces Regional HQ at The Star in Frisco

by | Jan 23, 2023
McAfee is the latest corporate addition to the city. The company said it is committed to partnering with the community, local students, and local tech startups to expand awareness around STEM through programs such as McAfee’s Online Safety Program for Kids.
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Universal Parks & Resorts Is Planning a ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Kids Theme Park in Frisco
by | Jan 11, 2023
Universal Parks & Resorts is planning a new theme park concept "unlike any other in the world"—and it aims to build it right here in North Texas. The proposed park will be sited within 97 acres of land Universal recently purchased in Frisco, and will target "a whole new generation of fans" on a more intimate scale than larger Universal parks. An adjacent themed hotel will be also be part of Frisco's newest attraction.
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Innovative Greenspace Coming to Frisco Is Named ‘Kaleidoscope Park,’ Gets Its Own Foundation
by | Sep 7, 2022
Kaleidoscope Park—under construction now near the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway in Frisco's HALL Park development—will feature a performance pavilion, shaded promenades, Wi-Fi-equipped "technology terraces," and a permanent art installation by fabric artist Janet Echelman constructed of "atomized water particles" and an engineered fiber that's 15 times stronger than steel. Executive director Dr. Scott Stewart says the park "will be a community park in the truest sense of the word," offering "a free, open, and accessible public space to enjoy, create, and inspire."
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Illinois-Based ExteNet Systems Is Moving Its HQ to Frisco
ExteNet Systems is relocating from the Chicago area to a new 37,000-square-foot space at the Frisco Station development. The company—which specializes in providing secure 5G and fiber-neutral host communications infrastructure—has worked on projects for the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, the Empire State Building, and Dallas’ Bank of America Plaza.

It's an "opportunity to reimagine our future," says Richard Coyle, ExteNet's president and CEO.
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Frisco’s New Firefly Park Development Gets Dream Hotel As Anchor

by | May 25, 2022
Slated to break ground next year, Firefly Park will add "a significantly different, cool vibe to Frisco," says the city's mayor. Developer Kyle Wilks of Wilks Development hired Amsterdam-based UNStudio to develop the master plan in collaboration with Sasaki Associates.

That European influence is showing up in the 230-acre project's walkable, park-laden layout—and in the architecture's future-forward look. The Dream Hotel will be designed with hints of the region, with a design philosophy “both surreal and contemporarily chic."
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McKinney-Based Autix Wins CodeLaunch DFW Competition with Auto Enthusiasts Platform
by | Nov 18, 2021
McKinney-Based Autix Automotive was the big winner at Wednesday's CodeLaunch DFW event held at Comerica Center in Frisco. The startup is an online app platform for automotive enthusiasts, enabling them to create, share, and explore custom vehicle profiles. One of six startups that competed at the event, Autix is now looking to raise $1.5 million for marketing, product development, and execution of its social media strategy.
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Summit: Experts Talk Balancing Realities With ‘Gee-Whiz Tech’ for Smarter Cities
by | Sep 22, 2018
At the North Texas Smart Cities Summit, IT specialists, engineers, public officials, and civil servants pondered the possibilities and perils of smart city technology that's ever closer to becoming commonplace. Dave Moore has the takeaway.
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Photos: Scenes From Inspire Frisco
Frisco organizations are coming together in a new initiative to support and guide local startups.
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