Jeff Cheney

Wilks Development Partners with Frisco EDC on Firefly Park Development

by | Apr 25, 2024
Firefly Park is slated to feature 3 million square feet of Class A office space, 400,000 square feet of upscale retail, dining, and entertainment, along with 1,200 hotel rooms, 230 townhomes, 1,970 mid-rise and high-rise residential units, plus many other "world-class" amenities.
‘Ben and Skin’-Co‑Founded Rollertown Beerworks Breaks Ground in Frisco
by | Apr 2, 2024
You may have heard them on the radio. Come June 2025, you can drink their beer, stroll their lawn, chill on their patio, and check out the stage at Ben Rogers and Jeff "Skin" Wade's Rollertown Beerworks brewery and HQ in Frisco.
Brazil’s Zallpy Digital Expands to North Texas with New U.S. HQ at The Star in Frisco
by | Feb 22, 2024
CEO Marcelo Castro cited Frisco's "significant presence in the global tech market" as just one reason for making the North Texas city his company's U.S. home base. Zallpy provides custom software development, digital solutions, IT consulting, and outsourcing for companies from startups to Global Fortune 500 brands including BMW.
The Last Word: Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney on Leading Texas in Number of Roundabouts
by | Dec 18, 2023
Frisco is the No. 1 city in the Lone Star State and the No. 7 city in the U.S. in its number of roundabout intersections. That's according to a story by Susan McFarland in the Dallas Morning News. Citing data from Kittelson & Associates, the DMN says Frisco has 61 roundabouts, with four more under construction and 16 in the design phase.

First Look: Extenet Opens Its New Frisco HQ for Wireless and Fiber Infrastructure Solutions

by | Apr 25, 2023
Last August we told you Extenet was moving its HQ from suburban Chicago to a high-tech future in Frisco. Thursday it cut the ribbon on its new home—and here's what it looks like inside.
Frisco Strikes a Chord as a Music Friendly Texas Certified Community
Frisco has hit all the right notes and has been designated as a Music Friendly Texas Certified Community, recognizing its efforts to promote music-related economic development and job creation. This recognition puts Frisco on the map as a hub for musicians and music enthusiasts.
Grammy-Winning Rapper and Entrepreneur ‘Killer Mike’ to Speak at The DEC Network’s State of Entrepreneurship Event
by | Mar 14, 2023
The DEC Network, which marks its 10th anniversary this year, is gearing up for its 2023 State of Entrepreneurship event—the first-ever in Frisco. Dubbed 'the Super Bowl for Entrepreneurs' in North Texas, the annual gathering brings together game-changing startups and innovative business leaders.
Frisco City Council Approves Zoning for Universal Studios Theme Park
by | Mar 8, 2023
The Frisco City Council voted Tuesday to approve the zoning permit for a Universal Studios theme park and adjacent 300-room hotel, despite pushback from some in the community about the park's potential impact on traffic and other concerns. "Welcome to Frisco," Mayor Jeff Cheney said after the vote, according to WFAA, which noted that Frisco estimates the project will bring $1.8 billion in economic impact to the city.

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.
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."
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.
Toshiba’s Retail Division Plans New Innovation and Incubation Hub in Frisco’s Hall Park
by | Aug 8, 2022
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions says its new Frisco hub will help it increase investments in areas like cloud development, computer vision, and retail IoT. The hub will also enable it to “incubate new retail innovation" from its new 14,000-square-foot space. Toshiba is bringing 50 new jobs to the region in 2022 with plans to expand the team to 150 within two years. They'll be joining a 10,000 worker pool at Hall Park, which launched a $7B redevelopment last October.

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.
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.
Photos: Scenes From Inspire Frisco
Frisco organizations are coming together in a new initiative to support and guide local startups.
Jason Taylor
Inspire Frisco: Building a Network for Frisco Entrepreneurs
by | Mar 2, 2018
Frisco organizations are coming together in a new initiative to support and guide local startups.