The Last Word: Princeton Mayor On Building Opportunities in the Fast-Growing Collin County City—and a New Hire

“We are growing … and assembling a group of All-Stars to make sure we grow better, smarter, and wiser.”

Brianna Chacón
City of Princeton
.…on growing opportunities in the city, via LinkedIn.

Princeton, a fast-growing North Texas community in the northeast corner of Dallas-Fort Worth near McKinney and the 121 corridor in Collin County, says it is “poised for economic growth.” The city, which had a population of about 23,000 in 2022, more than doubled its population from 2010 to 2020, making it the county’s fourth fastest-growing, according to the DALLAS Newcomer and Relocation Guide.

Mayor Chacón says new deputy city manager John Land’s “leadership and expertise, especially in economic and community development, will be exponentially valuable” to the growing city.

Read more about Land and how he’s already hit the ground running in our story here.

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  • John Land most recently served as the Interim city manager for the City of Farmers Branch, where he played a key role in its balanced scorecard performance measurement system. His development expertise also led to "innovative spaces" such as Mustang Station Restaurant Park and The Grove Outdoor Entertainment Venue," Princeton said.

  • Mark McDaniel's 35 years’ experience in city management spans seven different communities ranging in population from 8,000 to 1.3 million. As a consultant, McDaniel's most recent assignment for Fort Worth was serving as "greenspace champion."

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