Good morning McKinney and happy Wednesday to you!
Today I publish the second installment of my three-part series dedicated to the McKinney mayoral candidates. On Monday, you received the first: my interview with George Fuller. You can find it by clicking here. Today you find the second: my interview with Randy Pogue.
Mr. Pogue and his wife, Emily, moved to McKinney from Dallas in 1996 to be nearer to family—his father opened Pogue Construction in the late eighties, and it made sense to make the move to the suburbs. They have never regretted settling here and raising their three children in McKinney, who are now 8, 12 and 14.
His pedigree is impressive. A degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M led him to open and operate his own company for over 17 years. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in both Texas and Oklahoma and has designed and/or been involved with upward of 1000 projects over his entire career. In addition, Mr. Pogue has worked in over 100 cities in North Central Texas alone, not including his extensive work in and around Houston.
“I have a very unique skill set. When it comes to the functioning and governance of a city, being a Civil Engineer is a significant qualification…The application of what I do day in and day out allows me to communicate effectively the true impact of ordinances, the inspection/development/construction processes and how everything works systematically.”
Probably his most well-known qualification to be our next mayor is as a McKinney public servant. Four years ago he was elected to the City Council as the member at-large. The initiatives he began while on Council are what Pogue hopes to re-solidify during his first ninety days in office, including the Retail Development Strategy, a comprehensive, master plan for the entire city, and an entertainment destination he refers to as ‘Restaurant Row.’ I asked for explanations on each of these…he explained the first two. “Confidentiality” was his answer for the third. That response makes me all the more curious.
Not since 2004, while Mr. Pogue was serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission, had McKinney’s master plan been updated. Fast forward to his time on Council, Pogue proposed a plan update. Typically a two-year process, the new plan would consist of re-evaluating the roadway network, zoning and use allocation, hike and bike trails and the like. According to Mr. Pogue, the City Council has seen this plan through to the near-end although the HWY 380 bypass project has caused somewhat of a delay.
Regarding a Retail Development Strategy, Mr. Pogue’s opinion is very different than that of his primary opponent. Two years ago, Council hired The Retail Coach, a third-party consulting firm to develop a high-impact retail recruitment and development strategy for McKinney. According to Mr. Pogue, this was the right move, “The Retail Coach is helping us target specific entities that are currently missing from McKinney…Costco is an example of a targeted piece of our strategy that led to a win for our community. We knew Costco would be approximately a one hundred million dollar a year volume impact for our budget. When they announced their decision to break ground at the North East corner of Hardin and HWY 380, suddenly all four corners became very hot.”
On a tax base perspective, Pogue believes the McKinney National Airport is the most significant entity we have when looking for comparisons to Stonebriar Mall in Frisco. Both Toyota and Texas Instruments “dock” their corporate fleets here, and when those planes are grounded, they are paying taxes to McKinney. “There is a HUGE upside to this,” Pogue assures me. He plans to entice more large corporations to choose MNA as their hangar of choice.
Should the election result in his favor, Mr. Pogue’s time in office will be dedicated to making his mission statement a reality.
Preserve the past. Audit the present. Prepare for the future.
The preservation of McKinney’s culture and unique charm is as significant to him as the development of economic policy. In fact, our culture and the mini communities within our community is his favorite part about McKinney. If there is truth to my conjecture of a reputation for stability and attention to detail, citizens can rest assured the decisions he makes on behalf of our city will never be knee-jerk. His devotion to servitude and community would never allow it.
“It’s our time,” he told me as we walked to our cars. I couldn’t agree more.
For more information about the Randy Pogue for Mayor Campaign, please visit his website www.randyformayor.com
*No compensation was acquired for the publication of this article. The Art of Living Beautifully has no affiliation with The Randy Pogue for Mayor Campaign.