State of the City Annual Report

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2016 State of the City Highlights

Updated on 03/11/2016 2:57 PM

Mayor Ron Jensen presented his State of the City address at the Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce event on Feb. 25, 2016.

2015 in Review

In 2015 Grand Prairie ranked among the best in the nation for the following, when analyzed by WalletHub.com, a leading personal finance outlet, against the 150 largest U.S. cities by 19 key metrics such as diversity, leisure and median annual income:

  • 1st Place: Starting a career
  • 4th Place: Monthly median starting salary
  • 5th Place: Number of entry-level jobs
  • 6th Place: Housing affordability
  • 6th Place: Workforce diversity
  • 10th Place: Best City for Families

2015 Top Accomplishments

  • Landed IKEA at corner of SH 161 and Mayfield Road, to open in 2017.
  • Began building Fire Station #10 at South Grand Peninsula and Balboa.
  • Opened the Lodge and Loyd Cabin at Loyd Park.
  • Broke ground on extension of SH 360 from Camp Wisdom to SH 287.
  • Broke ground on The Epic life center, water park and all access playground.
  • Completed the Lone Star/Campion Trail.
  • Completed digital signs at Carrier and I-20; Lynn Creek and Lake Ridge; Carrier and Roy Orr.
  • Achieved highest water/wastewater bond rating, AAA, with both Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.
  • Continued façade improvements and redevelopment of Downtown Grand Prairie Main Street.
  • Named 10th Safest Major City in Texas (of 34 cities with 100,000 or more population) by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
  • Awarded the American Heart Association Gold Standard for EMS service.
  • Started Cyclin’ with the Mayor April-November to advance resident wellness.
  • Hosted two Mayor’s Community Tables to connect community.
  • Began the Mayor’s Teen Council.
  • Offered self-check to library customers.
  • Offered live online homework help, BrainFuse, through Library System.
  • Opened a GPISD Parent Resource Center at the Warmack Library.
  • Advanced early literacy through new programming in the libraries.
  • Conducted a Live Life Grand advertising campaign to raise awareness of Grand Prairie in DFW, increase property values and boost pride in town.
  • Redesigned city and tourism websites.
  • Launched My GPTX mobile app.
  • Issued 424 building permits, building more than a home a day.
  • Approved building permits for 7 apartment or condominium complexes, totaling 2,000 new units.
  • Have 6.6 million square feet in commercial/industrial development in the queue.
    Under construction in 2016 are:
    • IKEA
    • RiverPoint Commerce Center on Roy Orr
    • Wildlife Commerce Park on Beltline and Wildlife Parkway
    • Logistics Crossing II on Pioneer and Great Southwest
    • Three hotels
    • QuikTrip at I-20 and Lake Ridge – this one is very important because it is right by my house!
    • Aldi at Great Southwest and Bardin
    • A new Dairy Queen on north 360
    • A Raising Cane’s at Camp Wisdom and SH 360
    • iHOP at SH 360 and Camp Wisdom
    • a Corner Store at Lake Ridge and Camp Wisdom
    • Breaking ground this year: a new Walmart at SH 161 and Pioneer
  • Reduced crime by 9% in 2015, down 42% since 2010.
  • Tested body cameras for police.
  • Increased number of police patrol beats to decrease response time and increase police coverage.
  • Initiated citywide video surveillance camera registration program.
  • Created Cops-N-Kids Fishing.
  • Received Champion of Change award at the White House for GPPD Youth Boxing (only 7 pairs chosen nationally).
  • Mentored Midnight Basketball at the YMCA.
  • Formed the Neighborhood Enrichment Team for improved quality of life.
  • Created GPPD Senior Safety Program.
  • Created the GPPD Safe Exchange Zone.
  • Received COPS Award for Best Large Agency Program in the State (third year in a row).
  • Implemented new citywide digital radio system for enhanced public safety.
  • Formed the Police Bicycle Unit.
  • Implemented GPPD Foot Patrols throughout the City.
  • Designed I-20 frontage roads between SH 161 and Belt Line Road
  • Designed Wildlife Parkway from Belt Line to Lower Tarrant. Start construction in 2018.
  • Designed Camp Wisdom widening to four lanes between Carrier and FM 1382. Build in 2016.
  • Completed Freetown Road from SW 3rd Street to Carrier Parkway.
  • Designed Oakdale from Roy Orr to SH 161 to remove 90-degree curve.
  • Celebrated opening of Gas-to-Energy Plant at Landfill.
  • Keep Grand Prairie Beautiful (KGPB) won 2nd Place in the 2015 Keep Texas Beautiful Governor’s Community Achievement Award for best grass roots efforts.
  • KGPB received highest recognition as a Keep Texas Beautiful affiliate with its Gold Star Award.
  • KGPB achieved Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Recognition by exceeding KAB’s standards of merit
  • Collected more than 13 tons of litter from stream, street and cemetery cleanups with help of volunteers.
  • Collected 174 tons of litter.
  • Recycled 12,000 tons of concrete.
  • Installed Prairie Horses sculptures at the landfill by artist Randy Meador.
  • Completed the City HeARTs documentary film funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Mulched 90,600 cubic yards of trees and shrubbery at the landfill.
  • Assisted 60,976 customers at landfill scale house.
  • Recycled 378.94 tons of metals, electronics, tires, batteries and paper at the landfill.
  • Completed 2,034 sterilizations at Prairie Paws Adoption Center.
  • Adopted 1,955 animals at Prairie Paws Adoption Center.
  • Sent 1,044 animals to rescue organizations from Prairie Paws.
  • Achieved 100 adoptions from the Prairie Paws Waggin’ Wagon.
  • Responded to 13,980 Animal Service calls.
  • Logged 2,714 volunteer hours at Prairie Paws.
  • Fixed more than 30,000 potholes.
  • Cleaned more than 77,000 linear feet of creeks and channels.
  • Striped 570,000 feet of road.
  • Repaired/replaced 2,200 signs.
  • Installed more than 10,000 raised pavement markers.
  • Picked up more than 4,000 tons of brush at 11,500 locations.
  • Started an update to the city’s FEMA Community Rating System, which will allow residents to purchase flood
    insurance at a discounted rate.
  • Installed backup generators at Fire Stations #2 and #8, Main Library, Shotwell Recreation Center and Equipment Service Center.
  • Replaced Municipal Court and Equipment Service Center roofs.

 


 

2016 Top Goals

  • Open Fire Station #10 at South Grand Peninsula and Balboa.
  • Continue redevelopment of Main Street.
  • Recruit a destination restaurant for the historic Fire Station #1 on Main Street.
  • Begin construction on The Epic life center, water park and all-accessible playground to open in 2017.
  • Remodel the Grand Prairie Memorial Library.
  • Install a library-books-on-hold pickup locker near the lake.
  • Continue Live Life Grand DFW-wide ad campaign.
  • Widen MacArthur Boulevard from I-30 to Hunter-Ferrell Rd. Open 2018.
  • Begin construction on I-20 frontage roads from SH 161 to Belt Line Rd. Open 2018.
  • Widen Camp Wisdom from Carrier to FM 1382. Open 2018.
  • Begin construction of I-30 frontage roads on southside from NW 7th St. to Belt Line Rd.
  • Design a remodel and expansion of the Charley Taylor Recreation Center.
  • Update Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.
  • Replace fitness equipment at recreation centers.
  • Continue planning, design and fundraising for the PlayGrand Adventures Playground Project.
  • Complete Fish Creek Linear Park Trail ‘Central’ Segment.
  • Expand the 50- to 64-year-old membership at The Summit by 15%.
  • Become one of the 150 agencies in America to be a Certified Parks and Recreation Agency.
  • Expand Main Street Fest into a 3-day event promoting downtown.
  • Implement body worn cameras for police officers.
  • Implement Tourism Policing Bicycle Unit.
  • Increase volunteerism at Prairie Paws and for the Waggin’ Wagon events.
  • Develop a successful foster care program at Prairie Paws.
  • Design expansion of Shotwell Library.
  • Expand the City Council Briefing Room.
  • Begin video archiving City Council Briefing Meetings.
  • Install new HVAC for Parks Administration Building.
  • Add online booking to Grand Prairie Tourism website.