Before They Go, See How Maher Maso and Brian Loughmiller Made Collin County a Global Brand

With neighboring cities challenged by similar growing pains, McKinney and Frisco mayors Brian Loughmiller and Maher Maso have joked they should merge and become Frickinney. For nearly two decades, these Collin County leaders have worked in lockstep. First, as council members, then as mayors pro tem, and for the last several years as mayors of their cities.Now, they're on their way out. Term limits prevent both from running for another term. On May 6, Frisco and McKinney voters will elect new leaders with ideas and priorities of their own. Whoever wins will have an impact not only citywide but countywide. The new chiefs follow a years-long collaborative spirit among Frisco and McKinney mayors — along with leaders in Allen and Plano — to boost Collin County's profile. "If you talk about your individual city, we're not significant enough," Loughmiller said. "You really had to promote Collin County as a whole."McKinney Mayor Brian LoughmillerBrian Loughmiller was there with balloons more than a decade ago when McKinney city leaders knocked on the door of the city's 100,000th resident. "That was a huge deal for us," said Loughmiller, 56, who was mayor pro tem at the time.   Continue reading...

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