Named after a former attorney general of the State of Texas, the City of Allen began as a town of immigrant settlers. Located along the Houston and Texas Central Railroad lines, the town quickly developed a business district which contributed to its prosperity.
In 1915, a fire engulfed the Allen Central Business District, and the town would suffer a population decline years later. It was not until 1953 that Allen was formallly incorporated. This led to a development boom which saw the rise of gated communities such as The Village at Allen .
The city also has Jack Henry & Associates, Frontier Communications, and Experien as the top commercial entities in the area.
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1. Allen Event Center
The Allen Event Center is an American 6,275 fixed-seat multi-purpose arena located in Allen, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. This state-of-the-art multipurpose facility hosts concerts, family entertainment and conventions.
2. Allen Premium Outlets
Allen Premium Outlets® is North Dallas’ premier shopping destination, conveniently located just north of Dallas, on US 75, exit 37 Stacy Rd. The center recently completed an expansion offering shoppers even more retailers and added amenities.
3. Watters Creek
With its vertically dense design, this 52-acre project incorporates a complete mix of uses including a large creekside village green, interactive public art, a variety of retail options, restaurants featuring al fresco dining and water views, and office space and residential lofts. Located on the southwest corner of U.S. 75 and Bethany Drive in Allen, Watters Creek will serve as the new commercial heart for surrounding areas of North Texas.
4. Celebration Park
The 104 acre Celebration Park is Allen’s newest Community Park and home to the annual Market Street Allen USA Celebration. Celebration Park is specially designed for family fun with pavilions, picnic tables, sports fields and a hike and bike trail.
5. Eagle Stadium
Eagle Stadium is a football stadium in Allen, Texas. It is owned and operated by the Allen Independent School District and is home of the Allen High School Eagles.
Allen Convention & Visitors Bureau
From eating to meeting and everything in between, Allen has all the goods on everything that’s good! Whether you are shopping, attending a sporting event, planning a meeting or maybe just relaxing with your family – Allen is the place to be!
Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce
The Allen Fairview Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit association that strives to be the indispensable resource for Allen and Collin County businesses.
It is a voluntary organization of business owners and citizens who are investing their time and money in a true community development program – working together with the City of Allen, the Allen Independent School District and the Allen Economic Development Corporation to improve the economic, civic, and cultural fortitude of the region, community, and greater Allen area.
Allen Economic Development Corporation
The Allen Economic Development Corporation is committed to attracting, growing and serving business and industry to the Allen community.
In January 1992, the citizens of Allen passed a citywide half-cent sales tax in support of an economic development corporation. Since its inception, the AEDC has been charged with facilitating expansions and relocations of new and existing businesses that in turn will bring additional tax revenue, local spending and job opportunities to the community. A five-member board of directors, appointed by the City Council, oversees the corporation’s operations.
The City of Allen is serviced by three independent public school districts. These districts operate independently from the City of Allen, guided by their own administrations and funded by their own taxes.
Allen Independent School District (ISD)
- 18 elementary school
- 3 middle schools
- 1 freshman center
- 1 high school
Lovejoy Independent School District (ISD)
- 3 elementary schools
- 1 intermediate school (for 5th and 6th grade)
- 1 middle school
- 1 high school
Area Colleges and Universities
Allen also offers many opportunities for higher education, including the following college campuses all less than 35 miles away:
- Collin College (Allen)
- National American University (Allen)
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
- Victory Medical Center Craig Ranch
- Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Centennial
- North Central Medical Center
- Medical City McKinney