Dubbed as one of the “Safest Cities in America,” the city of Plano prides itself as a highly efficient and progressive community.
Starting out as a pioneer’s settlement in the ealry 19th century, Plano would later benefit from the construction of the Houston and Texas Railroad in 1872. It was officially incroporated the following year. In spite of a destructive fire which gutted the business district of the city, Plano would later recover from its ordeal and experience a long era of economic prosperity starting in the 1880s.
A century later, Plano would grow beyond its agricultural economy to nurture a thriving tech and services sector. The city is now home to local offices of international brands such as Alliance Data and Frito Lay.
The city is also home to numerous residential communities that offer newcomers the best possible experiences.
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1. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Located on the western border of Plano, Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park featuring vast areas of natural beauty for walking, jogging, hiking, orienteering, and other outdoor activity. The preserve has a natural biofilter for cleaning surface run-off from the parking lot before it re-enters the groundwater tables. The observation tower gives a spectacular view of the city.
2. The Shops at Legacy
The Shops At Legacy is a mixed-use urban center with an open-air; pedestrian-friendly environment featuring an outstanding mix of local and national retailer and dining destinations. Located in affluent, high growth area at the heart of Legacy Business Park, a 2,665 acre master planned business, retail and residential community.
3. Historic Downtown Plano
Downtown Plano is a vibrant community of urban living, performing arts, galleries, event venues, plus unique shops and restaurants that are independently owned and operated; all set against a backdrop of historic buildings, the Plano Station Dart Rail, and Haggard Park.
4. ArtCentre of Plano
The ArtCentre of Plano, Inc. is a Texas non-profit corporation operating as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any other arts organization. It is an art gallery and special event venue located in the Arts District in Historic Downtown Plano in the historic Saigling House at Haggard Park. Their exhibitions rotate every 4-6 weeks and they are also available for private events, parties, meetings, and weddings.
5. Courtyard Theatre
The Courtyard Theater in Historic Downtown Plano is a 321-seat, proscenium-style theater. With a large stage and spacious lobby, the venue is the perfect place for any event that you may be planning. Receptions, recitals, stage plays, musicals, concerts, meetings, and private parties are all common occurrences in this beautiful venue.
Plano is truly the land of plenty. Blending modern luxury with historic charm, the city brims with attractions and amenities that make it perfect for a day trip, leisurely weekend getaway, or meeting of any size. Plano’s location just north of Dallas offers easy access to the area’s professional sports, performing arts, and museums. But Plano is also a destination in its own right, with more than 1,000 restaurants, world class shopping, a lively arts scene, and abundant natural beauty.
Plano Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1946, the Plano Chamber of Commerce is here to serve the business community. Accredited as a 5-Star Chamber of Commerce in 2015 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Plano Chamber is recognized as being in the top 1% of all chambers in the United States.
Plano Economic Development Corporation
Plano’s economic development team seeks to:
- Create job opportunities to provide access to wealth through economic growth
- Diversify the economic base to cushion against economic shock
- Increase the tax base to provide services to citizens
Each household in Plano ISD is zoned to an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and a senior high school. High schools serve grades 9–10 while senior high schools serve grades 11–12; however, any 9th or 10th grader is eligible to participate in extracurricular sports at the senior high level. There are 67 schools: 44 elementary schools, 13 middles schools, 6 high schools, 3 senior high schools, and 1 alternative STEAM-based high school. Out of the 67 schools, 56 are located within the city of Plano.
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano
- Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano
- Star Medical Center
- Children’s Medical Center Plano
- Plano Surgical Hospital