A new partnership for Grayson Co.

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex -- A partnership to help Grayson County accommodate for growth from the Metroplex could soon become a reality. Grayson County officials and a private company out of Dallas are close to an agreement that would bring new business to the area.

County officials want to “propel, preserve, and partner” through a new partnership they say can lead to much needed development-- starting with the airport.

Representatives from the investment group Black Knight Partners out of Dallas met with county, city, and economic development leaders from across Grayson County to discuss the partnership between them and the county.

The partnership is designed to attract more business and to develop a plan for when the much anticipated growth from the Metroplex hits the Grayson County line.

County officials say one of the reasons behind the partnership is the further development of the airport, which they say is positioned perfectly for massive growth, as it is situated right next to the Highway 289 extension and features a runway able to accommodate any size aircraft.

Officials with both sides say they are excited about the possibility of working with each other to prepare an already growing area for what is to come.

“At the end of the day, a lot of things have to be done and those things cost money and you have to get people that know what they're doing in there, and the county is limited in what we can do,” said Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum.

Rob Holmes, founder of Black Knight Partners, says the partnership with Grayson County is a long-term investment.

“We’re not just a contractor or just a developer. We're investors, and we want to invest in the community and make this good in the long term.”

Now county officials want to let the public know the partnership would not take away the county's right to decide which new business will come to the area, but they say having a private firm increases the chances of attracting more companies.

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  • by Tom Location: Knollwood on Jun 15, 2007 at 03:13 PM
    Hey, the best thing that could happen would be if the County would sell (give) the airport to some private equity firm, they would have the finances to make the airport happen and the County would be repaid by the new business.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 14, 2007 at 05:02 PM
    To Gary from Tom Bean: In a way, I know how you feel- I remember nothing but fields lining a two-lane SH121 from south of McKinney for miles, but guess what- the Metroplex is growing. If you don't want your farm to turn into a strip mall, dont sell. And don;t worry- Tom Bean is far enough out of the way that nothing will be growing that way. And for wishing us bad luck, you're quite the man, aren't you? I'll take the high ground (unlike you) and wish you a long life, good harvest, and peace in your town.
  • by midniteryder Location: Sherman on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:41 PM
    I don't agree much with Richie on anything, but the idea of a drag strip sounds good to me. Now, wait for the NIMBYs to chime in............And HArry is right- the place needs to be torn down. We have an airport in Sherman, and I don't think the money is there to ever turn Grayson Co. Airport into a mini-Alliance Airpark. "Asphalt plant"........sounds like a Pottsboro broken record.
  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Jun 12, 2007 at 10:03 PM
    Folks here is the deal i get tired of all the talk about partnership and things, but people the area is going and is growing and you cant change that. I would love to see this area grow. Its dead around here and i get tired of driving to the metroplex for for fun things to do. Farming is a big part of everybodys life for food, but the best thing i can say is if you are farmer and are opposed of growth and dont want the area to grow then dont sale your land.
  • by Pottsborolite.. Location: Pottsboro on Jun 12, 2007 at 05:48 PM
    Did I miss the vote by the people? Where are the proposed details of this so-called agreement posted for public viewing? Who has their hand in the cookie jar? Sherman has nothing to offer so lets take quiet country life that just happens to have a run down military base and turn it into another asphalt plant that no one wants?????
  • by Jack Location: Lake Texoma on Jun 12, 2007 at 04:10 PM
    And the Black Knight takes the Grayson County's King! Geez! Did I miss a proper Request for Proposals or RFQ issued by Grayson County? They just entertain deals with folks like Black Knight? Come on! Don't we have laws and rules that speak to this? And they get to build the Jail too? King Bynum needs to learn some law. Open government is not alive and well in Grayson County.
  • by Chris Location: Denison on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:52 AM
    I live in this area because its small towns if I wanted to live in the metroplex I would have moved there. Our so called couty officals should take that into consideration. Not everyone wants big businesses here.
  • by Harry on Jun 12, 2007 at 09:40 AM
    Renovating the Grayson County Airport so it can be productive some day is a little like praying for peace. Everyone agrees it would be great if it were to happen but the simple reality of it is that the place was closed down thirty six years ago and it has made very little progress since then. If you drive around it for fifteen minutes it is clear to see that outside of a few local government buildings being built the last few years, it does not amount to much of anything. The buildings that are occupied are older than dirt and look like such. The buildings that are unoccupied remind me of a neighborhood slum with their caved in roofs and broken windows. If Grayson County Airport ever amounts to much of anything it will be a long, long time in getting here. If local government really believed in rejuvinating the entire Grayson Airport they would have put their money where their mouths are thirty years ago. Sadly, I fear it is now too late and too expensive.
  • by Tommy Location: Denison on Jun 12, 2007 at 07:57 AM
    Speaking of making someone sick to their stomach, I'm sick of hearing all these politicos using the word "partnership" for every little thing that comes along. These "partnerships" usually result in lots of committees and lots of talk, but no real action. As the late Irma Bombeck used to say "I frow up".
  • by Gary Location: Tom Bean on Jun 12, 2007 at 04:31 AM
    In my humble opinion, this article makes me sick to my stomach. I'm in a agricultural proffession and this is threatening our way of life. Do any of you even think about where your food comes from? I for one do not want to live in a metroplex. We like our small towns and wide open spaces and growth is a cancer that should be stopped. From me to all of those who promote developments, growth, and the expansion of the Dallas area up this way. I hope you have all the bad luck in the world.
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