Posted on: September 21, 2017

New Phones and Skype for Business on Your Desk as Early as October

Skype for Business

Technology Services (TS) is in the process of modernizing the phone system by implementing Skype for Business to increase our voice and collaboration services. In October, TS will begin rolling out new phones. Messages will be sent informing you when to e...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Oak Point Rec Center Employee Aids in Houston Rescue Efforts

Micah in Parks

Kelley Crimmins, Parks and Recreation’s public relations and community outreach specialist, shares a heartwarming story about an employee caring for others...

When Oak Point Recreation Center staff member Micah Cano saw the horrific images from t...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Employees Get Discounts to Haunt Jaunt Races

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If you drag your feet, you’ll miss out on this great offer to join all the fun of Haunt Jaunt. Lace up your best running shoes for the annual nighttime Halloween-themed 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, October 21 at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

Could Your Cold or Flu be Something More Serious?

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For such a serious illness, pneumonia is surprisingly sneaky. You might call it a master of disguise. Early on, its symptoms can look a lot like a cold or the flu. In fact, it can even be a cold or the flu at first — and turn into pneumonia.

That...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

It’s Lights On for National Night Out

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National Night Out (NNO) is one of the police department’s biggest annual celebrations. Tuesday, October 3 is National Night Out here in Plano, an experience that builds and strengthens the residents’ partnership with the Plano Police ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Police Walk a New Beat at Legacy West

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As the City grows, Plano Police extends their presence with a new substation in the heart of the growing Legacy West community. Securing a visible presence in the heart of this area furthers the department’s mission goals “…...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

9 Days Left to Fulfill Health Premium Reduction Requirements

Bio Health check

Can you feel it? September 30 is breathing down your neck. There is very little time remaining for employees wishing to receive Connect4Health (C4H) Premium Incentives to complete the required checklist items:

  • Complete Biometric Screening
  • Record your preven...
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Posted on: September 14, 2017

It’s a SAVVY for Texas Recycles Day and Todd Rice

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The City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) announced the 2017 awards and Plano was named. Steve Stoler, media relations director, broke the news that the Texas Recycles Day promotional video won a Savvy when he attended the 3CMA ann...

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Fire Department Nets Another ISO Certificate

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Bravo to the Plano Fire-Rescue Department on receiving their second ISO Certificate! Most people will live their entire lives not ever hearing the acronym ISO (which, in this case, stands for Insurance Services Office), but everyone benefits when fire age...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

A Couple of Openings Remain to Join Weight Watchers -- It Really Works!

Weight Watchers scale

There's no time like the present to make a change towards a healthier you! The life-changing results of this weight-loss program put you back in charge of YOU! The Weight Watchers at Work session started September 12, but you can join at any time. Click t...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

Shane Sorenson’s TACVB Award for Outstanding Professionals

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The Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (TACVB) honored Visit Plano’s Shane Sorenson with the first ever Catalyst Award. He was surprised with the gift during the organization’s annual conference held in Fort Worth. S...

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

“Survey says,” Plano is 3rd Best Place to Raise a Family

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Remember game show host Richard Dawson (Google him, if not)? “Survey says” is a line he made famous on the popular TV show “Family Feud” which debuted 41 years ago. The program is still striking a positive chord the...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Safety Coordinators Schooled in How to "Stop the Bleed"

Safety Coords in bleed training

Senior Risk Analyst Tim Billingham treated members of the City’s Safety Coordinator Program (SCP) to a literally life-saving presentation during the group’s quarterly meeting. SCP was developed to enhance safety awareness throughout ea...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Help Annual Peanut Butter Drive Feed Children

Peanut Butter drive exec team

City Council is again supporting the North Texas Food Bank's (NTFB) Spread Hope Peanut Butter Drive. With September being hunger awareness month, Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and the City are working with our partner agency NTFB to collect jars of peanut butte...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

City’s Outdoor Pool Swimming Ends & New Recreation Center Hours Begin

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School is in for Plano ISD and the City’s outdoor pools are out…well, almost. Lovers of Plano’s great outdoor aquatic facilities will have to put their splashing into overdrive between now and Monday, September 4 because the...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Plano First Responders Part of Strike Teams Aiding Gulf Residents

Robert Grant and Rocky in Houston

We’re Plano-proud of the City employees lending a hand in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. This storm has been a topic of conversations and news stories for well over a week – and rightly so, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in s...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Wellness Coordinator Shares Results of the Employee Satisfaction Survey

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Team Plano, we heard you! I’m Michelle Gifford, your senior wellness coordinator, with an important update about Connect4Health (C4H)-related survey responses. In May, Human Resources sent out an Employee Survey to learn what you think about our...

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Posted on: August 30, 2017

Visit Plano Made the Move West

Visit Plano Legacy West

Relocating to the bustling westside of Plano is a positive move for the City’s visitors bureau. Rudyard Kipling wrote “Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” and the sometimes misunderstood poem&a...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Look. Up in the Sky! It’s a Partial Eclipse!

Solar eclipse watching

The brief, but incredible solar eclipse of August 21 brought countless pairs of eyes outside. With a variety of protective eyewear in hand, Plano employees were no different from the millions worldwide who sought a glimpse of what some will never see agai...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Plano Firefighters Strap On D-cups for Charity

Battle of the Bras firefighter

The North Texas runways will soon be peppered with over 50 guys wearing one-of-a-kind bras benefiting the Women Rock foundation. Four Plano Fire-Rescue (PFR) staff helped with a public debut of the undergarments they'll wear at the organization’...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Severe Weather Hacks for MacGuyver Wanna-bes

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Both the original and revived MacGuyver TV shows have one thing in common, a smart guy who had endless knowledge about “hacks.”  But before delving into them, a related topic…September is National Preparedness Month, a time to examine your home, ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Driving to Work? Watch for Flashing School Zone Lights

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Bells are or soon will be ringing the glad, glad news that the new school year is underway. Whether you have a child enrolled or not, police departments everywhere are reminding motorists to be alert to school zone active hours. Per Plano Police Public In...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

A Neighborly-hand Earned Emergency Management Honors

Carrie Little

Like in the old days, a call for help went out and Plano Department of Emergency Management (DEM) staff sprang into action. That call came from the City of Rowlett on December 26, 2015 in the aftermath of some devastating tornados. Plano DEM offered a muc...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Large Dog Area at Jack Carter Reopens in September

Jack Carter Dog park

A project to resolve some drainage issues in the large dog area of Jack Carter Dog Park (2215 Pleasant Valley Drive) is scheduled to be complete by August 18. The temporary fencing remains in place while the new grass grows a bit more. The wait may be inc...

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Posted on: August 17, 2017

Location Change for Aetna Medicare Info Meetings, RSVP Today!

Medicare Supplemental meetings

It is necessary to change the meeting location of the remaining meetings -- September 27 and October 24. To accommodate everyone interested in attending, these meetings have been moved from Carpenter Park Recreation Center to the Municipal Center in the C...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

MUST-dos When You’re Ready to Retire: It's a Process

Retirement party

Retiring from the City of Plano is a process with important steps to follow. It’s been a great career and the exact date to start your next great adventure is set, but you can't get the party started just yet. The first thing to do, after formal...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

Remember to Use the Municipal Reference Library

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It’s a convenient and invaluable reference hub for the many people who work at the Municipal Center. No need to hop into your car when the Municipal Reference Library (MRL) is so accessible on the second floor in suite 202.  Th...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

ALL EMPLOYEES Must Pass Stormwater Training Course

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Each employee is required to take this online class and pass the test by September 30, 2017. This mandatory training is associated with the City’s stormwater permit requirements. It should take between 15 to 25 minutes to complete.

What you need to do:

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

City Manager Named Business Executive of the Year

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It’s an incredible honor when members of an elite business community like Plano’s recognizes your work ethic and validates your commitment to public service. For City Manager Bruce Glasscock that endorsement came when the Plano Chamber...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Downtown Historic District Made the National Register

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The National Park Service confirmed Plano Downtown Historic District is now on the National Register of Historic Places. This is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation – buildings, sites, structures an...

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Posted on: August 3, 2017

Challenge to All Departments: Pull a Fire Truck for Charity

2016 PULLooza teams (1)

The 2017 Public Safety PULLooza is both the ultimate tug of war challenge and a great team-building event. The Plano Police, Plano Fire-Rescue and Public Safety Communications (Plano 9-1-1) departments invite you to be part of this fantastic fundraiser be...

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

Human Resources Welcomes Newest Manager Craig Barnes

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Say hello to Plano’s very first Strategic Solutions Manager. He joins the Team Plano family after spending the last 15 years working for the City of Garland. Learn more about Craig in his own words:

Full Name/Birthplace?Craig Alan Barnes &nda...

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

Plano Rewarded for Great Texas Recycles Day Video

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The City won a state award for a creative sustainability video produced last fall. Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) took notice of the production in the Media and Communications category.  Director of Environmental Health and Sustainability (EHS) Rache...

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Posted on: July 27, 2017

Heat Stroke vs. Heat Exhaustion, Know the Difference?

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North Texas and much of the country is in the midst of extreme temperatures and there are potential dangers associated with summertime heat. The first thing to know is heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable. When thermometers linger in the trip...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Bring Your A-game to Your Doctor Visit

Annual physical exam

Many of you are scrambling to secure appointments with your primary doctors about now. We’re nearing the deadline to complete Connect4Health Premium Incentive requirements (September 30) and getting an annual physical or well-woman/man exam is o...

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Posted on: July 20, 2017

Plano is the 2nd Most Chill-lax U.S. City

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This is one of the few times being 149 out of 150 is a really good thing. WalletHub’s 2017 report on the "Most & Least Stressed Cities in America" is out and the City of Plano was named the second most mellow spot in the United Sta...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Winners of the Favorite Work Selfie Contest Are…

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Thanks for sending so many emails casting votes for your favorite photo of the two finalists. It’s time to announce the winning group in the Team Plano Favorite Work Selfie Contest for July. It was a close race between the two groups, Commercial...

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

NEW Schedule: Get in Motion with Pound-melting Aerobics

Jeff Johnson trainer REV

Fitness coach and personal trainer Jeff Johnson has revised the exercise schedule to include an extra day! His aerobic cardio and weight training circuit classes are definitely worth the drive to Municipal Center. These sessions are a great way to deal wi...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Don't Skip the Skype for Business Training Videos

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Instant messaging (IM), video chat, conferencing and voice calls all rolled into one seamless communication system – that’s what Skype for Business is and more. Technology Services has plans to migrate the City’s current phone system over to the far more ...

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

Complete Your C4H Premium Incentive Program Requirements

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Don’t wait until the last minute to tick off the required list of steps by the deadline – September 30. Everyone covered by the City’s health plan must complete three steps by this date in order to save on premiums for the 2018 plan year. This applies to ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Grill Safely All Year Round

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Although July is the peak month for grill fires, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) barbecue fires can occur any time of year. The Agency’s 2016 report determined, on average, 8,900 home fires are started by grills annually. Backyard ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Health4Me App is Mobile Access to Medical Info

Health4Me App

When you or your loved ones need details about your health plan, you’re not always going to have the info handy. With UnitedHealthcare’s Health4Me App, your smartphone becomes an important tool for lessening your frustration during what could be a stressf...

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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Plan F Could Be Your Ticket to Free Gym Access

SilverSneakers Fitness card

The SilverSneakers® program offers qualified insured retirees an incredible deal – free workouts!

Retired individuals who are covered under UnitedHealthcare’s AARP/Medicare Supplement Plan F are entitled to free admittance to gym facilities throughout the ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Water Sports Make Waves at Oak Point’s Big Pond

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Paddle boarding and kayaking are now a short drive away. You’ve heard rumors about the Plano Parks and Recreation Department expanding leisure options at the Oak Point Park Nature Preserve and the reports are now reality. The big pond on the site has been...

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

What NOT to Wear to Work. Dress Code Effective July 1

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The new rules go into effect this weekend. Take a moment to review the list of dos and don’ts for work attire. The City of Plano implements a new Dress Code Policy for all employees, unless a uniform is required. Details about the new policy are being com...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

TMRS NEWS: Online Beneficiary Designation

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Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) members can now designate or update their beneficiaries online - through MyTMRS!

Making sure the correct beneficiary information is listed for your retirement benefit is very important.

After logging in to MyTMRS, members simply click on the Beneficiaries button to make updates or changes.  Select the blue Update button and be...

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Training

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Consider Microlearning When Your Time is Limited

Time for microlearning

Not enough time in your workday for career development? The training staff encourages you to checkout Microlearning through SkillSoft. Based on expert research, it seems “workers only have 1% of their work week to dedicate to learning and develo...

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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Mandatory Training for 2017 Focuses on “Diversity on the Job”

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All employees are required to participate in mandatory training each calendar year. The subject matter of the training changes every year. As a requirement for 2017, you will need to complete the SkillSoft course “Diversity on the Job: Diversity and You” ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2017

Training & Development

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The Human Resources Department offers an extensive catalog of training opportunities for all job types and levels. Refer questions to Senior Training Coordinators Tony Beasley or Debbie Speed at 972-941-7339 and 972-941-7217, respectively. Here is one to ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2017

What’s All the Fuss about Standing? 10 Ways to Sit Less and Move More

standing desk

Standing more often may help improve your health.

Standing more often may help improve your health. Try these fun tips to make it happen — including getting in touch with your inner flamingo. Uninterrupted stretches of sitting may raise your risk of heart disease, diabetes and other serious con...

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