Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

OP-ED
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 18, 2013
Contact: Megan Hanson, (512) 463-0112

CELEBRATING DENTON COUNTY AT THE CAPITOL

Denton County has come a long way since it was first settled in the 1840s. Officially created in 1846 and named for John B. Denton, Denton County was formed out of land from the original Peters Colony Grant. In 1897 the County Courthouse was dedicated in the county seat of Denton, and even today its limestone exterior and clock tower are one of our region's most impressive sites.

When I moved to Denton County more than three decades ago, it was a very different community than it is today. In the last 30 years, our population has more than quadrupled from 143,000 people in 1980 to nearly 700,000 people today. Denton County is one of the fastest growing counties in the entire nation, with thousands of people a year choosing to make it their home.

I can't say I'm surprised. With eleven outstanding public school districts and distinguished institutions such as the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University and North Central Texas College, Denton County is an ideal place to begin and grow a family. With modern amenities such as the A-Train and quick access to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, our community is ideal for on-the-go people of all ages. Denton County is also diverse, with growing Hispanic, African American and Asian populations. Every citizen can come together to enjoy our county's various cultural and recreational opportunities -- whether it's spending a day on Lake Lewisville or catching a race at the Texas Motor Speedway. And I cannot forget to mention our beautiful landscape, from our majestic cross timbers to the flowers and grasses that grace our prairies. Denton County truly has something to offer everyone, and people around the country are starting to take notice.

Cities and towns in Denton County continue to receive awards and recognition for our attractive community. Forbes Magazine recently named the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as the number one place where Americans are moving. The city of Little Elm was named the safest large city in Texas in 2011 by the FBI, and just last week Frisco was named one of the friendliest towns in America. In 2012, Denton County was named the as one of the top ten job markets in the country, making it one of the best places to live according to Money Magazine.

From our vibrant business community, our elected officials and chambers of commerce, our educational institutions, and, most importantly, our citizens, we all help make Denton County the wonderful place that it is.

This week, we are honoring Denton County at the Texas Capitol by celebrating Denton County Days on Monday and Tuesday, February 18th and 19th. I am proud to say I am one of six Texas Senators throughout history who have lived in Denton County -- the only woman -- and I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize our county's important contributions to our state. A delegation from Denton County, composed of mayors, and civic, business and educational leaders, will also be at the Capitol to recognize our efforts, as well as advocate for the issues that are important to us. I want to thank them for their time, and I appreciate their service.

We all have so much to be proud of in Denton County. As we celebrate Denton County, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for being a part of our community's many great contributions to our region, our state and our nation. Happy Denton County Days!

SENATOR JANE NELSON, R-FLOWER MOUND, represents District 12, including portions of Denton and Tarrant counties.

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