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Following are highlights from the City of Irving Operations Update provided to the City Council, which outlines city activities and results over the past few weeks.

Strategic Goal No. 3: Economic Development

New Tex-Mex Restaurant – City staff has worked closely with several companies to determine ways to make Irving even more competitive with its economic development initiatives. An upcoming addition to the city is Mattito’s Tex-Mex Restaurant, slated to open in April at 1001 MacArthur Park. The restaurant will feature an outside dining patio and a unique building exterior. Owners indicated that one of the reasons they chose Irving is the city’s speed-to-market initiatives. The expedited permitting process allowed them to obtain the necessary remodeling permits in a matter of days so they can open in a fraction of the time it takes in many other cities.

New Retail Store – A new 10,000-square-foot retail store, Shoe Carnival, has opened at 3909 W. Airport Freeway in the Irving Market Center. The company sells brand name men’s, women’s, children’s and athletic footwear, as well handbags, wallets, shoe care items and socks. The store brings 20 new jobs to the city.

Business Retention – HCA has renewed its 94,000-square-foot lease for its shared operations center at 10030 N. MacArthur Blvd. and plans to expand its surface parking for future growth. The company is the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services that consists of locally managed facilities at 193 hospitals and 109 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England. HCA employs 564 people in Irving.

Strategic Goal No. 4: Safe and Secure City

Warrant Roundup Results – The Irving Marshal’s Office and Police Department participated in the Texas Warrant Roundup for the sixth consecutive year that resulted in a 22 percent increase in warrants cleared over the past year. A total of 2,651 warrants were cleared during this year’s initiative, compared to 2,170 in 2011. The annual warrant roundup places emphasis on interagency cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

Strategic Goal No. 6: Effective Communications

Town Hall Meetings – The Mayor and City Council are hosting two Town Hall Meetings for residents and businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide input on city initiatives. Following are the dates and times of the meetings:

• March 28, 6:30 p.m. Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson St.

• April 2, 6:30 p.m. Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail

Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments

Community Fest – Enjoy a free day of fun at Community Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 24 at Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter Road. A variety of food, games, entertainment and children’s activities will be provided. Informational booths from businesses and city departments also will be available. For more information, call (972) 721-2641.

PoochFest – The Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, will be crawling with excitement, fun and activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 31 during PoochFest. Dogs must be on a leash and be current on their vaccinations. Only two dogs are allowed per owner. Pet owners are urged to use discretion and not bring aggressive or unsocial dogs to the event. Event admission is free. There is a $10 fee for pets to participate in the contests. For more information, call (972) 721-2496.

New Streaming Video at the Library – The Irving Public Library has introduced new video resources through Access Video on Demand, a comprehensive streaming video resource offering a broad variety of documentary, educational, cultural and instructional programming. Current card holders can use Access Video on Demand from any public library location, or remotely via broadband Internet access. To access the service, visit www.cityofirving.org/library and click on the Digital Media icon using the Access Video link to get started.

Strategic Goal No. 8: Sound Governance

Gold Transparency Award – The City of Irving has earned the 2012 Gold Leadership Circle Award by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in recognition of its outstanding financial transparency practices. This is the third consecutive year that the city has received the award, which was launched in 2009 to recognize local governments across Texas that are displaying a high level of financial transparency online by providing residents with a clear and consistent picture of spending in a user-friendly format.

The entire Operations Update is available here.

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