City Manager Message
As we approach the conclusion of this year, I hope everyone is enjoying a festive holiday season. I hope you all will join us for the annual Taylor Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 2, starting at 6 PM. This beloved Taylor tradition is not only an opportunity to celebrate together but also a chance for our community to come together, show support for local groups, and kick off the holiday season.
In the spirit of fostering connections and unity, we recently had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the South Korean district of Geumcheon-gu. In early November, the delegation came to Taylor to learn more about our city and our residents and how we are the same and different from their own area of South Korea. Activities included a presentation and tour of the Main Street Elementary Campus, lunch at Louie Mueller Barbecue, a visit to Jeff's Resurrections, and a comprehensive tour and history lesson about Downtown Taylor. In addition, the delegation met briefly with the Taylor Economic Development Corporation, and participated in tours of the Taylor Police Department and Taylor Fire Department.
The highlight of the day was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Mayor Brandt Rydell and Geumcheon-gu Mayor Sung-hun Ryu, officially establishing a sister city relationship between Taylor and Geumcheon-gu. To commemorate this special occasion, a proclamation was presented to the delegation, declaring November 9, 2023, as Geumcheon-gu Day in the City of Taylor.
I extend my sincere gratitude to Mayor Sung-hun Ryu and the entire delegation for their visit. Special thanks are also due to Tim Crow and Taylor ISD, Jeff's Resurrections, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor EDC, Taylor FD, and Taylor PD for their warm hospitality. I appreciate the dedication and hard work of our staff in organizing and facilitating this visit, including Communication's Director Stacey Osborne, Assistant PIO Kendra Maness, Deputy City Manager Jeff Jenkins, Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Bybee, and Main Street Manager Jan Harris.
Looking ahead, we anticipate a fruitful and enduring partnership between our two cities. Let us continue to embrace the spirit of togetherness and celebrate the connections that make our community strong.
Wishing you all a joyous holiday season!