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Posted on: June 14, 2019

Grow DeSoto Market Place Wins COG Award/Mayor McCowan Receives COG Recognition

Grow DeSoto Winning Team

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), an association of North Texas governments that assists with regional planning efforts, provided the City of DeSoto with some wonderful news on Friday, June 14, 2019.

NCTCOG awarded their “Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award” to the Grow DeSoto Market Place for exemplifying one or more of their Principles of Development Excellence. They also declared that Grow DeSoto serves as an example of Development Excellence in the North Central Texas Region. 

The Grow DeSoto Market Place is the product of a public-private partnership between the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation (DeSoto EDC), the City of DeSoto, the DeSoto Chamber of Commerce, Options Real Estate, and The Industry Hub. This partnership is credited with successfully transforming a shuttered hardware store into a thriving facility that now serves as DeSoto’s small business incubator. Grow DeSoto, which celebrated its grand opening in October 2018, provides shoppers in DeSoto and the region with a wide variety of unique retail shops, services, restaurants, and a full-service fitness and rehabilitation center.  

“The Grow DeSoto Market Place symbolizes the creative rebirth of our small business community and serves as an example to many other cities that the closure of old businesses in a community can present bold new opportunities that can ultimately make a positive difference within a city!” stated DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan.

Mayor McCowan, who presently serves on The North Central Texas Council of Governments Board of Directors, also received some great news from NCTCOG. She has been selected to serve as the board’s Secretary-Treasurer for 2019-2020. Said Mayor McCowan, “I am honored to play an even bigger role in this great organization which has helped to change the face of the North Texas region for the better!” 

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) identifies themselves as a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, established to assist in regional planning. To learn more about NCTCOG, go to And for more information about the Grow DeSoto Market Place visit


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