This city, set 20 miles (32 kilometer) north of Dallas in Collin County, Dallas Opera has a famous ranch, a top-notch theater, and a quality of life that attracts businesses and residents alike.
Take a trip just outside Plano and you'll begin to have flashbacks of the intrigue and betrayals of the Ewing family from TV's Dallas. In fact, the actual Southfork Ranch is located here. If you're looking for a more serious cultural encounter, check out the ArtCentre of Plano. Recently renovated and housed in a historic downtown building, this performing arts theater features art exhibits and concerts and plays by local community groups. It heralds the rebirth of Plano's downtown as an important cultural playground.
Other unique places in Plano include Skaggs General Store, an old gas station and store built in the 1930s that is reminiscent of a time when life in Texas really was all about ranches and cowboys. The city is also home to the JC Penney Museum, a tribute to the famous department store and its founder, James Cash Penney, who exemplified the frontier spirit that defined Texas.
What is most significant about Plano, though, is its high quality of life. It has a very low crime rate owing in part to its innovative community development projects such as the Children's Medical Clinic, which provides free medical services to families without health insurance. The education system in Plano is top-notch. More than 90% of the city's high school graduates go on to post-secondary education, national standardized test scores are well above state and national averages and several schools in the area have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the US Department of Education.
Plano is the corporate headquarters for some of the country's largest and most-recognized companies, and its Research and Technology District also has a large number of semiconductor and telecommunications companies.
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical jobs are rapidly emerging in Texas. GM Pharmaceuticals is located in Arlington, and companies that are in close-by Fort-Worth, include Sovereign Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., Capellon Pharmaceuticals, Falcon Pharmaceuticals, Virbac, Caris Dx, Medtronic, Inc., Galderma Laboratories, L.P., and Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
The Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute aims to promote research, development, and advocacy of policies and actions that promote biomedical science, biotechnology, agriculture and medical device innovation in Texas.
Check out job opportunities by visiting the BioSpace Career Center. Here you will find the life sciences most premier career events which showcase an array of local employers. At the Career Center homepage you can even check out video to see what the career fair experience is like and hear what job seekers and employers have to say.
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