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STORY BY LANDON FISHER HEATH OFFICIALS: ‘NOT JUST SITTING BACK’ RAPIDLY EXPANDING CITY TAKING AN INTENTIONAL APPROACH TO GROWTH I t wasn’t long ago that the City of Heath was in a position very similar to that of McLendon-Chisholm today. Before the construction of Rock- wall-Heath High School in 2007 really kicked things off, the city had very few businesses to speak of other than a few hole-in-the wall restaurants and one much-beloved corner store and gas sta- tion (still affectionately referred to as “the Mobil” by those who can remem- ber when it was such). Since then, the city has seen a rapidly increasing interest in business devel- opment, mirroring its rapid population climb and a number of new housing developments, drawn by a high quality of life and some of the newest schools Rockwall ISD has to offer in RHHS and Linda Lyon elementary school. But the city has also taken an inten- tionally judicious approach to what businesses have and will call Heath their home, and so far, that approach is working well. “The city has grown a lot and it will keep growing – that’s inevitable,” said Vicki Wallace Alexander, vice president of the Heath Economic Development Corporation. “But the city sees it as an opportunity to be involved in recruiting the kinds of businesses and develop- ments that the residents of Heath want to see, and that will increase quality of life for everyone.” An early player in the modernization of Heath’s base of business develop- ments was a CVS convenience story, centrally located between the high CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE Heath’s Rush Creek Yacht Club hosted the Junior NAC and the NAC sailing competition last year. 22 On the Horizon SPRING 2019