PLANO -- The sales pitches are behind them. The deal is done. Texas won.

Toyota is moving to Plano, bringing thousands of employees with them.

Each employee will need a place to live, and each family will need a school. Those are tough decisions to make from afar, so Toyota is trying to make things a little easier.

The automaker's move is 18-to-24 months away. And over the next 27 weekends, Toyota is flying groups of employees to town to spend time, learn neighborhoods, look at schools, and meet people.

'You know, somebody asked me, 'What are you going to sell them?' It's not a sales thing,' said Plano City Manager Bruce Glasscock. 'It really is just an opportunity to tour the region and get a feel for Plano and the communities around.'

About 400 employees will come to town each weekend, in two waves, Glasscock said. During each of those tours, about a dozen Collin County cities and school districts will hold an expo, or an open house. The Toyota employees can have face-to-face interaction with future neighbors.

Glasscock said there's a lot of research that can be done on the internet, but decisions about real estate and education are easier to make after a visit.

'There's this image of Texas that we're all boots, big buckles, and cowboy hats,' Glasscock said. 'It's another way for Toyota to let their employees get comfortable with this area and see that we are a regular cosmopolitan area - not different from the areas they're coming from - and learn there's nothing strange about Texas!'

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