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Infographic of the Week: Major Expansions and Relocations

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research and Economic Development

In the 19th century, financial hardship and uncertainty led many people to seek opportunity elsewhere, thus coining the phrase “Gone to Texas.” That message was as clear then as companies are realizing today. Doing business here in Dallas-Fort Worth brings opportunity for growth and success.

Dallas-Fort Worth is experiencing a considerable number of companies relocating to, or expanding within, the metropolitan area. Recent projects have brought thousands of new jobs for North Texans and millions of dollars in new investment to our communities. Many recognizable companies such as Toyota and State Farm have recently chosen North Texas as their new home, and there are many more on the way. Companies from a wide variety of industries are recognizing that Dallas-Fort Worth’s skilled labor force, its low cost of doing business, and easy access to global markets solidify its position as a major economic hub. Continue reading

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Communications Benchmarking 2014

Information is coming at you from all directions. So how do you get through the clutter and get information that is relevant to you and your business?

This summer, the DRC communications team conducted a benchmarking project to help answer this question. We’re using the results, coupled with marketing and communications best practices, to revamp how we’re delivering content to you. Continue reading

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New DART Line to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Provides Competitive Advantage for Businesses

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator

Transportation to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just got easier.

DART’s new station at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is scheduled to open on August 18, 2014.

This additional rail line benefits various industries in Dallas and enhances the corporate appeal for companies considering a move to the area. With easier access to the world’s third busiest airport, the new DART rail provides a competitive advantage for businesses of all sizes.

Dallas Regional Chamber’s President & CEO, Dale Petroskey, was featured in DART’s recent video on the DFW Airport Station:

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The DRC & Dallas Baptist University Present the Student Startup Internship Fair

By: Tara Vornkahl, Manager of Innovation

As summer comes to an end and with fall right around the corner, local university students are gearing up to go back to class and hit the books. At the top of most students’ minds are class schedules, purchasing books and supplies, living arrangements, graduation date, and internships.

Internships are a crucial step in a college student’s journey and career path. In the coming months, many local university students will apply for fall and spring internship positions that align with their major and/or career path. Internships help students obtain hands-on, real-world experiences in their chosen fields.

The DFW startup ecosystem is buzzing with excitement as new ventures start to blossom and existing startups show signs of a bright future. With this startup growth, the demand for local talent is on the rise. During and after college, students might overlook the entrepreneurial career path as an option. The world of startups and running your own business can definitely be intimidating, especially for someone who has a great business idea and doesn’t know what steps to take next.

The Student Startup Internship Fair is a great way for talented university students to learn the intricacies of a startup, and it provides local startups and entrepreneurs with passionate interns. Continue reading

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Meet the Member: Virgin America

Virgin America

Tell us one thing about Virgin America that business travelers may not know.
Five years ago, Virgin America became the first airline to offer Gogo In-flight WiFi service on every domestic flight and it’s still the only U.S. airline to offer WiFi connectivity on every single domestic flight. This fall, Virgin America will be the first airline to offer Gogo’s faster ATG-4 WiFi service to flyers on every domestic flight. The new ATG-4 service offers more bandwidth within the cabin, resulting in a faster web experience for travelers looking for their “office in the sky.” Continue reading

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Announcing the 40th Class of Leadership Dallas

The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 40th class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the region.

“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2015 has been selected based on their commitment to the Dallas community as well as their high potential for leadership,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber.  “We are proud to welcome these talented, committed individuals into the program, and look forward to working with them.  Leadership Dallas is a real commitment, and these individuals will spend many hours gaining a deeper understanding of what makes the Dallas region a great place to live, work, and play.  When their year is completed, each one of them will better appreciate this community, be in a better position to play a leadership role in helping make the Dallas region even better than it already is, and gain some life-long friends and colleagues.” Continue reading

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Infographic of the Week: Industrial Clusters

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research & Economic Development 

DFW is building for the future. According to recent research by CBRE, DFW is approaching 20 million sq. ft. of industrial space under construction – the most of all major Texas markets. The new space under construction is adding capacity to the millions of square feet of existing industrial space already here. There are dozens of industrial park clusters throughout the area, and they are home to hundreds of distribution and manufacturing facilities and global logistics firms.

The North Texas region easily surpasses other markets given its central location and the accessibility to markets via rail, air, or truck. The low cost of real estate, availability of a skilled and competitive workforce, and low taxes allow businesses to thrive in an increasingly competitive economy.

Industrial Clusters

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