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LIVABILITY.COM/best-southwest BEST SOUTHWEST PARTNERSHIP oF Dallas-ellis couNties ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 2020 Affordability, quality housing drive new development…
LIVABILITY.COM/best-southwest BEST SOUTHWEST PARTNERSHIP oF Dallas-ellis couNties ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 2020 Affordability, quality housing drive new development Strong & Growing SCHOOL DISTRICTS PREP STUDENTS FOR CAREERS sPonsoreD BY the Best southwest PartnershiP Discover DeSoto priority. The city is constantly improving its and is situated south of Interstate 20 LIVE, WORK and PLAY in DeSoto – park system to accommodate many active between Interstate 35 and Highway 67. a progressive city with a small-town feeling, youth sports programs and family activities. I-20 crosses just north of DeSoto, rich in diversity and the cultural arts. Located connecting the Best Southwest area Public safety is a priority in DeSoto as well, in the “Best Southwest,” (the southwest evidenced by their ultramodern police facility to Fort Worth and the Mid-Cities. corner of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), and a new state-of-the-art fire station that Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport DeSoto offers fine housing, friendly is currently under construction. is 30 minutes away, with daily international neighborhoods, expanding health facilities, A variety of hotels is available for those flights. Dallas Love Field, offering domestic multiple family and sports parks, restaurants who want to spend time visiting local flights within the contiguous United States, and shopping. DeSoto is peacefully sheltered attractions as well as business travelers who is 30 minutes from DeSoto. DeSoto Heliport from big-city congestion and has all the want to be in close proximity to downtown allows accommodations for helicopter benefits of a “small-town” atmosphere. Dallas while avoiding all of the hustle and transport for corporate business, media, The largest of the original four Best bustle. DeSoto has the perfect room for you. law enforcement, public safety and other Southwest Cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth With over 10 hotel options, including the newly purposes and is just 12 miles from Dallas. Metroplex, DeSoto exemplifies the advantages of living and working in an area with five key opened “suburban boutique” brand GLo Hotel by Best Western, you’ll find the perfect place LIVE | SHOP | PLAY Locally attributes: tremendous housing values, to rest your head. DeSoto also promotes hometown spirit an shorter commutes, clean air, quality health involvement, offering a range of rich, cultura facilities and efficient municipal services. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION arts experiences as well, including the Fourth With a population of over 50,000, DeSoto is a Location and accessibility are keys to Friday Concert Series, several signature spec diverse community of neighborhoods and DeSoto’s attraction. DeSoto is only 15 minutes events featuring performances by national families where planning for the future is a from Downtown Dallas via Interstate 35, recording artists and the DeSoto Living! Points of PRIDE DeSoto ISD believes in creating opportunities for students and families to CHOOSE a route to the future through academic and extracurricular programs of excellence and opportunity. Find the pathway that aligns with your scholar’s goals, interests and dreams right here in DeSoto ISD. Here, in DeSoto ISD, we are focused on preparing students academically and socially to be problem solvers and productive citizens blazing the trail of tomorrow. In our relentless pursuit of student outcomes, DeSoto ISD prioritizes the following areas of student learning: CULTURE, HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION, EVERY CHILD, PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE, Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT, ORGANIZATIONAL REDESIGN and INNOVATIVE Katherine Johnson will be a school where DISTRICT INVESTMENTS. scholars learn based on a combination of classic DeSoto ISD implemented a rigorous teacher evaluation system principles steeped in standards-based learning and innov which considers teacher experience and performance as based on quality that promote opportunities for students to achieve and pro of instruction through student performance, classroom observation and opportunities to build capacity for excellence in schools evaluation and student experience. districtwide. The district has reserved 80 percent of seats This compensation model rewards the district’s most effective teachers for current DeSoto ISD students and the remaining and creates multiple touch points in which school leaders can evaluate, 20 percent of seats are available for prospective, develop and coach teachers to develop more effective instructional high-performing students from outside practices leading to better learning experiences and educational outcomes the district boundaries. for students. | 972.223.6666 Soaring for EXCELLENCE City of DeSoto is proud to display these accreditations and awards: The DeSoto Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1993. DeSoto Parks & Recreation received Accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation for Parks and Recreation Festival, an annual festival celebrating small Agencies (CAPRA) in 2016. businesses in the Best Southwest. DeSoto’s location at the intersection DeSoto Fire Rescue was awarded the coveted ISO 1 of I-35 and I-20 gives shoppers easy access Rating for Fire Protection in 2016 resulting in lower to major malls in Dallas and Arlington. This nd commercial insurance rates for DeSoto businesses. al means that DeSoto residents have a variety h of specialty shops, boutiques and malls at their fingertips – from national retailers to DeSoto’s Financial Services Department cial one-of-a-kind stores. has been presented with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial | 972.224.3565 Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Assoc. (GFOA) for over 28 consecutive years. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. The Financial Services Department has also received GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation award for over 22 years. For the third year in a row, DeSoto’s Information Technology Department received the prestigious Digital Cities Award for cities with a population under 75,000. This award recognizes outstanding use of technology in providing service to our citizens. The DeSoto Public Library received the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award in 2018 from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. vative practices ovide The City of DeSoto is an “All America” City. The National Civic League annually presents the award to ten communities in the United States. It recognizes those whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. DeSoto strives to continue to embody the accomplishments that earned the award in 2006. contents 2020 EDITION • VOLUME 6 10 BUSINESS CLIMATE Working Together A collaborative spirit among communities brings growth to the Best Southwest Partnership region. 14 QUALITY OF LIFE Strong and Growing Affordability and quality housing options drive new development in the Best Southwest Partnership region. INNOVATION 20 10 Launch Pad A former shopping center finds new life as space for startup businesses. INFRASTRUCTURE 24 Quite Logical Location, infrastructure and facilities provide compelling reasons for logistics operations to set up in the region. 7 Overview 8 Discover 47 Economic Profile 28 38 Photos: KaReN camPbell EDUCATION OUTDOORS Making Outdoors 14 the Grade Right Next Door School districts in the The Best Southwest region Best Southwest Partnership offers a natural getaway. 38 region move to the head of the class in prepping students for success. 34 TALENT 44 HEALTH CARE Hire Ed Strong Medicine A strong network of colleges Methodist Charlton Medical and universities keeps talent Center anchors the region’s flowing to Best Southwest quality system of care. Partnership region businesses. 5 2020 EDITION • VOLUME 6 BEST SOUTHWEST DISCOVER PARTNERSHIP VICE PRESIDENT/BUSINESS EDITOR | BILL MCMEEKIN ASSOCIATE EDITORS | ALICIA JOHNSON, LINDSEY ROSS CONTRIBUTING WRITERS | CYNTHIA Y. ANDERSON, TEREE CARUTHERS, CARY ESTES, DORIAN MARTIN, KARI KYNARD RIDGE, ALL THERE IS ABOUT JULIE YOUNG STAFF WRITER | KEVIN LITWIN VICE PRESIDENT/CREATIVE SERVICES | LAURA GALLAGHER DALLAS AND ELLIS COUNTIES VICE PRESIDENT/OPERATIONS | MOLLY MORTON ART DIRECTOR | AMY HIEMSTRA SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS | LINDSEY TALLENT, MAHALEY KEEN GRAPHIC DESIGNER | ELIZA HAWKINS SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER | JEFF ADKINS PHOTOGRAPHER | NATHAN LAMBRECHT MEDIA ASSET MANAGER | ALISON HUNTER VICE PRESIDENT/DIGITAL OPERATIONS | ALLISON DAVIS EDITOR IN CHIEF/LIVABILITY.COM | WINONA DIMEO-EDIGER CONTENT COORDINATOR/LIVABILITY.COM | CARA SANDERS WEB DEVELOPER | RICHARD STEVENS DIGITAL ADS SPECIALIST | SUSANNA HAYNES SENIOR INTEGRATED MEDIA MANAGER | MATT MCWHORTER AD/SALES OPERATIONS DIRECTOR | KATIE MIDDENDORF SENIOR AD COORDINATOR/DESIGNER | VIKKI WILLIAMS AD TRAFFIC COORDINATOR | PATRICIA MOISAN SALES SUPPORT COORDINATOR | COURTNEY COOK CHAIRMAN | GREG THURMAN PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER | BOB SCHWARTZMAN CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER | KIM HOLMBERG EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT | JORDAN MOORE VICE PRESIDENT/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT | JARED LANE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE | DEREK BRADY CONTROLLER | CHRIS DUDLEY SENIOR ACCOUNTANT | LISA OWENS ACCOUNTS PAYABLE COORDINATOR | MARIA MCFARLAND ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE COORDINATOR | DIANA IAFRATE DATABASE DIRECTOR | DEBBIE WOKSA EXECUTIVE SECRETARY | KRISTY GILES HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER | PEGGY BLAKE CORPORATE RECRUITING MANAGER | TAYLOR LUEDERS Best Southwest Partnership of Dallas-Ellis Counties is published annually by Livability Media, a division of Journal Communications Inc., and is distributed through the Best Southwest Partnership. For advertising information or to direct questions or comments about the magazine, contact Journal Communications Inc. at 615-771-0080 or by email at FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Best Southwest Partnership 300 E. Wheatland Rd. Duncanville, TX 75116 972-754-8124 | VISIT BEST SOUTHWEST PARTNERSHIP OF DALLAS-ELLIS COUNTIES ONLINE AT ©Copyright 2019 Journal Communications Inc., 725 Cool Springs Blvd., Suite 400 Franklin, TN 37067 615-771-0080 • All rights reserved. No portion of this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without written consent. Please recycle this magazine. 6 Best Southwest Partnership 121 OVERVIEW Affordable Options DALLAS COUNTY The region’s competitive advantages for 30 businesses include its affordability in comparison to the rest of the metroplex, Dallas 205 availability of land, pro-business incentives and cooperation, low taxes and low cost of doing business. 20 Balch Springs Duncanville 175 b r i c k s a n d m o r ta r b o a r d DeSoto Lancaster College students in the BSP region have Cedar Hill Glenn Heights access to colleges and universities that include Midlothian Ovilla Red Oak 34 Cedar Valley College, Mountain View College, Hutchins the University of North Texas at Dallas and Wilmer Texas State Technical College. ELLIS COUNTY 287 Ferris 45 171 Growing Strong 35E THE 4-1-1 Home to 270,000 residents, the Best Southwest Partnership (BSP) region of southern Dallas County and northern Ellis County has grown in population by 50% since 2000. Along with plentiful job opportunities, on living and working the region offers affordability, easy in the Best Southwest commutes, a spacious landscape with Partnership region abundant recreation and close access to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. w e l l- s c h o o l e d School districts throughout the BSP region are taking the lead in raising educational attainment and prepping students for success in college and high-tech fields. With a “B” THE BUYING POWER OF GET OUT! 35THE BSP’S 12 COMMUNITIES Enjoy the water? The 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake in Cedar Hill TOTALS MORE THAN State Park, one of the most visited parks in Texas, is a prime $6.7 Billion spot for boating, fishing and swimming. PER YEAR Good Connections The two-county region provides access to Interstates 20, 35E sto r e d u p and 45 and highways 67, 287 and 342 as well as proximity to the International Inland Port of Dallas, which links rail service, You can shop till you drop in the BSP region major highways and ports in Houston and California, making thanks to 30 major retail centers totaling more the region an ideal location for distribution, warehouse and than 4.9 million square feet. logistics operations. 7 DISCOVER Best Southwest Partnership The two-county Best Southwest Partnership region is a dynamic and growing part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex See You In Cedar Hill On the second Saturday of October every year, tens of thousands of residents and visitors descend upon Cedar Hill to celebrate the Country Day on the Hill festival, an event that dates to 1937. Attractions at the outdoor extravaganza include a parade, 100 craft vendors, food concessions, contests, kids’ activities and live music on three stages. The event has become a well-known tourism attraction for the Best Southwest Partnership region, with all activities taking place along the streets of Cedar Hill’s downtown district. Sky-High Expectations In a massive 1.1 million-square-foot material testing, research and PHOTOS, FROM TOP: CITY OF CEDAR HILL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM; TRIUMPH GROUP, INC. facility in Red Oak, employees with development and laboratory Triumph Aerospace Structures testing. Triumph Aerostructures’ design and manufacture large, customers include some of the complex parts and composite biggest names in aviation, such structures for military, commercial as Bell, Boeing, Bombardier, and corporate aircraft. Gulfstream and Textron. Key products made at the Red Boeing, which won a U.S. Air Force Oak plant include wings, cockpit contract to produce the T-X trainer cabins, fuselage assemblies, jet, announced in September 2018 empennages, nacelles, vertical that Triumph had been selected tails and floor grids. to make the wing, vertical tail and Besides manufacturing, the horizontal tail structures for the workforce performs a full range jet. That move was expected to of engineering and stress analyses, create 950 direct and indirect jobs. 8 Best Southwest Partnership Pep Rally THE BSP A Cedar Hill company has plenty of school spirit. by making a variety of hats, badges and REGION OFFERS clothing that can be embroidered and PepWear’s main mission is to celebrate and 10 outfitted with custom logos and slogans. commemorate the achievements of youth, whether in music, sports or the arts. The Much of PepWear’s business originates from company trumpets those accomplishments schools and student organizations, with the achievements emblazoned Basketball Courts on T-shirts, marching band 44 sweatshirts, school club hats and coat badges. The company produces custom apparel with high-tech screen- Soccer Fields printing equipment and prides 10 itself on fast delivery. PepWear also makes handcrafted wood and metal plaques for award ceremonies, along with other memorabilia, to promote and Football Fields recognize tournaments, 34 leagues and teams. Steely In A Fix Softball Fields Resolve 43 Fixing airplanes is what Dallas Aeronautical Gerdau, a Brazil- Services (DAS) is all about. based company The Cedar Hill company specializes in the repair that transforms steel and overhaul of corporate and commercial aircraft scrap and iron composites and structures. Baseball Fields ore into finished In addition to engine work, DAS employees repair 76 steel products, airframes, sheet metal, metal-bonded structures has an operation and composite parts. The company is certified as a in Midlothian, where Federal Aviation Administration Repair Station. it employs more than The company serves a diverse base of private, Parks 1,000 workers. corporate and military customers, and DAS team 12K members average 18 years of aviation experience. Gerdau Ameristeel manufactures long steel and cast parts for the automotive, Acres of greenbelt construction, farming, metallurgy, petrochemical and railroad industries. The Midlothian plant is known for its ability PHOTOS, FROM TOP: ANTONY BOSHIER; MISTERDAVIDC to manufacture customized products that fit the need of every client. 9 B U S INE S S C L I M AT E Working A collaborative spirit among communities brings growth to the Best Southwest Partnership region T By Dorian Martin he Best found that it’s best for have proven to be alluring In addition, more Southwest everyone in the region for new residents. Once residents are starting Partnership if we work together and settled, citizens remain to tap into the maker (BSP) region, strive together.” because of the quality of ecosystem by turning which life, including top school a hobby into a business. The partnership, which encompasses southern districts and numerous initially formed in 1986, Dallas and northern Ellis amenities, such as now includes Cedar Hill, Labeling a Success counties, is booming parks, bike trails and DeSoto, Duncanville, thanks to continual attractions like Dogwood Many companies are Lancaster, Ferris, industrial, commercial Canyon Audubon Center. lured to the area by its Glenn Heights, Hutchins, and residential growth. pro-business environment. Midlothian, Ovilla, Red Employment is also One example is First Part of the growth is Oak, Wilmer and Balch diversifying. While the due to the region’s spirit Springs. The collaboration area has been a hub for of cooperation that is also involves 18 other manufacturing, focused on creating the partners, including distribution and best quality of life through regional hospitals, higher logistics, and health thoughtful development education institutions, care, Thompson sees and steady growth. banks, utilities and other industries, such businesses. as construction, having “What benefits Cedar Hill an increased presence. benefits the rest of the The collaborative efforts region,” says Allison are making a difference, J.H. Thompson, director as more residents and of economic development employers are drawn for the Cedar Hill Economic to the area. The Development Corporation affordability of land, and one of 12 communities construction of new making up the BSP. “As the developments and close saying goes, ‘A rising tide proximity to employers raises all ships.’ We’ve and shopping centers 10 Best Southwest Partnership Together ILLUSTRATION: ISTOCK.COM/VARIJANTA 11 Canadian company Labelcraft has opened an operation in DeSoto. PHOTOS: KAREN CAMPBELL 12 Best Southwest Partnership “The DeSoto location is well placed to service our clients throughout the U.S. The main reason that we are excited about DeSoto is that the labor force is eager to learn and hardworking.” – Brian Tomlinson/Labelcraft Choice Labels, which labor force is eager to grow and prosper, recently opened a facility learn and hardworking.” as evidenced by the in DeSoto. The company consistent 2-3% annual is a division of the job growth in the BSP Location, Location, Canadian company, region. For instance, Labelcraft, which was Location Google is building a new established in 1967. Part of the region’s data center in Midlothian, success is due to its which will attract more First Choice Labels strategic location on tech-savvy residents acquired a building and the Austin/Houston side to the area. Thompson is now in the process of of the metroplex, which believes Google’s new purchasing $4 million avoids downtown traffic, outpost will lead more worth of new equipment, Thompson says. technology companies which will allow the to consider putting company to start Additionally, the region facilities in the implementing Labelcraft’s offers easy access to a BSP
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