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  • How a Fairview, Texas Location Allows You to Give Your Employees the Most Valuable Gift of All

    How a Fairview, Texas Location Allows You to Give Your Employees the Most Valuable Gift of All

    During a recent recruiting mission with our state marketing partner, Team Texas, we had the opportunity to visit with nearly a dozen companies that had expressed interest in relocating or expanding their California businesses to Texas. This was an ideal way for us to gain a better understanding of our target customer, and it was gratifying to confirm that Fairview, Texas has exactly what many smaller, growing companies today are seeking: the winning combination of desirable location, nearby talent and affordable office space.

  • What Economic Development and Landscaping Have in Common

    What Economic Development and Landscaping Have in Common

    Explaining what I do as an economic developer or why my community even has an economic development department is something I have been asked about many times during my career. As a seasoned economic development professional and now as a coach, speaker and economic and community development trainer, it is my responsibility to help residents of my community understand how a strong economic development program serves their needs and desires for the place they call home.

  • Boost Business with Community Events

    Boost Business with Community Events

    Every relocation starts with a site visit; however, not every site visit takes the form of a business meeting. Have you ever thought about the image your community projects to the prospective relocation decision maker (or acquaintance of one) who just happens to be visiting for a completely unrelated reason, such as a recreational or holiday event?

  • “Surban” Development: The Latest Commercial Development Trend

    “Surban” Development: The Latest Commercial Development Trend

    The redefined live/work/play center combines urban and suburban advantages
     
    What do you get when you mix urban coolness with suburban practicality? Think high-end office sites, diverse retail, great restaurants and pleasant walkability combined with desirable housing options, reasonably priced real estate, ample and convenient parking, outstanding schools, safety and growth potential.

  • The Revitalization of Retail

    The Revitalization of Retail

    Brick-and-Mortar is Alive and Well
     
    Borrowing from a famous Mark Twain quip, rumors of the death of retail have been greatly exaggerated. No question, retail as we once knew it is evolving, but dead? Hardly!

  • What’s So Great About DFW?

    What’s So Great About DFW?

    Making it to the short list of top finalists in the Amazon HQ2 site selection reaffirmed that Dallas-Fort Worth has much to offer even the world’s largest companies.
     
    Recent major corporate relocations and population statistics are proof positive that companies and their employees continue to want to call DFW home, and the reasons for that are many and varied. Where to begin?

  • An Educated Workforce Is Key to Economic Development

    An Educated Workforce Is Key to Economic Development

    Whether you are a resident seeking access to quality education and training for yourself or family members, or an employer looking to locate in an area that is home to an educated workforce, Collin County, Texas delivers.

  • Education: Fairview, Texas Makes the Grade

    Education: Fairview, Texas Makes the Grade

    A quality education for local youth is — or should be — a top priority for all of us. An educated community is a stronger one in essentially every way.
     

  • DFW’s Regional Workforce: One of Our Most Valuable Assets

    DFW’s Regional Workforce: One of Our Most Valuable Assets

    Here in thriving Collin County, Texas, we are fortunate to be a part of one of the strongest job markets and workforce regions in the country. Yes, in North Texas we view our large, well-educated workforce as a regional asset — one regional labor market rather than a number of individual cities whose employees are based primarily within their respective borders. This approach is as beneficial to employers as it is to employees.

  • Relationships Make the Difference in Economic Development

    Relationships Make the Difference in Economic Development

    Traveling back to Fairview recently from the 2018 Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Spring World Conference, I spent some time reflecting on the value of this event as well as others that I attend throughout the year — the value not just to myself, but to the community I’m representing and to the corporate real estate brokers and the site selectors who are searching for the ideal location for their clients.

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