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WELCOME

A letter from the Dallas Regional Chamber and The Real Estate Council

ENJOYING QUALITY OF PLACE

DALE PETROSKEY President and Chief Executive Officer Dallas Regional Chamber

LINDA McMAHON President and Chief Executive Officer The Real Estate Council

Forbes ranks Texas as the No. 1 place to make a living. Our pro-business climate, central location, and low cost of living are some of the determining factors in making our state No. 1. Dallas also ranks high as a great place to do business—but what about our quality of life? For the last five years, the Dallas region has been aglow as an attractive destination, particularly for business and corporate relocations. Like a beacon of warm light against a dark stretch of Texas highway, the Dallas region has attracted dozens of companies and hundreds of employees from around the country, lured by a strong business climate, low tax burden, and affordable real estate—both commercial and residential. When companies consider relocating or expanding operations, one of their first priorities is to identify a desirable location that fits both their business needs and accommodates the lifestyles of their employees. In today’s highly competitive talent market, workers have leverage when it comes to making choices—about where to begin or continue a career, where to set down roots and start a family, or where to raise and educate their children. Over the past few years, the Dallas region has made impressive strides toward enhancing

many areas where we live, work, and play. Dallas offers an abundance of chic and trendy shops along with some of the very best restaurants in America. Our Arts District is the largest in America and is home to diverse cultural venues including small theater companies and galleries throughout its 13 facilities located on 68 acres in the heart of downtown. Klyde Warren Park has revitalized our urban core, creating a beautiful outdoor space that is home to special events, activities, live music, and the new urban cultural staple: food trucks. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Zoo, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Dallas Arboretum are all family-friendly attractions that contribute to the vitality and cultural fabric of the city. Dallas also claims its share of outdoor recreation. Running all the way through Dallas is a 6,000-acre stretch of massive oaks, bubbling springs, and broad meadows known as the Great Trinity Forest. Parks, trails, and lakes are abundant. Dallas is within a 90-minute drive to 22 state parks and dozens of major lakes. And we are also a sports town—DFW is the only region in the U.S. represented in the five major professional team sports and also has a bowl game in the College Football Playoff rotation at AT&T Stadium, the largest and most expensive stadium ever built and home of the Dallas Cowboys. All these amenities are why people love to live and work here and illustrate that quality of place can be a strong competitive advantage for cities hoping to build and keep their workforce. The Dallas Regional Chamber and The Real Estate Council celebrate our region—not only for our business climate but for the many leisure opportunities that make this area the best place to call home. We encourage you to get out and sample all DFW has to offer. Wishing you a healthy and prosperous New Year.

2015 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP Chairman HKS, Inc. PRESIDENT & CEO Dale Petroskey CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Pat Priest COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Darren Grubb RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT Duane Dankesreiter RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, DIRECTOR Eric Griffin

2016 CHAIRMAN Diane Butler BBG VICE CHAIR Greg Kraus Invesco PRESIDENT & CEO Linda McMahon VICE PRESIDENT MARKETING & EVENTS Debby Hanson VICE PRESIDENT FOUNDATION Robin Minick CFO Carla Brandt

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WINTER 2015

Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review - Winter 2015  

What's next for the Design District; Dallas-Fort Worth as an international hub; Sustainability; The Crane Report

Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review - Winter 2015  

What's next for the Design District; Dallas-Fort Worth as an international hub; Sustainability; The Crane Report