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International Airport are a huge draw for Japanese companies. In September, the two airports announced a partnership to foster close relations and share best practices, allowing for opportunities to “promote increased trade and tourism” between the Dallas region and Japan. As CEO of DFW Airport, Sean Donohue is focused on making the airport one of the best in the world, another compelling lure for global companies looking to make their North American home here. Over the last four years, DFW Airport has been one of the fastest-growing airports in the international sector. During that period, it has added 29 new international routes, which include 22 new international cities and 11 new airlines, Donohue says. And there’s more coming. “We expect some more announcements in terms of international service over the next several months,” he says. According to Donohue, long-haul international flights such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney, and Hong Kong generate $150 million to $200 million a year each in economic activity. A great airport was high on John Rauscher’s list when deciding where to locate his artificial intelligence software company, Yseop Inc. The Frenchman considered Chicago, Boston, New York, and the Silicon Valley before meeting with then-Dallas

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mayor Tom Leppert on a trade mission trip to Paris. After meeting for dinner, Rauscher was convinced. “My No. 1 priority as the CEO of a global company is direct flights to the most important cities of the world,” he says, noting good weather, a central time zone, the Dallas International School, and a welcoming city ready to assist in the transition were other factors. As executive vice president of French American Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, Rauscher is actively promoting the Dallas region to prospective companies. “Dallas is one of best choices to make when you come from Europe,” he says.

READY FOR NEW BUSINESS Texas is a leading global destination for foreign direct investment, with DallasFort Worth capturing 24 percent of new businesses between 2009 and 2013, according to a Texas Wide Open for Business report. KONE, a global elevator and escalator company based in Finland, is centralizing

CONNECTING THE WORLD PUTS DALLAS-FORT WORTH IN THE SPOTLIGHT The Connecting the World initiative, which involves Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, local chambers of commerce, and convention and visitors bureaus, is continuing to raise the profile of the North Texas region outside the country. Its goal is to establish DFW as the premier U.S. airport gateway connecting North America with Europe, Asia, and South America, and showcase the benefits of doing business here. In November, a team of representatives traveled on a trade mission to Dubai,

Abu Dhabi, and Doha, Qatar. They brought along local hospital leaders who met with United Arab Emirates health officials to discuss treatment options for citizens who often travel outside the country for major healthcare needs. “Our initiative is to get the DFW brand far more globally recognized so that corporations, tourism, and foreign-direct investments understand the opportunities here from a global perspective,” says Sean Donohue, CEO for DFW Airport.

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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