Skip to comments.Dallas metroplex working hard to attract HQ2
Posted on 05/10/2018 5:09:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
While Austin is the Texas city most commonly known as being trendy and tech-forward, there is a group in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex working hard to change that idea.
Natalie Fletcher, director of innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber, works daily to make the area seem cutting-edge by helping companies make the connections they need.
A lot of what I do is support the launch and growth of activities in DFW, Fletcher said.
The Dallas Regional Chamber is nonprofit business organization with other 1,200 member companies, many of whom Fletcher said are on the Fortune 500 list.
We are blessed to have a very robust economic climate in DFW, and its growing every day as these huge companies are moving into the region, Fletcher said.
The chamber runs solely off of member companies dues, which equip the chamber to not only advocate for the metroplex to other businesses, but also in Austin in the public policy arena.
If were going to advocate for certain policies when legislation is in session, we cant be taking taxpayer money, Fletcher said.
The 2014 Baylor public relations graduate said she has spent the last eight months since stepping into her role focusing on the chambers primary goal though, which is growing the region economically.
To do this, Fletcher said they work hard to attract new companies.
At the end of the day, we want [companies] to grow in DFW and stay in DFW, Fletcher said.
Kevin Tankersley, full-time lecturer in the Baylor department of journalism, public relations and new media, said part of Fletchers job is helping strengthen Dallas-Fort Worths case as a corporate relocation site.
She just has a great job, especially for someone whos 26, said Tankersley.
After successfully wooing Toyota to relocate their American headquarters to Plano last year, the chamber has now shifted its focus to online giant Amazon.
We are quarterbacking, regionally, the bid for that, Fletcher said.
When Amazon announced their intention to expand with a second headquarters location last September, cities across the country began formulating their proposals.
We expect to invest over $5 billion in construction and grow this second headquarters to include as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs, says Amazons HQ2 homepage.
Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin are the only Texas cities on the top 20 list for Amazons second headquarters location, and Fletcher said they are very pleased to have made it to this point.
Fletcher said there is a big misconception about Austin being the cooler, hipper place in Texas.
Right now we hold about 40 percent of the state share in tech work force, and Austin in comparison has 18 to 19 percent of that, Fletcher said.
We do have that poor branding to get past, Fletcher said.
However, Fletcher said she thinks Dallas-Fort Worth has a really good chance of winning the bid.
I think we wouldnt have been in the running had it not been for how much our innovation ecosystem has expanded in the last 10 years, she said.
Thanks. There is so much open space in Dallas, it’s insane. And most notably DFW airport, a world-class airport and logistics hub.
Yeah this is just what Texas should do, try to bring in as many people from the tech industry as they can.
This is going to blow up in their face like a clown gun.
I hope to God we aren’t selected. Texas is blue enough already.
Id be surprised if it doesnt land in the Eastern Time Zone. That said, theyre welcome to it, I hope we dont get it.
>>Thanks. There is so much open space in Dallas, its insane. And most notably DFW airport, a world-class airport and logistics hub.<<
And Love Field — so close and a great quick access for Execs coming out of downtown.
Do not want Amazon HQ2 in DFW.
Locating it here will only force home prices up, further snarl traffic, and bring a ton more libs to this area.
We’ve already got enough of all three, thank you very much.
Shove your ecosystem.
Fort Worth has more room and Meacham Field. Also the same access to DFW. But I agree with 2ndDivisionVet, we don’t need any more of that leftist trash.
And Dentons airfield.
I think the Washington D.C. area will get HQ2.
Bringing these coastal techies into Texas is as bad as bringing in illegal aliens. They will ruin the culture and politics of Texas, and when Texas goes Socialist/Democrat, that will be the end of the USA.
Where will they house those 50,000 people. Do you know how expensive real estate is there already?
We only recently came off a long drought. The drought cycle will be back.
Austin is known for being weird. A transplanted slice of San Francisco at it's worst.
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