Author: Alex Agnor, Arlington Office of Economic Development
9 Jun 2015
Arlington is geographically located at the epicentre of the thriving North Texas region, one of the top economic engines in the US. Its strong economy, competitive business environment and skilled, diverse workforce make it a prime location for global investment.
Arlington was recently branded ‘the American Dream City’, and for many that means great opportunity
Arlington’s assets have put the city on the world stage. Built on a legacy of bold choices and can-do spirit, Arlington is home to state-of-the-art facilities, such as General Motors’ assembly plant, the University of Texas at Arlington, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park, Six Flags Over Texas, and the Dallas Cowboys’ $1.2bn AT&T Stadium (the most technologically advanced stadium in the world), which holds the record for the largest attendance at an indoor concert in North America.
Arlington welcomes over 6.5 million visitors each year, and truly has something for everyone. “Arlington’s entertainment district keeps the adrenaline of the community running and creates positive impacts on the local economy”, says Bruce Payne, Arlington’s Economic Development Manager. From thrill-seeking amusement park visits to Major League Baseball games and world-class events, Arlington is well positioned to continue its reign as the entertainment capital of Texas.
Ready for business
Arlington’s enviable assets don’t stop at entertainment. It is perfectly situated, and known for its great location and easy access to the entire region. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, one of the world’s 10 busiest passenger airports, is only eight miles away. Arlington also has a skilled, educated workforce, and provides quality education programmes at all levels, where a student can excel from kindergarten to PhD without ever leaving the city. The University of Texas at Arlington, the second-largest institution in the University’s system, is a growing research powerhouse, with students representing over 120 countries.
Arlington was recently branded ‘the American Dream City’, and for many that means great opportunity. Arlington is quickly becoming a hub for engineering, advanced manufacturing, technology and medical sciences. Texas Health Resources, one of the largest healthcare systems in Texas, L-3 Communications, a leader in the aircraft simulation and training industry, and Progressive, a global player in the aerospace industry, represent just a few of the key investments being made in Arlington.
Located in Arlington for over six decades, the General Motors assembly plant is the only facility in the world that builds GM’s award-winning, full-size SUVs. GM continues to invest in Arlington and, through the efforts of the City Council and the Office of Economic Development, a true partnership has developed. “The City of Arlington is dedicated to attracting, retaining and expanding businesses like GM that are committed to bringing quality employment and capital investment to Arlington”, Payne notes.
Making dreams possible
The city takes pride in its business community and is strategically positioned to ensure that businesses from across the globe have the space, resources and assistance needed to help them realise their dreams in Arlington. The city is equipped with the necessary tools to respond to global opportunities, offering a tailored approach to meet each need. “We want to help you make your business case to invest in Arlington”, Payne claims. In Arlington, the possibilities are endless. It’s a place where aspiration, collaboration and hard work get dreams done.