Emerging North Texas Community Offers Skills Solutions

August 08, 2017 by Midlothian Economic Development

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Facebook. Boeing. Toyota. FedEx. Kubota Tractor. Amazon. Softtek. C&S Propeller. Pegasus Food. OKI Data Americas. Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies. United Parcel Service.   

The companies just keep coming.

They hail from California, Japan, Chicago, Seattle, Canada, Memphis, Atlanta, the East Coast and beyond.

Data centers. Headquarters operations. Fulfillment centers. Innovations labs. Aerospace operations. Software firms. Packaging-handling plants.

And they all have one thing in common.

They have come to Texas for an uncommon business experience. One that is defined by reduced costs, a Lone Star quality of life, operational efficiencies and intellectual innovation.

As the business world continues to evolve, technological advancements are impacting the way nearly every type of company does business – from data processing and manufacturing operations to product delivery and customer service. There is little in the global business world that is untouched by the impact of technology.

This revolutionary change on the business landscape calls for novel ideas and fresh perspectives as well as creative development of talent necessary to sustain this dynamic pace of business – today and tomorrow.

Beyond Oil and Gas

While Lone Star State history is steeped in rich oil and gas stories, the state is spinning new tales of success rooted in a diverse range of industries.

Texas is an economic powerhouse and boasts the second-largest workforce in America – 13 million people.

Its portfolio of industries includes advanced tech and manufacturing, aerospace, energy, information and computer technology, life sciences and biotechnology and much more.

Companies and business leaders continually sing the praises of Texas’ business environment thanks to its pro-business policies, regulatory flexibility, moderate tax rates, workforce quality and affordable cost of living.

In fact, for the 13th consecutive year, Chief Executive magazine ranked Texas No. 1 on its “2017 Best and Worst States for Business.”

According to Chief Executive magazine, “The country’s No. 1 exporter, Texas exported $232 billion in goods in 2016, according to the Texas Economic Development Corp. Texas has the second-largest state airport system, including the world’s first purely industrial airport at the Fort Worth Alliance Global Logistics Hub; 11 deep-water ports including the Port of Houston, one of the nation’s top 10; and 10,425 miles of freight rail, more than any state.”

A Skills-Rich Economy

As the fourth-largest metro in the United States, DFW offers collective benefits beyond the individual cities and counties that make up the region.

Home to roughly 7.1 million people – a number that is expected to grow to more than 10 million in the next 15 to 20 years – the DFW metro is an evolving tapestry of cultures, amenities, businesses and educational infrastructure.

A diverse range of educational programs, colleges and technical schools dot the DFW landscape, presenting students with top-notch learning opportunities and delivering results-oriented employees to area businesses.

Additionally, Texas companies benefit from the Texas Workforce Commission’s Skills Development Fund program, which partners with community colleges and businesses to offer industry-specific training.

North Texas, in particular, has proven a business location favorite for these myriad reasons.

Just 26 miles south of DFW, the thriving community of Midlothian is emerging as a hotspot site thanks to its uncomplicated, accommodating, upscale quality of life.

Central to the community’s success is the Midlothian Independent School District, which is one of the fastest growing districts in Texas.

The district is not only embarking on a new K-12 1:1 technology initiative which blends academic disciplines with cutting-edge technology, but it also recently unveiled the Midlothian Collegiate Scholars Academy which allows students to graduate with an associate’s degree as well as a high school diploma.

Area students may also attend Global High in neighboring Waxahachie, an open-enrollment campus offering a smaller, less conventional setting where STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) curriculum delivers real-life, hands-on learning. Students can earn an associate’s degree or two years toward a bachelor’s degree upon graduation from Global.

Advanced education is further available through the Midlothian Higher Education Center (MHEC), which was approved in 2012 and marked the ninth Multi-Institution Teaching Center (MITC) in Texas. The MHEC grants resources to students of all ages interested in pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Through partnerships between Navarro College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Tarleton State University, MHEC presents advanced degree opportunities thanks to a broad array of courses and programs to improve professional skills.

Texas State Technical College, located in nearby Red Oak, offers additional resources for businesses to create customized training solutions for workforce challenges.

Fueling the Future

Midlothian’s progressive setting has cultivated an environment where education is held in the highest regard.

By listening to industry concerns, community leaders recognize the changing needs of the workplace and consistently strive to provide educational and workforce solutions that positively impact business operations and bottom lines.

Through proactively serving student needs during the elementary, high school, college years and beyond, Midlothian city leaders are not only empowering the area’s current workforce, but they are cementing the skilled foundation necessary for an extraordinary tomorrow.

Take a closer look at Midlothian to discover how we are preparing for the future!

 

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