North Texas’ High-Tech Evolution

August 08, 2017 by Midlothian Economic Development

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Could there be another Silicon Valley tech hub in the making?

Industry experts believe so. And it might be taking shape right here in our own backyard.

According to multiple high-tech gurus, the Dallas area is one to watch when it comes to high-tech employment, tech startups and advanced manufacturing. In fact, in 2015, Dallas was tapped as one of the geekiest cities in the United States by Mintigo, a predictive marketing firm in San Mateo, Calif.

Home to industry icons Texas Instruments, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Motors, Alcon Laboratories and more, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro boasts the 7th largest concentration of high-tech jobs in the United States. And the sector just continues to grow.

In many cases, escalating housing costs and regulatory roadblocks are among the drivers propelling high-tech firms from the West Coast to North Texas.

Additionally, Texas’ pro-business climate, vast land, low taxes, and multifaceted amenities are also reeling in businesses from all corners of the world.

Situated just south of DFW, the rapidly expanding North Texas suburb of Midlothian is an exciting part of that picture.

Tech Talent Market

In the current world, tech is essentially a part of everything. And as companies in nearly every industry strive to keep pace with changing times and evolving workplaces, the DFW metro delivers tangible solutions.

As noted in several recent reports, a diverse, skilled workforce, as well as numerous educational institutions, ensure that North Texas companies can secure the talent necessary for efficient operations.

In June 2017, labor market advisor Emsi ranked the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA as the No. 1 hub for skilled talent in its “2017 Talent Attraction Scorecard, MSA Edition.”

According to the report, “Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranks as the top metro for talent attraction based on its strong growth in jobs, migration, and educational attainment.” 

Also in June 2017, Cushman & Wakefield ranked DFW among the nation’s top tech markets in its inaugural "Tech Cities 1.0" national report.

Dallas-Fort Worth emerged No. 21 in the “Tech 25” markets, which were evaluated based on six key ingredients: local universities, capital, tech workers, knowledge workers, educated workers, and entrepreneurial spirit.

“Dallas-Fort Worth has a rich history in technology, as the home to Texas Instruments, tech mogul Mark Cuban, and the original telecom corridor,” said Robbie Baty, senior director in Cushman & Wakefield’s Dallas office. “In recent years, the sector has broadened to include a vibrant startup scene, as evidenced by the success of Dallas Startup Week, the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, and the many co-working operators that are expanding here.”

Even in light of these accolades, DFW still may not seem synonymous with “tech destination” to many outsiders, but North Texas is firmly planted on the radar of tech watchdogs.

Real estate investment management company JLL even tapped Dallas as one of five surprising cities to watch in 2017, saying that “tech is growing where you may least expect it” thanks to cheaper rents, greater space options, potential incentives, rising capital, and deep talent pools.

An emerging, affluent community of nearly 36,000, Midlothian is reinforcing the region’s vibrant atmosphere through its top-notch educational system, pro-business attitude and available real estate.

Notable corporate residents with advanced, specialized operations in Midlothian include Chemtrade, Buckley Oil, Applied LNG and Holcim, to name just a few.

Rich Educational Resources

Perhaps one of the most unique things about DFW is its ability to support a diverse range of industries – most of which now require advanced tech skills in some capacity or another. 

The metro offers an impressive mix of progressive high school programs, technical colleges and universities that cater to today’s business needs.

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Engineering, for instance, was ranked among the top 75 graduate programs in the United States in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 graduate rankings.

The school, which is the state’s third-largest producer of engineering graduates, also broke ground in 2016 on a 220,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building designed to attract top talent from around the globe.

Other programs in industrial maintenance, precision machining technology, cyber security, logistics technology and more can be accessed through the Texas State Technical College’s Industrial Technology Center in Red Oak.

Located just 26 miles south of Dallas, Midlothian offers expanding and relocating businesses proximity to these and other DFW colleges. Utilizing the state’s renowned Skills Development Fund, companies can collaborate with many of these colleges to create customized workforce training solutions. 

Lockheed’s Lure

The North Texas region’s abundant and eager workforce was recently on display when Lockheed Martin hosted a career fair in downtown Fort Worth in July 2017 saying it would offer jobs “on the spot.”

The aerospace giant announced back in January 2017 that it would be hiring for 1,800 open positions as it ramps up joint strike fighter production at its west Fort Worth facility.

Applicant turnout was nothing short of astounding.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Lockheed Martin had to shut down online pre-registration when 2,600 people signed up within 24 hours.

News reports highlighted prospective employees who came from all over Texas and even from out of state. 

Lockheed Martin’s reputation played a significant role in attracting people as did the positions themselves and the competitive pay and benefits packages. 

While most of applicants had pre-registered and undergone initial screening, others simply showed up on the day of the job fair. 

The Star-Telegram reported that while the company had expected to see about 2,000 people, one official said they would likely talk to more than 3,000 by the time interviews were scheduled to end at 8 p.m. that day.

Lockheed Martin’s job fair offers concrete evidence of the sheer numbers, advanced skills and enthusiasm of the Lone Star workforce.

It also illustrates a well-known fact in the metro: that the DFW-area workforce is willing to commute for quality jobs.

Rising Business Destination

While Midlothian may not be situated in the heart of the DFW metro, it presents an equally attractive proposal: an exclusive quality of life that fuses vast horizons, a relaxed, upscale lifestyle, and engaging business environs with proximity to all the amenities, resources and tapestry of talent collectively offered by the DFW metro.

From high-tech and advanced manufacturing to distribution, logistics and production operations, your business will feel right at home in our community where people know each other on a first-name basis, traffic is non-existent and Friday Night Lights are a fall favorite.

This is all part of what separates Midlothian from other DFW communities: the ability to celebrate its small-town charm and embrace rapid development while at the same time providing a first-rate professional experience defined by attractive business parks, efficient highway, rail and air access, and supportive city leaders.

A smile and a handshake over a cup of coffee is just the icing on the cake.

We invite you to meet Midlothian up close and personal. Our endless starlight will put “city lights” in a whole new perspective.

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