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Top Manufacturing Trades in Demand: What's Attracting Your Texas Workforce?

December 10, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes job growth.

The Lone Star State has experienced annual employment growth for 27 consecutive months, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 3.8 percent in August.

Despite a nationwide struggle to find strong labor supply for advanced manufacturing, Texas boasts an available workforce, a steady economy, and an outlook for continued growth. Texas...

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Is Technical Education the Answer to Closing the Workforce Skills Gap?

November 21, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Despite an overall positive year, thanks to a strong economy, a growing and persistent challenge is exasperating the manufacturing sector. The skilled labor shortage is intensifying, but technical education could be the answer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs were added in September 2018, reaching 12.7 million jobs. While a lower unemployment rate is good news for the economy, the manufacturing industry struggles to fill these roles with skilled...

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Top Site-Selection Trends: A Look at 2018 & Beyond

November 15, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

This year has been full of political, economic, and technological changes which are expected to continue impacting various industries into next year.

As such, it is critical to understand the site-selection trends that are impacting decisions, and how economic development strategies will adapt going into the new year.

As we enter the fourth quarter, we evaluated the successes of these trends in 2018, and expectations for 2019. The following is a breakdown of continuing and potential...

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DFW Offers Hot Destination for Data Centers

November 08, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Sometimes a remote location is just what an expanding company needs, especially when it comes to data centers.

That desire for ample land and open space may have played into Google's July 2018 decision to purchase 375 acres of land in Midlothian, located just 26 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

"Google has purchased property in Midlothian ... and while we do not have a confirmed timeline for development for the site, we want to ensure that we have the option to grow further should our...

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Texas Ranks Best State for Business 14th Year in a Row

November 01, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

What do Toyota North America, Samsung, Kubota, pharmaceutical distributor McKesson, and NTT Data International all have in common?

They are just a portion of the many corporate giants that expanded operations in North Texas in recent years — in a big way.

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Google’s Ripple Effect: Impacts of the Tech Giant’s Data Centers

October 25, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Have you ever wondered just how much Google’s data centers have contributed economically to the communities in which they are located?

Six data centers power Google’s technological operations in the United States, including its iconic search engine, cloud computing, and other Web-based services on which so much economic activity now depends.

Google’s seventh and eighth data centers, respectively, are currently under construction in Montgomery County, Tenn., and Bridgeport, Ala., and the...

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Hospitals Help Build Culture of Health in Communities

October 18, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

For communities fortunate enough to have one or more hospital facilities, the subsequent hospital-community partnerships that frequently follow can profoundly enhance residents’ quality of life. This is one of many reasons the North Texas city of Midlothian is celebrating Methodist Health System’s recent decision to build a new hospital in the growing community of 38,000.

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Fireworks Fly as Methodist Health System Breaks Ground in Midlothian

October 08, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Under picturesque Texas skies, Methodist Health System broke ground in Midlothian on Oct. 5, 2018, on the system’s 11th hospital, Methodist Midlothian Medical Center.

Hard hats, shovels, turned dirt, cheers, and fireworks signaled the beginning of construction on the facility which will be located on 67 acres north of U.S. 287 between the Midlothian ISD multi-purpose stadium and Brookshire's. It will be Midlothian’s first acute care hospital. 

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Key Factors to Consider Before Relocating a Manufacturing Business

September 27, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an article published in May 2017.

Relocating a manufacturing business, or choosing to expand your facility into a new city, can be a challenging decision. Several reasons may prompt manufacturing plant relocation, including increased rent and labor costs, business growth, availability of raw material, and lack of resources. However, the issues during the moving process are fairly universal.

From internal factors that will affect your company...

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Google Is Helping Bridge Digital Divides in Education

September 06, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Google is an iconic name in today’s internet world, but the company’s mission also extends deep into the educational realm, as well.

Google, the largest subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc., continues to prove its commitment to helping more people – especially those in underserved communities – benefit from the promise of technology, in the classroom and beyond.

The internet goliath is striving to help close the digital divide that separates kids who have access to technology from the kids who do...

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