NTX Magazine Volume 2 - Page 10

Feature Story You Are Here Downtown Fort Worth defense industry in North Texas and proximity to customers such as Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter and Raytheon was a strong draw for the company, as well as the robust supplier market and highly-trained aviation workers. “The whole chain in North Texas is convenient,” said Raanan Horowitz, Elbit Systems of America president and CEO, who relocated to North Texas with the expansion. “Here we found availability of facilities and infrastructure, a strong high-tech base, great selection of qualified suppliers and the ability to reach our other facilities in the U.S. and abroad through direct flights from DFW International Airport.” Texas’ business-friendly brand is growing across the globe, and third-party validation cements this reputation in the U.S. and abroad. In Chief Executive magazine’s latest survey of CEOs, the state was once again ranked No. 1 in “Best States to do Business,” a recognition Texas has received all eight years of the survey. In addition, workforce quality ranked second highest in the nation by the 8 NTX Magazine Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas ICVB magazine’s survey participants. “When compared to the rest of the country, the Dallas-Fort Worth region has more than double the concentration of workers in semiconductors, telecommunications, data management, consumer financial services, aerospace manufacturing, aviation and chemical manufacturing,” said Aaron Demerson, executive director of the Economic Development and Tourism Office of the Governor. www.ntc-dfw.org