NTX Magazine Volume 2 - Page 36

AT&T Performing Arts Center Nate Rehlander Frisco and North Texas is a vibrant community that embraces new opportunities, making it a perfect fit with our culture at Greatbatch.” North Texas’ economically diverse environment has long attracted a wide range of businesses, especially those in technology. To keep up with the growing research and development and subsequent commercialization coming out of North Texas, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a Dallas-Fort Worth regional satellite office. The office, to be located in downtown Dallas, will operate as a site for small businesses and entrepreneurs to navigate the patent process, meet with examiners and access the USPTO’s comprehensive databases. “The Dallas-Fort Worth area is exceedingly rich in engineering talent, patent applicants and patent grants,” said David Kappos, under secretary of commerce for Intellectual Property and director of the USPTO. “This office location positions us well to serve the broad innovation community throughout the Central time zone and the South.” Manufacturing Boost The North Texas region is also seeing major growth in the manufacturing industry with the selection of Fort Worth as the site for GE 34 NTX Magazine Manufacturing Solutions’ first locomotive manufacturing plant outside of Pennsylvania in more than a century, chosen mainly because of location, the availability of a skilled workforce and rail line access. “Fort Worth and the State of Texas made us so comfortable that we later decided to increase our initial locomotive manufacturing investment by establishing a second manufacturing plant to produce electric-drive wheel systems for large off-road vehicles,” said Walter Amaya, plant manager GE Manufacturing Solutions. GE Manufacturing Solutions utilized the Texas Enterprise Fund, a program created in 2003 by the state and has since become one of Texas’ most competitive tools to recruit and support business. “We are truly blessed to live in one of the hottest job markets in the country: North Texas. People and businesses are flocking to Fort Worth and other North Texas cities thanks to our skilled workforce, the abundance of good-paying jobs, the business-friendly tax environment, our great quality of life and our proud western roots,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “We’ve traveled around the globe on several business missions in the last year and a half, and it’s abundantly clear that our international partners are ready and willing to invest and be a part of what North Texas has www.ntc-dfw.org