NTX Magazine Volume 2 - Page 8

You Are Here International companies come to North Texas for its workforce, range of industries and low costs C lose your eyes for a moment and picture a North Texas leader. What do you see? A swaggering oil baron in a ten-gallon hat? The charismatic cowboy on horseback? While these images may be rooted in Texas’ proud past, the North Texas region is quickly becoming a center of global diversity with companies expanding or relocating into our region from Downtown Dallas Matt Pasant across the world. Today, the image of a North Texas business leader mirrors the cultural diversity of the globe: Asian, Hispanic, African and Middle Eastern. People from across the globe are coming to North Texas, and regional brands are touching lives around the world. International companies are drawn to Texas as a hub of global trade because of its position as the top exporting state in the U.S., according to the Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism. And, within the state, North Texas is a draw to global businesses because of its large, skilled workforce in a variety of industries, low business costs, low cost of living, international access and the strong local economy. NORTH TEXAS Putting Down Roots Israeli-based defense company, Elbit Systems Ltd., expanded into North Texas 20 years ago with the acquisition of the Fort Worth facility of General Dynamics. The strong aviation and 6 8 NTX Magazine www.ntc-dfw.org