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City of Grapevine gets boost from Kubota

Aug 10, 2018
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Mayor William D. Tate is proud of his city and rightly so.

Mayor William D. Tate of Grapevine, Texas

“Grapevine is at the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and at the center of the United States. Geographically, we have an advantage. We have no corporate income tax. We have an airport with an international route, nine major highways that come together here and commuter rails from Dallas and Fort Worth that’ll be joined here,” Tate explained.

“We also have a quality of life that is urban. But we also have a lot of walking trails and good air quality. We’ve got good education, and people want to live where their kids can get the best education,” he added.

Grapevine’s many advantages, as well as its reputation as one of the best cities in America to live and work in, is apparently what convinced Japanese tractor maker Kubota to move its offices here, all the way from California.

Kubota was pretty much sold with the community and the region. We also found that the Japanese correspond with other Japanese companies that they depend on. They put their facts together. They know what they’re dealing with before they make any decisions,” Tate

Kubota is the second Fortune 500 company to relocate to Grapevine. It has given back so much to our community in terms of publicity. According to the mayor, the company has also expressed how much it enjoys the city because of its proud heritage and how it has evolved, much like its own growth and evolution.

Thankful for Kubota’s presence, Grapevine invites more Japanese companies to invest in the city, which is committed to improving the business environment and overall quality of life.

City of Cedar Hill: Diverse, flexible and open

Aug 10, 2018
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Located at the highest point of Dallas County and just 20 minutes from the city center, Cedar Hill is situated in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the United States, replete with tremendous potential and opportunities.

A panoramic view of The Hills of Lake Ridge, a residential development at Cedar Hill

Culturally, economically and geographically, Cedar Hill’s appeal is broad and palpable.

“Its prime location within the metro area is a key strength, as well as its easy access to major thoroughfares, the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, and International Inland Port of Dallas. It provides businesses with a competitive advantage with regards to logistics, as well as various transit options for locals and visitors,” said Mayor Rob Franke, who also heads the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Transportation Council.

With its low cost of doing business, ample workforce, low-risk location and attractive quality of life, Cedar Hill is experiencing an influx of both startups and established companies. Setting up a branch in the city could yield handsome dividends for young companies looking to expand in the United States and for multinationals pursuing long-term, global growth.

Cedar Hill provides a fresh, natural approach to development and welcomes any Japanese company looking for a place to call home in Texas.

Dallas does business right

Aug 10, 2018
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Dallas is the most populous city in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the fourth-largest, population-wise, in the United States. Because of market size, the local economy is ripe for various business investments. Companies have set up their head offices in Dallas, located between the West and the East coasts, in order to be at the center of the United States.

The city has established several incentive programs to encourage businesses to relocate from other states or start new enterprises. To gain a competitive advantage and lower operational costs, Dallas offers tax abatements, upgraded infrastructure and set up free trade zones.

Why are companies thinking of setting up shop in Dallas?

“For one thing, the cost of doing business in Dallas is reported to be below the U.S. average. This makes the city more attractive for startup companies and major corporations outside of Texas to move from their current cities to Dallas,” Director of Economic Development Courtney Pogue said.

Compared to other cities across the United States, Dallas also has lower labor costs and rental rates, making it easier for upper management to relocate, recruit quality employees and find the right office space.

“Dallas has thrived since the 2008 recession, far better than other major U.S. cities. Overall,

Texas is one state that is on top of driving economic growth and attracting new businesses. This is because of DFW’s strong business culture and quintessential Texan drive to do more and be more,” Pogue said.

Texas 2018 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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