Workforce Focus: Site Selection & Quality Of Life

Community involvement and access to a rich variety of activities and amenities have climbed the list of factors for site decisions.

Irving-Las Colinas, Texas: Pro-Business, Quality Of Life Meet

Site selection is not only about moving businesses and offices but also about workers and their families. When it comes to supporting businesses and their employees, Irving-Las Colinas, in the heart of North Texas, leads the way.

A magnet for corporate relocations, the city is recognized as Texas’ “Headquarters of Headquarters.” It is home to nine Fortune 500 and three Fortune 1000 companies, like global industrial powerhouse Caterpillar (Fortune #68) and Builders FirstSource (Fortune #172). Those companies join Irving-Las Colinas’ new arrivals, including Kelly-Moore Paints and Cacique Foods, and long-time corporate citizens like Fluor, McKesson, Kimberly-Clark, and more.

Quality of Life, Site Selection
In Irving-Las Colinas, TX, the “10-minute life” refers to the ability to travel to the office, home, sports or cultural event, and more within a 10-minute ride. (Photo: Greater Irving-Las Colinas chamber of Commerce)


Irving-Las Colinas’ ability to attract world-leading companies looking to relocate or expand is down to a unique value proposition, mixing a business-friendly tax and regulatory environment, a large skilled workforce, infrastructure like Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and an outstanding quality of life.

Quality of life means having personal and professional close. In the words of Alvaro Luque, president of Avocados from Mexico, “I like to call living here in Irving-Las Colinas my 10-minute life. If I leave my office, here in Urban Towers, in less than 10 minutes, I can be anywhere I need to be, as both an individual and a professional.”

Within 10 minutes, leave the office and dine at one of Water Street’s fantastic restaurants, hike or bike miles of trails, attend a live concert at the world-class Toyota Music Factory, or catch a flight from DFW or Dallas Love Field. Irving-Las Colinas also boosts regional public transportation links through DART Light Rail and Trinity Railway Express.

The “10-Minute Life” helps companies in Irving-Las Colinas move beyond the standard benefits and offer employees an array of work-life balance amenities, all within easy reach.

Businesses in Irving-Las Colinas are constructing built-to-suit facilities with employee wellness in mind. CHRISTUS Health’s new headquarters features different office configurations to help employee productivity. When complete, the new Wells Fargo corporate campus in Irving’s las Colinas Urban Center will feature outdoor recreation facilities to keep employees healthy and happy.

Supporting Irving-Las Colinas businesses is a six million-strong workforce, all within 30 minutes of the office. Employees can be confident in their children’s education, with Irving ISD being one of the best public school districts in the state and the city having several leading research universities nearby.

Relocating or expanding in Irving-Las Colinas means having access to resources needed to succeed, the workforce to make it happen, and the environment to make every employee work at their best.

“Irving-Las Colinas does better when our businesses thrive, and so the people who live and work here are our most important asset,” said Beth A. Bowman, president and CEO of Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and the Irving Economic Development Partnership. “Our quality of life is one of the principal factors that attracts businesses because they know that their employees and their families can have a good life in Irving-Las Colinas.”

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