MarketWatch ranked the nation’s 100 largest cities for business climate, looking at factors such as employment growth and profitability of publicly traded companies.
“The MarketWatch report validates the hard work and passion of so many business leaders and economic development professionals who are trying to make DFW the relocation destination for corporations across the nation,” said Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s an exciting time to live in this region, and a great time to invest.”
Here’s what they said about Dallas-Fort Worth:
People in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are quick to note it takes less than five minutes for Texas’s biggest metropolis to add a new resident. But that’s not the scary part.
What’s really troubling, at least for other U.S. cities competing for businesses and commerce against what locals here call “DFW,” is how area residents smile when they say it. That same frantic growth rate could be maintained for decades before the nation’s fourth most populous metropolitan area would begin to feel cramped.
“There’s more activity today than I’ve seen in 30 years in this business,” said a beaming Toby Grove, president of KDC, a local real-estate developer that is currently building several corporate offices in the region.
Though the DFW metro area covers an area roughly the size of New Hampshire, there still are hundreds of pockets of empty space between Fort Worth on the west and Dallas on the east, offering plenty of room for growth. Once those are filled, the region could simply keep expanding outward, in all directions.
Rounding out the Top 5 most pro-business cities in America are San Francisco; Seattle; Des Moines, Iowa; and Raleigh, N.C. Houston ranked No. 7 and Austin ranked No. 12.
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President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.