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s "Dallas County's Hottest New Marketplace," Cedar Hill continues to gain momentum with thousands of new residents each year who earn high incomes and millions of visitors who visit Cedar Hill State Park each year. In addition, Cedar Hill has one of the lowest crime rates and some of the most revered views in the Metroplex.
In its industrial sector, Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation (CHEDC) recently announced that Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would locate its Southwest Dallas County Area Office, comprising 80 employees, to the Cedar Hill Business Park (CHBP). Additionally, two other CHBP industrial projects will be announced this fall.
"As word gets around about our ideal location and excellent incentive packages — not to mention the BNSF rail-served sites along US 67 — the phone keeps ringing," said CHEDC Director David D. Miracle, CEcD. Funds in excess of $300,000 will also be spent to spruce up the business park, Miracle said. The plan includes new landscaping, signage and security lighting.
The city's retail boom continues as well as the estimated population of the trade area will be more than 450,000 people by 2009. Uptown Village, the 726,000 SF lifestyle center anchored by Foley's and Dillard's, will also open in summer, 2007 with 75 upscale stores and six restaurants. "It will add to the quality of our shopping venues which has grown by millions of square feet over the last five years," said Miracle.
One way developers and site selectors are learning more about Cedar Hill is through CHEDC's new Web site, www.cedarhilledc.com, Miracle added. "Our site uses the latest technology to provide easy access to information relevant to their search for potential industrial, retail and office development locations," he said. In addition to traditional workforce and demographic information, the database-driven site includes an interactive zoning map, slideshow, property/land database, video and extensive resource list.
For incentives, CHEDC can provide financial assistance for business relocation and expansions that includes site development costs, infrastructure upgrades, extensions, job creation and training. Paid real estate commissions and competitive land pricing are additional benefits.
"It's not just for new development, however," Miracle said. One of the city's longtime businesses, Westar, was recently awarded $140,000 to boost the growth of the company. Westar is a satellite communications company with more than 35 multi-sized satellite antennas and currently serves government officials and politicians, the oil and gas industry, Dallas-based Belo Corp., and ABC, CBS, NBC and the Fox Network.
"Supporting the existing business community with growth opportunities is one of our most important strategic goals," said David Miracle. "Westar could be anywhere in Texas, but we are lucky to have them in Cedar Hill."
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