DRC Look Back

(upbeat music) – Toyota is here, huge, and it’s moving. Liberty Mutual is here, huge. FedEx, JP Morgan, Fannie
Mae, we have Comerica, which we moved from
Detroit, the largest move of a headquarter bank in the
history of the United States. – We evaluated more than
22 cities, looking for an environment that would
be conducive to finding the future leadership of the organization. When we got down to the
last couple of cities, I asked to interview some CEOs, blindly, that had moved their companies
in the last couple of years. The Chamber was nice enough to
set that up for me in Dallas and I literally couldn’t get
these people off the phone. I mean, they were so proud of their city, they were so exuberant. We did get 76% of our Team
Members to come along with us, and I think that what they have discovered is an environment where our Team Members and their families could thrive. – If we can help companies
get here to the right place in the right location for them,
to help achieve their goals, they’ll be great ambassadors
for us going forward. – Five years ago we did our strategic plan and decided to become proactive
in the education space. That meant getting to know the trustees, getting to know the
superintendent, the staff, being actively engaged
in policy and advocating on key issues that we
think needed to be done to support the quality
education system we’ve had. – It’s clear that we
have a significant amount of work to do in education in
our city and in our region, and when you have someone
like the DRC in your corner as you go to make those big
changes, there’s nothing better. – I’ve always been big
on value to members, and I think that’s what the DRC is focused on. The leadership programs
are a fine example of how to deliver value to their member, and especially the member companies. What I’ve seen with Leadership
Dallas is that you get real-world skills, you get to
practice project management, perhaps be exposed to project
you’d never get exposed to internally in your company,
and so you bring new skill back to the company. – You need to be involved with the Dallas Regional Chamber
because of their people. The Dallas Regional staff is outstanding, they’re a great resource and
a great consultant to help us do a better job serving our
customers within the region. – One of the things that
the Chamber has done well is to focus on public policy initiatives. Creating the environment that
we have in Dallas and DFW, that is very pro-business,
the policy committee and also with our legislators themselves,
we develop a priority list of issues that we think
are important to business and to the north Texas
economy, and then we score how well our legislators
deliver on that agenda. – When you have somebody
on the same page help you to promote your ideas, your
legislative agenda, in a more structured way, that really
makes great things happen. So I appreciate their help. – We as the Dallas Regional
Chamber, we’re an honest broker. We don’t really care
where the company lands, obviously it would be
nice if it was in Dallas, but if it lands in Plano, Grand Prairie, Mesquite, Garland, what have you, it raises the tide for all the boats. – Regionalism means to me that the sum is more powerful than the parts. Dallas and Fort Worth own the airport, but the airport really is
an asset for the region, and it’s a $37 billion annual
economic engine for the region, so we take the stewardship
of this asset very seriously because we recognize how
important it is to the region. I congratulate the
Dallas Regional Chamber, and in their focus on
taking a regional approach. They obviously support Dallas, but they support the whole region. Without their focus and
without their hard work, we wouldn’t see companies
like Toyota here, we wouldn’t see companies like Kubota, we wouldn’t see all these wins. They deserve a tremendous
amount of credit for that. (upbeat music)

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