The city of Irving has pulled together a handful of development options with the ability to charm Inc. into bringing its second North American headquarters to this North Texas city.

But the goal is to get the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Amazon’s shortlist next year.

“We are definitely submitting sites with the help of the mayor and city council under the direction of our city manager,” said Beth Bowman, president and CEO of the Irving Economic Development Partnership and the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce.

“We are also collaborating with our partners at the Dallas Regional Chamber to get the Dallas MSA shortlisted,” she added. “That is our No. 1 goal at this time.”

The Dallas Regional Chamber plans to submit proposals in one unified response from at least 12 North Texas cities. Each of the city’s proposed sites will be presented to Amazon, but executives with the regional chamber will have the ability to showcase their top picks for the project.

Some of the property owners in the Las Colinas Urban District are cobbling together some parcels in this walkable portion of Irving. The urban district has direct access to the DART rail line and easy access to downtown Dallas.

“We are working to put together responses that meet the minimum requirements of the RFP,” Bowman said. “We have a long road ahead of us to tell our story.”

Irving plans to offer competitive incentives to Amazon if the North Texas region is shortlisted for the $5 billion campus, which will employ upwards of 50,000 highly-paid workers.

The city, which is adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, could be a player for the project, if Amazon shortlists the region.


Presented by Dallas Business Journal, September 28, 2017

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