DFW: Educated Workforce Livable City
With more than 40 colleges universities trade and specialty schools here it’s not surprising that the Dallas/Fort Worth area is also home to well-educated residents and college graduates who make ideal employment candidates for many area companies. In fact according to recent statistics 30 percent of the area’s workforce has a college degree.
The Dallas/Fort Worth area is also an international destination which only adds to its business appeal. More than a million local residents were born in other countries including Latin America Asia Africa and Europe. As a result local businesses support more than 20 chambers of commerce and business associations dedicated to those regions and countries.
The DFW area’s dedication to technology and growth has spawned a transportation system that makes companies even more accessible – and gives residents easy commutes. There are multiple interstate highways within the DFW city limits and the expanded Dallas North Tollway and President George Bush Highway means that driving to and from work from just about anywhere in the city is much less of a hassle than it used to be just a few short years ago.
Add the innovative DART Rail System and residents reap the benefits of a fast inexpensive relaxing and convenient way to get to work and around town. One of the largest light rail systems in the U.S. DART currently serves Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with 130 bus routes 48 miles of light rail transit (DART Rail) 84 freeway miles of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and para- transit service for the mobility impaired. DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (known as The T) also operate 35 miles of commuter rail transit (the Trinity Railway Express or TRE) which connects downtown Dallas and Fort Worth with stops in the mid-cities (Hurst Euless and Bedford) as well as DFW International Airport.
In fact the rail system which was approved by voters in 1983 has proven so popular that developers have sought to satisfy the demand for unique housing opportunities and easier more flexible living with vibrant communities that are centered around “transit villages” – giving residents options for a trendier on-the-go lifestyles that are closer to the city’s center and transit hubs. In fact a recent study estimated that at least $3.3 billion in private funds was invested at stations along DART rail lines.