Few developers have the chance to build a project across 28 miles of rolling, unencumbered land. But that’s what H. Ross Perot Jr. and his company, Hillwood, did in the 1980s to handle a surge of air traffic and population to the Dallas Region.
Today, that development, called AllianceTexas, contains more than 1 million square feet of retail space, near the workplaces of 40,000 professionals, many of whom live in a blend of more than 10,000 townhomes, apartments, and single-family homes.
Scores of shipping containers pass through the Alliance Global Logistics Hub, which includes Fort Worth Alliance Airport and BNSF Railway’s Alliance Intermodal Facility. The Hillwood development and its surroundings are commonly referred to as Alliance.
Accordingly, a fifth of all employees in Alliance area work in transportation and warehousing. And roughly a third of all workers live less than 10 miles away from their jobs, while another third is 10 to 24 miles away, according to federal data.
The site has drawn financial services jobs, with Charles Schwab’s announcement of its 1,200-employee corporate campus on the sprawling Circle T Ranch property, including restaurants, retail, day care facilities, and a 200-room hotel. Completion is set for 2019.
Employers include the North American HQ of Galderma Laboratories LP and TD Ameritrade’s regional branch office. Other operations include BNSF Railway, AT&T, and LG Electronics USA.
In 1987, when the initial project was referred to as “North Fort Worth Airport,” H. Ross Perot Jr. spoke of the benefits of large-scale planning that Alliance would yield.
“Imagine being able to work for one of the top companies in the country … and drive to work in five or 10 minutes,” he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“More and more companies … are going to take jobs to where the people are.”
SAMPLE OF MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN ALLIANCE
1 - Alliance Airport
2 - Amazon - Fort Worth Fulfillment Center
3 - Amazon - Haslet Fulfillment Center
4 - AmerisourceBergen Corp
5 - Babe's Chicken Dinner House
6 - Baylor Medical Center at Trophy Club
7 - BEHR Process Corp
8 - BNSF Railway
9 - BrandFX Body Co
10 - Bridgestone
11 - Cabela's
12 - Cardinal Health Inc
13 - Charles Schwab
14 - Corning Optical Communications LLC
15 - Deloitte University
16 - DynCorp International
17 - ECi Software Solutions Inc
18 - Michaels Distribution Center
19 - Facebook
20 - Farmer Brothers
21 - Federal Aviation Administration
22 - FedEX and FedEX Freight
23 - Fidelity Investments
24 - First American Mortgage Solutions
25 - Galderma Laboratories LP
26 - GE Manufacturing Solutions
27 - Genco/ATC Logistics
28 - General Mills Inc
29 - General Motors Corp/Customer Care
30 - Grainger Industrial Supply
31 - Hawaiian Falls Waterparks
32 - JB Hunt
33 - JCPenney Logistics
34 - LG Electronics
35 - Marriott Solana
36 - Martin-Brower Co LLC
37 - Mercedes-Benz Financial
38 - Nestle
39 - RECARO Aircraft Seating Americas Inc
40 - Ryder
41 - Sabre
42 - Kraft Foods Distribution
43 - Southstar LLC
44 - TD Ameritrade
45 - Texas Health Harris Methodist Alliance
46 - Texas Motor Speedway
47 - GDC Technics
48 - Tom Thumb Distribution
49 - Tucker Rocky Distributing Inc
50 - UPS
51 - Vaquero Club
52 - Walmart Distribution