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Irving Among Top Five Premier Destinations for Foreign Business

The North Texas Commission and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth (WACDFW) proudly announce North Texas' outstanding recognition in the recent Financial Times list of the best cities for foreign business. The full list and metrics, available at, showcases the prominence of North Texas. Irving, Plano and Dallas landed a spot in the top five with Fort Worth and Arlington in the top 20.

This list, a comprehensive evaluation of cities across the United States, highlights the dynamic and thriving business environment that North Texas offers to foreign enterprises with regard to workforce, quality of life, international transportation infrastructure, openness, business environment and investment trends. The region's strategic location and commitment to innovation have propelled it to the forefront of global business destinations.

"This recognition affirms North Texas as a powerhouse in the international business landscape," said Chris Wallace, President and CEO at the North Texas Commission. "As the fastest growing region in the nation, we continue to attract and support foreign businesses to the U.S., fostering a diverse and vibrant economic ecosystem, and we are committed to continuing our work in the region to ensure foreign companies know North Texas is superior location for the growth and expansion of business."

North Texas' appeal extends beyond its traditional strengths, such as energy and technology, to include a wide range of industries. The diversity of sectors and the collaborative spirit within the region contribute to its success as a preferred destination for global businesses seeking a strategic foothold in the United States.

"We are thrilled to see North Texas emerge as a leader in the Financial Times ranking," said Liz Brailsford, President and CEO at the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. "This achievement reflects the dedication of our community to fostering international relationships and promoting a business-friendly environment."

As North Texas stands ready to welcome more international businesses to its vibrant landscape, the WACDFW and the North Texas Commission remain dedicated to fostering global connections, supporting economic growth, and positioning the region as a hub for innovati

About the North Texas Commission:

Established in 1971, the North Texas Commission is a unique public-private partnership that drives large impactful projects and legislative issues benefiting a robust 13-county region, and tackles the region’s greatest challenges with board and staff subject matter experts who provide resources to market the region and educate future leaders. The Commission also manages the region’s unified advocacy voice at the state and federal levels.

About the World Affairs Council:

The World Affairs Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and engagement in international affairs. Through educational programs, events, and initiatives, the Council connects North Texas to the world, fostering global awareness, understanding, and cooperation.

on and collaboration. In working towards this goal, the NTC and WACDFW have begun exploring the need for a unified international outreach initiative, working with organizations across the region to let the world know North Texas is open for international business.


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