Thought Leaders: Allen Economic Development Corporation

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The Allen Economic Development Corporation is charged with recruiting and retaining quality businesses that increase the ad valorem tax base and bring quality jobs to the City.

Businesses in Allen enjoy a supportive, service-based EDC committed to ensuring their continued growth and success, whether that comes from a simple introduction to other community members or fulfilling research needs.

How does your company differentiate itself from others in the region?

Allen has created a well-balanced community where businesses can thrive. Our educated workforce, exemplary schools, and award-winning parks come together to enrich the lives of our entire community. We think creatively to connect companies, workers and residents; opening the door for new opportunities and making Allen an amazing place to live and do business.

Many CEOs are seeking a work/live/play environment for their employees as a strategy to attract and retain top talent. How does Allen’s master plan fit into this strategy?

Allen’s philosophy has been that “work” and “live/play” are really the same thing, since great places to live make for great places to work. For the past 25 years, Allen has been very intentional in building a quality of live that serves as a foundation for attracting companies. These efforts have been successful, earning Allen recognition in 2018 as the #2 Best Place to Live in the Nation and #2 Best Place to Launch a Career by MONEY Magazine.

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A version of this Thought Leaders article was first published in Dallas Innovates 2019—The Magazine.

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Dallas Innovates 2019—The Magazine explores the region as a rising tech hub that will shape the future of innovation. The theme of our second annual print publication, “A Breakout Moment,” explores why now is the time for the region to grab its place in the tech universe. 

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