A wide array of renowned businesses in telecommunications, life sciences, logistics and distribution, aerospace and defense, professional services, energy, and manufacturing operates in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth companies are at the center of the aviation industry, from the latest defense aircraft to the next generation of commercial jetliners. The city is also home to hundreds of aviation-related suppliers that provide the major manufacturers with everything they need to get their aircraft off the ground, including full-service maintenance, parts, paint, aircraft seats, electrical equipment, software, and training.
A major building block of the Fort Worth aerospace community is Lockheed Martin's Aeronautics Division, which builds military jets including the F-16 and the F-35, and employs more than 13,000 people in the region. Bell Helicopter, a Textron company, is another area success story that builds on the local military expertise and the strong education base. In 2011, Bell Helicopter invested $240 million and built a new office building and the training academy at its east Fort Worth headquarters. All of the company's existing office and work spaces were upgraded with new equipment and technology with the goal of creating an attractive environment for bright, young people.
Fort Worth’s reputation as an ideal place to live and work is attractive for companies looking to establish corporate and regional headquarters or expand their existing businesses and operations. The city offers a wide range of business parks and shovel-ready sites to fit the needs of businesses of all sizes. As home to Pier 1 Imports, D.R. Horton, BNSF Railway and more than 30,000 companies, we know a thing or two about supporting businesses large and small.
With an extensive and dynamic life sciences community, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is meeting the expanding health care needs of a fast-growing region, while fostering medical innovations that will solve our world’s most critical life science challenges.
The region’s healthcare infrastructure comprises more than 450 biomedical companies; 1,110 research, development and testing laboratories; world-class medical and osteopathic schools and hospitals, and award-winning, nationally recognized healthcare systems such as UT Southwestern, Baylor Health Care System, Cook Children's Health Care System and Texas Health Resources.
At the other end of the spectrum, Fort Worth is also driving growth among entrepreneurs and start-ups through regional initiatives, such as TECH Fort Worth and BioDFW, which serve as business incubators and provide resources to emerging biotech companies.
Four airports, a substantial rail network, and an extensive highway system ensure that accessibility to any Fort Worth location in 30 minutes or less is a well-planned reality.
The need to move goods, materials, and people quickly and efficiently is a prerequisite for business. Fort Worth has shown it is uniquely positioned to meet these needs both now and well into the future.
Fort Worth is a “who’s who” of leading manufacturers. Whether it’s Lockheed Martin’s F-35 or commercial airline jetways, yogurt or contact lenses, a fuel-efficient locomotive or Western wear, Fort Worth manufacturers are making products that are used throughout the world on a daily basis. Local manufacturing companies represent all major sectors, including aerospace and aviation, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, electronics and food processing, among others.
Energy has long served as a significant economic driver in Texas. For the past decade, Fort Worth has been the focal point for energy production through natural gas exploration and drilling in the Barnett Shale. Sitting atop one of the largest natural gas resources in the nation, Fort Worth is the ideal location for gas drillers, pipeline investments, and related operations.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Workforce Leadership Council (RWLC) was formed in 2002 with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Dallas, North Central Texas and Tarrant Workforce Boards and the Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth Chambers of Commerce that guided the work of developing industry clusters. Led by business, the RWLC has functioned as the convener and connector for the formation and ongoing development of the regional clusters. The membership also includes representatives from the targeted industries as well as the important education partners.