The Texas-Florida Connection
Can Florida emulate Texas in creating jobs? Here's a comparison.
Geography and History
Rendering: AllianceFlorida project in Jacksonville. The development is modeled after AllianceTexas. [Photo: AllianceFlorida]
North Texas' location smack in the middle of the country — rail and highways link Midwestern markets with ports not only on the Gulf, but on the Pacific and Atlantic oceans — has been a key factor for major corporations deciding to locate here, says Michael K. Berry, president of the Perot family's Hillwood Development, which manages the project. Even without taking into account nearby metros such as Oklahoma City, Texas as a market unto itself has nearly 40% more people than the Sunshine State.
H. Ross Perot Jr. is the visionary behind AllianceTexas. The project took off after former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright bought into the idea and funneled government money to make the project possible. [Photo: AllianceTexas]
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