Homer Erekson, Dean at the Neeley School of Business at TCU, my alma mater, invited me to present as part of the Tandy Executive Speaker Series. I have not spent much time in Ft. Worth since I graduated and started my career at the PwC office there. I have spent much more time in nearby Dallas which of course has been growing nicely. So, it was good to go visit the much expanded campus (a third of the university's students go through the business school), spend some time in the much different downtown and the still vibrant stockyards.
What really stood out for me was when Dean Erekson told me about the school’s supply chain credentials, which in turn reflect the bustling AllianceTexas commercial and residential park that Ft. Worth has grown.
Alliance is an impressive multi-modal logistics hub with
- BNSF Railway’s Intermodal Facility
- Two Class I rail lines (BNSF and Union Pacific)
- Alliance Airport - the world’s first 100% industrial airport
- Interstate Highway 35W from Mexico to Canada, Texas Highways 114 and 170, and the
- FedEx Southwest Regional Sort Hub
The video below summarizes nicely the massive scope.
With the Panama Canal expansion, Texas ports should see increased traffic and that should allow Alliance and Ft Worth to grow even more rapidly