In recent weeks, representatives from the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Plano Chamber of Commerce visited offices in New York City, Erlanger and Torrance to share information and insights about the area Toyota chose for its new One Toyota headquarters. The team, which also included leaders from the city of Plano and the Plano Independent School District, answered many questions from team members and associates, ranging from housing availability, toll roads and mosquitos (yes, they can be a bother), to specifics about education, tornado preparedness and water issues.
(Stay tuned for a recap on visits from the Georgetown and Ann Arbor Chambers of Commerce to Erlanger.)
In New York, Plano’s Mayor Harry LaRosiliere joined the team and, recognizing
the anxiety many team members and associates are feeling, shared his own experience.
“What was supposed to be a three-year plan to stay in Plano, then move back to New York, became 17 years,” said the mayor. He went on to add that Plano is very excited to have Toyota coming. “Our job in Plano is to do everything in our power to welcome Toyota’s employees into our community and to help them make it their home as well. Plano is waiting for you.”
In Erlanger, nine information sessions were held from June 24 – 26, which were attended by nearly 700 team members and their significant others. In Torrance, nearly 1,500 associates attended 10, mostly standing-room-only, sessions held in early July.
The presentations at the three locations were similar, as were the questions from team members and associates. Highlights about Plano and Dallas include:
- Diversity: around 90 languages spoken in the Plano area alone.
- Many businesses call the area home: It is headquarters to American Airlines, J.C. Penney, Frito Lay and Pizza Hut. Many other major companies have a presence in Plano and throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, making it a robust job market for Toyota spouses and partners.
- Safety: Plano is among the safest cities in the U.S. for its size. In a medical emergency, first response rates average seven minutes for fire and five for police or ambulance.
- 98% graduation rate for Plano high schools, with an average student-teacher ratio of 20:1 and 23 campuses designated as Blue Ribbon schools.
- 25 universities within driving distance with in-state tuition available immediately upon arrival to Toyota team members and associates, and their families.
- Many great neighborhoods close to the future Toyota site: Options include the exciting neighborhoods of Dallas, the popular Addison and Richardson areas directly north, and the fast-growing and family-friendly communities of Plano, McKinney, Allen and Frisco.
- Not as hot as you might think: July is the hottest month (average high of about 95), but outside of summer, Plano experiences nine months of mostly mild weather.
- Outdoor opportunities: There are 82 parks and five recreation centers in Plano alone; the city has an active biking community and multiple public and private golf courses.
Links to information from the sessions
- Interview with the Plano mayor (NYC)
- Presentation about Plano
- As presented by the mayor in NYC (video)
- As presented in Erlanger and Torrance (video with video intro of Plano); (PDF presentation)
- 14 Things You Need to Know About Dallas; expanded slide set from what was presented (PDF)
- Big Things Happen Here – Dallas (video)
- Combined Question and Answers from the Torrance and Erlanger sessions with the Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Chamber of Commerce Visits in Erlanger
ANN ARBOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – LEXUS ROOM
July 22 (deep dive on schools)
PLANO AND DALLAS CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE – AUDITORIUM