With respect to keeping the City’s economic engine running smoothly, having a strong economic development strategy is indispensable. Mesquite’s Economic Development Division’s primary objectives are to retain and expand existing Mesquite-based businesses, and to attract and locate new businesses to Mesquite.
To accomplish its retention and expansion objective, the Economic Development Division has created a three-pronged strategy for success: 1) Visitations; 2) Follow-up and relationship building; and 3) Communication tools. Conducting on-site visits are critical to establishing relationships and fostering better communications with local businesses. By meeting with business owners and CEOs at their place of work, the economic development staff are able to learn more about local business operations, note any issues or concerns business owners might have, and assist them in trying to resolve those issues. Following the above practices, the division becomes an important resource for business owners.
Attracting new businesses to the City is a matter of selling the strengths of the area and the community: business-friendly elected leaders, a location at the convergence of four interstate highways, more than adequate infrastructure and the use of tax incentives and infrastructure participation in incentive packages. Whether luring a business to Mesquite’s renowned logistics hub, or assisting a retail business, service-based company or manufacturing operation with its relocation efforts, the Economic Development Division is always working to identify and secure business relocations that make sense for Mesquite, and add to the community’s quality of life.
In just two short years since the City formerly adopted its Project Renewal initiative, the Economic Development Division has had great success securing significant new development projects for the City, across multiple sectors. Retail successes include the construction of a brand new SuperTarget, which was built on the site where the former Mesquite Target store was located. At 186,000 square feet, this SuperTarget is a brand new concept design, with a larger grocery and more prepared food items. As one of the first five of these new concept stores to debut in the Metroplex, it should draw traffic from surrounding communities, especially for those who love the store’s “cheap chic” and value. Other retail successes include the addition of a new ALDI store, Harbor Freight Tools and Mesquite’s first Coach store at Town East Mall, and the complete remodel of Dallas County’s first “Power Center,” Mesquite’s Market East Shopping Center. Market East Shopping Center is over 500,000 square feet, and its remodeling should be completed in December of 2009.
Several new restaurants have also opened in Mesquite: these include Incredible Pizza, McAllister’s Deli, Buffalo Wild Wings, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse. Restaurants that are also scheduled for opening later this year or in 2010 also include Ghengis Grill and Cheddar’s.
Mesquite’s industrial sector continues to thrive, and leading the way with one of the most intriguing redevelopment projects in the Metroplex is 3000 Skyline which promises to be on of the five largest data centers in the U.S. when it is completed. Other Mesquite industrial highlights include Midwest Air Technologies (largest manufacturing lease in Dallas County in 2008), the expansion of the Pepsi Bottling Group’s bottling facility, and leases with White House Custom Color and DMI. For both of these companies, neither which are based in Texas, our lease represents their first “out of state” location.
Additionally, 2008 saw the groundbreaking of Peachtree Towne Center, Mesquite’s first mixed-use development project located on 60 acres on IH-635 between Peachtree and Gross Road. In less than a year, the project’s first phase (the pedestrian and vehicular bridge) was just completed, and plans for its next phases continue.
Should you be interested in either expanding or relocating a business here in Mesquite, and need additional information or further assistance, please go to the City of Mesquite Economic Development website, or contact the division by phone at 972-216-6293.