This Ain't Dallas' First Rodeo

The Dallas Hardest Working Cities award in front of Mayor Mike Rawlings' office in downtown Dallas.

The Dallas Hardest Working Cities award in front of Mayor Mike Rawlings' office in downtown Dallas.

DALLAS (November 11, 2015) — It's true, everything is bigger in Texas, from the size of DFW International Airport to its citizens' belt buckles. But what's also big is the amount of hard work that happens in the "Big D."

Last week, we kicked off our final Hardest Working Cities celebration of the year in Dallas. The hyper-productive city is part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. It received the award for its growth in employment, transportation investment, and contribution to the total U.S. gross domestic product. The city was also selected for having one of the most improved unemployment rates in the country and ranking among the highest in number of people employed per household.

Surprise Jobsite Visit

We started our celebration on Wednesday night with about 200 workers on the 35Express project in Dallas County. We arrived at this work site equipped with brisket sandwich dinners and sweet tea from Baker's Ribs, as well as some Hardest Working Cities gear.

This major road construction project extends approximately 30 miles, through eight cities and two counties, from U.S. 380 in Denton County to I-635 in Dallas County. The hard work going into this project is expected to relieve traffic congestion in one of the most heavily traveled corridors in the North Texas region.

The Main Event

On Thursday, we headed to Premier Truck Group in South Dallas to host the Hardest Working Cities award presentation.

The event began with an introduction from Rich Shearing, president of Penske Commercial Vehicles, and remarks from Freightliner's Allan Haggai about the Hardest Working Cities program. A special feature of the award presentation was Dale Petroskey, president and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, who spoke about why hard work matters and how it makes Dallas a great city to live in. Petroskey also helped unveil the award and accepted it on behalf of the city.

Other special guests at the event included:

  • State Senator Royce West
  • Ronald Steinhart, retired CEO, Bank One
  • Venus Cobb, senior economic development coordinator, City of Dallas
  • Helen Giddings (Dallas-D), state representative, district 109
  • Lee McKinney, assistant director, Southern Dallas, Dallas Economic Development

Premier Truck Group of South Dallas had several great severe duty trucks on display and gave tours of their facility. And, just in time for the Sprint Cup Series race happening that weekend, we had Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski's NASCAR haulers on-site for guests to check out.

We were honored to celebrate Dallas and, more importantly, honor the men and women who do the jobs that help make their cities thrive.

Congratulations Dallas. Take a bow, then get back to work.

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