We as business leaders stand with our local partners to protect the government closest to the people. Businesses are the largest taxpayers in many communities and we trust our local governments to make decisions that benefit citizens and businesses alike. Through the use of legislative professionals, our cities, counties, schools and other public entities are able to advocate for critical needs that entice business expansion and relocation, thus fueling local and state economic growth. 

The North Texas Commission has launched a campaign dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of community advocacy. By adding your name to this letter, you join a number of organizations, like Lockheed Martin and Freese and Nichols, opposing legislation that would silence local governments.

Tell your legislators to vote NO to anti-lobbying legislation. 

DFW Airport, DART, Tarrant Transit Authority and iconic bridges in the region were created by special legislation passed in response to initiatives led by local governments working in partnerships with regional partners.

Convention center hotels in Dallas and Fort Worth were built following the passage of special legislation pursued by local governments in partnership with regional business partners.

 

Similarly, the passage of the Major Events Trust Fund Bill was pursued by local government GR teams, and their work led to hosting a Super Bowl, NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, and the National Finals Rodeo. 

Convention center hotels in Dallas and Fort Worth were built following the passage of special legislation pursued by local governments in partnership with regional business partners.

 

Similarly, the passage of the Major Events Trust Fund Bill was pursued by local government GR teams, and their work led to hosting a Super Bowl, NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, and the National Finals Rodeo. 

Convention center hotels in Dallas and Fort Worth were built following the passage of special legislation pursued by local governments in partnership with regional business partners.

 

Similarly, the passage of the Major Events Trust Fund Bill was pursued by local government GR teams, and their work led to hosting a Super Bowl, NASCAR races at Texas Motor Speedway, and the National Finals Rodeo. 

Funding to Texas military installation is provided in part by the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant Program (DEAAG). Texas Mayors of Military Communities (TMMC) a coalition of local government leaders and their GR teams, came together in 2014 to advocate for restored funding to the DEAAG program along with regional economic development partners, including local defense industry partners.

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Mckinney

In many cases, these advocates are pushing for projects that create jobs and revenues for cities and counties. For example, the City of McKinney successfully advocated for $15 million in state funding for the expansion of the McKinney airport. With this expansion, more commercial development has happened (which increases sales and property taxes) and more corporate and private jets park their jets at the airport and pay ad valorem taxes. In addition to the taxes that the jet owners pay, the jets don't require services or schools so it's a one-way revenue stream without the expense of schools and many city services. All of this benefits McKinney residents since local tax revenue increases and lowers the burden for individual tax-payers.