The Atlanta and Dallas-Fort Worth regions have much in common.
Both are fast-growing Sunbelt regions anchored by hub airports and major Fortune 500 companies. Both have played host to Super Bowls and Final Fours and boast world-class arts and cultural institutions. And, yes, each wrestles with traffic congestion.
Of course, there are key differences. And that’s what drew about 110 metro Atlanta leaders to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in early May for the 2016 LINK trip, organized by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The journey to Texas marked a milestone, as it was the 20th LINK trip.
The Atlanta delegation, made up of civic, business, nonprofit and government leaders, toured a park built over a downtown freeway, got a first-hand look at how transit has transformed a Dallas suburb, explored educational reform efforts and learned how the region was reclaiming the long-ignored Trinity River.
“There really is something to learn in Dallas,” said Ann Cramer, a senior consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates. “My biggest takeaway was how important education has become in economic development.”
The group will get back together in June to discuss the key takeaways from the trip and decide what next steps might be needed.
Here are some highlights from the visit to Dallas-Fort Worth: