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By Lucy Puniwai | Agent in 76052

Hillwood Property in Alliance,Texas - Alliance,Texas Realtor

Transformative Vision

With more than two decades of development on one of the most successful large scale, master-planned communities in North America, the Hillwood Properties team has cultivated an array of expertise like no other real estate developer.

From our experience with the transformative, 17,000-acre AllianceTexas development, we learned how to plan and how to adapt as circumstances change. We learned how to develop synergistic partnerships and how to deliver excellence in record time. We learned to be big-picture visionaries, while also being agile and creative on the numerous critical, small details that add up to value creation.

We have become experts in negotiating complex infrastructure agreements with federal, state and local governments; master-planning the short and long-term needs of a large-scale development the size of a city; attracting the world's leading corporations; identifying new market needs and providing superior customer service.

Our experience has been shaped by working with 290 of the nation's leading employers, including more than 50 from the Fortune 500, Global 500 or Forbes List of Top Private Firms. Together, we have developed nearly 32 million square feet and generated more than 30,000 jobs, using innovative strategies and one-of-a-kind partnerships to build immense value. We transformed a region into a vibrant, economic engine that supports best-in-class corporations as well as a high quality of life.

Nothing is quite like AllianceTexas, and because of that, no team has quite the expertise that Hillwood Properties does.

Development Timeline

It was, perhaps, a little known study produced for the City of Fort Worth that provided the first spark needed to launch Alliance. That study predicted the need for a new airport on the northwest side of Dallas-Fort Worth to alleviate anticipated congestion at existing air facilities. By 1985, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began seeking a location for this relief facility. A number of small North Tarrant County cities voiced interest in the project. However, the expansive acreage that would be needed forced the FAA to look to private landholders.

By this time, the Perot family had accumulated more than 10,000 acres of undeveloped land in the area and was predicting strong future growth in Tarrant and Denton counties. The North Texas Council of Governments and the FAA approached Perot about donating the land for the construction of the reliever airport because of the family's reputation for providing acreage for such public ventures.

The vision for growing the project from a reliever airport to an industrial airport came after discussions with key industry leaders, who advised that a reliever airport was too small. Ross Perot, Jr. began to envision an industrial development with an airport as an anchor that would spur regional growth and attract leading corporations.

With support from the FAA, the City of Fort Worth and Hillwood, the world's first industrial airport - Fort Worth Alliance Airport, was designed and developed. The name "Alliance" refers to the public-private partnership between these three entities. The airport opened on December 14, 1989. With the addition of BNSF Railway's Alliance Intermodal Facility in 1992, Alliance became the model for inland ports, with abundant acreage surrounding direct access to air, rail, intermodal and highway transportation options.

3PL Companies

BNSF Railway
DB Schenker
DSC Logistics
FedEx Freight
Performance Team
UPS Supply Chain Solutions

Quality of Life

Both companies and families enjoy the strong quality of life in and around the AllianceTexas development. North Texas provides a vibrant and diversified community with a low cost of living, abundant housing, quality schools, amenities and recreation, and a temperate climate.

  • Cost of Living - 7% below the national average
  • Housing Prices - 20% below the national average
  • No personal income tax
  • Fort Worth Temperatures - Average annual high = 76° Average annual low = 56°
  • The average length of the warm season (freeze-free period) is approximately 249 days. The average last occurrence of 32°F (0ºC) or below is mid March and the average first occurrence of 32°F or below is in late November

Area Attractions    



American Airlines Center

Amon Carter Museum

Dallas Cowboys

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Dallas Mavericks

Kimbell Art Museum

Dallas Stars

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Fort Worth Cats

National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame

Lone Star Park


Texas Motor Speedway


Texas Rangers

As AllianceTexas matures into a world-class development, it continues to drive tremendous growth in one of the fastest-growing areas of the country’s most vibrant state - and with that a strong labor force. The latest U.S. Census data revealed that Fort Worth grew by 38.6 percent since 2000, adding over 200,000 new residents, with much of that growth taking place in the north Fort Worth corridor around AllianceTexas. In fact, Fort Worth ranked as the fastest-growing large city (population over 500,000) in the entire U.S. for the past decade, and Tarrant County, in which Fort Worth is located, grew by over 25 percent during the period, adding more than 350,000 new residents.

The City of Fort Worth’s City Manager’s Office reports that Council District 2, which includes the North Fort Worth / Alliance corridor, grew by 121 percent between 2000 and 2010. Population in District 2 increased from 68,233 in 2000 to 150,898 in 2010. The next closest increase was seen in District 7 immediately to the west of District 2 with an increase of 58 percent from 69,094 to 109,488.

Growth was seen in suburbs around Fort Worth and within the Alliance corridor, as well. According to a 2011 study by the Gadberry Group, an Arkansas-based intelligence service and data collection firm, the Haslet and north Fort Worth area surrounding AllianceTexas was the second-fastest growing area in the nation, experiencing a 735-percent growth from 2000 to 2010. Keller, another city located in the AllianceTexas corridor, ranked as the third-fastest growing community in the national study – growing by more than 226 percent during the same period. Together, both areas brought more than 35,000 households to the AllianceTexas region from 2000-2010.

The population influx comes not only from new births but an increase in relocations. USA Todayreports in a July 25, 2011 article that “Texas' population grew by 4.3 million, or 21%, during the past decade, more than twice the national pace. About half the total was because of births, but Texas also gained 849,000 residents via state-to-state migration, second only to Florida.”

Increase in the Texas population is not a new occurrence. According to the Dallas Federal Reserve, Texas has outpaced the nation’s growth since the early 1900’s. Growth was attributed to higher Hispanic birth rates and overall net migration. The Hispanic community is the largest growing demographic in the state. A February 23, 2011 USA Today article reports, “Hispanics accounted for 65% of the state’s growth since 2000.” A February 17, 2011 Fort Worth Star-Telegram article states that “The Hispanic population grew by 59.4 percent in Fort Worth since 2000.” Whether by state-to-state migration, foreign-born immigration or birth rates, the workforce population in Texas continues to grow and will remain strong for the foreseeable future.

Alliance Opportunity Center (AOC)

The Alliance Opportunity Center serves as a job matching center between AllianceTexas companies and job applicants. More than 150,000 job applicants have worked with the Alliance Opportunity Center since its opening in 1998. More than 12,000 job applicants sought a job through the Alliance Opportunity Center during 2011.

  • Free service for AllianceTexas companies
  • AOC works with your HR department or staffing agency
  • Provides applicant screening to deliver qualified referrals
  • Job fairs coordinated and conducted at your facility or the
  • AOC Interviewing facilities available
  • Weekly Job Club

AllianceTexas Hiring Fair

Hillwood, Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County and the Alliance Opportunity Center host an annual job fair that is free and exclusive to AllianceTexas-based companies. The event is held at Texas Motor Speedway  for parking capacity. The 2011 Hiring Fair brought 1,800 job applicants in a four hour period.

Recruiting and advertising efforts are focused locally. 55% of applicants in 2011 were drawn from the immediate area – Fort Worth, Haslet, Roanoke, Keller, Denton. Previous years for the job fair have yielded strong results with 1,100 job applicants in 2007 and 1,400 applicants in 2008. (Hiring Fair not held in 2009 or 2010 due to economic recession.)

AllianceTexas Statistics

  • 30,000+ employees
  • Staffing Agencies within AllianceTexas: Oxford Global Resources and Staffmark

Strong workforce throughout DFW Metroplex

  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked 4th largest population center in United States (Source: US Census Bureau)
  • Fort Worth is the fastest growing large city (cities over 500,000) in the United States (Source: US Census Bureau)
  • Civilian labor force of 3 million in Greater DFW
  • Civilian labor force of 1 million in Fort Worth/Arlington MSA

    The Alliance Corridor is home to Alliance Town Center. Northwest ISD is continually rated as Exemplary. New schools come in before the schools are over populated. There are many,MANY planned developments for housing. If you want an acre,half an acre or a zero lot (low maintenance) , I am here to help you. A Realtor should accompany you when you are walking through Builder model homes. If you go it alone, and the Sales Rep takes your name, we can not help you when you find the home you desire and need help in making an offer. YES - YOU make an OFFER on a brand new home! I am YOUR North Fort Worth/Alliance Realtor!

     Lucy. A. Puniwai
     (214)783-6416 – Cell/Text
    (682)224-8050 – Fax

    In God We Trust

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