Cedar Hill Earns Seal

Cedar Hill, Texas, is the newest CompetitiveReady community. Allison Larsen of Chabin Concepts awarded the CompetitiveReady Seal to Cedar Hill Economic Development Corp. during a city council meeting, January 8.

Located on the outskirts of Dallas-Fort Worth, Cedar Hill is positioned for light industrial and office use. Larsen said the community is known for its high quality lifestyle, and their recent sustainable planning efforts can be regarded as best practices.

Cedar Hill joins previous CompetitiveReady communities, Brownsville, Texas; McPherson, Kansas; and Ajax, Ontario.

Looking back at what makes the first four communities competitive, Larsen said, “Each city has its unique strengths, and they range in size from 13,000 to 117,000, but one thing they all have in common is a desire for improvement. It’s not just about the award, it’s about ‘how can we make this better?’ “

Cedar Hill is a perfect example. After hearing Larsen’s presentation, the city council invited her back the following week for a work session, with an interest in acting on recommendations in the scorecard.

To earn the seal, Cedar Hill had to earn a passing score in all 10 CompetitiveReady categories. Cedar Hill’s top 3 categories were in living environment, mitigated risk, and physical infrastructure.