Richardson Chamber president says tech workforce is area's biggest asset

Richardson’s “brand” as a well-known technology community is a big draw for businesses.   File photo

Richardson Chamber President Bill Sproull says the area’s biggest asset is its access to a technical labor pool within a 30-minute commute of the city and its future workforce.

Sproull spoke with the Dallas Business Journal’s Bill Hethcock on the benefits Richardson and the Chamber can offer companies.

“When we do labor shed studies of the ability to recruit white-collar and technical workers within a 30-minute commute, we’ve got the best access to that labor pool of any location in the Metroplex,” Sproull said in the Dallas Business Journal piece.

In Hethcock’s article, Sproull also touted Richardson’s commercial real estate market.

“We have a plentiful supply of commercial real estate,” Sproull said in the article. "If you’re in the market today looking for a good chunk of Class A office space, we’ve got the inventory."

Sproull also said Richardson’s “brand” as a well-known technology community is a big draw for businesses.

“It’s the history of the Telecom Corridor and being a technology community, and I think that’s known globally,” Sproull said in the interview.

Sproull said he sees the Richardson area’s biggest challenge as competing with cities such as Plano, Frisco and Allen as well as redevelopment issues in the older southern part of the city. He said a study now being conducting will look at ways the city can revitalize those areas.

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