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FedEx News Buzzes the Alliance Air Show

Dallas-Ft. Worth

Amidst the T-38 Talons and aerobatic sailplanes at the Alliance Air Show on Sunday was some news from Hillwood: the 350k SF FedEx ground hub will open next year. (We wonder if FedEx airplanes ever do loop-the-loops.)

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We snapped Hillwood prez Mike Berry, VP Mark Miller, and SVP Bill Burton at the show. The UPS ground hub is getting lots of attention, but FedEx is also building its ground hub, which should open next year, Bill tells us. Now, FedEx will have its air, freight, and ground hubs all in the same place. The need for it comes from population growth and e-commerce facilities in Alliance including Amazon and Walmart.com, Mike tells us. Bill will also be speaking at Bisnow's DFW Everything You Need to Know About Office event on Nov 18. 

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We also found Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price (right, with Fort Worth ISD school board member Matthew Avila and his wife Kamela.) Betsy's big push: get out and vote on Nov 4 to support the new multipurpose arena project. Betsy tells us private donors have committed $450M, capping the City's participation at $225M. On the ballot are measures to tax events at the arena, tax parking at Will Rogers Memorial Center, and allocate a portion of various taxes (state and city hotel taxes and state sales and mixed beverage taxes) within three miles of Will Rogers and the Fort Worth Convention Center to the fund.