IN THE NEWS
Welcome to the Great Southwest Industrial District Association
The Association actively pursues all remedies to cause the prompt, efficient delivery of municipal and county services within the Great Southwest Industrial Park.
The Association, with the help of members, the cities of Grand Prairie and Arlington and Union Pacific Railroad, work diligently toward repair and upkeep of infrastructure within the Park, such as updated railroad crossings, wider approaches, turning lanes, and strive for less cluttered streets, byways, and deter trailer parking congestion.
The Association will develop and promote programs by and among owners and tenants to enhance the Industrial Park and maintain property values.
• Property value enhancements.
• Tax dollar retention in the Park in the form of infrastructure repairs, upgrades and median upkeep.
• A unified group to lobby municipalities for improvements within the Park
• A forum for addressing and discussing concerns within the Park.
• Development of the employment base through education and job training.
• Development standards and deed restrictions within the Great Southwest Industrial Park.
Update High Speed Internet in the GSW Industrial Park
Time Warner Cable Business Class has begun Fiber/Coax construction in the Grand Prairie portion of the Industrial Park.
• Phase one will complete late December 2013/Early January 2014.
• Phase two will complete late March 2014/Early April 2014.
• Phase three will complete late July 2014/Early August 2014.
• Phase four will complete late November 2014/Early December 2014.
Saying goodbye to those we care for is never easy. This past August was no exception as we said goodbye to a wonderful person who believed that being of service to people and helping the community around him was not only his duty, but a privilege. William Forrest “Bill” Thorn died on August 24, and the citizens of Grand Prairie and the GSWIDA lost a true friend.
Before he was elected to the Grand Prairie City Council in 2005, Councilman Thorn had a long career working with helicopters. He maintained, flew, tested, sold and even herded cattle with helicopters before he focused on civic service. During his early years, Mr. Thorn became an Air Force helicopter mechanic, and later trained to be a pilot and completed 14 years in the military.
Mr. Thorn moved to North Texas to be a civilian contractor at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, where he was a test pilot. His story became very interesting when, after Mineral Wells, he was one of the first Helicopter Cowboys, herding cattle in South Texas! In 1968, he became a salesman for Bell Helicopter, where he helped introduce the JetRanger for police and medical service, and, in 1976, joined Aerospatiale in Grand Prairie, now American Eurocopter, where he was Director of Sales.
All of us remember Councilman Thorn and his endless hours of dedication to the GSWIDA and being an outspoken advocate for the businesses in the GSW Industrial Park. As one member remembered, Councilman Thorn mentioned on several occasions that people should send flowers to a loved one, rather than to his funeral. He was also a heartfelt supporter of Prairie Paws and animal adoptions!