Irving at a Glance
The City of Irving has a population of almost 240,000—and growing. It is located in the center of North Texas, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States with over seven million residents.
Its location as the corner office of the Metroplex has led to the City being home to almost 20,000 businesses with a presence of 53 Fortune 500 corporations and global headquarters to five Fortune 500 companies, ExxonMobil, Celanese, Commercial Metals, Fluor Corporation and Kimberly-Clark.
Due to the efforts of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and an aggressive economic development program, the City continues to attract important businesses to the area.
Among the top industries in the City are professional, business and financial services; information technology; trade; transportation and utilities; and education and health services.
The hospitality industry is also an important piece of Irving’s overall commerce. It employs almost 20,000 people in hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related businesses.
According to the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau, in the past year, there were 3.4 million visitors to Irving spending $2.3 billion, generating $55.6 million in taxes to the City.
Conferences and group meetings at the local hotels and other facilities account for $505 million in economic impact. The iconic Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas in the heart of the Urban Center, features 100,000-square-feet of exhibit space and meeting rooms.
Imagine Irving is an initiative to develop a comprehensive plan for the City of Irving. One of the major charges of the project is gathering input from a wide range of members of the community to direct the future of Irving with focus on neighborhoods, transportation, land use, and a vibrant and sustainable economy that will create and retain good jobs.
Irving Economic Development Strategic Plan
The Irving Economic Development Strategic Plan provides a road map for Irving’s economic development program over the
next five years (2017-2022).
SASAKI LAS COLINAS URBAN CENTER MASTER PLAN
In 2010, the City of Irving and the Las Colinas Association created a task force to study and plan for the future of the Las Colinas Urban Center. Sasaki Associates, Inc. was retained as the consultant to assist with development of a master plan for the area.
The two major goals for the plan were 1) to create a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant, mixed-use residential district that is a desirable place to live for young workers, families, and seniors, and 2) restore the Urban Center’s position as one of the premier corporate office locations in the Dallas Metroplex.
The results of the project are detailed in the publication Sasaki Las Colinas Urban Center Master Plan.