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Fort Worth approves $6.5 million in incentives for American reservations center

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By Scott Nishimura snishimura@bizpress.net   Fort Worth City Council members unanimously approved $6.5 million in incentives for a new American Airlines reservations center at 4700 American Blvd. near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport.

The package, passed in a 9-0 vote, includes a one-year tax abatement and a 14-year economic development grant agreement to help American Airlines build a planned reservations center at 4700 American Blvd. The incentives are worth up to $6.5 million.   As part of the agreement, the Council also waived up to $32,000 in development fees.    To get the maximum incentive, American committed to $55 million in construction and $33 million in personal property improvements by Dec. 31, 2015.   “Failure to meet the real property investment is a condition of default and will result in immediate termination of the agreement,” the city staff told the City Council in a report.   The one-year tax abatement would potentially abate up to 85 percent of city property tax added by the real and personal property on the site.   Under the economic development agreement, the city will make annual grants to American for up to 85 percent of the city property tax added but the real and personal on the site.   To get the full incentive, American is committing to employ a minimum 1,300 full-time employees on the site by Dec. 31, 2015.   The company will fill the greater of 15 percent of all jobs, or 195, with Fort Worth residents, or the greater of 5 percent of all jobs, or 65, with Fort Worth central city residents.   To get the maximum incentive, American is also committing to spend the greater of $13.75 million, or 25 percent of construction costs, with Fort Worth contractors.   The company is committing to spend the greater of $13.75 million, or 25 percent of construction costs, with local contractors that are minority or women-owned.   The overall contracting and minority and women contracting figures can overlap.   American also committed to spend the greater of 30 percent or $150,000 of annual discretionary supply and service expenditures with Fort Worth contractors.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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