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State And Local Officials On Hand As Uber Breaks Gound At Future Dallas Hub

Business and government officials posed for the ground breaking picture where Dallas' Uber Hub will operate
Bill Zeeble
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KERA News
Business and government officials posed for the ground breaking picture where Dallas' Uber Hub will operate

State and local officials helped celebrate Friday’s ground breaking for the new Uber Hub in Dallas’ Deep Ellum.  

Earlier this year, government officials put an incentive package together that sealed the deal, bringing Uber’s Hub and 3,000 employees to Dallas. It will be the company’s second largest campus.

Gov. Greg Abbott spoke at Friday's groundbreaking ceremony.

“Texas is a natural fit for Uber,” Abbott said. “Uber is an innovation business. Innovation transformed Texas from pastureland to becoming the economic engine for the United States of America.”

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson also attended the event. He talked about how Deep Ellum and the city as a whole have changed.

“Businesses of all types have flocked here,” Johnson said. “The fact that we are able to attract a hi-tech company like Uber to Dallas, is testament to just how far this great city has come.”

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi was there, and praised Dallas for being the first Texas city to welcome Uber and allow it to legally operate. He said residents seem to like it too.  

“Texas leads in the percentage of brisket orders for UberEats,” said Khosrowshahi, amid laughter. “Almost 200,000 orders of brisket alone to your home … so thank you for that Dallas. We do appreciate it.”

Khosrowshahi also announced that five local nonprofits will receive free Uber rides through its Community Impact Initiative.