30 Years of Partnership

The two-county Best Southwest Partnership region is a dynamic and growing area of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The communities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster have been joined by Ferris, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Ovilla, Red Oak, Wilmer and Balch Springs to partner in promoting the advantages and benefits of living in and investing in Southern Dallas County and Northern Ellis County.

The Best Southwest Partnership was formed in 1986 by four cities – Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster. In 2016, there are 11 city partners and 19 other partners that include hospitals, colleges and universities, banks, utilities and other businesses, all interested in improving the quality of life in this region, thereby promoting economic development.

Foundation Partners
  • City of Cedar Hill
  • City of DeSoto
  • City of Duncanville
  • City of Lancaster
Allied Partners
  • Methodist Charlton Medical Center
  • University of North Texas Dallas
Associate Partners
  • Access Self Storage
  • Dallas College - Cedar Valley
  • City of Balch Springs
  • City of Glenn Heights
  • Frost Bank
  • Hillside Village
  • Oncor
  • Plains Capital Bank
  • Palladium USA
Community Partners
  • Atmos Energy
  • Bank of DeSoto
  • City of Ferris
  • City of Hutchins
  • City of Ovilla
  • City of Red Oak
  • City of Wilmer
  • Los Barrios Unidos
  • Dallas College - Mountain View
  • Republic Services
  • Star Transit
  • TXU Energy
  • Texas State Technical College

  • 2020: Dr. Joe Seabrooks
  • 2019: Alfonso Hernandez
  • 2018: Dr. Cynthia Mickens Ross
  • 2017: Maranda Auzenne
  • 2016: Cliff Boyd
  • 2015: Dr. Alfred Ray
  • 2014: Grant Galliford
  • 2013: Dr. Kevin Fegan
  • 2012: Marcus Knight
  • 2011: Kenneth Govan
  • 2010: Wade Emmert