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Texas’ economy keeps its edge by importing talent from other states and countries

Brittney Reeves had been in New York City for nine years when Microsoft asked her to consider working in Dallas. She jumped at the chance.

“I did New York, from Bushwick to Washington Heights,” she said. “But being in my 30s, I understood what kind of benefits could come from moving to Texas, and how I could really get into that second stage of my life.”

Reeves moved into an apartment near Victory Park just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and soon after, Microsoft closed its offices and asked employees to work from home. Reeves threw herself into her new adventure.

In her first year, she bought a house in the Trinity Groves area, just west of downtown Dallas. She started a group chat with other young professionals and joined several local organizations, including the Junior League, Junior Achievement and Dallas Regional Chamber.

“People are always asking me, ‘How do you like Texas?’” said Reeves, who’s 34 and single…

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