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, Midlothian, 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 12 city partners and 18 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

  • Cedar Hill
  • DeSoto
  • Duncanville
  • Lancaster

Allied Partners

  • Methodist Charlton Medical Center
  • University of North Texas Dallas

Associate Partners

  • Access Self Storage
  • Cedar Valley College
  • City of Balch Springs
  • City of Glenn Heights
  • City of Ovilla
  • Frost Bank
  • Hillside Village
  • Oncor

Community Partners

  • Atmos Energy
  • Bank of DeSoto
  • City of Ferris
  • City of Hutchins
  • City of Midlothian
  • City of Red Oak
  • City of Wilmer
  • Grace Presbyterian Village
  • Los Barrios Unidos
  • Mountain View College
  • Plains Capital Bank
  • Republic Services
  • TXU Energy
  • Texas State Technical College
BSW 2016 Overview

Past Chairs of Best Southwest

  1. 2010-Present
  2. 2000-2009
  3. 1990-1999
  4. 1986-1989
  • 2016: Cliff Boyd
  • 2015: Dr. Alfred Ray
  • 2014: Grant Galliford
  • 2013: Dr. Kevin Fegan
  • 2012: Marcus Knight
  • 2011: Kenneth Govan
  • 2010: Wade Emmert