The area that has come to be known as present-day Arlington used to be an Anglo-European settlement that dates back before the 1840s. It was after the battle between General Edward Tarrant and the Native Americans at Village Creek that the current city was established, attracting farmers and other small business establishments to the area.
It was however, during 1954, when General Motors established an assembly plant in Arlington that the city began its massive industrialization phase. The city’s population grew, allured by the promises aerospace and automotive development was offering, turning Arlington into one of the “boomburbs” or extremely fast-developing suburbs – perfect for residential, small business, commercial and industrial establishments.
Eventually, the city also developed its reputation of being a choice meeting and events destination in the Metroplex for commercial and business travels and tours. Primary attractions that made its home in the city include: Six Flags Over Texas theme park; Hurricane Harbor water park; The Texas Rangers ballpark; The Dallas Cowboys Stadium; Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue; Lake Arlington; The Metroplex Planetarium; plus other attractions, restaurants, golf courses, and lodging.
Arlington electric companies compete in an energy deregulated electricity market, giving residents and business establishments the power to choose their power providers and gain the highest savings and the best in quality service. Aside from that, the city aims to be a recipient of the Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program, which will provide funds to assist Arlington communities in making their homes and businesses more energy efficient.
Aside from giving households and businesses an energy choice, the city is also embarking on a massive conservation program to preserve natural resources through efficient use of energy, water, recycling, waste reduction and improvement of air quality. Arlington Green Teams spearheads these efforts in partnership with the Department of Energy, with members coming from the business, commercial and residential communities within the city.