Economic Growth: Trina Solar, Bonton Farms recognized with Building Tomorrow Together awards

By Catie George, Manager, Communications & Storytelling

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) hosted the first Tomorrow Fund Investor Breakfast of the year on Wednesday, March 6.

DRC President & CEO Dale Petroskey and DFW Airport CEO Sean Donohue.

As the morning’s keynote, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue commemorated the airport’s 50th anniversary.

In addition to exclusive briefings, DRC’s Tomorrow Fund Investor Breakfasts also provide the opportunity to recognize companies and organizations spurring economic growth in the Dallas Region.

Trina Solar announced plans for a major photovoltaic plant in Wilmer in September 2023, an investment of over $200 million. The 1 million-square-foot plant is expected to create 1,500 well-paying jobs.

“Our commitment to Dallas and the state of Texas is not just an investment in infrastructure, but a testament to our belief in the region’s potential,” said Morgan Peng, Deputy General Manager at Trina Solar, as he accepted the award.

“I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to everyone present here, the city of Wilmer, to Dallas, the chamber, and to the great state of Texas. Your support and collaboration have been instrumental in bringing this vision to life. Together, we are not just building a factory, we are laying the foundation for a sustainable future.”

The second Building Tomorrow Together award of the day went to Bonton Farms for its Grocery Connect service, which was launched in partnership with Kroger to provide an online grocery ordering and pickup service with free delivery options.

Building Tomorrow Together award winners with DRC staff.

Grocery Connect will help bring fresh and nutritious food to low-income urban neighborhoods and address food deserts in Southern Dallas County. Bonton Farms President Gabe Madison urged participants to get involved.

“Join us in this effort so that we can not only transform this community but also replicate this across the country,” Madison said.

The launch of Grocery Connect was supported by the Leadership Dallas Class of 2024’s involvement with Bonton Farms to develop and advance the organization’s Food Desert Action Plan to help mitigate food insecurities.

Above and beyond DRC membership, the DRC’s Tomorrow Fund makes possible the DRC’s strategic efforts to improve the quality of life for all people while enhancing the business climate and economy of the Dallas Region. By investing in the Tomorrow Fund, DRC members expand their company’s impact on the region.

“As Tomorrow Fund investors, you support [the DRC’s work],” said Petroskey. “That’s the only reason we can do this work, and we can’t thank you enough for that.”

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Thank you to FORVIS and Suffolk, sponsors of the first Tomorrow Fund Investor Breakfast of 2024.