This weekend will be filled with families gathering together to enjoy the outdoors, cookouts and parades. While we spend the holiday with our loved ones those of us at the Chamber will also take time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. Often, the holiday is lost as the unofficial start to the summer and a day off of work but it’s much more than that.
Memorial Day, originally named Decoration Day was first proclaimed in May 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington Cemetery. Since then, more than 1 million men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The Dallas Regional Chamber offers our thanks to the veterans, those currently serving our country, and those who have lost their lives for our freedom.
We’re wishing everyone a wonderful weekend with family and a safe Memorial Day from all of us at the DRC.
Over the last few weeks, a number of issues have been raised concerning the new policies and practices the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Mike Miles are implementing in an effort to move the district and our students forward. This morning we issued a letter with the Dallas Citizens Council to the Board of Trustees showing the support of the broader business community for the very difficult changes recommended by Superintendent Miles.
We are dedicated to making our region the most economically prosperous region and the most desirable place to live and work in the United States. To accomplish this goal we must have an excellent urban school district that provides our children with the quality education they deserve.
There will be false starts and missteps along the way, and we’ve seen some. There will also be some who disagree with the fresh ideas and changes. But we stand by the Board of Trustees and Superintendent Miles, and for their bold plans to provide our children with the quality education they deserve, and a school district of which we can be even more proud.
To learn more about the letter submitted to the Board of Trustees, click here.
Thank you for your continued support of the Dallas Regional Chamber, and our efforts to improve the quality of life throughout the region.
Ambassador (r.) James C. Oberwetter
By Erica Mulder, Communications Manager
Exports in Texas are making a big impact on the global economy. The Dallas Morning News reported today that Texas refineries and petrochemical plants are leading the state’s growth.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2009 and 2012 Texas exports grew from $163 billion to more than $265 billion. Of that total, one-fourth of the exports came from DFW. Here’s a more detailed view of the region’s
2012 Export Profile.
The Dallas Regional Chamber is hosting an event that will explore the various aspects of our export economy as well as this region’s global competitiveness. Thursday’s Economic Outlook Series event features Richard M. Daley, former mayor of Chicago, Bruce Katz, Director of the Brookings Institution Global Cities Initiative, and Maher Maso, Mayor of Frisco and President of the Metroplex Mayors Association . They will lead a discussion on best policy, practices and innovation around the world and why businesses need to be thinking on a global scale.
Still need to save your seat? Register here.
By Tara Vornkahl, Program Coordinator, Economic Development
The Economic Development department at the DRC has been busy! We’ve noticed an upswing in leads and interests from consultants and companies interested in the Dallas area for corporate location, and this year Corporate project leads generated in first quarter 2013 are double than the same quarter in 2012. In addition to this exciting increase in interest, the past month was highlighted by marketing trips to California and New York, a welcome reception celebrating companies and executives who recently joined the Dallas area business community and welcoming a new member to our team.
On the Road Again
The DRC economic development team continues to be focused on outreach to companies and consultants, and has been on the road talking about “Why Dallas.” The Dallas Regional Chamber and five DFW Marketing Team members travelled to Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area at the end of March. During their visit, they met with seven companies interested in learning more about the DFW Region and potential opportunities for investment as well as five consultants whom were updated on the Dallas market. Of those visits, five projects have been initiated. DRC staff also traveled to New York & New Jersey in late April where they had 5 meetings with consultants and companies interested in the Dallas area for corporate location. Upcoming marketing trips and conferences include attending the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors conference (SIOR) and a DRC staff marketing trip to California in May
Corporate Recruitment Campaign
Development is well underway for the corporate recruitment outreach campaign, which will kick off in Q2 2013. The Dallas Regional Chamber has partnered with D Custom to create and implement an outreach campaign that will actively recruit companies to move to or expand in the area in order to boost job and GDP growth and drive the economy. The campaign will include direct mail, email, and custom pieces aimed at gaining company interest in the Dallas market. Continue reading