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Belk’s Flagship Store: How Retail Ignites Texas’ Economy

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator 

DFW is the place to shop! With 17 centers or malls that have more than 1 million square feet of space, our region has extensive retail development.

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), the retail industry supports 3,374,411 jobs in Texas. It is safe to say that retail plays a major role in the Texas economy. NRF statistics show that retail directly and indirectly supports one in four jobs in Texas, is responsible for 16 percent of Texas’ GDP, and generates 17 percent of labor income in the Lone Star State.

Belk, a member of the DRC, was recently mentioned in an article by the NRF for its new flagship store at Galleria Dallas. The Charlotte-based department store created 200 new jobs and invested $20 million to build its Dallas location. Continue reading

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The DRC Congratulates Board Member A.K. Mago

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator

The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) is proud to congratulate DRC Board Member Ashok Kumar (A.K.) Mago for being awarded the Padma Shri, one of the most prestigious awards from the Indian government.

Hon. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, presented the award to A.K. in January for his efforts in strengthening the economic ties between India and the United States.

The U.S. India Chamber of Commerce recently held a reception at InterContinental Dallas to honor A.K. for his accomplishments. Over 400 friends attended the dinner, including Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions. Continue reading

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Infographic of the Week: Higher Education

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research & Economic Development

In order to be successful in the workforce, it’s important to have the skills and education to meet the changing industry needs. North Texas offers more than 30 higher education options; including public and private universities, community colleges, and trade schools.

The State Legislature selected eight institutions to expand current research programs striving to achieve the distinguished “Tier One” research institution title. Three of the eight are housed in North Texas. “Tier One” institutions are nationally recognized for the highest levels of innovations and academic excellence. The North Texas institutions selected include the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Texas at Arlington. 

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Roll Call: Meredith Turner, Director of Communications

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator

MeredithMeet our Director of Communications, Meredith Turner. Her responsibilities at the DRC include event marketing, managing social media, creating website content, writing blog posts, email marketing, taking photos, and more. Meredith’s goal is to increase awareness of DRC events and leadership initiatives, reinforce the DRC as a thought leader and advocate in the community, add value for members, and position the Dallas region as the most prosperous and dynamic economy in the U.S.

What were your first impressions of the DRC?
Everyone at the DRC has such a positive attitude! They are excited to be here and passionate about the work they are doing. I’m lucky to be a part of this. Continue reading

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Call for 2015 DRC Board of Directors Nominations by Aug. 15

The Dallas Regional Chamber invites its members to recommend nominees to fill open positions on its 2015 Board of Directors. Any current DRC member in good standing who is the top local executive in that member company is eligible to be nominated. Continue reading

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Member Monday (on Wednesday) – SuperiorHR

By Diana Rivas-Smith, Membership Specialist

Diana Rivas-Smith recently spoke with Karen LaCroix, Founder and President of SuperiorHR, to find out how she got started and how her business benefits from its location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

What does SuperiorHR do that makes you different than other HR firms?Karen_LaCroix

Most HR firms provide project-based HR consulting. SuperiorHR is a full-service HR outsourcing firm. There are several things that make us unique:

  • SuperiorHR handles all aspects of the HR function – from the clerical/administrative to payroll/tax processing to employee relations and legal compliance. In other words, we are the HR Department for our clients.
  • Our service model provides each client with customized HR solutions that fit their business, their culture and their needs.

What did you do before you started your company?

I spent more than 20 years as an HR professional in a number of different industries. My specialty was turning around HR departments that were inefficient or not focused on customer service. I also supported startups and acquisitions. Technology was a huge part of creating efficiency and making information available to employees and managers.SuperiorHR

After leaving the corporate world, I realized that most companies with 50-350 employees didn’t have a “real” HR function or access to an HR professional to help guide them through the more than 50 different employment laws. Hiring a full-time staff didn’t make sense, and using a professional employer organization was way too expensive and inflexible. I knew that a fractional HR solution made sense! Continue reading

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DRC10: Ten Things You Need to Know in July

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator

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Your monthly look at the big stories and upcoming events we’re talking about at the DRC. Continue reading

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Active Network Makes the Move to Dallas

By: Lexi Smith, Communications Coordinator 

Dallas is the place to be! Active Network recently announced its plans to relocate its global headquarters from California to downtown Dallas.

The Economic Development team at the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) worked closely with the company during the evaluation process. Active Network executives learned more about Dallas during DRC-hosted visits to the region; including an evening hosted at the Mavericks game with members of the business community, City of Dallas and staff.

In addition to these meetings, the Economic Development team had the opportunity to visit Active Network’s San Diego headquarters. The DRC is proud to play an integral role in assisting with the site selection and headquarters relocation process for Active Network and others. Continue reading

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Applications Open for $50,000 Business Pitch Contest

By: Tara Vornkahl, Program Coordinator-Innovation

In a strong show of commitment to entrepreneurship in our region, Comerica Bank is sponsoring a “pitch” competition that will award $50,000 to a worthy North Texas startup or small business.

The pitch contest, titled, “Dallas Entrepreneur’s North Texas Business Pitch Contest Presented by Comerica Bank,” opened the application process on Tuesday, July 1.

Click here to enter your start-up or small business into the contest!

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Meet the Interns!

By: Anna Beth Gruber, Communications Intern

This summer six new, somewhat fresh-faced interns joined the Dallas Regional Chamber team. We are a very unique bunch of interns, and therefore wanted to justly introduce ourselves to the Dallas Regional Chamber community. As the newest addition to the group, I decided to sit down and have a little chat with the rest of the interns, so that I could get to know everyone a little better. Below are some of the questions I posed, and the insightful responses that came of them.

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