Dallas Regional Chamber Checking Pulse of DFW Technology Business Economy and Featuring Long-Time Anchor Company
During the 1990s, technology business in Dallas/Fort Worth was bustling. Profits were plentiful, IPOs abounded, companies were relocating to the region, and we had been dubbed the Telecom Corridor.
But as September 11 shocked the nation, and the dot-com bubble burst, an ominous recession loomed.
Then the economic turnaround emerged. The region’s tech businesses bounced back to life in the new millennium: TechAmerica had named DFW as the #2 tech pole in the U.S., right behind Silicon Valley.
The Dallas Regional Chamber knew there was a need to sustain this reputation. In 2003, it formed the Technology Business Council to support this growing technology business community and promote the region as a world-class technology hub.
Growing this reputation continues to be important to the Chamber today. Our region employs 233,000 technology workers – more than Austin and Houston combined. The TBC’s purpose is strong, promoting the technology assets of the region and engaging industry leaders in issues affecting their businesses.
Even before the TBC was formed, the Chamber facilitated a yearly technology-focused program. The Chamber called it State of Technology.
For 10 years, the event has gathered over 800 technology and life science executives for a keynoted luncheon and interactive exhibitor showcase highlighting regional cutting-edge technology innovations. And of course – it celebrates the vibrant and growing technology business community in DFW.
This year’s State of Technology keynote will feature Rich Templeton, Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments. On Tuesday, July 27, he will share his insights on how North Texas technology companies can excel in the global marketplace, and what challenges and opportunities the future holds for this region. He will be joined on stage by Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, Dean of the Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, for an interactive discussion as well.
Have you always wanted to ask a Fortune 500 CEO a question about what it’s like to be in that role or what next innovative product will change the future? Now is your chance! We will be taking open questions for Mr. Templeton via the Chamber’s Twitter account, @drchamber, through July 23rd. A selection of these submissions will be used during the luncheon.
For more information on the State of Technology event, please visit www.dallastbc.org/programs/annual-state-tech/. And don’t forget to Tweet a question to DRChamber for the open q&a.
For information on how you and your company could become involved in the Technology Business Council, or a list of the TBC’s investors and initiatives, please click here. For additional details, please contact the TBC as firstname.lastname@example.org or (214) 712-1922.