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Economic Development Update

By Erica Flores, Coordinator, Economic Development

The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Strategic Plan, launched in 2010, identifies the DRC’s primary role: economic development.

Every DRC initiative will support the Dallas region’s economic growth, thus fulfilling our mission:

Together, we will lead the Dallas region to become the most economically prosperous region — and the most desirable place to live and work — in the United States.

The DRC’s economic development team works vigorously to help support that mission.  Each month we’ll provide an update on these initiatives and projects that support our strategic plan goals. Continue reading

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Austin Asks Dallas How to Get Transportation Moving

By John McCarley, Social Media Guy

Yesterday, the DRC hosted a delegation from The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce who had hit the road to learn more about transportation. Martin Molloy of Halff Associates and chairman of our Transportation and Infrastructure Committee got the conversation moving, and gave them an overview of the transportation organizations, projects and infrastructure in place.

During the meeting, Dallas Councilwoman Linda Koop also shared her opinions on why Dallas/Fort Worth is able to accomplish so many infrastructure projects in the works. She also explained the entities in place that help steer improvements and action in North Texas. Continue reading

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DRC, Fort Worth Chamber Travel to Washington for the DFW Congressional Summit

Sunday, the DRC, the Fort Worth Chamber and fifty of our region’s business leaders joined forces in Washington D.C. for the second joint DFW Congressional Summit.  The summit, which lasts for three consecutive days, gives Chamber members direct access to key decision makers and issue experts in our nation’s capital and provides a valuable opportunity to improve our region’s knowledge and influence on federal issues.  Continue reading

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Economic Development Update

The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Strategic Plan, launched in 2010, identifies the DRC’s primary role: economic development.

Every DRC initiative will support the Dallas region’s economic growth, thus fulfilling our mission:

Together, we will lead the Dallas region to become the most economically prosperous region — and the most desirable place to live and work — in the United States.

The DRC’s economic development team, including industry clusters and innovation, as well as business information and research, work vigorously to help support that mission.  Each month we’ll provide an update on these initiatives and projects that support our strategic plan goals. Continue reading

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Guest Blog: A New Source of Jobs for North Texas

ImageWritten By: Lane Sorgen, General Manager, South Central District, Microsoft Corp.

One of the biggest job generators for North Texas is a resource that we can’t really touch or even see—but when we reach for it, dollars start pouring into businesses all across the Metroplex and jobs spring up as a result. That’s what a new study from Microsoft says about “the cloud.”

If you own a business, you’re likely to understand how the cloud can save you money. By relying on technology infrastructure and applications that are housed in the cloud—instead of in your own server room—you avoid many of the costs related to maintaining equipment, buying more servers when your company grows, keeping an internal network up and running, and constantly buying upgrades for software. With the cloud, your technology is always up to date, and you can expand easily as you need more capability. Continue reading

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Economic Development Update

Posted by: Erica Flores, Economic Development

The Dallas Regional Chamber’s Strategic Plan, launched in 2010, identifies the DRC’s primary role: economic development.  Every DRC  initiative will support the Dallas region’s economic growth, thus fulfilling our mission:

Together, we will lead the Dallas region to become the most economically prosperous region — and the most desirable place to live and work — in the United States.

The DRC’s economic development team, including industry clusters and  innovation, as well as business information and research, work vigorously to help support that mission.  Each month we’ll provide an update on these initiatives and projects that support our strategic plan goals. Continue reading

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What Qualities Are the Dallas ISD Trustees Looking for in the New Superintendent? Here’s the Position Profile

By Lanet Greenhaw, Director of Education

The Dallas ISD Board of Trustees has approved the District Superintendent Position Profile defining the qualities and characteristics important for the District’s next leader.  The Profile is used to recruit and screen candidates.

Here is the complete District Superintendent Position Profile:

Superintendent Candidate

DISD serves a diverse student population which is 69% Hispanic, 25% African American and 5% white. The attendance rate for the district is 96% and the graduation rate is 74.6%.

The candidate must possess exceptional leadership skills to continue to raise the academic bar for all students, continue to eliminate the achievement gap while serving as an ambassador for the district for the district with the school community and the broader public. The board will offer a competitive compensation package. Continue reading

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Five Questions with CIO Magazine Editor in Chief, Maryfran Johnson

Posted By: Erica Flores, Industry Clusters and Economic Development

Maryfran Johnson was named Editor in Chief of CIO magazine and events in January 2009. A longtime journalist and editor, she brings more than 20 years of experience covering IT leadership, technology and business trends to her role, along with an extensive network of CIO contacts from previous leadership positions at Computerworld and CIO Decisions magazine.

The Dallas Regional Chamber is proud to partner with CIO Magazine for CIO Perspectives, a one-day IT executive event packed with informative sessions and professional networking opportunities.  Maryfran will moderate the February 16th event in Dallas, and we were fortunate enough to catch up with her to ask a couple questions about the latest buzz. Continue reading

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Call to Action: Profoundly Change a Young Person’s Future by Employing One Through the Mayor’s Intern Fellow Program This Summer!

By Lanet Greenhaw, Director of Education

The Dallas Regional Chamber is partnering with The City of Dallas and Education is Freedom (EiF) to offer more than 400 public school students in DISD and charters a real world job experience this summer through the Mayor’s Intern Fellow Program.  You can make this a reality, and we call upon you to host or sponsor an intern(s) for 20, 32, or 40 hours a week and profoundly impact a young person’s vision for his or her future. Companies that cannot employ an intern can sponsor an intern to work at a community organization or the City of Dallas office.

Open to businesses and community organizations of all sizes, the program provides paid internships and professional experiences. Your business will help develop the workforce of tomorrow by providing much needed job and communication skills; the soft skills that we all have to learn outside of the classroom. In addition, EiF provides training in resume writing, interview skills, and continues to monitor the interns’ progress through regular site visits. Continue reading

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Say Thank You to Our School Board Trustees!

By Lanet Greenhaw, Director of Education

January is School Board Recognition Month in Texas.  It’s a time to formally acknowledge the efforts of our local school board trustees and thank them for their service to our communities and our children.  Local school board members invest countless hours each week, and serve totally as volunteers with no compensation.

Front row L-R, Bruce Parrott, Adam Medrano, Dr. Lew Blackburn, Interim Superintendent Alan King, Dr. Edwin Flores. Back row L-R, Eric Cowan, Bernadette Nutall, Carla Ranger, Nancy Bingham and Mike Morath

The nine Dallas ISD Trustees are tasked with the mammoth challenge of overseeing the 14th largest school district in the nation with a diverse population of more than 157,000 students in 225 schools, more than 20,000 employees, and a nearly a $1.2 billion operating budget.  Currently they are wrestling with important decisions around the issues of massive budget cuts, school consolidations and the selection of a new superintendent. Continue reading

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