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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Keep the Dallas ISD Progress Moving

By: Meredith Turner, Director of Communications

He raised the graduation rate. He decreased the dropout rate. He stabilized the reserve fund balance. He completed the largest fiber-optic network of any school district in the nation. With these accomplishments (among many more), the Dallas Regional Chamber strongly believes that the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees should extend Superintendent Mike Miles’ Dallas ISD contract.

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Infographic of the Week: Location

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research & Economic Development

It may sound cliché, but site location can make or break a business’ chance of success. The Dallas-Fort Worth region is the best location in the country for both businesses and residents.

Dallas-Fort Worth is centrally located within the U.S., and this gives businesses a competitive edge by positioning them within reach of key markets. For business travelers, this means reduced air travel times as every major city is within four hours. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport saw over 60 million passengers in 2013.

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Fire up the grill and grab a sparkler – It’s time to celebrate!

As we gather with friends and family to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, we are grateful to live in the land of the free and home of the brave. Thank you to all the men and women who have served this country.

The DRC office will be closed Friday, July 4. Have a safe and festive holiday.

Fourth of July 101: In June 1776, representatives from the 13 colonies, then fighting in the revolutionary struggle, weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, the Fourth of July has been celebrated as the birth of American independence.

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