Meet the Member: Virgin America

Virgin America

Tell us one thing about Virgin America that business travelers may not know.
Five years ago, Virgin America became the first airline to offer Gogo In-flight WiFi service on every domestic flight and it’s still the only U.S. airline to offer WiFi connectivity on every single domestic flight. This fall, Virgin America will be the first airline to offer Gogo’s faster ATG-4 WiFi service to flyers on every domestic flight. The new ATG-4 service offers more bandwidth within the cabin, resulting in a faster web experience for travelers looking for their “office in the sky.” Continue reading

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Announcing the 40th Class of Leadership Dallas

The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 40th class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the region.

“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2015 has been selected based on their commitment to the Dallas community as well as their high potential for leadership,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber.  “We are proud to welcome these talented, committed individuals into the program, and look forward to working with them.  Leadership Dallas is a real commitment, and these individuals will spend many hours gaining a deeper understanding of what makes the Dallas region a great place to live, work, and play.  When their year is completed, each one of them will better appreciate this community, be in a better position to play a leadership role in helping make the Dallas region even better than it already is, and gain some life-long friends and colleagues.” Continue reading

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Infographic of the Week: Industrial Clusters

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research & Economic Development 

DFW is building for the future. According to recent research by CBRE, DFW is approaching 20 million sq. ft. of industrial space under construction – the most of all major Texas markets. The new space under construction is adding capacity to the millions of square feet of existing industrial space already here. There are dozens of industrial park clusters throughout the area, and they are home to hundreds of distribution and manufacturing facilities and global logistics firms.

The North Texas region easily surpasses other markets given its central location and the accessibility to markets via rail, air, or truck. The low cost of real estate, availability of a skilled and competitive workforce, and low taxes allow businesses to thrive in an increasingly competitive economy.

Industrial Clusters

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DRC10: Ten Things You Need to Know in August

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

  1. Make the most of your DRC membership and learn how it can have a positive impact on your business. On Aug. 7, members can attend Chamber Live for a free breakfast, an interactive overview of the DRC, and a prime networking opportunity. Join us at the DRC office for this FREE event.
  2. The Dallas Entrepreneur Center recently moved to the West End. They are hosting open houses on Aug. 7 and Aug. 19. Click here for more details and to RSVP in advance.
  3. Now through Sept. 5, nominate your own company or an outside organization for the Blueprint Awards. The awards celebrate companies that have made a positive impact on the North Texas economy through job growth, innovation, and expansion. Apply now!
  4. Leadership Dallas will announce the Class of 2015 soon! Alumni will celebrate the new class at a reception on Aug. 20.
  5. Members of our North Texas U.S. Congressional delegation will speak at the 2014 Congressional Forum on Aug. 26. U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, and U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling will discuss important issues that impact our region at the federal level. Topics will include immigration, health care, infrastructure, and federal budget priorities. Register for the 2014 Congressional Forum now!
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Blueprint Awards Applications Now Available

Now through Sept. 5, 2014, the DRC is accepting applications for the 2014 Blueprint Awards. Apply now!

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Exemplifying best-in-class growth. Creating jobs. Expanding operations. Igniting innovation. Making a regional impact. The Blueprint Awards celebrate companies and organizations that hold these characteristics that make the DFW region a strong economic environment.

Companies and organizations are invited to nominate themselves or another organization for a Blueprint Award in the following categories:

  • Workforce GrowthApply-Now
  • Corporate Headquarters Location
  • Corporate Facility Location
  • Community Catalyst
  • Innovation Catalyst
  • Education Catalyst
  • Small Business

Membership in the DRC is not required to apply.

Winners will be presented during the DRC’s annual Blueprint Awards luncheon on Nov. 13, 2014. Click here to register for the luncheon.

Learn more about the criteria and guidelines by visiting Applications must be submitted by Sept. 5, 2014. If you have questions, please email Penny Lynch at or call 214.746.6739.

Presenting Sponsors

Holmes Murphy  Citi Logo

2013 Blueprint Awards Winners:

  • Encore Wire Corporation, Workforce Growth
  • Conifer Health Solutions, Corporate Headquarters Location
  •, Corporate Facility Location
  • George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Community Catalyst
  • Bottle Rocket Apps, Innovation Catalyst
  • University Crossroads, Education Catalyst

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The Cut – Opes One Advisors

Click here to learn more about Opes One Advisors. 

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Infographic of the Week: Arts & Culture

By: Ryan Tharp, Director of Research & Economic Development

Did you know that the largest contiguous arts district in the country is right here in our own backyard?

Dallas’ impressive Arts District spans over 68 acres and 19 city blocks. The district is conveniently located on the north side of the Central Business District, and connects Uptown with Downtown via the new Klyde Warren Park. Continue reading

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