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Pro-innovation, capital formation bills advance out of U.S. House, awaiting Senate consideration

By Sarah Carabias-Rush

In a rare bipartisan move, U.S. House members voted 390-23 on Thursday, March 8th to pass the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-ups).  While these six bills combined into one package, H.R.3606, will not move mountains, though proponents say the bills will make it easier for start-ups to raise capital, spur growth of start-ups and small businesses, and allow for more small businesses to go public and thus create more jobs.

The JOBS Act is comprised of six bills:

  1. Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act:   Also known as the “on ramp” bill. Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN) introduced this bill because data shows job growth is directly linked to an IPO. This bill would reduce the cost of going public by providing companies with a temporary reprieve from SEC regulations by phasing in certain regulations over a five-year period, making it easier for smaller companies to go public. 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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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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The DRC Celebrates another Successful State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase

Posted by: Erica Flores, Industry Clusters & Economic Development

11th Annual State of Technology CIO/VIP Roundtable

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On Friday, December 2nd, the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Innovation & Technology Council hosted its 11th Annual State of Technology Luncheon & Innovation Showcase at the Irving Convention Center, featuring keynote speaker Paul Mascarenas, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Ford Research & Innovation at Ford Motor Company.

Prior to the luncheon, Mascarenas hosted a private roundtable discussion with member CIO, CTO’s and VIP’s for a peer-to-peer discussion about the role of innovation in their industries and how to better leverage new technology to advance their organizations. Continue reading

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What does Innovation mean to you?

By Jeremy Vickers, Director, Innovation

Leading up to our State of Technology Luncheon and Innovation Showcase December 2, we’ve been asking, “What does innovation mean to you?” as part of a contest to win tickets to the event. The winner of 2 tickets is Karen Hall of Brightwing. Here’s her response along with a few others. We still want to hear from you. In the comments section below tell us what innovation means to you.

“You always have to be at the front of the line! If you do not keep your ears and mind open it will pass you by!”
-Karen Hall, Brightwing Continue reading

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Video: Sustainable Innovation Summit

Jeremy Vickers, Director of Innovation shares a little insight into our upcoming Sustainable Innovation Summit on November 17.

Join regional executives and national thought leaders as they discuss trends in renewable energy, green building, sustainable technology, and infrastructure solutions. One panel discussion focusing on Buildings, Energy Technologies, and Products & Services will take place between keynotes. http://d-fw.co/tdDynf. Continue reading

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