by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
Dallas-Fort Worth has been climbing toward the top of the list of U.S. metro areas with the most corporate relocations and expansions. The region ranked second with 231 projects, according to the March 2017 issue of Site Selection Magazine. The region ranked third the previous year in that category, which applies to metro areas with more than 1 million people.
International relocations and expansions to Dallas-Fort Worth are helping push the Dallas Region toward the top of the pile, said Mike Rosa, Senior Vice President of Economic Development at the Dallas Regional Chamber.
Among major international expansions and relocations in North Texas are the Toyota North America campus, Huawei, Samsung, Kubota and Hilti.
“International companies are looking for a growing workforce, a strong economy and a low-regulatory environment,” said Rosa. “They have found those qualities in the Dallas Region, which has seen more than 500,000 additional jobs in the past five years; many of these new jobs are the result of international relocations or expansions.”
“Two additional, important factors in our favor is that we have no state income tax, and there’s plenty of land available for corporate campuses, near quality housing in great neighborhoods,” he said.
DRC Mission to Asia
October 15-21, 2017 | Multi-Day
Shanghai, China & Seoul, South Korea
*Follow along on social media with the hashtag #DFWAsia2017.
French Wine Festival
Friday, November 10, 2017 | 7:30PM-10PM
Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209
* This event benefits the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas-Fort Worth.
This November, Dallas voters will have the chance to improve and expand our streets, parks, libraries, cultural and performing arts, police and fire facilities and more without raising taxes. The City of Dallas bond package will be on the ballot with 10 items crucial to growing Dallas’ quality of life and economic vibrancy – and the Dallas Regional Chamber endorses them all.
We hope that you will vote “For” City of Dallas Propositions A – J and encourage your co-workers, friends, and family members to do so as well.
It’s been five years since the last bond campaign and improvements to Dallas’ streets and facilities are sorely needed for the continued growth and success of our region. Let’s pass all bond items and make this election a perfect 10 for Big D!
To learn more about the items on the bond, including an interactive map of proposed project, please click here.
Early voting begins Monday, October 23, and runs through Friday, November 3.
To find your early voting location, click here.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.
by Amie Kromis, Skanska
The LEAD YP class was honored to have Tony Bridwell, an industry trailblazer with nearly three decades of executive leadership experience, speak about leadership as well as his new book, The Newsmaker: A Leadership Story of Honor and Love.
Fun fact: the book is designed to be a three-hour read, perfect for a flight from Dallas to New York.
Bridwell outlined how we each have the power to create significant or adverse experiences based on our reactions and decisions. While researching his book, Bridwell realized he needed an understanding of what love looks like from a leadership standpoint. He wanted his characters to explore love and leadership and the controversy that usually results when they’re combined.
It’s estimated adults make more than 35,000 daily decisions, consciously and unconsciously. Through those decisions and experiences, we form biases that influence our values and beliefs. Essentially, how we think determines and drives behavior. However, if an outcome isn’t working, we always want to change the behavior when we should instead change our thinking or bias. We often don’t think, we just do. Bridwell challenged the LEAD YP class to identify our biases in order to shape our perspectives.
Just as Bridwell challenged us to review our thought patterns to change an outcome, I want to challenge you to do the same and lead from love. Whether that’s gaining more empathy or becoming more vulnerable, do something to move your leadership experience from adverse effects to significant impacts.
No one says you need to start up in your home town. From coast to coast, here are the 10 U.S. cities nurturing the most fast-growing private companies of 2017.
by Jenny King, LD ’16
In late August, as Hurricane Harvey was heading toward the Texas Gulf Coast, individuals, businesses and nonprofits in Dallas were already preparing to respond with support after the storm. A number of Leadership Dallas alumni have served as critical leaders for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Here is a profile of several such alumni who continue to make us proud.
Gulf Coast Response with Oncor’s Mutual Assistance Teams
Lawrence Ward, LD ’16, directed Oncor’s work to help repair the electric infrastructure of the Gulf Coast region. His team of 184 employees and contractors was deployed to Rockport-Fulton, near Corpus Christi, from August 28 to September 11, and provided mutual assistance (MA) to the local electric utility by clearing debris, and repairing transmission and distribution lines, utility power poles, and related equipment. The goal was power restoration to approximately 5,200 customers in their assigned repair area. Power allowed critical emergency response agencies and businesses, including FEMA, Homeland Security, local law enforcement, water plants, gas stations and grocery stores, to better support displaced residents.
Among the safety challenges his team faced were driving routes/conditions, storm debris, snakes, alligators, staging area traffic, mosquitoes, ants and high water, just to name a few. Lawrence left Dallas early on Sunday, August 27, to establish the logistics for his team, which joined him two days later. They worked 16-18 hour days as the repair needs were so extensive.
“The destruction down there was unbelievable… continue to include these residents on your prayers list,” says Lawrence.
Because infrastructure damage varies per storm, Oncor’s MA teams are self-sustaining. They deploy with trailers of generators and supplies to help with repairs, and can refill as needed. They also deploy with support trailers containing bunk beds, showers/bathrooms, and food/eating space until local hotel space and restaurant service can be procured. Harvey’s impact was so great that on day two of repairs Oncor flew big rig drivers overnight to Dallas so they could drive down 18 wheelers full of additional supplies to support repairs.
Mass Care Task Force: Food, Shelter, Volunteers and Operations for Hurricane Evacuees at the Dallas Convention Center
In Dallas, preparation for serving evacuees from a massive weather disaster, such as Hurricane Harvey, has been in place via the Mass Care Task Force (MCTF) since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita 12 years ago.
Leadership Dallas alumni serve as half of the CEO leadership of this unique collective impact initiative. VolunteerNow CEO Tammy Richards, LD ’08, and North Texas Food Bank CEO Trisha Cunningham, LD ’09, work with their peers at the Red Cross and Salvation Army on disaster preparation and response planning with philanthropic support from the Caruth Foundation/Communities Foundation of Texas and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, other sponsors, and the resources of each organization. Together, these four nonprofits have created an emergency response plan approved and supported by law enforcement to feed, house, care for and deploy volunteers to support those who may come to Dallas after being displaced by weather events.
Since August 27, the MCTF has worked nonstop to coordinate with the City of Dallas, various law enforcement agencies, pet shelters and pet foster groups, and area nonprofits to support Harvey evacuees in the main convention center shelter and several satellite shelters.
“Through the Mass Care Task Force, we were ready for a catastrophic weather event such as this, and it is gratifying to know the nourishment and social services we provided directly helped those displaced by Hurricane Harvey,” says Trisha.
The MCTF has distributed some 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat meals, snacks and beverages, and its social services staff helped hundreds of evacuees apply for food benefits. It has also coordinated more than 1,500 background-checked volunteers to serve individuals and families displaced by Hurricane Harvey and has fielded inquiries from many thousands more.
Imagine setting up a temporary town in the convention center and providing it with food, supplies and support services for thousands of newly homeless people, families and pets.
“The greater Dallas community has responded with such heart and soul to help our neighbors to the south. It is hard work to run shelters and these volunteers have been critical to our successful operations,” says Tammy.
North Texas has a heart for service, as shown by the volunteers, resources rallied, and our community response to welcoming those displaced by Hurricane Harvey.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: Funding and Donations with National Help from The Today Show
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas continues to be creative in identifying and responding to community needs, including those created by Hurricane Harvey. Led by McDermott-Templeton President and CEO Jennifer Hilton Sampson, LD ’03, the organization established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to raise money to support storm evacuees in North Texas seeking shelter and long-term assistance.
In addition, United Way teamed with The Today Show to kick off a week of Harvey relief efforts.
“We were honored to work with Jeff Rossen and ‘The Today Show’ team to help our Texas neighbors in need,” says Sampson. “North Texans responded with their hands and hearts as volunteers were able to collect, sort and load donations that filled two moving trucks full of much-needed supplies sent to Houston that same day.”
United Way has also created a comprehensive resources page on its website that identifies the many ways North Texans can volunteer, donate, and otherwise support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts at www.unitedwaydallas.org/harveyrelief/.
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