Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the biggest data center markets in the United States – ranking No. 2 only behind Northern Virginia – and its only expected to get even bigger. Developers and data center providers have snapped up large tracts of land to build big campuses. The region is touting ample power and fiber to bring much-needed connectivity, redundancy and bandwidth to would-be data center tenants.
In some respects, “downtown” is a uniquely American invention-considered by die-hard urbanites to be as much a state of mind as a physical location. But make no mistake: Downtown is also a place. The term was coined in New York in the early 19th century to describe the lower tip of Manhattan, the bustling heart of the city’s business, commercial, and residential life. That notion swept coast to coast, defined by skyscrapers, department stores, apartments, and plentiful gigs-no longer tethered to the concept of south, north, or center.
by Craig Smith, Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate
Beep! Beep! Beep!
I looked over and the clock read 4:45 AM. It was finally here! The day I had been telling my family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors about for the past week; it was the day that the Dallas Regional Chamber and its Young Professionals program was headed to Austin to advocate for the high-speed rail (between Houston and Dallas) and pre-Kindergarten care for our youngest citizens.
The four-hour trip to Austin flew by as the group swapped stories and studied the advocacy materials provided by our fearless leaders. As we pulled up to the Capitol, the mood quickly began to buzz with anticipation. The chartered bus door opened once more and we divided into two groups, each group assigned to distinct House Representatives as well as State Senators.
Remaining mindful not to wander too far from the group, the great expanse of the southern entry hall drew me into the main commons. The sheer volume of space has inspired many of Texas’ great leaders and undoubtedly will continue to do so.
The first meeting of the day was with House Representative Rafael Anchia. He welcomed my group of 10 into his office even though there was hardly enough room for him to squeeze past us and nestle into his chair. Rep. Anchia was gracious, to the point, and has a no-holds-barred attitude towards receiving and answering questions, and listening to perspective from our group.
Our busy but productive day also included visits with Rep.Victoria Neave, Rep. Pat Fallon, Rep. Linda Koop, and Rep. Jason Villalba. As the sun waned past its high point in the clear Austin sky, the two groups reconvened for the final two meetings of the day. Senator Van Taylor and Representative Johnson’s offices were both on the bigger side and the entire group circled around to ask the ‘big’ questions.
Once all meetings concluded, YP took a short trip down to the Driskill Hotel attended the DRC’s meet-and-greet for the Austin Fly-In. With every available elected official from North Texas present, the call to reconvene at the charter bus came all too soon.
It was now 8:45 PM. The blacked-out bus doors swung shut, and a calm sense of accomplishment overcame the cabin. It had been a mere 16 hours since the alarm sounded, but we met with seven elected officials, made a bus full of new friends, had conversations we will remember for a lifetime, and walked the halls of Texas history.
A growing tech industry is often considered the ultimate sign of a healthy local economy. By that measure, the Bay Area still stands at the top of the heap in the United States, but our survey of the metropolitan areas with the strongest tech job growth turns up some surprising places not usually thought of as tech meccas. Here are the stats for DFW: Tech Industry Job Growth, 2006-16: 43.2%, Number of Tech Job 2016: 123,737, STEM Occupation Growth, 2006-16:20.5%, Number of STEM jobs, 2016: 219,599
Breaking for vacation doesn’t have to break the bank. MONEY’s 2017 Best in Travel identifies the destinations and services that deliver the most value for your dollar. If you travel frequently, chances are you’ve been near Fort Worth-catching a plane at DFW, one of the busiest airports in the country. Yet this vibrant Texas city, known for cowboys and culture, warrants more than a layover.
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