Nestled in the heart of north Dallas on twelve acres with lovely gardens and a small winding brook, the Alcuin School has for fifty plus years provided a thriving learning environment for the approximately 600 students it serves. Parents select the School for a progressive education which focuses on the 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. One parent expresses the spirit of the Alcuin community with these thoughts, “Our most sacred obligation to these splendid beings is to open their hearts, inform their minds and encourage their dreams that they may be ready when life calls them to greatness.”
The Princeton Review released its eighth annual ranking lists naming the best undergraduate and graduate schools for students to study-and launch a career in-game design. Southern Methodist University ranked #1 on the graduate schools list (up from #2 last year). The full lists, which name the “Top 50” undergraduate and “Top 25” graduate schools, are posted at Top Schools for Game Design 2017. There, users can also get information on The Princeton Review’s methodology for this project and its detailed profiles of the schools with guidance for applicants on their programs, admission requirements, and financial aid.
This week the DRC dropped a card in opposition to HB 2899, which would prohibit political subdivisions, including public school districts, from adopting any non-discrimination measure to regulate access to restrooms that differs from the state. We also dropped a card in opposition to SB 600, which would repeal the Texas Economic Development Act, also known as Chapter 313 of the tax code.
Additionally we provided written testimony in support of HB 1372 and wrote letters to the North Texas Delegation in support of SB 2170 and its companion HB 4300. HB 1372 would require the curriculum of driver education courses to include information about law enforcement procedures during traffic stops. SB 2170 and HB 4300 would allow hospitals in Dallas County to create a Local Provider Participation Fund (LPPF) in order to access full state and federal Medicaid funding.
On the education front, the DRC coordinated with the state’s largest seven chambers to widely distribute a letter to House members in support of HB 21, a bill that provides additional financial support for public education and updates portions of the Texas public school finance system. Votes on HB 21, which passed on first reading in the House 134 – 16, will be included on our Pro-Growth Legislative Accountability Index. The DRC also dropped a card in the Senate Education Committee in support of SB 2143, which seeks to increase the Basic Allotment funding to local school districts.
Learn more about the DRC’s legislative agenda and priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.
The Dallas Ft. Worth region’s creative economy is an important component of the region’s overall economy. It is the leading creative economy in the state of Texas and also among the largest nationwide. The Dallas‐Ft. Worth creative economy offers substantial economic impacts and also outperformed the growth rate of the nation’s creative economy in the post‐recessionary period of 2010 to 2015
by Dave Moore, Staff Writer
The April 7 opening of Kubota Tractor Corporation and Kubota Credit Corporation’s North American headquarters in Grapevine marks more than a new corporate relocation to North Texas; it underscores the importance of ongoing efforts by the Dallas Regional Chamber and its partners in recruiting international corporations to North Texas.
“Today is an important day for Kubota as this new building is both a testament to our commitment to the future growth of our business in the U.S., and our pledge of being a socially responsible corporate citizen and active business partner with the great state of Texas and the City of Grapevine,” Masato Yoshikawa, President and CEO of Kubota Tractor Corporation, said at the ceremony. “As a new employer to the area, our hope is to continue to attract talent from the local community with this open environment, state-of-the art workplace and continue our long-term growth strategy to strengthen the Kubota brand in the U.S.”
Also on hand at the event were Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate, and staff members from the City of Grapevine, the Dallas Regional Chamber, and the governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, who worked together in assembling a relocation pitch for Kubota.
The DRC’s Economic Development experts and its partners worked with Kubota for several months during the site selection process. The team clearly laid out the benefits of doing business in North Texas – including a lower cost of living, a strong workforce and great schools – to Kubota’s leaders, making their decision to move from Torrance, California, to Grapevine, easier.
“It’s so rewarding to see these projects all the way through, from conception to execution,” said Sarah Carabias-Rush, head of the Chamber’s International Team, who also attended the April 7 opening. “It really brings to life the value of our international focus.”
Dallas Regional Chamber members CBRE, Corrigan Investments, Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, and the Furniture Marketing Group were directly involved in the project as well.
The work that successfully attracted Kubota to North Texas falls within the DRC’s Strategic Plan to raise the region’s profile as a premier destination for international headquarters.
Upcoming International Events:
Seminar: Lone Star Strategies for IP in China
May 2, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
This workshop covers the basics of what Texas company leaders need to know about intellectual property law in China.
The workshop – hosted by the Dallas Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and the U.S. Commercial Service in collaboration with the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – will be held at Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Ave., Dallas, 75201.
Topics that will be covered include principal Chinese laws affecting patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets; enforcing intellectual property rights in China; perspectives from Texas companies navigating intellectual property matters in China; and laws relating to the importation of goods.
The event is free; a buffet lunch will be available at the event, at a cost of $14.95. Parking will be available at the mansion for $4 per vehicle. Lawyers attending can earn 5.25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credits for an additional cost.
To register at the event, click here. Registration deadline is April 28.
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