The Dallas Regional Chamber, Accenture, SMU, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas released the results of the DFW Regional Innovation Study which provides a strategy roadmap to accelerate the growth of North Texas’ innovation economy and bolster its reputation as a hub for innovation excellence.
The study – a six-month-long research project that included stakeholder interviews and analysis of the DFW economy and other global cities — found that the region’s thriving innovation economy results from the diversity of its industries, a skilled and growing workforce, a collection of accelerators and co-working spaces, investment capital, robust academic institutions, and top-ranked arts and culture scenes. The results also suggest that there is additional opportunity to bolster the region’s reputation as a magnet for innovation into the future.
However, it notes that staying ahead of the curve in today’s digital era — with the rapid pace of change and fierce competition — requires that a successful innovation economy combine several key ingredients: growing and flooding the ecosystem with the right talent; creating areas of density for that talent to “collide” to generate creative and innovative ideas; and providing access to funding and resources to allow those ideas to flourish and scale.
The cumulative result is a more innovative economy and a place where companies and people want to call home.
“For this region to continue to be a leader in economic growth, we need to always be looking forward, taking stock of what we have and who we are, growing and empowering innovative companies and people, and creating opportunities for further impact,” said Duane Dankesreiter, Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber. “This research and these recommendations can serve as a guidebook for a path forward.”
To keep pace and ensure a thriving future, the DFW Regional Innovation Study makes recommendations for key stakeholders in the region — corporations, nonprofits, academia, entrepreneurs, investors and government — that will better enable them to maximize the region’s existing innovation strengths and drive growth, focusing on four key areas:
Core Area #1: Talent
Core Area #2: Collisions
Core Area #3: Resources
Core Area #4: Impact
The study suggests that making these recommendations a reality will require the DFW Region form a coalition of key members from corporate, social, civic and academic institutions to drive the innovation strategy, supported by a single strategy office and presenting a united front and its collective strengths to the world.
“Our diverse economy, smart and ambitious people, growing startup community, and bustling arts and culture scenes are some of what makes innovation possible in our region,” said Jorge Corral, Dallas Office Managing Director for Accenture. “When our community comes together as one, we can be in the driver’s seat of our future. Innovation is what will fuel our growth, spark more DFW-born ideas and breakthroughs, and let the world know that Dallas-Fort Worth is where you want to live, work and make your vision into a reality.”
“The economic opportunity that Dallas provides is a major factor in recruiting ambitious, talented students to SMU from around the world,” said SMU Provost Steven C. Currall. “The entrepreneurial spirit thrives at SMU and in Dallas. This important study with our regional partners will foster a vibrant ecosystem that leverages connections between SMU research discoveries and commercial investment.”
“Social innovation is critical for sustainable economic growth, cutting across sector boundaries to create new, grassroots-based solutions to age-old community problems,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Social innovation provides the unique opportunity to recognize the interconnectedness of social enterprise, business and philanthropy. We need to nurture this work, as its impact grows to better the lives of countless North Texans.”
With the completion of the study and strategy roadmap, the four groups will further engage various stakeholders to assemble a regional coalition to begin executing on the strategic actions outlined in the study.
In March, the Dallas Regional Chamber, Accenture, SMU, and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas announced that the four groups had embarked on a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder study to better understand the state of the innovation climate in the DFW Region and how to be better recognized as a hub for innovation excellence. The announcement was marked by the release of the inaugural DFW Region Innovation Scorecard, which compiles global rankings to create a snapshot of how experts currently perceive the DFW Region.
To complete this study and build the recommendations, the four-entity team spoke with more than 100 corporate, academic, social, and start-up leaders from a cross-section of regional industry interests. Focus groups were conducted with a strong representation of entrepreneurs and start-ups with corporate and civic leaders across the DFW Region to provide input. In addition, the study benchmarked other innovative cities around the world on key aspects of an innovation economy, including the ability to create stellar talent, produce disruptive ideas, and offer a dynamic quality of life to its residents. In total, the study produced more than 120 potential actions and distilled down to a curated set of the 10 biggest opportunity drivers, addressing the four core areas of Talent, Collisions, Resources, and Impact.
The full results of the DFW Regional Innovation Study can be viewed at: www.dallaschamber.org/innovation
January 18, 2018
Statement from the Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber on DFW Region Advancing to Next Round of Amazon’s HQ2 Consideration
The Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber are pleased that Amazon has included the DFW Region as one of 20 markets for additional consideration as the location of its second headquarters.
In collaboration with regional economic development partners, the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Fort Worth Chamber worked closely throughout to collect, organize and deliver the regional-level data and information that was requested by Amazon.
“The DFW Region’s unified submittal was diligent, thoughtful and comprehensive in responding to the specific questions outlined in the Amazon RFP and gave us a chance to showcase the many reasons DFW has been such a strong and growing business community over the past eight years,” said Mike Rosa, senior vice president of economic development at the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We’re proud of the great work done by our regional cities and leaders. We’re looking forward to the next steps and are in direct contact with Amazon to begin that process.”
“One of the most compelling aspects of our proposal was the diversity of options we offer as a regional hub of economic development,” said Brandom Gengelbach, executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber. “We are excited that Amazon has determined that our region’s proposal merits additional consideration, and we’re confident that upon further inspection Amazon will soon realize all of the reasons why this region has been a magnet for corporate headquarters locations in recent years.”
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DRC Young Professionals & Leadership Dallas Alumni Name New Board Members & Chair/Chair-elects for 2017
DALLAS – (Apr. 20, 2017) – The Dallas Regional Chamber’s (DRC) leadership development programs, Young Professionals (YP) and Leadership Dallas Alumni Association (LDAA) named new board members for 2017.
The DRC’s Young Professionals is a group for emerging, motivated leaders looking to get involved in the Dallas community, interact with regional leaders and give back in a meaningful way. Julio Perez, Access Services Director at Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital, will serve as the 2017 Chair of the YP Board. The Young Professionals Board has named Ben Halliday, Associate, Middle Market Banking, Chase, as the 2017 Chair-Elect.
YP also welcomes five new Board Members:
• Arielle Andres, Digital Personalization Analyst, Hilton Worldwide
• Audra Cozart, Development Officer, Children’s Health System of Texas
• Brandon Lewis, Partner, Reid, Collins, Tsai LLP
• Megan Webb, Art Director/Designer, Megan Goad Designs
• Rema Thyagarajan, System Clinical Director or Pharmacy, Baylor Scott & White Health
“The experience and passion that the new 2017 Board Members bring to YP is invaluable. Each new member has demonstrated excellence in leadership in various roles within YP prior to joining the Board, and I look forward to working with each of them” said LaDondra Wilson, Manager of Leadership Programs at the DRC.
The mission of LDAA is to educate the alumni of the Leadership Dallas program about issues facing the greater Dallas community and to encourage them to become active leaders. Vickie Yakunin ’13, Director of Government & Community Affairs at Charter Communications will lead the LDAA Board as the 2017 Chair.
Four new leaders are joining the LDAA Board in 2017:
• Cynthia Mickens-Ross ’99, Director of Community Relations & External Affairs, Methodist Charlton Medical Center
• Forrest Gregg ’13, Real Estate Agent, Allie Beth Allman
• Jennifer Bartkowski ’16, CEO, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
• Sara Chelette ’13, Partner, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
For more information on the DRC’s Leadership Programs, visit dallaschamber.org/leadership.
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DALLAS (August 11, 2016) – The Dallas Regional Chamber is pleased to announce the 42nd class of Leadership Dallas, the premier leadership development program in the Dallas Region.
Founded in 1975, Leadership Dallas prepares diverse leaders to serve as catalysts and sustainers of positive change for the quality of life in the Dallas Region. The program is not a starting point, but rather a professional development opportunity for men and women who are both acknowledged and aspiring leaders. The individuals selected for Leadership Dallas have already demonstrated a commitment to the serving the community.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 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 so they can contribute even more to helping make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.”
Throughout the ten-month educational program, participants develop their leadership capabilities as they build strong relationships with fellow classmates and current community leaders. Through lectures, discussion groups, on-site visits, simulations, class projects, and other leadership development activities, participants gain a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the community and are challenged to apply their talents towards addressing these issues in the future.
“Leadership Dallas participants are immersed in the history and current affairs of the Dallas Region to identify the challenges we face as a community,” said Kari Nelson, Managing Director of Leadership Programs for the Dallas Regional Chamber. “It is our hope that each Leadership Dallas graduate is able to use the knowledge and enhanced leadership skills gained through the program to influence positive change for the Dallas Region.”
Leadership Dallas has graduated more than 1,900 men and women who continue to provide leadership in the region. Many alumni have achieved the top executive role at their current organizations, founded their own businesses, or gone on to a career in public service. Leadership Dallas alumni include former police chiefs, former U.S. Ambassadors, and elected officials at the city, state, and national levels.
The members of the Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 are:
Patty Arellano, Texas Instruments
Blake Barfield, HollyFrontier Corporation
Keith Berry, Hazel’s Hot Shot
Eric Boon, Tenet Healthcare
Stacy Bowers, BBVA Compass Bank
Kelly Chen, Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP
Nate Christensen, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
Justin Coppedge, Dallas ISD
Grace Daniels, Oncor Electric Delivery
Travis Dent, Holmes Murphy & Associates
Sagar Desai, The Commit! Partnership
Deborah Diercks, UT Southwestern
Lacy Durham, Deloitte
Allison Eidson, ORIX USA
Isaac Faz, Dallas County Community College District
Jessica Filante, AT&T
Brannon Fitch, BB&T
Dean Galvin, Turner Construction
James Garner, BKD, LLP
Rhonda Green, JPMorgan Chase
Risa Gross, Leland Fikes Foundation
Maureen Gutierrez, Dallas Comprehensive Medical Care
Christina Hanger, Dallas Afterschool
Emily Hargrove, Tacky Box, LLC
Ron Harrison, Wells Fargo
Jeremy Hawpe, Littler Mendelson
McKay Heim, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Lenny Hughes, Halff Associates Inc.
Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, The Trinity Trust Foundation
Doug Lawson, Baylor University Medical Center
Stephanie Lucero, Dallas Can Academies
Marney MacKenna, EY
Tim Maiden, Frost Bank
Shara McClure, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Lori McMahon, Office of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
Jodi McShan, McShan Florist, Inc.
Wendy Messmann, U.S. Trust
Javier Montemayor, Children’s Health
Cassy Nack, Grant Thornton LLP
Brad Nitschke, Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Nkem Okafor, Methodist Health System
Stefanie Olson, Axxess
John Pelletier, ESmith Realty
Zachary Porter, Royal Blue Grocery & Viceroy Realty Advisors
Daniel Roby, Austin Street Center
Jason Rodriguez, Dallas ISD Police Department
Albert Rota, Jones Day
Damian Sanders, Department of the Navy
Scot Sanders, JACOBS
Katy Slade, Gables Residential
Liji Thomas, Southwest Airlines
Jennifer Tobin, The Junior League of Dallas, Inc. and Geary, Porter & Donovan, P.C.
Jacob Walter, Hillwood Urban
Laura Weis, AECOM
For more Leadership Dallas information visit: www.dallaschamber.org/leadership
About the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 1,200 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business.
For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
DALLAS – (June 16, 2016) – The 2016 class of Leadership Dallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber’s flagship leadership-development program, marked the culmination of its class project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrating the dedication of the newly renovated Pregnant & Parenting Women with Children (PPWC) program building at Nexus Recovery Center.
The project included a complete refresh of all common living spaces in the PPWC dormitory, built in 1964, including freshly painted walls, new flooring, all-new furniture and appliances, a renovated reception area and artwork throughout. The refresh also included a new children’s playroom, complete with brand-new toys, and a quiet room for nursing and pregnant women.
“The Leadership Dallas Class of 2016 is honored to support the clients and staff of Nexus Recovery Center by renovating and refreshing this facility,” said Amanda Hartman, 2016 Leadership Dallas graduate and project committee co-chair. “Watching these brave women and their beautiful children walk into the renovated space wide-eyed, pronounce it “home” and settle down, to relax and play as a family, was an incredible experience. We are inspired by them and our community, which embraced this project by providing nearly $175,000 in funds and in-kind donations. As we dedicate this new space today, we are reminded that, with sincere purpose and strength of community, we can truly make a difference in the lives of others.”
Nexus is the only drug-treatment facility in North Texas that provides residential treatment to pregnant and parenting women who need to bring their children into treatment with them. The PPWC program serves women in all stages of pregnancy and allows women ages 18 and older to bring up to three children with them into treatment. Nexus has successfully met the specific needs of women for more than 20 years through addressing a uniquely female problem, providing childcare and prenatal care while pregnant and parenting while simultaneously receiving quality, residential drug treatment.
“These renovations meet a tremendous need and give our clients and – even more importantly ¬– their children a nice, clean, comfortable space that will help them feel good about themselves and the changes they are making to better their lives,” said Becca Crowell, executive director, Nexus Recover Center. “ Leadership Dallas’ selection of and investment in Nexus underscores our important mission to inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female clients, and their families, coping with addition.”
Each year, up to 55 professionals are selected to participate in Leadership Dallas, a 10-month program that promotes positive change for quality of life in the Dallas region. As part of the program, every Leadership Dallas class completes a class project, benefitting the local community.
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ABOUT THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 2,000 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. Connect with us at www.dallaschamber.org.
Nexus Recovery Center is one of the few programs nationally that invites women to bring their children into treatment and the only provider in Texas that accepts newly parenting teen girls and their children into recovery.
The mission of Nexus Recovery Center is to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. We inspire hope, offer respect, and honor the unique differences of female addicts.
The purpose of Nexus Recovery Center is to empower women and families to break the cycle of addiction. Nexus’ goal is to provide women struggling to overcome addiction with the tools necessary to help them succeed at a new way of life. Nexus has been treating female addicts and alcoholics in the Dallas area for forty-five years.
Nexus programs have evolved over time but have always been designed with the gender-specific needs of recovering females in mind. Nexus has overcome many of the barriers that traditionally excluded women from accessing services. We allow pregnant women and adolescents to enter our programs at any stage of their pregnancy, arrange prenatal care and delivery, allow infants and children to live on campus with their moms, have programs for women of all ages, and offer several levels of care. www.nexusrecovery.org
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