Date: Oct. 16, 2014
Contact: Amy Ramos
Vice President, Communications
Direct Line: 214.746.6690
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DALLAS (Oct. 16, 2014) – The Dallas Regional Chamber is excited to announce its 2014 Blueprint Award recipients.
“The Blueprint Awards celebrate companies that have made a positive impact on the economy through job growth, location, and expansion activities, and companies and organizations that contribute to the vitality of the Dallas region,” said Dallas Regional Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Jessica Heer. “The Blueprint Awards began as an idea to celebrate the good things in the Metroplex at a time when ‘bad news’ seemed to dominate the economy. We applaud these nine organizations on their outstanding contributions to the local business community.”
Congratulations to the companies and organizations named 2014 Blueprint Awards recipients:
Chairman’s Award for Workforce Growth
State Farm is a mutual company focused on serving the needs of its customers with more than 65,000 employees and 18,000 agents servicing 84 million policies and accounts throughout the United States and Canada. State Farm has approximately 5,800 employees currently serving customers in the DFW region.
Corporate Headquarters Location
Active Network develops behind-the-scenes event tracking software that powers over 55,000 organizations worldwide and 90 million transactions annually. Active Network relocated their headquarters from San Diego to downtown Dallas in 2014, generating over 1,000 jobs.
Corporate Headquarters Location Award
Toyota North America, Inc.
Toyota North America announced in April 2014 it would be consolidating operations and moving its headquarters to Plano, Texas. Toyota’s three separate North American headquarters for manufacturing, sales and marketing, and corporate operations will relocate to a single, state-of-the-art campus in Plano, and will generate approximately 4,000 jobs.
Community Catalyst Award
The Dallas Arboretum provides evidence-based life, earth, and environmental science education programs for students in the greater Dallas region. In 2013, the Arboretum cut the ribbon on the $62 million Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. To date, 195,482 children have attended a class field trip, summer camp, or after-school program at the new facility.
The University of Texas at Dallas Arts & Technology Program
The $60 million, 155,000-square-foot facility opened in the fall of 2013 and houses programs in visual arts, emerging media technology, and multimedia communications. The Arts and Technology (ATEC) and Visual Arts programs are generating an unmatched talent pool of digital content designers, researchers, artists, and developers.
Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern
Since its inception in August 2011, the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) has grown from an idea on paper to an active and flourishing institute currently employing 70 researchers and staff. A number of high-impact discoveries have already been made at CRI. In the last two years, CRI researchers published 42 papers in scientific journals. Discoveries like these are already leading to clinical trials to test new therapies for incurable diseases.
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) was created to help entrepreneurs and innovators start, build, and grow businesses. The DEC equips, connects, and encourages innovation throughout the region by bringing in national organizations, corporations, and key programs. Working with universities, incubators, accelerators, the city, and other corporations, the DEC is a key catalyst in providing opportunities for connections, innovation, and entrepreneurship to take place.
To help close the skills gap and rekindle interest in vocational careers, HOLT CAT launched a unique partnership with Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie. This first-of-its-kind paid internship and mentoring program boosted opportunities for youth interested in a career in the skilled trades by giving them access to industry-leading technical training and real-life on-the-job experience. To date, more than 30 student interns have completed or currently participate in the program.
Small Business Award
Founded in 2010 by Dallas moms, Smocked Auctions designs, manufactures, and sells stylish and affordable clothing for children. A pioneer of social commerce, Smocked Auctions has grown into a $4 million company with a Facebook fan base of 450,000 shoppers. Smocked Auctions is headquartered in the DFW region, with 150 or fewer full-time employees.
These organizations will be honored during the 2014 Blueprint Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13. Phillip Hawkins, President and CEO for State Farm Lloyds, President of State Farm County Mutual Insurance Company of Texas, and Senior Vice President, South Central Market Area for State Farm will be the keynote speaker and the recipient of the Chairman’s Award.
About the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the area’s leading membership-driven business organization committed to promoting economic prosperity by leading economic development, driving improvements in public education, influencing public policy, and catalyzing and advocating for regional partnerships. The Chamber works to ensure the Dallas region will become the most economically prosperous region – and the most desirable place to live and work – in the United States. The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization comprised of businesses, which represent all facets of the North Texas business community. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
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