Duane Dankesreiter

Senior Vice President, Research and Innovation

Duane is the Senior Vice President of Research and Innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber.

Duane oversees the Research team which is responsible for creating research products that support the DRC’s strategic priorities of economic development, the talent pipeline, and talent attraction. Duane’s also leads the DRC’s activities around supporting the launch and growth of innovation activities in DFW by connecting entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and the business community.

In 2013, Duane and his team were a Grand Prize Winner in the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Awards for Communication Excellence competition. The prize recognized the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Economic Development Guide as the best chamber publication in the nation. More recently, Duane helped lead the launch of Dallas Innovates, a new online news site dedicated to telling the stories of innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth. The website, dallasinnovates.com, launched in December 2015.

Duane joined the DRC in August 2009. He was previously employed at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for 14 years. There he led demographic and economic data research efforts.

He is a member of the Dallas Area Business Economists and the Council for Community and Economic Research. Duane also serves as a member of the Cedar Hill Economic Development Board of Directors and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center Board of Directors.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A) degree from the University of Texas – Dallas.