Archive for November, 2016

General Motors Drives More Growth in Arlington

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

General Motors, already Arlington’s largest private employer, continues to grow its footprint in the city both as a manufacturer and a financial company.

While the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington has grabbed most of the headlines in recent years for its $1.4 billion expansion that added new technologies and employees to the plant, GM Financial’s $35 million expansion also will add 1,300 new jobs, the Dallas Business Journal reported.…

Uptown WeWork Coworking Space Opens in January

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Coworking spaces are gaining momentum in North Texas with more than 35 places now available in the region.

While many are locally owned, the new WeWork location in Uptown Dallas is part of a corporate chain, The Dallas Morning News reported.…

Half Price Books Owner’s New Venture Caters to Urban Farming

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

The owner of Half Price Books has started a completely different venture that focuses on eco-friendly, sustainable living.

Sharon Anderson bought the old True Value Gecko Hardware store on Northwest Highway and Ferndale Road in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported. …

Creative Minds Solutions Invents New Hydroelectric Turbine

Posted by Dave Montgomery

While living in Honolulu, Richard Navarro liked to stroll along the beach near Waikiki, enjoying the oceanside view in one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations. But those daily walks were more than just a leisure-time activity.

For Navarro, who has been churning out inventions since he was a teenager, they provided the inspiration for a new product — a hydroelectric turbine to generate electricity from water, such as lakes and oceans.…

CBRE Report Recognizes DFW for High-Tech Job Growth

Posted by Heather Noel


The Dallas-Fort Worth area has made strides in high-tech software/services job growth, landing it No. 10 on CBRE’s annual Tech-Thirty list, which examines the 30 leading technology markets in the U.S. and Canada.…

Plano, Richardson Teens Going to Siemens National Competition

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Three North Texas students will represent the region in the National Finals of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, the Plano Star Courier reported.

Prateek Kalakuntla, a senior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science in Denton, invented a device that detects mercury in water.…

Sabre Shares 5 Concepts Poised to Move From Idea to Execution

Posted by Nick Vivion

In its current iteration, a quarterly release cycle provides loose structure to the initiative. Innovation never happens neatly, so the cycle expands and contracts to accommodate.

There’s really something to be said about having a home for a company’s dedicated product teams to showcase the latest intrigue.…

SMU Students Help Refugees Learn English on Laptops

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Donated laptop computers are helping refugees learn English in Dallas.

Southern Methodist University students volunteer their time to help refugees from Congo, Burma, Iran, and other countries become a part of the community, KERA reported. 

“There’s always a need to learn English and to learn how to use a computer because people are trying to apply for jobs,” SMU senior Anna Landreneau told KERA.…

Southwest Airlines Accepting Grant Applications

Posted by Nealie Sanchez

Southwest Airlines is accepting applications for its Heart of the Community grants until Dec. 5 to strengthen communities and stimulate local economies through placemaking, according to a Southwest Airlines news release.

Dallas-based Southwest and partner, Project for Public Spaces, are teaming up again to fund the peacemaking projects that use inspiration from the local community to create a public space and “contribute to people’s health, happiness, and well being.”…

Not in Your Ideal Job? DreamMob Invokes Power of Community to Get You There

Posted by Heather Noel

As a career coach, Laurel Donnellan has been on a mission to guide people from “just a job” to their ideal positions. 

She’s developed a 12-step process over the past 16 years to help people make the transition, but with a new website she hopes to “democratize access” to the model.…

Building Community & Connections Through the Arts

Posted by Becky Young

When I look back on my tenure with TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), I reflect upon how much more accessible the arts have become in North Texas.

From the architectural masterpieces in the Dallas Arts District to public art at DART stations, HALL Arts and NorthPark Center, to free performing arts concerts throughout the region, North Texas has greater access to and greater opportunity to engage with artists and arts activities than ever before.…

Reese Witherspoon Creating Female-oriented Content Through AT&T

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Reese Witherspoon is known for playing strong female characters and she wants more of that in Hollywood. The actress has partnered with Otter Media to produce female-led shows, podcasts, and movies, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Otter Media is a joint venture between Dallas-based AT&T and The Chernin Group, a company led by media mogul Peter Chernin.…

Uber Data Reveals Top Restaurants For Ride Share Users

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

When someone wants to impress a date, they go for the uberBLACK or uberSELECT rides to Nick and Sam’s in Dallas.

That’s the top date-night spot for Uber’s premium rideshare product, The Dallas Business Journal reported. Uber recently released six top 10 lists of popular restaurant destinations for its users in Dallas ranging from local favorites to most visited brunch spots. …

UTSW Ups Fight Against Cancer With New Funding

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

UT Southwestern Medical Center racked up more funding to further cancer research and attract new researchers.

The Dallas medical center recently received $5.8 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas which will help it progress studies on melanoma, the life cycle of cancer cells, pediatric cancer, and nuclear export signals in proteins.…

Clips: 60 Seconds to Self-Directed Change

Posted by Dave Montgomery

Dr. Price Pritchett still displays hints of his West Texas roots in the cowboy boots that he wears to his offices on casual Friday. After growing up on a family farm about 80 miles south of Amarillo, Pritchett went on to earn a Ph.D

Roanoke’s Restaurants Prove a Recipe for Downtown Revival

Posted by Lance Murray

If, as the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then surely the same theory could hold true for tourism and economic development.

That’s what happened in the past decade in Roanoke, the quiet Denton County community that was best known as the home of the late legendary golfer Byron Nelson and for the original Babe’s Chicken Dinner House on Oak Street, where people tailgated or lined the street for an hour or more to get a plate of its mouth-watering fried chicken.…

Step Inside the CyrusOne Club at American Airlines Center

Posted by CyrusOne

More than 100 guests had a chance to experience CyrusOne’s new premium loge boxes at the grand opening celebration at the American Airlines Center, Oct. 13.

cyrusone-8881Loge boxes are world-class additions to one of the nation’s top arenas, offering fans the ultimate sophisticated environment for conducting business while enjoying a game.…

On Tap: Pinball School, #BigDGives, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, & an Evening with Macedonian Ambassador

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Editor’s Picks of events for Nov. 24 – Dec. 1.

Thursday, Nov. 24

PRAIRIE LIGHTS  6 to 9 p.m. at Lynn Creek Park, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, in Grand Prairie. Drive through a 2-mile path featuring 4 million lights. There will also be a Holiday Village with Santa, the all-new indoor laser show, and the Holiday Magic Lighted Walk.

Local Artists Join to Shoot Hallelujah Music Video, Spread Love

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Fifty Dallas-Fort Worth area artists spent nearly 50 hours shooting the “Hallelujah” music video in hopes of spreading the Hallelujah Project’s message, ‘Love Will Win,’ according to the group’s Facebook page.    

Ashley White, who started the movement, told The Dallas Morning News, the project is “an effort to unite people and bring forth the message of hope and encouragement in this time of need.”…

Toyota Switching Gears to Electric Cars

Posted by Nealie Sanchez

Toyota is taking another step into the world of green energy by investing in electric cars.

The company’s new sector for developing a fully electric vehicle will be small according to the Dallas Business Journal, but the goal is to make a long-range electric vehicle.…