Archive for December, 2019

A Baker’s Dozen: Dallas Innovates’ Most Popular Stories of 2019

Posted by Lauren Hawkins

It’s been a major year for Dallas-Fort Worth—especially when it comes to innovation. 

As we move into a new decade, we’d like to reflect on the stories behind the people and places that grabbed our readers’ attention this year. From new coworking spaces (The Slate), to expansions (Klyde Warren Park, Dallas Makerspace), to corporate hubs (Uber), to interesting arrivals (KidZania, Portals), our most popular stories certainly spanned the vast range of innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth.…

Discovery: UTA Tracks Property Values Near Transit-Oriented Developments, Grant Backs UTD Floating Turbine Design

Posted by Lance Murray

Whats new, next, and reimagined in Dallas-Fort Worth ResearchEvery week, we do a little research of our own. We’re looking for scientists, professors, engineers, entrepreneurs—anybody, really—engaging in research and development across North Texas.

There’s plenty of good work being done. If you want to put R&D under your microscope, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Arlington’s Entertainment District Receives $810M Expansion

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The City of Arlington approved an $810 million expansion of its Entertainment District located by the city’s two professional sports stadiums. The project will be anchored by an 888-room Loews Arlington Hotel and a new Arlington Convention Center.

The expansion is part of a public-private partnership between the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers, Loews Hotels & Co, and The Cordish Companies, according to a statement.…

Survey Seeks to Gauge DFW’s Interest in the Life Sciences Sector

Posted by Lance Murray

The survey is being conducted by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Biolabs at the behest of a longtime Dallas-Fort Worth resident who’s interested in the sector, according to Susan Chase, the vice president of business development at Biolabs.

The company, which creates co-working spaces specifically for life sciences startups, is looking for a cross-section of people who may already have a startup or an interest in the sector itself in DFW, according to Chase.…

Toyota Unveils Intellectual Property Licensing Program

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Toyota IP Solutions is a licensing program for Plano-based Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) collection of patents. 

“As one of the world’s leading patent providers, our intellectual property spans a wide range of technologies. We’re excited that the various technologies now being offered via the Toyota IP Solutions program are not limited to the automotive industry and many can be applied to other products,” Chris Reynolds, chief administration officer, Manufacturing and Corporate Resources for TMNA, said in a statement.…

Dallas Innovation Alliance Co-founders Launch InnoCity Partners

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) co-founders Trey Bowles and Jennifer Sanders are launching InnoCity Partners, a consultancy based on designing, planning, and implementing smart city programs for clients in the public and private sectors, real estate, and campus environments.

InnoCity differs from DIA in its goals and scope, Bowles told Dallas Innovates.…

Businesses Must Lean In to Support Our Vibrant Region

Posted by Sanjiv Yajnik

Just a few weeks ago, I was in an interesting position. I was interviewing CNN’s Anderson Cooper at our Capital One campus in Plano, Texas. We had invited him to be our keynote speaker for the Collin County Business Alliance’s (CCBA) 8th Anniversary Luncheon.

Follow the Money: Crescent Raises $24.6M for Fund; Geoforce Sells Majority Stake; NTT Data Services Makes Acquisition

Posted by Lance Murray

What companies are finding funding or having a big exit? From startup investments to grants and acquisitions, Dallas Innovates tracks what’s happening in North Texas money every Thursday. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop.

Have a deal we should know about?…

NASA Taps Jacobs for Architect-Engineer Services at Marshall Space Flight Center and Other Locations

Posted by Lance Murray

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected Dallas-based Jacobs as the only provider to continue architect-engineer environmental engineering services at the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama, along with other NASA centers and installations.

Jacobs has been providing environmental services to the MSFC since 1987, according to a statement.…

NTT Data to Acquire IT Services Company in Federal Healthcare Sector

Posted by Lance Murray

Plano-based global tech company NTT Data Services has agreed to buy NETE, a provider of digital design and transformation services for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies.

McLean, Virginia-based NETE works toward global advancements in health and biomedical research through digital services, agile application development, clinical/bioinformatics, advanced data analytics, cloud, and cybersecurity, according to a statement.…

AT&T and Deloitte are Partnering on 5G to Transform the Future of Digital Corporate Learning

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

AT&T and Deloitte have partnered to bring the Dallas-headquartered telecom giant’s 5G network connectivity and edge computing services to Deloitte University by summer 2020.

The deal adds AT&T’s 5G and Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) tech to the university’s existing cellular environment to create a communications platform that allows for exploring new technologies and innovations.…

DI People: Lantern Pharma, The Richards Group, and RKD Announce Leadership Moves

Posted by Lance Murray

Across North Texas, companies are promoting and hiring people to take on leadership positions within their organizations. Dallas Innovates covers prominent personnel moves in Dallas-Fort Worth businesses and nonprofits—from the newest startups to well-established companies. Here are people moves tied to innovation and technology in the region.

The Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier is Coming to Dallas

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

The Sundance Film Festival released its 2020 New Frontier lineup with 32 projects from 21 countries, which is expected to involve multiple new cities including Dallas. New Frontier will break out “into the wild” with satellite projects in the pool at the festival’s headquarters, AR dances in various locations, and a “nationwide fugitive newscast,” according to a statement.

Communities Foundation of Texas Sees its Largest Year Yet With $118M in Grants in 2019

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) invested $118 million in community grants in the 2019 fiscal year—the largest grantmaking year in its 66-year history.

The 11th annual North Texas Giving Day was one of CFT’s 2019 highlights, during which $50 million was raised for 3,000 nonprofits surpassing 2018’s record of $48 million, according to a statement.…

Raise Your Glass: BuzzBallz Hits Milestone With 1M Cases Sold This Year

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Carrollton’s BuzzBallz reached a major milestone selling more than 1 million cases of ready-to-drink cocktails within a one-year span. It expects to reach 1.1 million cases sold by the end of the year, according to a statement.

BuzzBallz attributes its growth to a loyal customer base spreading the word about its products’ convenience and elevated flavors in the ready-to-drink cocktail category.…

Axxess Places Corporate Citizenship at the Heart of the Company

Posted by Alex Edwards

Axxess is committed to making lives better. 

As a home healthcare company, Axxess offers state-of-the-art software solutions to improve the care of patients across the U.S. But beyond the company’s suite of technological services, it has a commitment to corporate citizenship—so much so, there’s an entire role dedicated to it.…

Dallas Ranks in the Top 10 Best Cities for Startup Costs

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Digital insurance company Embroker put together a list of the 10 Best U.S. Cities for Startup Costs with Dallas coming in eighth place.

The rankings were based on a number of startup-friendly criteria including job growth, median base salary, and state filing fees.…

NTECC and AT&T Bring Latest Emergency Communications Tech to North Texas 911

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

AT&T and the North Texas Emergency Communications Center (NTECC) are working together to implement the most up-to-date emergency call standards. The NextGen911 system is based on AT&T’s ESInet platform and is expected to allow NTECC to keep up with current and future needs.

‘Work of Art’: Virgin Hotel Dallas Opens Sunday in the Design District

Posted by Lance Murray

The first hotel in the Dallas Design District opens on December 15 and it’s a work of art.

The 16-story, V-shaped Virgin Hotel Dallas at 1445 Turtle Creek Blvd and Hi Line Drive is meant to be a reimagining of what a boutique hotel in Dallas can look like, offering a unique view of downtown’s skyline, a gourmet restaurant, an entertainment deck on the fourth floor, and artwork almost everywhere you turn, according to the Virgin Hotels website.…

The Richards Group Founder Stan Richards Names Glenn Dady His Successor

Posted by David Kirkpatrick

Stan Richards, the founder and creative director of Dallas’ brand-focused agency The Richards Group, announced longtime firm employee Glenn Dady will take over daily operations on Jan. 1, 2020.

Although he’s turning over most of his duties, Richards, at age 87, isn’t planning on retiring.…