3 Things: Dallas’ Financial Services Job Growth Grab’s NYC’s Spotlight


Dallas is being recognized for taking the spotlight from Wall Street, an up-and-coming Fort Worth company is helping an Olympic champion go for the gold, and a new SMU resource is helping art programs see how they stack up.

Businesses are moving from the Big Apple to Big D, according to a Forbes ranking. Only trailing Phoenix, Arizona, Dallas places second in financial services job growth from 2008-2013. Just last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics cites that Dallas-Fort Worth more than doubled the national rate of financial sector job growth at 4.7 percent. Dallas Morning News reports that affordable housing and good schools are just a couple of the factors attracting businesses to North Texas.

The Olympic Games begin Friday in Rio de Janeiro, and one competitor is making Fort Worth proud. U.S. pole vaulting champion Sam Kendricks has a secret to his success, and its Fort Worth-based United Sports Technologies ESSX “Recoil” pole. The pole is created from carbon fiber materials from the world leader in carbon fiber, and it marks what they believe to be the first innovation in vaulting poles since the 1960s. Kendricks’ supporters will be watching closely Aug. 13 for prelims, and finals are schedule for Aug. 15.

Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research recently launched a new resource that helps art programs thrive. The KIPI Dashboard tool allows art programs to see how they compare nationally in nine finance and operations categories. The dashboard is free and the most comprehensive set of data ever assembled on the arts industry, according to Sam Holland, dean of the Meadows School of the Arts.

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