Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in July

Rising to the top of the list: How 54-year-old Dallas County Community College District became a single accredited institution called Dallas College. The move united DCCCD's seven independent colleges, essentially turning each into a conveniently located campus. That could make it the largest community college in the state.

Here's our roundup of the Top 10.

Top 10 dallas innovates technology and innovation most popular stories

In July, stories on pivots, expansions, fundings, and fighting COVID with UV light rose to the top of our list.

From our piece on how the 54-year-old Dallas County Community College District became a single accredited institution called Dallas College (making it the largest community college in the state after official confirmation in the fall) to the unveiling of a 23-acre hub for biotech innovation and social impact, here’s a roundup of the most-read stories on dallasinnovates.com for July 2020.


1. Introducing Dallas College: DCCCD Gets Single Accreditation Approval

Dallas County Community College District is now allowed to unify as a single institution named Dallas College. Pending a site visit in the fall, Dallas College will be the largest community college in the state by students served and number of employees.

[Image: via DCCCD]


2. EnginSoft Expands its U.S. Headquarters in McKinney With a Grant From MEDC’s Innovation Fund

Engineering company EnginSoft is expanding its headquarters at Adriatica, a 45-acre mixed-use development inspired by a Croatian village. Driving EnginSoft’s growth is the work it does for companies such as NASA, Xerox, Toyota, and more.

Adriatica is a European-style village located in McKinney. [Photo: Courtesy McKinney Economic Development Corporation]


3. Capital 54: New Dallas Family Office Opens, Appoints Former YPO Global President as CEO

Capital 54 was founded to specifically focus on investing in boutique professional services firms. New CEO Sean Magennis will be responsible for expanding the family office’s portfolio of companies and supporting their CEOs.

Investor/entrepreneur Greg Alexander (right) has named Sean Magennis CEO of the new Capital 54 family office. [Photos: Courtesy Capital 54]

Investor/entrepreneur Greg Alexander (right) has named Sean Magennis CEO of the new Capital 54 family office. [Photos: Courtesy Capital 54]


4. How Effective is UV Light Technology in Killing COVID-19? Dallas’ Air Pros USA Weighs In

“Although the effect of UV lights for killing the COVID-19 virus is still not known,” Air Pros’ founder says, “installing UV lights is the single best thing a homeowner can do to take pro-active measures to enhance the indoor air quality.”

[Image: via Air Pros]


5. Dallas-Based Virtual Football Training App Receives $100K Investment From Arlan Hamilton

The funding will go to Equalizer Games’ Quarterback Equalizer, a virtual training game app that uses gamification to help quarterbacks better understand their position.

[Image: Courtesy Equalizer Games]


6. COVID-19 Community Toolbox: Resources for Small Business, Nonprofits, and Entrepreneurs in North Texas

Here’s a weekly roundup of updates on funding, grants, and assistance for navigating the COVID-19 crisis in Dallas-Fort Worth.

covid-19 resources in dallas fort worth for small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits

[Image via istockphoto]


7. As Demand for HRAs Surges, Dallas-Based Take Command Health Grows its Team and Closes Fundraising

In response to an increased interest in health reimbursement arrangements as companies shift from employer-sponsored health insurance, health tech startup Take Command is growing—fast.

Take Command Health CEO Jack Hooper [Photo: Take Command Health]


8. Extreme Sandbox in Sachse Lets You ‘Play with a 26-Ton Excavator for Fun’

The heavy-equipment entertainment company featured on Shark Tank is moving its only Texas site to The Station in Sachse in September. Here’s a look at what you can expect in our gallery.

[Image: Courtesy Extreme Sandbox]


9. First Look: Amazon Picks Las Colinas as the First Location for its New Neighborhood Health Center Pilot Program

It’s the first of six to be established in the Dallas region this year. Amazon is collaborating with Crossover Health to establish health centers near its fulfillment centers and operations facilities. Each center will provide full-spectrum acute, chronic, and preventive primary care for employees and their families.

Amazon Neighborhood Health Center [Photo: Scott Fischer via Amazon]


10. Pegasus Park: Lyda Hill Philanthropies Unveils Details of 23-Acre Hub for Biotech Innovation, Social Impact in Dallas

The mixed-use social purpose project—designed to boost local biotech, nonprofit, and corporate innovation—has been in the works for years. Expected to open in early 2021, the future-focused campus is located near the Dallas Medical District.

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