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DFW Innovation Economy: Here’s How We Stack Up as a Global Hub for Innovation

Homegrown ingenuity is the heartbeat of innovation, and Voices writer Eric Griffin presents a deeper look at how Dallas-Fort Worth stacks up as a global hub for innovation in a 10-part series.

The DFW Innovation Economy series takes a deeper look at how Dallas-Fort Worth stacks up as a global hub for innovation. This multi-part series examines the key factors that impact the region’s ability to innovate, including the DFW business climate, workforce, support for new ideas, attraction of talent, and more. 

The series takes a look at chapters from the 2018 Innovation Assessment produced by the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) and Accenture. Each chapter of the Assessment highlights key metrics that can be tracked over time to evaluate the strength of DFW’s innovation economy in relation to competitor metropolitan areas. Measures related to patent production, venture capital flows, educational attainment, business climate and various metropolitan rankings help to paint a picture of our innovation-driven economic growth potential. 

PART 1: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY
Metropolitan Rankings from Trustworthy Sources

Part one captures how experts position DFW as a center for innovation. See how DFW stacks up in a Scorecard that benchmarks our rankings against peer cities.

PART 2: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY
People Power

Part two in our innovation economy series highlights population growth and talent attraction as a first look at regional innovation potential. Here’s how DFW stacks up.

PART 3: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY
Learning to Adapt

Part 3 of our innovation economy series explores the theme of knowledge — the current state of educational attainment and the quality of educational opportunities by metro area. Here’s how DFW stacks up, in four charts.

PART 4: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
The Next Big Breakthrough

Part 4 of our innovation economy series examines the role of ideas — where they are nurtured and how to protect them. 

PART 5: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
Frameworks for Success

In this fifth installment about the drivers of an innovation economy, we look at the impact of the local business climate.

PART 6: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
Funding the Future

Part 6 of our innovation economy series addresses access to capital — and where we stand — in 4 charts.

PART 7: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
The Entrepreneurial Drive

Part 7 of our innovation economy series explores entrepreneurial communities and why metros including DFW are increasing efforts to support them.

PART 8: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
Workforce

In Part 8 of our series on the drivers of an innovation economy, we look at the single biggest contributor—local talent. Here’s how we stack up, in 4 charts.

PART 9: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
Stability

Part 9 of our series looks at metrics that help to describe the overall economic stability of the region.

PART 10: DFW INNOVATION ECONOMY 
Appendix

Here are some of the metrics behind each chapter of the DFW Innovation Guide.

Read the entire series here.

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The DFW Regional Innovation Study is a joint effort among the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC), United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Southern Methodist University and Accenture to boost DFW’s status as a global hub for innovation. For more information about the DFW Innovation Assessment or Study, contact DRC’s Research and Innovation team at 214.746.6688.

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