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Green Space Visionary Arun Agarwal Embarks on Second Term as Dallas Park Board President

by | Oct 27, 2023
Dallas business leader Arun Agarwal's executive eye and passion for parks has driven strategic green space projects spurring growth and community. Milestones under his Dallas Park and Recreation Board leadership include Harwood Park, Parkdale Lake Park, Southern Gateway Park, the Cedar Crest Preserve land donation, and more.
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‘Untapped Opportunity’: Dallas Mayor’s Franchise Initiative Aims to Spur Southern‑Sector Job Growth, Economic Development
by | Oct 12, 2023
Entrepreneurs say being a franchisor or a franchisee is a good way to scale their businesses and build generational wealth.
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Goldman Sachs Kicks Off Construction on Sustainable, All‑Electric Dallas Campus
by | Oct 10, 2023
Leaders gathered today to break ground on the massive two-wing campus designed for over 5,000 Goldman employees. The financial giant's striking new hub in downtown Dallas' NorthEnd aims for LEED-certification and state-of-the-art amenities.
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DFW Airport Unveils Updated Renderings of Terminals C and F at ‘State of the Airport’ Event
by | Oct 3, 2023
In a 2023 "State of the Airport" presentation, DFW Airport said it contributes an estimated $38 billion in direct and indirect payroll support, $24 billion in visitor spending, and about $5 billion in state and local tax revenue each year. The airport also unveiled new renderings of Terminal F and upgrades for Terminal C.
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Neiman Marcus Unveils Innovative New Dallas Hub at Cityplace, Sets Bar for Collaborative Workspaces

by | Jun 1, 2023
The luxe retailer's innovative approach aims to foster collaboration and attract top talent while reducing real estate costs. "Our new Dallas Hub serves as a magnet, not a mandate, in our remote-first hybrid environment," Neiman Marcus CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck said in a statement. See what's waiting for associates inside.
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Southern Gateway Park Is ‘On Track’ to Break Ground on Amenities This Spring for Phase One Opening Next Year
by | Feb 6, 2023
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson called it a "game-changing investment in the people and families of southern Dallas.” And there’s little doubt the Southern Gateway Park will be transformative once it opens as planned next year. “We are on track to break ground on the park’s amenities later this spring and open as scheduled in 2024,” a spokesperson for the Southern Gateway Public Green Foundation told WFAA this week, adding that $3 million in new funding has been secured since January 1 for the $172 million project.
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Dallas’ ‘Hidden Gem’ Could Become a Walkable Community After City Council Approved $390M Master Plan for Hensley Field
by | Dec 21, 2022
Since 1929, everything from WWII-era planes to F-4 Phantoms and F-14 Tomcats once buzzed Hensley Field in Southwest Dallas. Someday soon, fleets of bulldozers may be taking over—turning the site into a "walkable community" with 12,000 jobs and 6,800 residences. "This is one of the greatest projects that's going to happen in the future of the city," said City Council Member Jaynie Schultz.
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City of Dallas, Zimperium Partner on Free Mobile Security App

by | Dec 5, 2022
The app was developed by Dallas-based Zimperium, a leader in mobile security, and is designed to secure devices against even the most advanced threats. Available as a free download on Apple iOS and Android Play, Dallas Secure arrives just in time for the busy holiday mobile-commerce season.

"Public safety comes first in Dallas—and cybersecurity is a form of public safety,” Mayor Eric Johnson said.
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Dallas Is Pedaling Toward a New Citywide Bike Plan
by | Nov 2, 2022
The city of Dallas has a Bike Plan—but it was written in 2011. Now, after creating 67 miles of bike lanes across the city, Dallas is working on an updated bicycle master plan that lays out future bike and roadway improvement needs. “We want to build connected bicycle routes that help you safely get from your home to your work, school, parks, and other destinations,” the city said in a statement.
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The Last Word: Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson on the Southern Gateway Deck Park in Oak Cliff
by | Oct 24, 2022
Southern Gateway Park, a planned $172 million, five-acre deck park over I-35 by the Dallas Zoo—just reached a big milestone. TxDOT has completed the foundation deck for Phase 1 of the deck park (seen in the right half of the image above). The park will literally and figuratively reconnect the Oak Cliff neighborhood that was divided by I-35 in the 1950s. The park promises to be an engineering marvel with five acres of wooded slopes, water features, rocky escarpments, a restaurant/retail complex hidden under a hilltop, and one of the most awesome kids' playgrounds in North Texas. But its greatest achievement may be to make Oak Cliff whole again—and to bring all of Dallas together.
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Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson Taps Attorney Carlos White as Franchise Impact Ambassador
by | Aug 26, 2022
Johnson launched the ‘Mayor’s Franchise Initiative’ to foster economic growth earlier this week. Carlos White’s goal will be to make Dallas “a global hub for franchising” by forming partnerships that can help teach city residents how to create, systematize, and scale successful businesses.
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Local Investors Anurag Jain and Ross Perot Jr. Help Bring Major League Cricket to North Texas and Beyond

by | May 23, 2022
The investors joined Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and others committing a total of $120 million to the MLC. Noted sports architect HKS is designing a "world-class" Major League Cricket stadium in Grand Prairie. Upon completion early next year, it's expected to be the leading venue for cricket in the U.S., the MLC says.
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Mayor Names HKS Principal as Citywide Representative to Dallas’ Environmental Commission
by | Apr 29, 2022
The city of Dallas has a new leader helping to oversee the implementation of its first Comprehensive Environmental and Climate Action Plan. The overarching goal? To alleviate the impacts of climate change on the region.
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SMU Lands One of its Largest Gifts Ever to Fund Entrepreneurship
by | Apr 28, 2022
William Spears, founder and CEO of Dallas-based sustainability solutions firm Cenergistic, has given SMU the largest donation from a non-alum in its more than century-long history.

The gift will be used to set up the William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership within the Cox School of Business, as well as the Spears Accelerator, to help get student- and faculty-formed businesses off the ground, and other entrepreneur-supporting efforts.
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State of Entrepreneurship 2022: More Than $2 Billion Invested in North Texas Entrepreneurs Last Year
by | Mar 14, 2022
It's the second year in a row to surpass $1 billion, said Trey Bowles at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center's annual State of Entrepreneurship event.
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