The Countdown: Dallas Innovates’ 10 Most Popular Stories in May

Take a look back on the stories that grabbed our readers' attention last month.

It’s been a big year so far for North Texas, especially when it comes to innovation. From industry disruptors, to technological breakthroughs, to groundbreaking advancements, we’ve seen a lot in 2019—and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds.

As we wrapped up May, we decided to reflect on the stories behind the people and places that had been grabbing our readers’ attention. From new startups (Captra), to a medical innovation district (Near Southside), to national recognitions (Mary Kay, UT Dallas, Jacobs), our most popular stories certainly spanned the vast range of innovation in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Here’s a roundup of our top 10 most-read stories on for the month of May.

10. Arlington Agtech Company SolGro Named to 2 Major Startup Cohorts

SolGro has been named to the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator and the 2019 MassChallenge Texas cohorts, with thousands of dollars in funding up for grabs.


SolGro Founder and CEO Tyler Sickels holds crop yields from a pilot testing site in Colorado. [Photo: Courtesy SolGro]

9. Mary Kay Chief Executive Named Among World’s 10 Most Reputable CEOs

Caring about a corporation’s role in social issues is one of the criteria that makes a reputable CEO, according to the Reputation Institute.


[Photo: Courtesy Mary Kay Inc.]

8. First Look: The Ambassador Hotel Redevelopment in The Cedars

The 112-year-old Ambassador Hotel in Dallas’ The Cedars neighborhood is being adapted into micro-multifamily units.

[Photo: Courtesy Merriman Anderson/Architects]

7. Reports: New Skyscrapers Would Add to Dallas’ Tower Trove

Two recent articles piqued our interest on where skyscrapers—an important part of Dallas’ history—fit into the city’s present and future.


AMLI Fountain Place Residences is a 45-story tower being erected next to the newly renovated Fountain Place tower in downtown Dallas. [Rendering: Courtesy Page Sutherland]

6. Jacobs Again Takes Top Spot on ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms List

The market for large design firms might be the best it’s ever been, according to Engineering News-Record. Jacobs is involved in massive projects in North Texas and elsewhere. Here are a few on the cutting edge.


Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Runway 17C/35C rehabilitation project. [Image: Courtesy Dallas Fort Worth International Airport]

5. Safety in (Smart) Numbers: How This Dallas Startup is Securing Your Phone

Your phone number might be written on the “proverbial bathroom wall.” This Dallas startup is trying to stop exactly that.

Jim McDonald of Captra. [Photo: Rebeca Posadas-Nava]

4. Looking for a STEM Job? A New Study Says Go to Dallas-Fort Worth

According to a new ranking by the American Enterprise Institute, Dallas-Fort Worth is the best metro in the U.S. for science, technology, engineering, and math jobs. Not only does the region have numerous STEM jobs, but it also has high employment growth and relative affordability.

[Image: Arthobbit and Igor Korchak/iStockphoto]

3. UTD Ranks First Among Texas Public Universities on Forbes’ List of Best Value Colleges

Forbes’ “definitive guide” to getting the best return on a college investment is here. UT Dallas ranks No. 1 among public universities in Texas. Among public and private universities in the U.S., UTD ranks No. 31, up from No. 61 last year. See what other Dallas-Fort Worth schools made the list.

[Photo: Courtesy UTD]

2. Meet the ‘Mompreneurs’ Making Frisco a Business Incubator

A South Dallas neighborhood will undergo a makeover to make it more pedestrian friendly and incorporate new transportation technologies.

[Photos: Courtesy Tracey Carrasco, Susie Williams, and Ray Bray]

1. Medical Innovation District: Fort Worth Targets Near Southside for New Hub

City leaders hope to have the Near Southside neighborhood in the heart of Fort Worth designated a medical innovation district by the fall. The designation would have the potential of adding thousands of medical and technology related jobs.

medical innovation district

[Photo: Courtesy Fort Worth Economic Development Department]

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