2015 Transportation and Water Summit

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Did you know that the current U.S. interstate highway system was designed in the 1950s? Back then, the population of North Texas was close to 885,000. Today, North Texas has grown to over 6.8 million people, the fourth largest region in the U.S. The needs and issues we had in the 1950s and the needs and issues we have today are very different, which is why the North Texas Commission is proud to sponsor the City of Irving’s 2015 Transportation and Water Summit, taking place August 18-19 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

While recently North Texas received lots of rain, there are times when water levels are low and temperatures are high. This precious natural resource can be scarce at times, and planning to ensure that North Texas has enough safe, clean water is just one of the topics to be discussed at the Transportation and Water Summit.

This summit, also sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation, will open the floor for discussion, allow for collaboration and sharing of information among local organizations and governments, and showcase new ideas and technologies to help meet the needs of an evolving North Texas.

Anyone who would like to attend is welcome, and registration information can be found HERE.

Thank You NTC Members | July 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our new and renewing members from the month of July.

Bear Transportation Services

Berger Engineering

Cedar Hill Economic Development

Citadel Partners

City of Lake Worth

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Ebby Halliday

Gorrondona and Associates, Inc.

Paragon Relocation

Rangers Baseball, LLC

Slalom

Southern Methodist University

Tarrant Regional Water District

Verizon

Thank you for your continued support!

NTX Trends June Recap

SUMMERTIME & THE NTC

The North Texas Commission kicked off summer with honors and announcements including our President & CEO being named one of the Dallas Business Journal Women in Business honorees and announcing that Mark Cuban will keynote our 44th Annual Members’ Luncheon in September. Make sure to stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.

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MABRIE JACKSON NAMED DALLAS BUSINESS JOURNAL 2015 WOMEN IN BUSINESS HONOREE

Congratulations to NTC President & CEO Mabrie Jackson for her selection as one of the 25 Women in Business honorees this year. Learn more about Mabrie and see the full list of honorees HERE.

 

 

stairsWEBINAR RECAP: 7 STEPS TO THE LINKEDIN PROFILE YOU DESERVE

LinkedIn is the calling card of the professional world, and your profile speaks volumes about you and your company. Follow this simple 7-Step guide including the full video recap, a handy worksheet and the slides to reference HERE.

 

 

citiesFAMILY FRIENDLY NORTH TEXAS | 5 CITIES RANK IN THE TOP 20

North Texas dominated the Best category in WalletHub’s 2015 list of “Best & Worst Cities for Families” with 5 in the top 20. Find out if your city made the list HERE.

 

 

 

ozoneWEBINAR RECAP: OZONE IN NORTH TEXAS & OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT

Our Federal ozone regulations continue to get tougher, leaders from the business community will be essential to the meeting the EPA’s standards. Learn dozens of ways your organization can get involved and lower operating costs HERE.

Don’t miss our next webinar on Social Entrepreneurship with the Suzanne Smith of Social Impact Architects on Wednesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. Register HERE.

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GIVE YOUR INPUT FOR THE DALLAS FED’S TEXAS BUSINESS OUTLOOK SURVEYS

Be part of a process that helps gauge regional business activity and informs monetary policy making. If you are an executive in a Texas-based manufacturing or service-sector firm, the Dallas Fed invites you to participate HERE.

 

 

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KAAM’S PLAYMAKERS TALK SHOW SITS DOWN WITH NTC PRESIDENT & CEO MABRIE JACKSON

PlayMakers Talk Show host Steve Klein joined Mabrie at the microphone to discuss the growth of North Texas and the North Texas Commission. Listen to her segment HERE.

 

 

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THANK YOU NEW & RENEWING NTC MEMBERS

for your support of the North Texas Commission. View the list of new and renewing members in June HERE.

 

 

 

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Thank You NTC Members | June 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our new and renewing members from the month of June.

Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Constellation
Town of Trophy Club
City of Haslet
City of Murphy
Fluor Corporation
Breitling Energy
Energy Future Holdings
Town of Westlake
Town of Addison
American Airlines
University of Texas at Arlington

Thank you for your continued support!

Mabrie Jackson Named Dallas Business Journal 2015 Women in Business Honoree

The Dallas Business Journal unveiled its list of the 2015 Women in Business honorees and NTC President & CEO Mabrie Jackson is listed among the 25 dynamic female business leaders. Mabrie is in good company with North Texas Commission Board Member Michelle Miller of Verizon, basketball legend Nancy Lieberman, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill and Mary Frances Burleson, President and CEO of Ebby Halliday Companies. Choosing this year’s honorees was anything but simple; a selection committee made up of previous winners sifted through more than 250 nominations looking at the overall impact each woman makes on the region’s business community. Read the Dallas Business Journal’s full article HERE, and view Mabrie’s full bio along with the list of all honorees below.

To celebrate the achieves of these women, the Dallas Business Journal is hosting a luncheon at the Irving Convention Center on August 25, 2015. Purchase tickets for the event HERE.

The Dallas Business Journal’s 2015 Women in Business Honorees

Suzy Bátiz, Founder and CEO, Poo~Pourri

Mary Frances Burleson, President and CEO, Ebby Halliday Companies

Delta Emerson, President, Global Shared Services, Ryan LLC

Ruth Farrar, Chief Administrative Officer and Partner, Sendero

Cathy Fraser, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Tenet Healthcare

Julie Hamrick, Founder and Chief Analyst, Ignite Sales Inc.

Laura Hill, Co-Owner of Downey Publishing and Mayor of Southlake

Susan Hoff, Chief Strategy and Operations Officer, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Mabrie Jackson, President and CEO, North Texas Commission

Keri Kaiser, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Children’s Health System of Texas

Ashlee Kleinert, Owner/Managing Director of Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe and Co-Founder/Managing Director of Executives in Action

Nancy Lieberman, Founder and Chairwoman, Nancy Lieberman Charities

Laura MacNeil, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Regional Commercial Banking

Beatriz “Betty” Manetta, CEO, Associar LLC and Argent Associates

Joyce Mazero, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Carol Meyer, Vice President, Merrill Lynch; The Meyer Fontana Group

Michelle R. Miller, Central Texas Region President, Verizon Wireless

Amy Power, President and CEO, The Power Group

Tracy Preston, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, The Neiman Marcus Group

Melissa Reiff, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Container Store

Deborah Ryan, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Rachel Sanchez, CEO, Prestige Maintenance USA

Elizabeth Solender, President, Solender/Hall Inc.

Tiffany Tippins, CEO, Impactful Wealth Solutions

Gauthami Vemula, Founder, Color Me Safe

North Texas Commission President & CEO Mabrie Jackson

2015_JACKSONMabrie Jackson joined the North Texas Commission as President and CEO in July 2010 and is the 40-year-old organization’s first female leader. Jackson comes to the NTC with a varied background that includes public service through a seat on the Plano City Council, roles with Fortune 500 companies and, most recently, serving as the interim President and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

Jackson’s background in the public sector includes serving on the Plano City Council in 2008 and 2009. After stepping down from the Plano City Council in 2009, Jackson ran for the Texas Legislature as the Republican primary and run-off election candidate for the Texas House District 66 seat. Jackson briefly served as interim president and CEO of the Plano Chamber of Commerce.

Accompanying her civic and political background, Jackson brings an extensive history of corporate experience. She worked at Microsoft Corporation for 13 years incubating award-winning, revenue-producing relationships with international, national and local technology companies. Prior to Microsoft, Jackson spent 10 years in financial services marketing for EDS. She worked in virtually every aspect of public relations, including media relations, marketing collateral, advertisements, promotions and special events.

Jackson currently serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, a Governor’s Appointee to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council, a member of the Energy Future Holdings Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, Prison Entrepreneur Program (PEP) Advisory Board, Texas Association of Business Board, Vision North Texas Management Committee, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Clean Air Steering Committee, and the AT&T Performing Arts Center Communications Committee.  She is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. Jackson previously served as President of the Collin County Child Protective Services Board, on the University of North Texas President Search Committee, on the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, H. Wayne Hendrick Scholarship Board, the Assistance Center of Collin County Board, and as a member of several National League of Cities and Texas Municipal League committees.

Jackson is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at SMU in Global Studies and is a graduate of Plano Senior High School and The University of Texas at Austin. While attending the university, she served as a legislative assistant in the Texas House of Representatives. Mabrie is married to Marshall Jackson, and they have two sons.

 

NTX Trends May Recap

The NTC Celebrates Throughout May

May in known for celebrating – graduations, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo & more – and the NTC didn’t miss a beat. With Class 6 of Leadership North Texas graduating, high-speed rail prospering in the state legislature and many others successes, the North Texas Commission swelled with pride during the region’s rainy season. Make sure to stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.

 

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AD SPACE FILLING UP FAST IN NTX VOL. 5

Showcase your organization in the Knowledge Destination issue of NTX Magazine debuting this fall. Limited advertising space is available. Learn more HERE.

 

YOU DID IT: HIGH-SPEED RAIL MOVES FORWARD

Thank you to NTC members for rallying behind high-speed rail to make sure this project continued to develop. Read the full story HERE.

 

THE NTC’S 2014 ANNUAL REPORT HONORED

Thank you to Cooksey Communications for working with the NTC to create this outstanding piece of collateral that earned a Platinum Hermes Creative Award. See the award-winning report and learn more about the award HERE.

 

NORTH TEXAS UNIVERSITIES MAKE THE GRADE

It’s graduation season in North Texas, and our region’s universities have been recognized with honors. Read about the North Texas schools that are ranking nationwide and how that corresponds with regional job growth HERE.

 

CINCO DE MAYO & THE ROOTS OF THE MARGARITA

North Texas has rich a Mexican heritage and always celebrates Cinco de Mayo to the nth degree. Even the margarita machine, and arguably the margarita itself, were invented here. Learn more about the margarita’s roots HERE.

 

CONGRATULATIONS LNT CLASS 6 GRADS

Congratulate the regional leaders in this year’s Leadership North Texas class. Meet them HERE.

REMINDER: LNT CLASS 7 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 12. APPLY HERE

 

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NTX STARTUP REPORT – MAD SCIENTIST

This month’s NTX Startup Report requires inventive minds and technologies that redefine processes. Be sure to click through and learn about these emerging companies HERE. Interested in more? View the April and March editions.

 

WEBINAR RECAP: RETHINK PRISON

Our country has a prison problem, and the Prison Entrepreneurship Program is tackling the recidivism rate one inmate at a time. Learn more about PEP and the measurable impact they’re making in the Texas prison system HERE.

Don’t miss our next webinar on Air Quality and Ozone with the NCTCOG Tomorrow, June 10 at 10 a.m. Register HERE.

 

THANK YOU NEW & RENEWING NTC MEMBERS

for your support of the North Texas Commission. View the list of new and renewing members in May HERE.

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Limited Space Available in NTX Vol. 5

NTX 5 Temp Cover-07-horizontal-smallNorth Texans are smart. With more than 30 higher education institutions and six Nobel Laureates and state-of-the-art career tech academies, we foster a community of knowledge. And, because of that, North Texas is quickly becoming a Knowledge Destination with men and women from around the world flocking to our region to learn everything from how to fly a plane to how to put out fires.

NTX Magazine Vol. 5 will showcase our region as a Knowledge Destination with stories on how we educate doctors, how arts and culture foster learning, how the conventions and conference impact our economy and how the region’s community colleges are making a real impact on educating our workforce.

This issue of NTX Magazine will be available September 2015. Advertising space is filling up and sales close in the coming weeks. For more information, please contact Marcy Sherman at marcy@ntc-dfw.org or 972-621-0400.

Interested in NTX Magazine? Visit the NTX Magazine webpage HERE and view the previous four issues below.

Welcome Holly Norris!

Holly Norris HeadshotThe North Texas Commission is excited to have Holly Norris, a junior at the University of North Texas, join the team as our summer intern. Holly  has spent four years in the hospitality industry and specializes in strategic communication, event management and online marketing.

A North Texan from the very beginning, Holly grew up in North Richland Hills and graduated from the Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning. Now in her junior year as a journalism major at UNT, Holly has developed a passion for leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing. She recently finished a term as an international officer for Collegiate DECA, a student marketing organization. In her free time, she enjoys movies, reading and coaching and collaborating with other young leaders.

Please say hello to Holly at an upcoming North Texas Commission events!

 

Thank you NTC Members | May 2015

We greatly appreciate the support of our new and renewing members from the month of May.

City of Carrollton
City of Celina
City of Roanoke
City of Waxahachie
Fidelity Investments
Four Seasons Resort and Club
Hugh M. Cunningham Companies
The Levenson Group
Locke Lord LLP
Sundance Square
Texas Christian University
The Original Pancake House
Woodbine Development

Thank you for your continued support!

Congratulations Leadership North Texas Class 6!

For the past nine months, a group of 29 leaders have gone to school, explored the world of sports, dissected our economy, learned about the region’s healthcare and even did hard time in Huntsville. Today they complete their Leadership North Texas Class 6 journey, but their path to regional leadership is just beginning.

Leadership North Texas presented by Oncor is a graduate-level, regional leadership program that recruits, develops and supports leaders who have a commitment to civic engagement and the North Texas region.

The graduates of Leadership North Texas Class 6 are the following:

 

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Shannon Bettis, Senior Vice President, Southside Bank
Ellen Buck
Ellen Buck, Senior Director, Oncor Electric Delivery
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Fred Busche, Councilmember, Town of Highland Village
Linda Caram
Linda Caram, Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T
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Allen Corry, Assistant Vice President, DFW International Airport
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Amanda DeGan, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Westlake
LaToyia Dennis
LaToyia Dennis, Director of Development, T.D. Jakes Ministries
Ariane Einecker
Ariane Einecker, Regional Chief Development Officer, American Red Cross, North Texas Region
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Mark Felts, Principal Consultant, Slalom
Joy Goodrum
Joy Goodrum, Executive Director, La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation
Sheila Haley
Dr. Sheila Haley, Assistant Clinical Professor, Texas Woman’s University
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Susan Harris, Manager, Public Affairs, Atmos Energy
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Tricia Hatley, Vice President, Freese and Nichols
Victoria Huynh
Victoria Huyhn, Deputy City Attorney, City of Plano
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Dena Jackson, Ph.D., Vice President of Grants and Research, Dallas Women’s Foundation 
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Mark Jacobs, Team Leader, Regions Bank
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Lori McMahon, Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson
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Steve Mitchell, Project Manager, Thomson Reuters and Richardson City Councilmember
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Jonathan Morrison, Operations Manager, Morrison & Company
Greg Porter
Greg Porter, City Manager, City of Cedar Hill
Eddie Reyes
Eddie Reyes, Veteran, Women & Minority Business Consultant
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Michelle Riddell, Vice President of Strategic Communications and Community Investment, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Ron Ruthven 
Ron Ruthven, Founder, R3F Consulting

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Howard Slobodin, General Counsel and Secretary, Board of Directors, Trinity River Authority of Texas
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Amy Stelter, Manager of Governmental Relations, Trinity River Authority of Texas
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Sue Tejml, Mayor, Town of Copper Canyon
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Becky Tucker, Vice President, Integrated Health Campuses for Texas Health Resources
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Mitch Whitten, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau
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Karen Zahaluk, Program Manager, Hope for the Brave

Recruitment is underway for Leadership North Texas Class 7. Since the program’s inception, nearly 200 leaders from across North Texas have participated, including a state representative, numerous mayors and city council members, city managers and economic development professionals, business leaders, higher education executives and nonprofit leaders.

Over a nine-month period, the class addresses and discusses topics such as the history of North Texas, regionalism, our economy, workforce and education, sustainable development, the impact of incarceration and a plan for civic engagement. They learn best practices in regional stewardship from experts and other regions, and explore how to collaborate to best address current regional issues.

The application deadline for Leadership North Texas Class 7 is noon, June 12, 2015. Applications are available online or through the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400. Tuition for the program is $3,000.

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