North Texas Commission’s 2014 Annual Report Honored

annual report 2014“The Annual Report” may normally be considered a routine recap of an organization’s year filled with numbers and graphs, but here at the North Texas Commission, we aimed for higher expectations. Working with Cooksey Communications, a long-standing member of the NTC, we brought life and color to the report. The compliments and praise for 2014 Annual Report poured in from members throughout the region. And now, the document has received the Association of Marketing & Communications Professionals (AMCP) Platinum Hermes Creative Award for its design work in the Publications: Annual Report category.

The Hermes Award is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials, programs and emerging technologies. The event is judged by senior-level, experienced professionals, who agree on a consensus score. Entries receiving scores between 90-100 are deemed Platinum Winners. Entries with 80-89 points are deemed Gold Winners.

In addition to the North Texas Commission Annual Report, Cooksey Communication received five additional awards:

  • Frisco Station Announcement, Platinum Award, Project Announcement
  • Perot Development, Platinum Award, Logistics Center I Grand Opening
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Platinum Award, Award Nominations
  • City of El Paso, Gold Award, Government Executive Blog
  • Holland Services, Gold Award, Pocket Folder Marketing Inserts

The North Texas Commission’s Annual Report provides a recap of the organization’s accomplishments, financial overview, programs and events. Copies are distributed to all members after the close of each fiscal year, but can also be viewed below.

Congratulations to NTC Board member Gail Cooksey and her team at Cooksey Communications!

Webinar Recap: Rethink Prison

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For every 10 people that are released from prison, it’s expected that four will be back behind bars within three years; that’s a recidivism rate of 40 percent. How can we reverse such a startling statistic?

In our May Topic North Texas webinar, Natalie Baker and Bryan Kelley of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) brought light to the recidivism issue and how PEP has become part of the solution. Also, hear the breath-taking stories of Natalie and Bryan as they walk through life in prison and the positive impact PEP is making both inside and outside of prison walls.

The “Cost” of Incarceration

Our country has a prison problem. One out of 100 Americans is in jail or prison today—a total population of 2.3 million, which is equivalent to the size of Dallas, Fort Worth and Plano combined. One out of 15 Americans will go to jail or prison in his lifetime.

For many, prison is “out of sight, out of mind.” But it becomes everyone’s problem when prisons continue to bloat with repeat “customers” who understand their role in society—steal, kill and hustle. For those who would rather focus on preventing crime by working with at-risk populations who have never committed a crime, consider this: prisons are the largest concentrated pools of future criminals. That’s a conversation starter for real crime prevention solutions.

The driving passion of PEP manifests itself in a progressive nonprofit solution that is single-handedly changing the way private institutions and state governments view correctional facilities. This passion is based on the idea that prison inmates—especially former gang leaders, drug dealers and those with violent offenses—have a massive reservoir of untapped potential. PEP seeks to redirect these men into legitimate enterprises, leveraging their proven entrepreneurial skill-sets to inspire an even deeper change.

 The Prison Entrepreneurship Program

With over 1,400 applicants every year, PEP selects 100 men to go through their rigorous programs. Participants work diligently over the nine months to comprehend and dissect business strategies and create a full business plan for a realistic new business venture. The program brings in volunteers from the corporate world to hear presentations, network with the men in the program, and to later serve as possible mentors and/or investors after their release. At the end of the nine months, participants earn a certificate in entrepreneurship from the University of Baylor.

About the Presenters

PEP-Baker_Natalie_PhotoNatalie Baker is PEP’s Executive Relations Manager for the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.  In her position, she is responsible for managing a portfolio of major and prospective supporters, coordinating monthly events, meetings and public presentations throughout the Greater DFW area and assisting with the management of all in-prison events that PEP offers throughout the year at the Sanders Estes Unit in Venus, TX (about 35 miles south of the DFW metroplex).   A former practicing attorney, she recently served four years in the Florida state penitentiary, enabling her to better advocate for the men in the PEP program, as well as voice the importance rehabilitation plays in a prisoner’s future.

PEP-Kelly_Bryan_PhotoBryan Kelley is currently the Re-Entry Manager for the Dallas branch of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Bryan leads a re-entry team that literally picks up PEP participants at the prison gate upon release and ensures that they continue their journey of success outside prison walls. In his role as such he wears many hats: life coach, counselor, property manager, family liaison, recruiter, fundraiser, speaker, disciplinarian, cheerleader and part-time house mom. He will soon add teacher and character coach to his repertoire by leading the character development portion of the program inside the Estes prison unit. What’s more, Bryan is a product of the program himself, having spent nearly 22 years behind bars, he was released in 2014 and now helps his PEP brothers traverse the very steps he took just a few short months ago.

 

For the full details from the webinar, watch the presentation or view the slides below.


NTX Trends April Recap

April Showers bring Regional Power to North Texas

April flew by here at the North Texas Commission as we prepped for the 2015 North Texas Healthcare Summit, and spent time building relationships both within and outside the region. Whether it’s discussing health and wellness or planning a Texas-sized party, North Texas continues to grow its reputation as a power region in the U.S. and globally. Make sure to stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.

2015 NORTH TEXAS HEALTHCARE SUMMIT

Did you know your zip code is a more accurate predictor of your health than genetics? Learn more about location’s impact on healthcare and other facts from the recap HERE.

 

EARLY VOTING IS NOW OPEN

It’s officially voting season in North Texas, and early voting is now open through May 5th. Can’t make early voting? Don’t forget to vote on May 9th. Check out other details for voting season HERE.

 

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WELCOME TINA CITIZEN TO THE NTC STAFF

The NTC is in good hands with our newest staff member Tina Citizen who is serving as Senior Executive Administrator and Board Liaison. Get to know Tina HERE.

 

COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS CELEBRATE 50 YEARS WITH A TEXAS-SIZED PARTY

It’s a big year for the American Country Music Awards, and the best place to do it big is North Texas. Get the recap of activities and the record-breaking award show HERE.

 

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NTX STARTUP REPORT – APRIL 2015

With the Healthcare Summit in April, this month’s NTX Startup Report focused on health and wellness startups in North Texas. Be sure to click through and learn about these emerging companies in healthcare HERE. And, catch the March edition HERE.

 

NORTH TEXAS & PARAGUAY: A NTC CONNECTION

The U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay spoke at UTD to help connect the two countries. Little did he know, the NTC had its own connection. Read Taylor’s full story HERE.

 

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REMINDER: LNT APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 12

Apply for Leadership North Texas Class 7 and join more than 30 regional leaders as you learn about the different facets of North Texas. Learn more HERE.

 

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WEBINAR RECAP: THE STARTUP ECOSYSTEM

Having a lucrative startup scene requires an active economy from all sides. Trey Bowles from the DEC discusses successful startup ecosystems. Watch the full recording or read the recap HERE.

Don’t miss our next webinar with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program on Wednesday, May 6 at 10 a.m. as we discuss the prison, prisoners and the recidivism rate. Register HERE.

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A Recap of the 2015 North Texas Healthcare Summit

Inaugural North Texas Healthcare Summit Discusses Regional Opportunities, Challenges

Location, location, location was the theme of the North Texas Commission’s inaugural Healthcare Summit last Thursday. From the first speaker, Elizabeth Sobel Blum of the Dallas Federal Reserve to the closing luncheon keynote with Tony Buettner of Blue Zones, the audience of healthcare professional and regional leaders learned that the zip code we live in may have more to do with our health and wellness than genetics.

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The half-day summit opened with a TO THE POINT breakfast sponsored by Fidelity Investments with Blum speaking about why health and healthcare matters to the region’s economy.
“Your zip code is a more accurate prediction of your health outcome than your genetic code,” Blum said. Factors affecting this includes access to nutritious food, doctors and the ability to safely walk and exercise outside.

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Following Blum, a panel moderated by Bill Hethcock of the Dallas Business Journal and comprised of Dr. Ruben Amarashingham of Parkland Center for Clinical Health, Dr. Ray Tsai of Children’s Health Pediatric Group, Marc Gelinas, Slalom and Matt Zavadsky of MedStar Mobile Healthcare took the stage to discuss innovation and access to healthcare.
Location came up once again during Dr. Laura DeFina’s presentation. The President and CEO of The Cooper Institute spoke about health and wellness impacting a person’s ability to lead.
“The number one thing a CEO can do to have healthier workers is create a culture of health in the organization,” Dr. DeFina said.

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With a rapidly growing population in North Texas, the discussion turned toward population health with Dr. Margaret Balfour of Connections AZ speaking about the cost of mental health and a panel on population health with Sharon Phillips of Parland, Dr. Paul Hain of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Jonathan Scholl of Texas Health Resources with moderator Kristin Jenkins of the DFW Hospital Council Foundation.

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The 2015 North Texas Healthcare Summit closed with a final discussion of location from Tony Buettner, brother of Blue Zones founder Dan Buettner. In his discussion, he shared some of the tips of communities from around the globe known for their longevity. Through their research, they found that the communities with an active lifestyle, access to fresh, nutritious food and senior citizens who view retirement as the next phase in their life live fuller, healthier and happier lives.
With a Blue Zones project underway in Fort Worth, Buettner showed that a longer, healthier life is attainable.
The 2015 North Texas Healthcare Summit was presented by Slalom, Tenet Health and Texas Health Resources. Fidelity Investments presented the TO THE POINT breakfast. AT&T, the Dallas Business Journal and DFW Airport were premium sponsors. Metroport Cities Partnership was an Event Sponsor. The Summit was hosted in partnership with the DFW Hospital Council Foundation.
The event was chaired by Mark Felts of Slalom, Corey Davison of Tenet, David Tesmer of Texas Health Resources and Kristin Jenkins of the DFW Hospital Council Foundation.

North Texas and Paraguay a NTC Connection

At the North Texas Commission, we strive to bring our fabulous region to the world, but we also try to bring the world to North Texas. We had one such opportunity two weeks ago.

The University of Texas at Dallas hosted the Igor Pangrazio Vera Ambassador of Paraguay to explore ways that our two countries can be better connected. With our CEO Mabrie Jackson, I had a unique opportunity to meet with the Ambassador and the Dean of the School of Economics and Politics and Policy Sciences Dennis Dean. We had a fantastic conversation with the Ambassador about his time studying in the United States and how we can encourage more exchange between our two countries.

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Ambassador Pangrazio bringing Paraguay to UTD students

The surprise for everyone was that I spent two years living in Paraguay as a Peace Corps Volunteer prior to coming to the North Texas Commission.

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Paraguay is a small country in South America, nestled between Brazil and Argentina. It boasts remarkable natural resources and wonderfully hospitable people. I felt so welcomed my entire time in Paraguay and wanted to show the same courtesy to Ambassador Pangrazio. As such, I made sure the brush up on my few words of Guarani, Paraguay’s indigenous language. Paraguay is the only country in the Americas with an indigenous language as a national language in addition to Spanish.  Additionally, I made sure to bring along my Tereré, a traditional Paraguayan tea made from Yerba Mate. I drink this in the office, and it is often a point of discussion. (The discussion mostly consists of, “What is that?”) Yerba Mate is central to Paraguayan culture. It is shared amongst friends and by offering someone a drink of your tereré you can even make new friends.

Ambassador Pangrazio was a little surprised when this gringa entered the room dripping in Paraguayan pride, but it was a great chance to show his point: cultural exchange is an effective tool for creating opportunities for countries to grow together. The Ambassador spoke of his own experience living and studying in the US and the UK. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence and still is in contact with American families that hosted in him while living in the US.  His goal is to create more opportunities for these kinds of exchanges.

I am grateful for the chance to discuss such an important topic with this remarkable group of people. It was a surreal moment to get to sit down with a leader of a country that is so near to my heart.  I suppose that’s just the magic of North Texas.

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Tina Citizen Joins the NTC

The North Texas Commission is thrilled to welcome Tina Citizen to the team as Senior Executive Administrator/Board Liaison. Tina comes to us from IBM where she served as a Worldwide Project Coordinator, managing all aspects of events and tradeshows, including executive relations, budget and project planning.2015_CITIZENsmaller

In her role, Tina will serve as the Board Liaison to the North Texas Commission Board of Directors. She will also be instrumental in event management, member relations and Leadership North Texas.

Tina moved to North Texas from the heart of Silicon Valley , where she worked at Alliance Semiconductor and SiPackets, Inc. She lives in Plano and has a 12-year-old daughter, 23-year-old son and three beautiful grandchildren. Tina is enrolled in her final year at Collin College, and plans to continue her studies at TWU in the fall. In her free time she enjoys working out and singing.

Please join us in welcoming Tina to the team!

NTX Trends March Recap

Publication Palooza at the North Texas Commission

March was the month for publications here at the NTC. Our newest North Texas Profile is out along with the inaugural NTX Startup Report. Also, we’ve kicked off the advertising sales for the next NTX Magazine: Knowledge Destination. Make sure to stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.

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North Texas: A Knowledge Destination

Why is North Texas a global destination for educating the world’s workforce? NTX Magazine Volume 5 will show you. Get the details HERE.

 

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The 2015 North Texas Profile is Here

With an overview of the North Texas region, the industries of our economy and the perks that make the North Texas quality life rank so high nationwide, the 2015 Profile is the go-to information source for quick data. Read and download HERE.

 

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Spring is in the North Texas Air

It’s officially spring time in North Texas and time to enjoy the beautiful weather. Check out just a few of the outdoor opportunities in your backyard HERE.

 

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North Texas Companies Honored for Ethical Standards

The list of the world’s most ethical companies is out, and two North Texas companies are on it! Find out who HERE.

 

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NTX Startup Report – March 2015

North Texas has a robust startup community that continues to flourish. Be sure to click through the NTX Startup Report to learn about different emerging companies every month. Catch the March edition HERE.

 

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Regional Spotlight: One Million Cups

One Million Cups gives entrepreneurs a platform to present their emerging companies. Learn more about the community outpost and its Dallas and Fort Worth weekly showcases HERE.

 

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Reminder: LNT Class 7 Applications

Apply for Leadership North Texas Class 7 and join more than 30 regional leaders as you learn about the different facets of North Texas. Learn more HERE.

 

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Webinar Recap: Connecting Industry to Every Classroom

The gap between education and workforce continues to grow. Learn how Nepris is helping industry leaders connect with students through their unique platform. Watch the full recording or read the recap HERE.

Don’t miss our next webinar with Lemonade Day on April 15 at 10 a.m. as we discuss the entrepreneur spirit and the next generation. Register HERE.

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North Texas: A Knowledge Destination

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NTX 5 Temp Cover-07North Texas has an international reputation for its pro-business environment, ideal travel convenience and bustling workforce. With 56 direct international flights coming through DFW International Airport and countless domestic flights within 4 hours flying  time, the region has blossomed into an international KNOWLEDGE DESTINATION.  

Volume 5 of NTX Magazine will highlight North Texas as a global destination for educating the world’s workforce. From doctors performing delicate surgeries to fire fighters saving lives, North Texas is where the world goes to learn. The issue will feature just a few of the companies that have chosen our region for training centers and why companies continue to return to North Texas for annual conferences and meetings. Industry spotlights include aviation, healthcare, education and workforce, arts and culture, high-tech and innovation.

Showcase Your Organization

With a print run of 20,000 copies, NTX Magazine is distributed worldwide from the Fortune 1000 CEOs to business and world leaders in key overseas markets, and throughout North Texas to city leaders, public officials, business executives and many more. NTX Magazines can also be found in American Airlines Admirals Clubs at DFW International Airport.

Seize the opportunity to showcase your organization. Advertising sales are open now but only until June 15, 2015. For more details, visit the NTX Magazine page or contact Marcy Sherman by calling the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400 or by email her at marcellette@ntc-dfw.org.

About NTX Magazine

NTX Magazine is a valuable resource that highlights the economically-thriving and pro-business North Texas region. A profile of the Dallas/Fort Worth region, NTX Magazine features information about key industries with facts and data to assist those interested in doing business here. The Summer/Fall 2015 issue of NTX Magazine is a 96-page, four-color glossy publication highlighting North Texas as Knowledge Destination. Advertise in NTX Magazine and introduce your business or community to corporations considering relocation or expansion before they arrive.

The 2015 North Texas Profile

 

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The newest version of the North Texas Profile

The 2015 North Texas Profile is chock-full of the latest statistics about our region. With an overview of the North Texas region, the industries that make up the economy and the perks that make the North Texas quality life rank so highly nationwide, the 2015 Profile is the go-to information source for quick data.

Just a few facts from the Profile

If North Texas were a country, is would be 27th in GDP between Belgium and Venezuela.

North Texas ranks among the top 3 U.S. metro areas for business expansion, relocations and employment growth.

The region’s labor force is 3.5 million strong, the fourth largest in the nation.

The North Texas population is expected to be just shy of 17 million by 2050.

8,041 North Texas companies export products and services.

Want to view all publications produced by the North Texas Commission? Visit our Publications tab under News & Resources or CLICK HERE.

NTX Trends February Recap

It’s been an exciting month at the NTC with the kick-off of our TO THE POINT series presented by Fidelity Investments for 2015, the launch of the new LNT University program, the unveiling of NTX Magazine Volume 4 and so much more. Make sure to stay up-to-date with all NTC programs and events on our blog – NTX TRENDS.

 

A Recap of TO THE POINT: Manufacturing with Toyota

The 2015 TO THE POINT series launched January 29th with Mr. Osamu Nagata, CEO of Toyota Engineering and Manufacturing North America. Get the details HERE.

 

 

And NTX Magazine Volume 4

The newest volume of NTX Magazine is hot off the presses. Learn more about the logistics, manufacturing and transportation industries that play such a key role in the North Texas economy HERE.

 

Leadership North Texas University Becomes First College-Level Regional Leadership Program

Leadership North Texas University was founded by LNT Alumni to educate and connect with the next generation of leaders. Applications for its inaugural year are open until April 1. Learn more HERE.

 

Interlink’s 28th Annual Regional Occupation Survey

North Central Texas InterLink helps guide the region’s public schools and colleges on workforce needs through their annual occupation survey, Learn more and take the survey HERE.

 

North Texas Brings Home Two Grammys

North Texas a capella group The Pentatonix and alternative artist St. Vincent both earned a Grammy at the February 8th award ceremony. Listen to their award-winning music HERE.

 

Regional Spotlight: the Prison Entrepreneurship Program

PEP is a renowned program transforming inmates through entrepreneurial passion, education and mentoring. Get more information HERE.

 

Topic: North Texas | Millennials as Adults

All millennials are officially adults and Topic: North Texas, our webinar series presented by Verizon, got the scoop on the future plans for this generation. Watch the full recording or read the recap HERE.

 

Miss our January Newsletter?

Get the details from last month’s NTX Trends Newsletter HERE.

 

Have something you would like to add?

The North Texas Commission supports the North Texas and its members. If there’s a story you’d like to add, email Kim Walton at Kimberly@ntc-dfw.org.