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.

Ambassador Pangrazio bringing Paraguaya to UTD students

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.

UTD, NTC, Paraguay, Terere

Sharing Tereré with Dean Dean

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.

UTD to Paraguay

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.

NTX 5 Temp Cover-07-horizontal-small

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.



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.


Spring is in the north texas air

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.



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.


NTX Startup Report Header

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.



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.


Leadership North Texas Apply

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.


Topic-north-texas-nepris-webinar-with label

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.

Previous NTX Trends Newsletters

February  |  January

Have Something to Add?

We’re here to support North Texas and our members. If there’s a story you would like to add to NTX Trends, please email Kim Walton at

North Texas: A Knowledge Destination

NTX logo-NEW-01


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

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



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

InterLink’s 28th Annual Regional Occupation Survey

interlink14For nearly 30 years, North Central Texas InterLink has been instrumental in guiding the region’s public schools and colleges on fulfilling workforce needs. InterLink’s success is largely attributed to the feedback and guidance shared through the annual North Central Texas Regional Occupation survey.

This survey reaches every industry sector and all feedback is carefully considered. The responses to the survey result in a report that is used by North Central Texas secondary and post-secondary educators to implement and develop programs that will skill the workforce based upon the demand shown through the survey. The greater the response, the stronger the future workforce.

Please share this link with the hiring authority at your organization and encourage them to participate. Be assured that the results of the survey are confidential and are reported in aggregate. InterLink does not release the names of survey participants.

If you are a member of a business or trade association, chamber of commerce, advisory committee, or any other organization whose members are in the 16 county Dallas/Fort Worth Region, please send this email to them and encourage them to participate with the survey by forwarding it to their constituents.

The survey closes March 18, 2015. All participants receive a copy of the final survey report. Please CLICK HERE for the survey.

Join the NTC Team!

We are looking for full-time Executive Assistant to join the North Texas Commission team.

The Executive Assistant will work with many areas of the organization including Board of Directors, investor relations, membership, finance, Leadership North Texas, research, office support and events.
ProfileThe successful candidate will possess the following skills:
• Extreme Microsoft Office proficiency, including mail merge, PowerPoint development and Excel database management
• Detail-oriented, extremely organized
• Problem solver with excellent critical thinking skills
• Board room demeanor
• Self-motivated and results driven
• Complete special projects as assigned
• Eager to become a part of a dynamic team

Please submit your resume with references to

NTX Magazine Logistics Issue Available Now

North Texas sits at a sweet spot for the logistics industry: plenty of sunshine and good weather, center of the U.S. location and home to a robust network of rail and highways. Add that to our strong, diverse manufacturing industry and you’ve got the making of a strong regional asset.

The Winter/Spring 2015 issue of NTX Magazine: A Profile of the Dallas/Fort Worth Region began hitting mailboxes last week. This glossy, colorful magazine tells the story of our region’s logistics industry from air cargo at DFW International Airport to the education pipeline at The University of Texas at Arlington and University of North Texas to the story of BNSF Railway, a major powerhouse in the country’s logistics footprint. NTX also examines the logistics of moving people with the High Speed Rail that connects North Texas with Houston.

NTX Magazine also illustrates the heart of logistics, specifically the steps and coordination involved with organ donation and giving a local grandfather a healthy heart. And, we showcase the innovators of Makerspace.

The magazine is distributed to Fortune 1,000 CEOs, global business leaders and elected officials as well as through the DFW Airport American Airlines Admirals Clubs.

You can view the online version of NTX Magazine by clicking here. Or, if you would like hard copies, please reach out to Kimberly Walton at or 972-621-0400.

A Recap of TO THE POINT: Manufacturing

Toyota’s Love letter to North Texas

On Thursday, January 29, Toyota joined the North Texas Commission to kick off the TO THE POINT series presented by Fidelity Investments for the 2015 season. The sold-out audience included organizations such as AllianceTexas – a Hillwood Property, AT&T, the Dallas Business Journal and DFW International Airport all wanting to give the Japanese car manufacturer a big Texas welcome to our region. CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Simon Nagata presented as the luncheon keynote and laid out the long list of reasons why Toyota chose to move to their North American headquarters to North Texas. His wife became North Texas’s biggest advocate because of our diverse and vivacious shopping scene.

Mr. Nagata spoke enthusiastically about the climate in North Texas, referring to both the warm weather and the positive business climate. After relocating from Michigan, Mr. Nagata laid out a clear vision to bring the Toyota headquarters under one roof. Collaboration is key to success, and he firmly believes this consolidation will allow them to work better as a team and respond to changing market places. For the first time in public, he unveiled the architectural rendering for their new home in Plano. This environmentally friendly campus will house more than 4,000 Toyota employees.

He looks forward to settling in with a host of global corporate neighbors such as Pepsi-co, American Airlines, and ExxonMobil. Adding that he was dedicated to making Toyota a good corporate citizen especially after the warm reception that North Texas gave many survivors of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami by hosting youth through the Tomodachi initiative. Toyota reciprocated the gesture by donating six Texas-made Toyota Tundras to the City of Plano and a $1 million dollar donation to Plano ISD.

North Texas Commission President and CEO, Mabrie Jackson, summed up Toyota’s relocation perfectly, “It’s a home run for the region.” With an expected $7 billion over the next 10 years and the 4,000 jobs that come with the move, North Texas is thrilled to have Toyota call us home.


Join Us for our Next TO THE POINT

Healthcare Summit Logo-04

Be sure to join us for TO THE POINT: The State of Healthcare presented by Fidelity Investments on Thursday, April 23 as a part of the 2015 North Texas Healthcare Summit. CLICK HERE to register and for additional details.