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

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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.

NTX Trends January Recap

North Texas kicked-off 2015 with a great first month including a new legislative session and the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship. See below for January highlights from the NTX Trends blog.


2015 Legislative Agenda

January 13th marked the beginning of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature. Get the details of the 2015 North Texas Commission’s Legislative Agenda HERE.




And the Oscar Goes to…

North Texas’ very own Texas Instruments was presented with a handful of awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read the full story HERE.



Apply for Leadership North Texas

Do you have an itch to learn more about North Texas and connect with regional thought leaders? 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.



Economic Impact of Major Sporting Events in North Texas

North Texas has hosted four major sporting events over the past five years.The economic impact has amounted to over $1.4 billion for the region. Get the full breakdown of the numbers HERE.



10 Unforgettable Events for 2014

Hard to believe were almost a full month into 2015! But, it’s never too late to remember the good times. Check out our list of top 10 events in North Texas for 2014 HERE.



Topic: North Texas | Healthcare the Texas Way

The 2015 season of Topic: North Texas, our webinar series presented by Verizon, kicked off with a discussion on Texas healthcare and the Texas Way. Watch the full recording or read the recap 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

Leadership North Texas Shows Its Presby Pride

On Friday, members of Leadership North Texas Class 6 learned about healthcare as an industry and how wellness impacts the region, but this year the members had a chance to learn about the heroics involved with caring for the sick.

In late September, Texas Healthy Presbyterian Dallas cared for the first Ebola patient in the U.S. The support for this community of healthcare

ICU nurse and hero, John, with LNT Class 6 member Mark Felts

ICU nurse and hero, John, with LNT Class 6 member Mark Felts

workers was palpable , from signs on the walls to the smiles, handshakes and “thank yous” to all who met with the group. During a tour of the ICU, LNT class member Mark Felts had an opportunity to meet one of the heroes of Texas Health Presby Dallas. John was a nurse who cared for Mr. Duncan and was featured on 60 Minutes.

Also showing Presby Pride was U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, who stopped by to speak with the Leadership North Texas class before continuing his tour of the hospital.


Congressman Pete Sessions discussing the impact of well educated leaders in our region


Tex,as Health Presbyterian Dallas is made up of seven buildings and 3 million square feet and is ranked in the 99th percentile for staff engagement. Notable patients have included former President George W. Bush and Dallas villain, JR Ewing, who was taken to the hospital after the famous shooting.

Leadership North Texas is a graduate-level, regional leadership program that recruits, develops and supports stewards of the North Texas region. Recruitment for LNT Class 7 will begin in January 2015. For more information, please contact Kimberly Walton at


Comptroller-Elect Sen. Glenn Hegar Addresses the NTC Board Meeting

Comptroller-Elect Sen. Glenn Hegar spoke to the North Texas Commission Board of Directors on November 20 about his goals for his new office. Sharing a story of navigating the agency, Sen. Hegar promised improved customer service and efficiency. As a way to meet the needs of the state’s largest population centers, Sen. Hegar will hire a liaison for the North Texas and Houston areas.

During a Q&A with the Board, Sen. Hegar spoke of his goals for streamlining the 1,200 revenue streams the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts manages, including examining those that yield little impact but are inefficient uses of the agency’s time. He also spoke of the Texas Comptroller’s role of revenue estimates, noting that it is a near impossible task to estimate revenue 18 months into the future, but he acknowledged that it is his team’s responsibility to get it right.

Sen. Hegar is looking forward to his new role and the opportunities ahead of the State of Texas and North Texas. He believes that with greater efficiency, improvements within the agency’s customer service and an “open door” mentality, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts will be better able to help Texas succeed.

2014 Annual Report Now Available

The North Texas Commission debuted its 2014 annual report during the November 20 Board of Directors meeting. This 16-page report, produced by NTC Board Member Gail Cooksey and her team at Cooksey Communications, provides a crisp, visual and detailed account of the programs of the 43-year-old organization.

With a letter from Immediate Past Chairman David Tesmer, the annual report communicates the value of the connections made from involvement with the North Texas Commission. Through our network of members, the North Texas Commission advocates for issues with no city or county boundaries, such as clean air, long-term water funding and supporting our state’s businesses. Our members guide the international and domestic marketing efforts through our annual NTX Magazine. And, our members come together for solutions through programs such as Project North Texas and Leadership North Texas.

Thank you again to the team at Cooksey Communications for this outstanding report. Copies of the annual report will be mailed to all members in the coming weeks, or you may view a digital copy HERE. If you would like additional copies, please contact the North Texas Commission office at 972-621-0400.

Welcome to NTx Trends

Welcome to the New NTx Trends

The word “trend” has long been a buzzword used to describe fashion, music and even food. Its now become a social media term, designating when a topic has gained so much attention that it’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. So, when the North Texas Commission launched our website redesign with a blog, we couldn’t help to jump on the, well, trend.

We’re launching NTx Trends with a sampling of what you’ll see on the site. Each Monday, we’ll start the week with an opportunity for you to meet one of our board members. Then, during the week, you’ll receive news from the North Texas Commission, such as the launch of Leadership North Texas Class 6, and news from around the region, like the recent evolution of the Children’s Medical Center Dallas brand to Children’s Health System of Texas.

In addition, we’ll share with you interesting stats about the region that you can use in your business interactions, both in North Texas and abroad. And, as we get closer to the 84th Texas Legislative Session, we’ll communicate our Legislative agenda, and post updates from Austin.

While we may be “trendy” we strive to communicate and educate you about what’s going on in North Texas. If you have any suggestions for blog posts, or information you think we should share, please don’t be shy. This is your North Texas Commission. Please email me at or Kimberly Walton at