Spring 2017 Member Renewals

Welcome new NTC partners!

American Airlines Center
Fidelity National Title
Moss Adams
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.

Thank you for renewing your partnership with the North Texas Commission!

AECOM
Alliance Data
Austin Industries, Inc.
City of Carrollton
City of Denton
City of Frisco
City of Garland
City of Midlothian
City of Plano
City of Waxahachie
Coca-Cola Refreshments
CP&Y
Denton County Transportation Authority
Dallas County Community College District
Frost Bank
Halff
HKS
Locke Lord LLP
Luther King Capital Management
Metroport Cities Partnership
MNK Infotech Inc.
North Texas Municipal Water District
North Texas Tollway Authority
SCL Cold Chain
The Cooper Institute
Town of Trophy Club
University of North Texas
Upper Trinity Regional Water District

For more information on becoming a partner of the North Texas Commission or questions about your current membership level, please contact Kerri Ressl.

Reserve Your Space

The latest issue of NTX Magazine will begin hitting mailboxes in June. This issue focuses on a “Global North Texas” and the attraction and influence of our region. Advertising closes soon, so don’t miss a chance to showcase your brand in this award-winning publication.

Have you dined out lately? No matter the community across North Texas, there is an influence of cultural flavors in literally, a melting pot. Throughout the year, many of these cultures are celebrated with festivals and have a deep presence in the diversity of our region’s demographics.

North Texas companies have extensive global reach, including many specific Texas brands which are well-known on an international level. Whether its computer chips or footballs, North Texas brands are taking the world by storm. Collaborations across these global companies are evident in our health care system fighting cancer and our higher education provides diverse graduates increasing the global-mindedness for our North Texas workforce.

NTX Magazine is the only business-to-business publication representing the North Texas region; providing relevant facts, data, editorial content, maps and contact information designed to assist corporations interested in relocation, expansion and conducting business in North Texas.

To reserve your ad, please contact Kerri Ressl. Or, if you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please email Kimberly Walton.

InterLink Labor Market Survey – Last Call!

The 30th Annual, 2017 InterLink Regional Employment Survey is now online and we would appreciate your participation.

We are asking you to identify your hiring needs so that we will have a snapshot of regional employment needs.  Since 1987, InterLink has provided this information to the 133 school districts and the community colleges in North Central Texas who use the information to develop Career and Technology Programs to train students with the skills and knowledge to fill your employment demand pipeline.

Although we use many other factors in our forecasting, the results of the survey are weighted toward the industries with the highest participation.

Be assured that all responses will be kept private and results will be reported in aggregate. Participants will receive a copy of the survey report. Click here to take the survey.

TO THE POINT Examines the Future of Education

Education remains a top concern among North Texas business leaders, especially as they eye their future workforce needs and if there will be the employees to meet those demands. The North Texas Commission will address the intersection of business and education at the next TO THE POINT luncheon presented by Fidelity Investments to be held on Thursday, April 20.

Michael Williams, former Texas Education Agency Commissioner, and Kent Eastman, Texas Market President for Capital One Bank, will have an on-stage conversation about how prepared the future workforce will be, the impact of the state’s 60X30 initiative and how involved the business community should be in this issue. Grand Prairie ISD Superintendent Dr. Susan Hull will provide opening remarks and share the impact of GPISD’s Schools and Programs of Choice in preparing students for the workforce.

TO THE POINT is presented by Fidelity Investments. Signature sponsors are DFW Airport and the Dallas Business Journal. Event sponsors are Metroport Cities Partnership and WorldVentures.

Table sponsorships begin at $750 and individual tickets begin at $75. To reserve your spot, click here or contact Amber Zuckerman.

Apply Today for LNT 9

Is this your year? Don’t let achieving that 2017 resolution of gaining more insight and a deeper connection to North Texas pass you by. Apply today for Leadership North Texas Class 9.

As the only graduate-level, regional leadership program in the region, you’ll have an opportunity to get to know fellow leaders from across the entire North Texas region, learn about the opportunities and challenges facing our future and begin developing strategies for tackling these issues.

The program meets once a month September 2017 through May 2018. Tuition is $3,000 and this covers all costs associated with the program year. Applications are due June 2 and can be downloaded at leadershipnorthtexas.org/apply or by contacting Kimberly Walton.

Share Your Voice


The strength of the North Texas Commission lies in its members. It’s something that has been said about our organization since its founding 46 years ago and it’s even more pertinent today.

This is a time of tremendous growth and change in North Texas. To ensure that we are maximizing our impact on our region’s economic vitality, the North Texas Commission has launched a strategic visioning initiative. The initiative will help chart the course for the Commission’s future, refreshing our mission, vision, and activities so that we best serve our members and the region as a whole.

If your schedule permits, please join in one of our 90-minute strategic visioning workshops led by a highly-regarding strategic planning firm, Avalanche Consulting. The sessions are April 4 and 5 and held at our office. Please contact Kimberly Walton for availability.

Poetry in motion: North Texas lab revolutionizes prosthetic technology


Back in the 1970s, Americans marveled at the “six million dollar” heroism of Steve Austin and Jaime Sommers. Their high performance “bionic” capabilities, including lifelike prosthetic legs, were the stuff of science fiction.

It’s no wonder. The technology behind the prostheses of the 1970s was rooted in the 1950s, and it hasn’t changed much since then. Until now. Thanks to the Locomotor Control Systems Laboratory (the “LocoLab”) at the University of Texas at Dallas, researchers are leveraging emerging technologies to bring strength, stability and responsiveness to the science of prosthetics. (more…)

Walking a mile in their shoes. Virtually.


Imagine experiencing the thrill of a zip line or skydiving while keeping both feet on the ground. Or gaining a deeper understanding of the Civil War by seeing it through the eyes of an infantryman. Or interacting with – rather than just looking at – dinosaur exhibits in a museum. Several DFW-area virtual reality companies are proving that no matter which alternate universe speaks to you, North Texas is a great place to innovate, connect, learn and play.

Paul Bettner, co-creator of Words With Friends and head of virtual reality (VR) powerhouse Playful Corp., prefers North Texas as the location for launching his company’s big ideas. Proximity and talent are two big reasons. Gaming giants like Ensemble Studios, Gearbox Software, id Software and other tech giants have created a market in the area. Oculus has its virtual reality division here. Educational programs including SMU Guildhall, one of the top graduate video game education programs in the country, are growing rapidly. (more…)

No Matter How Small


When Horton first heard the Who, he discovered an entire world that fit on the head of a pin. Luckily for North Texans, at universities across our region, researchers and their teams know how to leverage very small things to make a big impact in our daily lives.

Nanotechnology is the study of anything very small – a nanometer, for instance, is one thousandth part of a human hair. Dr. Samir Iqbal, associate professor in the electrical engineering department of The University of Texas at Arlington, and a team of colleagues use their expertise in small technology to tackle a very big problem: cancer. (more…)

Powering business, one byte at a time


If big data is big business, then managing big data is even bigger business. It takes a special mix of physical space, infrastructure, reliability, low cost of utilities, low tax liability, and proximity to users and talent to make data centers hum. All of these ingredients for success are right here in North Texas.

“This area has a large local market of Fortune 500 companies who like to have their data centers close,” said John Jacobs, executive VP of Economic Development for the City of Richardson, home of the Metroplex’s famed Telecom Corridor. “Because of DFW International Airport, we’re also an inbound market for companies all over the country.” (more…)