How to help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Our friends and colleagues in south Texas are in need of our help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the coast this weekend.

Texans have heart as big as our state, and that’s on full display when tragedy strikes. There are so many ways to help, and no gift is too small. Below, you can learn about ways you can assist:


Financial Donations

Austin Pets Alive! (Also seeking homes for rescued pets)

American Red Cross


Catholic Charities (Galveston/Houston)

Salvation Army

SPCA of Texas

Texas Diaper Bank

United Way

Go Fund Me has also created a landing page of Hurricane Harvey related fundraisers.

Harmony Public Schools

Supply Donations


  • new underwear
  • new socks
  • new warmups for men, women, children and infants
  • pillows, pillow cases and blankets
  • flip flops for showers
  • towels and wash cloths
  • toiletries/hygiene products
  • baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers
  • Graco Pack n’ Plays for babies to sleep in

SPCA of Texas is looking for the following supplies: cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards. In-kind donations can be brought to the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas or the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney

Texas Diaper Bank

Trusted World; 3-8 p.m.; 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75248


Food Donations

While food banks in the area will be affected by an influx of people, financial donations, rather than food donations, are more beneficial to these charitable groups, as food banks can purchase food at better prices. Please consider a financial donation to a food bank below rather than a food donation.

Feeding Texas

Tarrant Area Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

Houston Food Bank

Galveston Food Bank

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)

Corpus Christi Food Bank

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)

San Antonio Food Bank


Blood Donations

American Red Cross

Carter Blood Care



The Salvation Army has yet to take official volunteers for the Mega-Shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, but if you would like to sign up, please visit this link


The Dallas Observer has also created a master list of restaurants making financial donations to the cause, which you can find here.

North Texas Home to 22 Fortune 500 Companies in 2017

North Texas has made a name for itself as the place to be when it comes to relocation, both for families looking to find a new home, and companies hoping to find better prospects in a business-friendly environment.

The latter has helped North Texas grow into the economic powerhouse that it is today, playing host to 22 Fortune 500 firms worth more than $643.5 Billion in combined revenues.

Meet the 2017 North Texas Fortune 500 firms in the infograhic below!

UNT’s New Campus is Career-Focused

The University of North Texas begins filling the classrooms of its newest campus, the New College at Frisco, in January 2016. In a letter released by university president Neal Smatresk on December 1, the school’s latest extension will not follow the same mold as the UNT main campus in Denton, but rather a more career-focused approach to education.

All curriculum taught at the New College at Frisco will have three key components, according to the school’s website:

  • a technology component
  • a communication component
  • an industry engagement component

The campus is situated along one of the many growing industrial and business pipelines in North Texas, Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile, providing opportunities for industry engagement in the classroom, along with growth in opportunities for students to engage with the community outside the classroom through internships and jobs post-graduation.

The New College at Frisco will open its doors for the Spring 2016 semester with two main focuses: academic classes for currently enrolled UNT students, focusing on areas such as journalism, finance, decision sciences and criminal justice; and professional development seminars to cater to industry professionals seeking to gain knowledge in new areas, like social media strategy or assessing walkway safety.

By fall 2016, UNT hopes to expand the campus’ offerings to include a wider range of academic classes, and begin catering to the growing demand of workforce training for K-12 students with classes for middle and high school students in Collin County. This comes on the heels of the recent implementation of Texas House Bill 5, which went into effect in fall of 2014 and integrated Career and Technical Education into the new graduation requirements for high school students.

To learn more about the New College at Frisco, you can visit their website here.

UT Dallas Alum Wins Nobel Prize

CQtKcTrU8AANrV8Aziz Sancar, a 1977 molecular and cell biology graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, now 69, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry last week for his research in DNA repair.

The award was won with fellow chemists Tomas Linahl and Paul Modrich. Sancar is now a biochemist at the University of North Carolina.

The research that won the prize delved deep into the way DNA’s constant damage is repaired through a process called nucleotide excision repair. They focused specifically on how DNA repairs itself after being damaged by ultraviolet radiation.

“DNA repair is basically what keeps us alive,” Sancar said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News. “We’re continuously bombarded with all kinds of agents that destroy DNA, but the major ones are sunlight, which causes skin cancer, and more importantly cigarette smoke and industrial pollution, which cause lung cancer.”

Sancar, originally from Turkey, moved to the U.S. in the 1970s after attending medical school in Istanbul. He was among the first to go to UT Dallas, and chose the school because he wanted to be mentored by Claud Stanley Rupert, who was seen as a pioneer in DNA repair research at the time. Sancar’s Prize adds to the six North Texas Nobel Laureates in healthcare.

To read more about Sancar and his research, you can read the full interview at the Dallas Morning News here.

Celebrating the Life of North Texas Pioneer, Ebby Halliday

Ebby with Tom Thumb founder Robert B. Collum, receiving the Easterwood Cup Award in February 1965 from MetroTex Association of Realtors. Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

Ebby with Tom Thumb founder Robert B. Collum, receiving the Easterwood Cup Award in February 1965 from MetroTex Association of Realtors. Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

Dallas real estate mogul Ebby Halliday passed away peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, September 8, Dallas Morning News reports. At 104, she leaves leaves behind a legacy of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and community involvement that has touched thousands of lives across the globe.

While Ebby began her first business at just 8 years old in her small hometown of Abilene, Kansas, her entrepreneurial spirit carried her all the way to Dallas during the Great Depression and led her to partner with Texas oilman Clint Murchison to sell her first homes. Ebby Halliday Realty was founded in 1945, and today it’s the largest independently owned residential real estate service in the state, ranking 10th in the nation and employing over 1,700 sales associates.

Ebby at the dedication of Ebby Halliday Elementary School on her 101st birthday. Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

Ebby at the dedication of Ebby Halliday Elementary School on her 101st birthday. Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

Ebby was involved with many charitable organizations, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Guild, United Way, the State Fair of Texas and the boards of the Communities Foundation of Texas, the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, Thanksgiving Square Foundation and the Better Business Bureau. She was also an immense supporter of bettering the position of women in the workplace, and advocated for the natural salesmanship of women when opening her first real estate offices in North Texas.

Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO of The Ebby Halliday Companies, started as Ebby’s secretary and worked her way up by watching Halliday.

Burleson said today: “While we grieve the loss of Ebby, our legendary founder and my friend and mentor for over 50 years, we celebrate a long life well lived. Each of us who had the good fortune of knowing Ebby has been touched by the grace, fortitude and compassion with which she lived her life. Ebby had a very simple saying that she lived by: ‘Do something for someone every day.’”

Burleson spoke to local radio station 1080 KRLD about Ebby this morning. The interview can be heard below.

The North Texas Commission extends its deepest condolences to Ebby’s family and friends, but we’re proud of the legacy of a true North Texas hero.

North Texas Celebrates 95 Years of Women’s Suffrage

It’s been 95 years since the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, granting women across the U.S. the right to vote. Since then, women have not only used that right to their fullest advantage, but have taken the opportunity to run for political office – something that would have been unheard of 100 years ago.

While Edith Wilmans (1882-1966), Dallas attorney, became the first female elected official in the state of Texas in 1922, just two years after the 19th amendment passed, Texas has seen it’s fair share of women in office since then, and today has over 100 women holding office as Mayors, Councilmembers, State and U.S. representatives and so much more.

The North Texas Commission would like to thank the many women who fought for the right to vote, and the current women holding office in North Texas or on behalf of North Texas, as listed below.

U.S. Representative Eddie Johnson, District 30
U.S. Representative Kay Granger, District 12
Representative Angie Chen Button, District 112
Representative Cindy Burkett, District 113
Representative Helen Giddings, District 109
Representative Jodie Laubenberg, District 89
Representative Linda Koop, District 102
Representative Morgan Meyer, District 108
Representative Myra Crownover, District 64
Representative Nicole Collier, District 95
Representative Stephanie Klick, District 91
Representative Toni Rose, District 110
Representative Yvonne Davis, District 111
Senator Jane Nelson, District 12
Mayor Adele Mooney, City of Maypearl
Mayor Barbara Woodruff, City of Wolfe City
Mayor Beth Van Duyne, City of Irving
Mayor Betsy Price, City of Fort Worth
Mayor Carrie Marshall, City of Balch Springs
Mayor Charlotte Wilcox, City of Highland Village
Mayor Cindy Spencer, Town of Shady Shore
Mayor Janet Meyers, City of Aubrey
Mayor Janet Nichol, City of Royse City
Mayor Karen Garrison, City of Chico
Mayor Karen Hunt, City of Coppell
Mayor Kit Marshall, City of Aledo
Mayor Laura Hill, City of Southlake
Mayor Laura Peace, City of Kemp
Mayor Laura Wheat, Town of Westlake
Mayor Linda Martin, City of Euless
Mayor Lorne Liechty, City of Heath
Mayor Melody Paradise, Town of Pantego
Mayor Michelle Pittman, City of Rhome
Mayor Onda “Sam” Moody, City of Glen Rose
Mayor Peggy Krueger, Town of Argyle
Mayor Sue Tejml, Town of Copper Canyon
Mayor Pro Tem Kim Ware, Town of Lakeside
Mayor Pro Tem Lynn Harpold, City of Oak Point
Mayor Pro Tem Sandra Wilson, City of Terrell
Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Carrier, City of Combine
Councilmember Alesa Belvedere, Town of Westlake
Councilmember Ana Reyes, City of Farmers Branch
Councilmember Angela Miner, City of Plano
Councilmember Angie Grimm, City of Roanoke
Councilmember Anita Goebel, City of Garland
Councilmember Ann Zadeh, City of Fort Worth
Councilmember Anna Holzer, City of Hurst
Councilmember Betty Spraggins, City of Murphy
Councilmember Betty Spraggins, City of Murphy
Councilmember Beverly Williams, City of Richland Hills
Councilmember Brianna Hinojosa-Flores, City of Coppell
Councilmember Carol Langdon, Town of Westlake
Councilmember Carol Strain-Burk, City of Lancaster
Councilmember Carol Wollin, City of Colleyville
Councilmember Carolyn Arnold, City of Dallas
Councilmember Curtistene McCowan, City of DeSoto
Councilmember Darlene Freed, City of Grapevine
Councilmember Debbie Bryan, City of Keller
Councilmember Debby Bobbitt, City of Rowlett
Councilmember Elzie Clements, City of White Settlement
Councilmember Gyna Bivens, City of Fort Worth
Councilmember Heidi Wilder, City of Weatherford
Councilmember Holly Gotcher, City of Greenville
Councilmember Holly Gray-McPherson, City of Roanoke
Councilmember Jami McCain, City of Cedar Hill
Councilmember Janelle Moore, Town of Addison
Councilmember Jennifer Staubach Gates, City of Dallas
Councilmember Johnette Jameson, City of Duncanville
Councilmember Jorja Clemson, City of Grand Prairie
Councilmember Kathleen Wazny, City of Denton
Councilmember Kathryn Wilemon, City of Arlington
Councilmember Keely Briggs, City of Denton
Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray, City of Fort Worth
Councilmember Kelly Turner, City of Kennedale
Councilmember Kristine Clark, City of DeSoto
Councilmember Lana Wolff, City of Arlington
Councilmember LaShonjia Harris, City of Lancaster
Councilmember Leslie Thomas, City of Duncanville
Councilmember Lila Thorn, City of Grand Prairie
Councilmember Linda Eilenfeldt, City of Euless
Councilmember Lisa Sutter, City of Carrollton
Councilmember Lissa Smith, City of Plano
Councilmember Liz Carrington, City of Kennedale
Councilmember Lori Barnett Dodson, City of Garland
Councilmember Mabel Simpson, City of Richardson
Councilmember Margo Goodwin, Town of Highland Park
Councilmember Marian Hilliard, City of Haltom City
Councilmember Marta Gomez Frey, City of Richardson
Councilmember Mary Carpenter, Town of Addison
Councilmember Mary Lou Shipley, City of Waxahachie
Councilmember Michelle Schwolert, City of Highland Village
Councilmember Monica Alonzo, City of Dallas
Councilmember Nancy Coplen, City of Colleyville
Councilmember Nancy Welton, City of Hurst
Councilmember Nancy Yingling, City of Coppell
Councilmember Nina Morris, City of Lancaster
Councilmember Rachel Proctor, City of DeSoto
Councilmember Rainey Rogers, City of McKinney
Councilmember Rita Wright Oujesky, City of North Richland Hills
Councilmember Robin Sedlacek, City of Allen
Councilmember Sandy Greyson, City of Dallas
Councilmember Sharron Spencer, City of Grapevine
Councilmember Sheri Capehart, City of Arlington
Councilmember Shirley Roberts, City of Mesquite
Councilmember Stephanie Davenport, City of Haltom City
Councilmember Tammy Dana-Bashian, City of Rowlett
Councilmember Tiffinni Young, City of Dallas
Councilmember Tracy Rath, City of McKinney
Councilmember Wendy Burgess, City of Mansfield

Your work as leaders continues to build the North Texas region into a force to be reckoned with, and your political accomplishments continue to inspire the many women of North Texas to aspire for higher goals. Thank you for all you do.

North Texas Ranks No. 3 in U.S. Job Opportunities

The US Bureau of Labor and Statistics has named North Texas as the No. 3 U.S. metropolitan area in terms of job growth for the second month in a row, as of June 2015.

With substantial population and business growth in the North Texas area, it’s no wonder that employment rates would also rise. According to the report, DFW added more than 117,800 seasonally unadjusted jobs in the last year (ending in June), and nearly one-third of those jobs were in the Dallas-Plano-Irving area.

Companies are building offices or relocating to North Texas every day, including the new Facebook data center at Hillwood’s Alliance development, The Star in Frisco, a 91-acre mixed-use development that will house the headquarters of No. 1 NFL franchise The Dallas Cowboys, and auto manufacturer Toyota. Over $8 Billion in construction bids are out in DFW, and that means more jobs for more North Texans.

In addition to new business, North Texas has an ever changing and growing retail climate as the 10th largest retail market in the U.S., with 18 malls or shopping centers with over 1 million square feet of space with many venues to staff. With more than 833 sports venues, the world’s 4th busiest airport and 3,000 high-tech firms in the Metroplex, employment opportunities are as diverse as our region.

To read more statistics about North Texas, check out the updated 2015 North Texas Profile here.

North Texas Real Estate Booms

North Texas is an ever-expanding metropolis, with new developments and businesses cropping up every day. New draws people in, according to the June Real Estate Market Report, which ranks Dallas/Fort Worth at #5 on the list of hottest markets in the US.

The Urban Land Institute also recently released their Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, which ranked Dallas/Fort Worth as #5 on their list of markets to watch. While the report was dominated by California-based cities in high rankings, the Urban Land Institute Report had Houston and Austin settled in at #1 and #2, respectively.

Texas’ pro-business legislature allows for the expansion and/or relocation of many large companies into North Texas, including Toyota, Amazon, Facebook and Liberty Mutual, bringing with them thousands of job opportunities that have people flocking to DFW.

The housing market in DFW is booming in every sense because of this. Over 10,000 pre-owned homes were sold in North Texas last month, a record-breaking number. Supply is falling far short of demand, and most sellers are receiving offers within a week of listing their properties. We have an average inventory level of 2.8 months, which means if no more houses were to go on the market after today, in 2.8 months, theoretically, every house would be sold.

In North Texas, 17 percent of our economic output is real estate, and there are now over 92,000 real estate related jobs thanks to a recovering economy and business-friendly region.

To read more about real estate and other career areas in North Texas, check out the North Texas Profile here.

Family Friendly North Texas | 5 Cities Rank in the Top 20 Nationwide

North Texas strikes again with five cities ranking in the top 20 of  WalletHub’s “2015 Best & Worst Cities for Families.” It’s no surprise that one person is added to the North Texas population every 5 minutes. With continued job growth, a diverse and thriving business climate, a central location with a four hour flight to either coast and high quality of life, many families are excited to call North Texas home.

Taking the 150 most populated cities in the United States, WalletHub compared 30 key metrics that take into account the family dynamic such as median income, quality of local schools, number of attractions, the healthcare system and much more. When all the calculations were wrapped up, the outcome was a big win for North Texas. The city of Plano came in at number two with the large Kansas City suburb Overland Park, Kansas taking the top spot. Grand Prairie round out the top ten holding the tenth spot, and Arlington (13), Fort Worth (16) and Irving (20) also made the list.

To put this in the Texas perspective, Texas holds 7 of the top 20 spots giving it the most family friendly cities of any other state. And, North Texas stands out with 25 percent of the cities coming from the same metropolitan statistical area.

The 2015 Top 20 Best Cities for Families

1. Overland Park, KS 11. Irvine, CA
2. Plano, TX 12. Amarillo, TX
3. Virginia Beach, VA 13. Arlington, TX
4. Lincoln, NE 14. Gilbert, AZ
5. Sioux Falls, SD 15. Omaha, NE
6. Madison, WI 16. Fort Worth, TX
7. Fremont, CA 17. Boise, ID
8. Chesapeake, VA 18. Rancho Cucamonga, CA
9. Colorado Springs, CO 19. Corpus Christi, TX
10. Grand Prairie, TX 20. Irving, TX

For the full methodology behind the rankings click HERE.