CNBC Ranks North Texas #8 in Top Metro Areas to Start a Business


We’ve long touted the business-friendly benefits of North Texas. From low-cost of both commercial and residential real estate, global access through DFW International Airport and low corporate taxes, this region has been a magnet for businesses from major relocations such as Toyota, to pioneering start-ups.

CNBC recently ranked the Dallas-Fort Worth region eighth in the top 20 markets to start a business. Using private and government data, CNBC looked at 20 key criteria business owners should evaluate before choosing a corporate location, including tax, regulation, workforce strength, access to capital and cost of living.

In the report, DFW International Airport is cited as one of the biggest draws to North Texas, along with competitive salaries, reasonable home prices and a below average unemployment rate. Click here to read the CNBC Report on The Top 20 Metro Areas to Start a Business in America.


Recap | To the Point Luncheon Examines Opioids Epidemic


From left, Scott Orr, Fidelity Investments; Dr. Paul Hain, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas; Barclay Berdan and David Tesmer, Texas Health Resources; and Kristin Jenkins DFW Hospital Council Foundation

From left, Scott Orr, Fidelity Investments; Dr. Paul Hain, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas; Barclay Berdan and David Tesmer, Texas Health Resources; and Kristin Jenkins DFW Hospital Council Foundation

Opioids and opioid addiction gained national attention during the past few months following a Food and Drug Administration report on the alarming increase in the epidemic of prescription painkillers in the U.S. This report came weeks before pop star Prince died from what has been cited as an opioid overdose. Realizing that this issue impacts all aspects of society, the North Texas Commission partnered with the Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation on a joint TO THE POINT Presented by Fidelity Investments.

The luncheon, held July 15, featured a panel discussion with Barclay Berdan, President of Texas Health Resources, and Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. David Tesmer, Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Advocacy for Texas Health Resources and a former Chairman of the North Texas Commission moderated the panel.

Kristin Jenkins, President of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation and Senior Vice President of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council, opened the conversation with sobering facts about the U.S. opioid epidemic. In 2012, 59 million opioid prescriptions were given – more than one for every American adult. Two million people in the U.S. were prescription opioid addicts in 2014, and 25 percent of patients using prescription opioids struggle with addiction.

During the panel discussion, Mr. Berdan discussed the impact this has on the healthcare network in North Texas, and Dr. Hain described the anatomy of addiction and explaining how patients go from pain management to addiction.

For more information on, click here. If you or someone you know needs help with addiction, please visit this national helpline.

Thank You NTC Members – July

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Welcome new NTC Member, City of Grand Prairie!
Thank you to our renewing members:
City of Grapevine
City of Kaufman
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation
Fidelity Investments
Rangers Baseball, LLC
Tarrant Regional Water District
Tom Thumb Food & Pharmacy
Town of Westlake
Woodbine Development

Six North Texas Cities Top Least Stressed List

Come to North Texas and you’ll find yourself entering a blissful, relaxed state. At least that’s what WalletHub, the personal finance site, says in a new survey of the Most and Least Stressed Cities in America.

As WalletHub says, stress is inevitable, and not at all bad, but when stress turns chronic it can negatively impact a person’s health and productivity, which will then impact his or her community.

The study ranked 150 cities across the U.S. with 1 being the most and 150 being the least. All six North Texas cities rank on the least stressed side of the scale:

Fort Worth (74)
Arlington (78)
Dallas (91)
Garland (114)
Irving (118)
Grand Prairie (120)
Plano (144)

Plano was ranked one of the top 10 least stressed cities in America.

The study examined the 150 most populated cities in the country across five key dimensions:

  • Work-related Stress
  • Money-related Stress
  • Family-related Stress
  • Health- &  Safety-related Stress
  • Coping with Stress

It’s no surprise that North Texas cities are among the least stressed. With a strong economy, low cost of living and a plethora of arts and cultural offerings, North Texas routinely tops lists of best places to live, work and play.

And, now, a great place to relax. Ommmmm ….


Celebrate a Star-Spangled Weekend in North Texas


Independence Day is known for food, fun, but especially fireworks. There’s nothing like watching the sparkle and glow of fireworks under the big Texas sky, and there’s no shortage of opportunities in North Texas this weekend.

Events will be on going both July 3rd and July 4th all over the Dallas area, including Fair Park, Six Flags over Texas and Addison Circle. All events will include a fireworks show with some of them also being free. Most of the events will include food, music, family fun and much more.

The links below features a list of events to celebrate Independence Day at, as well as location, times, activities and pricing of the event.

Happy 4th of July to all of you from the North Texas Commission!



Thank You NTC Members – June

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Welcome new NTC Member, Courtyard by Marriott & TownePlace Suites DFW Airport North/Grapevine, Tx!
Thank you to our renewing members:
City of Sachse
Energy Future Holdings (Luminant & TXU)
Fluor Corporation
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
North Texas Tollway Authority
Paragon Relocation

2016 FORTUNE 500 List Out | NT Home to 20 HQs

Congratulations to the 20 North Texas-based companies who made the 2016 FORTUNE 500 list. The Fortune 500 list was released on Fortune magazine’s website.1606w-fortune-500-logo

Irving’s Exxon Mobil remains highest ranked North Texas company at No. 2. No new companies were added to the list this year, but some did move to a higher ranking, such as AT&T moved up to No.10 from being placed at No.12 the previous year.

The 2016 Fortune 500 list recognizes the following 20 North Texas companies, in ranking order: Exxon Mobil (2); AT&T (10); Energy Transfer Equity (65); American Airlines (67); Tenet Healthcare (140); Southwest Airlines (142); Kimberly-Clark (151); Fluor (155); HollyFrontier (214); Texas Instruments (219); J.C. Penney (228); D.R. Horton (260); GameStop (302); Dean Foods (336); Alliance Data Systems (404); Trinity Industries (407); Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (413); Commercial Metals (417); Celanese (453); Energy Future Holdings (475).

According to Fortune magazine, the 20 North Texas companies collectively generated more than $656 billion in revenue.

Transportation | Moving North Texas Forward

TransportationDuring the May Board of Directors meeting, the leaders of Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Denton County Transportation Authority and The T provided an update on regional mass transit during a conversation moderated by Dan Johnson, NTC Treasurer and city manager of Richardson.

Some updates on regional transit include:

Denton County is preparing for dramatic population growth, with a projected population of more than one million residents by the year 2030. With this impending growth and ridership on the rise, it is DCTA’s commitment to offer more alternative transportation options to improve the quality of life where our residents live, work and play. The agency, through partnerships with member cities, is working to increase the density around the A-train rail stations which will result in increased ridership, improved land use and economic growth within the cities along the A-train corridor. DCTA is also leveraging technology as they develop new transit solutions for implementation within communities in the near future.

The T
This summer, join in The T’s EasyRide Pass program. EasyRide passes are available in three levels of transit access – LOCAL (T buses only) – 1 ZONE (T buses and West Zone of TRE) – REGIONAL (The T, DART & DCTS services – local and express buses, trolleys, Trinity Railway Express and light rail). The Guaranteed Ride Home Program is available to EasyRide Pass holders to offer rides to your home or vehicle in the event of an emergency or unplanned overtime. You can only participate through your employer, so “Ask Your Boss for a Ride”. Program information is available by calling Rebecca Montgomery @ 817.215.8700.

The low cost, easy-to-administer EasyRide Pass program is the perfect addition to your organization’s compensation program.

DART continues reviewing options to put passenger rail on the Cotton Belt sooner than our current Financial Plan target of 2035. The target is 2022. This may involve a phased approach, with Phase I from Knoll Trail in North Dallas to DFW Airport, interfacing with the T’s TEX Rail project at the airport. Phase II, from Knoll Trail to east Plano could come later.

The 2040 system plan update is nearing completion. The update will reflect some of the changes identified in the recent Comprehensive Operations Analysis and develop longer-range plans for bus and rail service.

Thank You NTC Members – May

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Welcome new & renewing NTC Members:
American Airlines
Union Pacific Railroad
Locke Lord LLP
Texas Christian University
Sundance Square

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