Dallas According to Mark Cuban

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MEDIA RELEASE
July 11, 2017

Mark Cuban Recruits Millennials to Move to Dallas

New video features Mark Cuban’s take on why Dallas is the best place in the United States to start and grow a business

Find A Job in Dallas     Forbes Article

DALLAS – July 11, 2017 – Entrepreneur, investor and Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban wants millennials to move to Dallas – and he’s not being shy about touting the reasons why his adopted hometown is the best in the country for the millennial workforce.

In a recently released video, Cuban highlights what makes Dallas the ideal place for passionate entrepreneurs who want to impact the future, including a friendly business climate and high quality of life.

“If you’re young and you’re getting ready to start a business, no matter where you live in the world, I’d say, ‘Come to Dallas,’ because it’s friction-free, it’s really quick, simple and easy to start a company,” Cuban says. “There’s just a different work ethic here. …Every single day, there’s incredible entrepreneurs looking to invent the future.”

Cuban’s opinion of the region is reinforced by the areas numerous accolades:  Dallas consistently ranks as one of the top places for job growth and millennial relocation in the country, and Texas has been named one of the top states for small businesses, with Dallas receiving an “A+” grade.

“Mark’s enthusiasm for Dallas reflects the strength of our city and the extensive opportunities that are available to our residents,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We can’t wait to show people around the country what we’ve known for a long time: Dallas offers the best career opportunities in one of the most diverse, dynamic and affordable markets in the United States. There’s simply no better place and no better time to be here.”

This spring, the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) launched its integrated Talent Attraction campaign, Say Yes to Dallas. The campaign has since spread awareness of the region via social media, interviews, and now through one of the area’s most influential leaders, Mark Cuban.

The video can be viewed on the Say Yes to Dallas website, which in accordance with the video has launched a new jobs portal that highlights various job openings available in the area to potential employees.

To view the Mark Cuban, Say Yes to Dallas video, please visit: https://www.sayyestodallas.com/markcuban

About the Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 1,200 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.
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SMU Student to Dallas Resident

Name: Amie Kromis

City: Irving

Neighborhood: Las Colinas

Company/Title: Skanska USA, National Director of Vendor Diversity

When did you move here? From where?
December 2014, from Nashville, Tennessee

What made you decide to Say Yes to Dallas?
After graduating from SMU, I moved back to my hometown of Nashville and quickly realized how much I missed Dallas. Due to Dallas’ burgeoning construction industry, I was able to transfer to my company’s Dallas office. The sunshine, cost of living, and multitude of restaurants didn’t hurt either — prime example of not knowing what you have until it’s gone!

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region?
I chose to live and work in Las Colinas so I could have daily views of the Irving Music Factory construction site. My company is currently building the Irving Music Factory, and I’m thrilled at how it will serve, not only as Dallas’ newest entertainment destination, but also an anchor in Las Colinas’ reawakening.

How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here?
While I was a student at SMU, I did not explore the region as much as I should have; I had no comprehension of how massive, diverse, and rewarding this region is. Now that I have returned to the city as a young professional, I seize every opportunity to relish new Dallas experiences and also retreat to my Dallas go-tos.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?
First, hurry up because we would love to have you! Also, there are a lot of neighborhood options to consider when moving to the Dallas Region. Before you get overwhelmed with the number of impressive options, be sure to download the Dallas Regional Chamber’s relocation guide.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it?
My work and passion are intertwined and focus on bringing parity to the construction industry by increasing procurement opportunities to historically underutilized businesses. The Dallas Region is a national leader in construction and businesses owned by multicultural populations. That makes this area the perfect nexus for my passion.

What would you miss most about the area if you had to leave?
I’d absolutely miss the easy access to airports and airlines, the vast array of cultural neighborhoods, and the weather.

What is your favorite restaurant?
There are so many to choose from, but Kalachandji’s is truly an experience. It is Dallas’ longest-serving vegetarian restaurant and located in the Hare Krishna temple. The food is divine. Be sure to tour the temple for a unique experience.

What is your favorite outdoor activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?
Running White Rock Lake or enjoying a view of downtown from HG Sply Co.’s rooftop bar.

Where do you go to experience culture? Why do you like it?
I always visit “The Shops of Old Denton” to experience Asian food and culture. I can peruse through the 70,000-square-foot H-Mart supermarket, eat amazing Korean BBQ next door, then finish off my experience at Cocohodo with their decadent walnut pastries.

Where do you like to shop? Why?
I’ll just state the obvious: NorthPark Center is glorious. It includes a mix of affordable and high-end stores and restaurants, and it serves as a space for community engagement and culture.

Do you travel often? Easier or harder to do here?
I travel frequently for both business and leisure. Having access to multiple airports and airlines is a massive advantage for the Dallas Region.

Photo Credit: Michael Samples

 




Say Yes To Dallas

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MEDIA RELEASE
April 19, 2017

Dallas Regional Chamber Targets National Millennial Workforce
with New Talent Attraction Campaign, Say Yes to Dallas

Dallas Regional Chamber campaign touts diverse job opportunities, welcoming culture, recreational access – issues that millennials say they most want in relocating 

DALLAS – The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) is putting out the word to millennials around the country: No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what career you want to pursue, there’s no better place to be than the Dallas Region – and there’s no better time to be here.

The Dallas Region has become a shining example to the country for business opportunities, corporate relocations, and job growth. In fact, since 2010, more than 75 companies have relocated to the Dallas Region and hundreds more have expanded operations, creating more than 500,000 new jobs.

To ensure this success continues, the DRC worked with its member companies to create a new Talent Attraction department and develop a national, multi-level, multi-channel marketing initiative, Say Yes to Dallas. The campaign, which formally launched today, will target the influential millennial workforce and highlight why the Dallas Region is a great place to start or continue a career, raise a family, and experience a high quality of life in one of the most affordable and dynamic markets in the country.

Say Yes to Dallas will reach the target demographic by working with member companies’ in-house recruiting executives, partnering with authentic social media influencers, hosting networking mixers and events, and driving digital traffic to its new website, www.SayYesToDallas.com.

“Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce today and are key to the continued expansion of the Dallas Region’s economy now and in the future,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We want the entire world to know what we know: Dallas truly has something for everyone – from diverse job opportunities and an affordable cost of living, to unique neighborhoods and unlimited access to parks, culture, arts, sports, and entertainment,” Petroskey said.

Petroskey continued, “I spend a lot of time visiting with CEOs and business leaders, who are either here or thinking of moving here, to better understand how we can help them meet their challenges. Far and away, the number one issue they mention is ‘talent.’”

Tiffany Cason, Dallas Market President for Capital One Bank said, “The Dallas Regional Chamber has been a catalyst in getting companies to relocate and helping companies that are already here to grow and expand.”

“With over 6,000 Capital One employees in North Texas and growing, we have a keen interest in building and bringing the best talent here. The Say Yes to Dallas campaign highlights our region in a fantastic way and we are excited to have a front row seat to the growth,” Cason said.

In further building the business case for the Say Yes to Dallas initiative, the DRC conducted focus groups with college and university recruiters, corporate HR professionals, and millennials who recently relocated to the Dallas Region to understand the strengths and opportunities in attracting those who live outside the region.

Additionally, the DRC recently commissioned a nationwide survey to better understand what millennials are searching for in a career – and in life – and as part of a connected community.

Among the key findings of the DRC’s Millennial Survey:

  • Dallas starts in a strong position: 61 percent of millennials surveyed have a favorable opinion of the Dallas Region; 58 percent would consider moving to Dallas for the right opportunity
  • Competitive careers drive relocation decisions: Compensation ranked as the most important factor affecting decisions to move to a new city; 87 percent of millennials are looking for a pay scale that is better than most cities
  • Healthy living ranks high: Millennials (85 percent) want convenient access to parks, green space, and hike and bike trails
  • Convenience is key: Millennials (81 percent) want the ability to live within walking distance of restaurants, retail, and entertainment
  • Be progressive: Millennials (80 percent) want to live in a city that fosters a socially progressive, welcoming, and inclusive culture

The Say Yes to Dallas website will address these key findings and serve as a resource of information about the region, formulated specifically to answer questions that prospective residents and employees might have. The site includes a jobs portal, a cost-of-living comparison calculator, links exploring unique attributes of neighborhoods around the Dallas Region, feature stories on dining, entertainment and nightlife, and testimonials from millennials who have already made the decision to relocate and now call the Dallas Region ‘home.’

The website will also emphasize the Dallas Region’s vibrant quality of life, including the region’s numerous parks and outdoor activities, rich diversity of people of all backgrounds, and its arts and culture scene that has flourished in recent years.

“If you’re a young professional looking for a city that you can grow in and have a high impact, Dallas is the perfect choice,” said Priya Patel, who relocated to Dallas in 2014 after growing up in Kansas before living and working in Illinois and Missouri. “I’ve had the chance to enjoy first-hand what Dallas provides, such as going to the various food festivals, trying new restaurants on a weekly basis, and shopping for the latest trends. And, Dallas has big city rewards with a cost of living that no city can beat,” Patel says.

For more information about Say Yes to Dallas, visit www.sayyestodallas.com, or explore the campaign’s social pages at:

www.facebook.com/sayyestodallas

www.twitter.com/sayyestodallas

www.instagram.com/sayyestodallas

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About the Dallas Regional Chamber

The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 1,200 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.

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Startup Finds Home in Dallas

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Name: Rob Andrews

City: Dallas

Neighborhood: Northeast Dallas, Greenville Area

Company/Title: Executive Producer of ProjectUX, UX Lead & Content Strategist at The It Collection LLC

When did you move here? From Where?
September 2014, from Nashville, Tennessee

Where else have you lived?
Miami, Florida

What made you decide Say Yes to Dallas?
I was accepted into the Health WildCatters accelerator program with a startup of mine, BreathalEyes, and that’s how I first came to this area. After participating in the program and connecting with the startup community, I made the decision to make the move permanent. To me, Dallas seemed to offer more of what I was looking for in life, and I couldn’t be happier I made the choice.

How did you choose Where to live in the Dallas Region?
I chose to live in the Village Apartments because it’s convenient to many areas of Dallas, relatively affordable, and has a nice nature setting that allows me to feel like I’m not living right in the city.

How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here?
I have simply grown fonder of the city with each passing year.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood.  What do you like best? What makes it different?
My area has a lot to offer – good restaurants, bars, music venues, nature areas – and it’s convenient to most parts of Dallas. My favorite thing may be being so close to Central Market, my favorite grocery store of all time.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?
Take the plunge, and get out here! I had to start from near scratch creating a social and business circle here in the Dallas Region, but by getting out to networking events and using services like meetup, I’ve grown my network more rapidly than in any other place I’ve lived. Dallas is a fantastic place for newcomers.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it?
My passion is entrepreneurship and film. Dallas has a great community supporting both of these passions! I have also become enamored with User Experience design as part of my most recent endeavor with ProjectUX, a web TV show where UX experts help startups improve their products. We launched the show here, and it’s  been an incredible place to connect with members of both the UX and startup communities. And in video production no less — which is what I studied in college and has been my main career!

What would you miss most about the area if you had to leave?
All the connections I’ve made and business opportunities that I’ve created. And of course my girlfriend and partner, Deanna Theis, who I met at startup week last year and also work with on her startup, The It Collection.

Tell us about the work environment here.
I’ve found Dallas to be very much a “go-getter” type of environment. People are hungry to work and do business, and it is a very engaging community. I work from home, but I go to networking events and meetups on a regular basis to connect with others.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Royal Thai

What is your favorite outdoor activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?
Biking at White Rock Lake

Where do you go to experience culture? Why do you like it?
Deep Ellum, for great offerings of music, food, entertainment, and people watching.

Who is your local hero? Why?
Michael Sitarzewski. He’s a leader in the startup community and was one of the main people who convinced me to move down here. I am forever thankful for him!

Where do you feel you are nearest to your “tribe” in the Dallas Region?
Summit Climbing Gym – I do yoga and climb there. It’s a great place to unwind and connect outside of a work environment.

How do you interact with your community?
I interact by going out to networking events and meetups. Particularly, I’ve been involved with the UX community by attending UXPA meetings and registering for the UX certification program at SMU. This is my first experience with post-college education. It’s been an amazing way to connect and interact with the UX community.

Do you travel often? Is it easier or harder to do here?
Yes — much easier with the two great airports the Dallas Region has to offer!




Diving in to Downtown Dallas

Name: Caitlin Studley

City: Dallas

Neighborhood: Downtown Dallas

Company/Title: Lifeblue, Director of Culture

When did you move here? From where?
November 2012, from Bristol, Rhode Island

Where else have you lived?
I’ve only lived in Rhode Island before moving to Texas. I first moved to Carrollton, then McKinney. Now I’ve settled in Dallas and plan to stay in downtown for the foreseeable future.

What made you decide to Say Yes to Dallas?
I was relocated for work. I previously worked for Amica Mutual Insurance Company, and they have a regional office in Frisco. After I completed my training program, they offered to relocate me to one of a list of about eight cities, and I chose Frisco.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region?
I first chose Carrollton, due to its proximity to my office in Frisco and its easy access to [highways] 35 and 121. At the time, I was frequently traveling to Fort Worth for work. I later moved to McKinney, but found both places to be too suburban for me. I took a new job downtown in the West End and love it there. I decided to move downtown to reduce my long commute.

What is the one thing that you could have done to make your move easier?
I probably could have scoped out neighborhoods and done more research beforehand. There were a lot of interesting things I didn’t know about when I first moved here that I have learned along the way.

How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here?
I didn’t quite know what to expect (politically, culturally, weather, anything…) when I moved here, but I’ve found the Dallas Region to be a wonderful place to grow my career and really establish myself professionally. I’ve switched jobs twice and landed a career that I love. Ironically, I find myself more passionate about Dallas culture and history than many folks who have lived here their entire lives.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different?
I LOVE DOWNTOWN. No, seriously. I’m sad that someone coined the #mydtd hashtag before I did. Moving downtown was the best decision I’ve ever made. I never thought of myself as a city person (I grew up on a farm in rural Rhode Island), but I’ve enjoyed my time here. I love Klyde Warren Park and can be frequently found there doing work on my laptop, hanging out after a trip to The Nasher, or doing yoga on the weekend. I spend ample time in Deep Ellum, at the Farmer’s Market, and end many nights at The Midnight Rambler.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here?
Do it! Dallas is full of the kindest people who want to see others succeed. The “go get ’em” mentality here is contagious; it’s certainly a high-powered community and culture that encourages — and almost demands —success. People here are learning, growing, failing, and trying to learn along the way. The heat is something to get used to, and the weather can be crazy, but overall it’s been a very rewarding place for me, both personally and professionally.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it?
My passion is helping people and creating community. I work closely with the startup and tech communities in my current role, and those help me fulfill that. There’s always an event to plan or attend, someone trying to create or build or explore something, and I love helping in any way that I can. It’s fantastic when you can connect others with what they need and watch them bloom as a result of it.

What would you miss most about the area if you had to leave?
I would miss the culture and community. I love living and working downtown and running into friends and colleagues while doing so. Dallas is huge, but I feel it is incredible and unique for downtown to be that small; it feels like it did back in Rhode Island.

Tell us about the work environment here.
I moved downtown so I would no longer have a long work commute (although DART made it easier when it was near me). I now live about three blocks away from work, which is amazing.

Where do you go and what do you do on the weekends or days off?
I frequently go for runs out at White Rock Lake or bike rides on the trails around town. I’ll go up north to McKinney to visit the town square, head to a movie at Alamo Drafthouse, visit a park, or go to Oak Cliff or Trinity Groves for brunch or dinner. I like to take weekend trips to explore Fort Worth as well; I recently visited TCU’s beautiful campus.

What is your favorite restaurant?
This is a tough one! I love Meddlesome Moth and Si Tapas. Emporium Pies deserves a mention as well. I recently tried Town Hearth, and it was incredible!

What is your favorite outdoor activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?
Running at White Rock Lake or doing the Dallas Critical Mass bike ride.

Where do you go to experience culture? Why do you like it?
Everywhere! Deep Ellum is great, especially the arts festival, and the Farmer’s Market is fantastic. Dallas is a diverse city, which I love.

What is your favorite festival/event?
Homegrown Fest at Main St. Garden Park.

Where do you like to shop? Why?
I’m not really a big shopper, but I usually do my Christmas shopping around Bishop Arts and in the McKinney Square. Small businesses, for the win.

Who is your local hero? Why?
I would have to say Kryd Boyd from Think on KERA. I love listening to her interviews and envy her job.

Where do you feel you are nearest to your “tribe” in the Dallas Region?
Downtown and Deep Ellum.

How do you interact with your community?
By walking everywhere and talking to everyone. I share everything going on with people to get them involved. I work as a volunteer Brand Ambassador for 91.7 KXT (an independent radio station), and that helps me stay connected with the music and arts scenes. Work keeps me connected with tech and startups. I’m a member of the downtown residents’ groups and try to stay up with what’s going on. Basically, I show up—that’s how I stay involved.

Do you travel often? Easier or harder to do here?
Yes! Easier; two airports — I actually love DFW airport even though it’s a bit farther away.