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Upcoming Events

North Texas Economy Webinar
with Bud Weinstein
November 3, 2009
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Signature Series Presented by Fidelity Investments
Super Bowl XLV with Bill Lively
November 9, 2009
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NTC Executive Committee Meeting
NTC Offices
November 12, 2009

NTC Board of Directors Meeting
DFW Hyatt Regency
November 19, 2009

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Metroport Cities Partnership

Long Term Members

The North Texas Commission honors its members that are celebrating more than 30 years of NTC membership in October and November:

City of Farmers Branch,
   Joined Oct. 18, 1976

City of McKinney,
   Joined Nov. 23, 1976

Texas Instruments,
   Joined Oct. 12, 1977

Winstead PC,
   Joined Oct. 12, 1977

McCall, Parkhurst & Horton,
   Joined Nov. 18, 1977

Renewed Members

The following is a list of members who renewed their NTC membership in October or November:

BNSF Railway Company
Chesapeake
City of Highland Village
City of Lancaster
City of Lewisville
City of Rowlett
Dallas Cowboys
Datamax
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Freese & Nichols, Inc.
IBM
Jones Lang LaSalle
Lock Lord Bissell
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Luminant
Tom Thumb
Town of Trophy Club
TXU
University of Dallas
Wells Fargo
Williamson Printing
 FEATURE STORY
Former NTC Chairman Kenneth Barr speaks during the NTC's Annual Membership Luncheon on Sept. 22 at Cowboys Stadium.

1,000 Business, Community Leaders Descend on Cowboys Stadium for NTC's 38th Annual Membership Luncheon

Luncheon features cast of business, community leaders

The 2009 North Texas Commission Annual Membership Luncheon was one of the largest events in the history of the NTC with approximately 1,000 people in attendance on Sept. 22, 2009, at Cowboys Stadium.
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Wendy Lopez

Wendy Lopez to Serve as 2010 NTC Chairwoman

New Board and Executive Committee Members Announced

The NTC announced the election and appointment of its new officers, executive committee and directors to its board. Wendy Lopez, vice president of the Texas initiative for URS Corporation, will serve as the 2010 Chairwoman of the North Texas Commission. Robert Pence, president and CEO of Freese and Nichols, Inc., will serve as the vice chairman; Holly Reed, regional vice president for AT&T, will serve as secretary; and Tom Oppenheim, managing director for Morgan Keegan, will serve as treasurer.
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 EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT

Executive Spotlight with Keith Sasich, President of Kiewit Texas Construction

Keith Sasich, President of Kiewit Texas Construction

As North Texas continues its rapid growth, our transportation infrastructure grows with it. We asked Kiewit Texas Construction President Keith Sasich for an update on changes we're seeing on the roadways.
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  SOUNDING BOARD

Is the Recession Turning Around in North Texas?

The sounding board features Rowlett Mayor Dr. John Harper and John Gavin of Wells Fargo answering the following question: What are some signs you are seeing in North Texas that the recession may be turning around?
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 MEMBERSHIP NEWS
 

Methodist Named among Best Places to Work in Health Care Nationwide

Methodist Health Care System has received national recognition among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine, ranking 28th in workplace merit surveys across the country. Methodist is one of only four hospitals in Texas and the top hospital in Dallas named in the magazine's Top 100 recognition program. Read More


From left to right: Dr. David Daniel, president, UT Dallas; State Representative Angie Button; State Representative Jerry Madden; Rich Templeton, TI chairman, president and CEO; Tom Weichel, TI RFAB manager; Mayor Gary Slagel, City of Richardson; and Judge Keith Self, Collin County, cut the ribbon at TI's announcement of the opening of RFAB.

Texas Instruments Opens World’s Most Advanced Analog Manufacturing Facility in Richardson

Texas Instruments, a global semiconductor company based in North Texas, recently announced the opening of its manufacturing facility in Richardson. The 1.1-million-square-foot facility, known as RFAB – "R" for Richardson and "FAB" for fabrication – will be the world's only production facility to use 300-millimeter (12-inch) silicon wafers to manufacture analog chips, which are essential components in virtually all electronics. The facility gives TI a strategic advantage in high-volume production because thousands of analog chips can be etched onto each wafer, more than doubling the number on the more commonly used and smaller 200-millimeter wafers.
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 EVENTS

NTC Launches Signature Series Presented by Fidelity Investments

Bill Lively, North Texas Super Bowl Host Committee president and CEO, will speak at the first North Texas Commission Signature Series presented by Fidelity Investments luncheon on Monday, Nov. 9, at noon at the Omni Mandalay Hotel in Las Colinas. Lively will discuss the opportunities of economic development the upcoming Super Bowl XLV will provide for the region, and those interested in serving as a volunteer will be able to sign up at the luncheon. Read More


 LEGISLATIVE REPORT
Emerging research universities look to benefit from Proposition 4.

NTC Board Passes Resolution to Support Proposition 4

The Board of Directors of the North Texas Commission passed a resolution during its September board meeting urging voters to support Proposition 4 on the Nov. 3, 2009, ballot. The amendment establishes the National Research University Fund to enable emerging research universities to achieve national prominence.
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 AVIATION

North Texas Aviation Marketing Committee Attends 16th National Business Aviation Association Conference

Eleven representatives from North Texas attended the 62nd Annual Meeting and Convention for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 20-22. The North Texas Aviation Marketing Committee (NTAMC) is made up of 10 entities representing North Texas municipalities, business firms and general aviation airports. Each year, the North Texas Commission invites these allies to attend the NBAA show in a joint effort to market the region and its general aviation assets.
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 NTFF
Erma Johnson Hadley was keynote speaker at the inaugural Bridge Awards.

North Texas Future Fund Opens Nomination Period for 2010 Bridge Awards

The North Texas Future Fund will hold its second annual Bridge Awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ray Hart, an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University and President and CEO of RS Hart and Partners. Read More


 SUPER BOWL XLV
SLANT 45 is funded by Bank of America and local philanthropists, Ted and Shannon Skokos.

Get Involved with SLANT 45

Interested in working with Service Learning Adventures in North Texas, or SLANT 45? The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee has partnered with Big Thought, a North Texas based nonprofit that focuses on creative learning, to bring one of the most comprehensive youth-education programs in Super Bowl history and one of the largest community-wide, service-learning initiatives in U.S. annals to North Texas' youngest citizens
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 ENVIRONMENT
Richard Maxwell with The T and Tom Opderbeck of American Airlines, the winner of the FW Employer of the Year award at the North Texas Clean Air Coalition Working for Clean Air awards luncheon in Fort Worth.

Area Employers Recognized for Clean Air and Green Initiatives

North Texas Clean Air Coalition Hosts Sixth-Annual Working for Clean Air™ Awards

The North Texas Clean Air Coalition announced recipients of the Working for Clean Air™ Awards during a luncheon in Fort Worth on Oct. 20, and in Dallas on Oct. 22. The awards program is in its sixth year of recognizing North Texas' outstanding workplaces for clean air, sustainability, and green initiatives.
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