Our History

In the early 1970s, there were only a handful of corporate headquarters in North Texas and DFW Airport had not yet seen its first flight. In fact, in those days this sprawling assortment of communities was not even known as the Metroplex. On July 29, 1971, a group of civic leaders from across North Texas joined together to form the North Texas Commission (NTC), an agreement which would change the course of history in our region.

With DFW Airport under construction, it was agreed that a regionally-unifying force was necessary if North Texas was ever to take its place among the nationally and internationally prominent regions of the world. Founders of the North Texas Commission shared what was then a unique vision of a regional marketing organization for the entire North Texas area. C.A. Tatum, Jr., the first volunteer leader of NTC, often remarked, “Our strength is the spirit and unity of the people of our region.”

The North Texas Commission was chartered as a non-profit, membership-supported organization which would work to unify the North Texas Region to maximize the visibility of the area as an excellent place to live and do business. In February of 1972, NTC copyrighted the term “Southwest Metroplex,” which users later shortened to simply “Metroplex,” in order to establish the identity of the allied communities of North Texas.

Throughout its history, the North Texas Commission has worked to address regional problems and opportunities while focusing on ways to unify the North Texas region. As we move further into the new and challenging century, the North Texas Commission continues to improve the lives of North Texans by marketing, advocating and collaborating.

 

Timeline of Accomplishments

2019

  • Hosted inaugural Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit with a sold-out audience of 500

  • Celebrated the 10th anniversary of Leadership North Texas

  • Graduated LNT University Class 4 and LNT Class 10

2018

  • Launched the North Texas Advocacy Coalition, a non-partisan initiative to strengthen and amplify the business voice in Austin

  • Launched Leadership North Texas University Class 3

  • Chris Wallace selected as new President & CEO of the North Texas Commission

2017

  • 46th Annual Members’ Luncheon with Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport

  • Leadership North Texas Class 8 graduates, Class 9 launches

  • Held the second program year of LNT University, the young professional leadership program with rebooted format

  • Released NTX Magazine Vol. 8

2016

  • James D. Spaniolo selected as new President & CEO of the North Texas Commission
    45th Annual Members’ Luncheon featured New York Times Best-Seller and Political Commentator, Dana Perino, as keynote speaker
    Leadership North Texas Class 7 Graduated, Class 8 chosen
    Released NTX Magazines Vol. 6 and 7

2014

  • Celebrated DFW Airport’s 40th Anniversary during the 43rd Annual Members’ Luncheon with National Geographic President and CEO, Gary Knell, as the keynote
    Represented North Texas during the launch festivities in Edmonton celebrating daily, direct flights on American Airlines
    Launched NTX Magazine Vol. 3, the Innovation issue
    Hosted a sold-out 2014 North Texas Water Summit with Hon. Joe Straus delivering the keynote address

2013

  • Launched Project North Texas, a summer-long program that brought together the region’s stakeholders for opportunities and challenges
    Launched Leadership North Texas Class 5
    Supported American Airlines through Chapter 11 restructuring with the grassroots effort, American Keeps North Texas Flying
    In partnership with DFW Airport, the Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce hosted government officials and business organization from the United Arab Emirates

2013

  • Launched Project North Texas, a summer-long program that brought together the region’s stakeholders for opportunities and challenges
    Launched Leadership North Texas Class 5
    Supported American Airlines through Chapter 11 restructuring with the grassroots effort, American Keeps North Texas Flying
    In partnership with DFW Airport, the Dallas Regional Chamber and Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce hosted government officials and business organization from the United Arab Emirates

2012

  • 46th Annual Members’ Luncheon with Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport

  • Leadership North Texas Class 8 graduates, Class 9 launches

  • Held the second program year of LNT University, the young professional leadership program with rebooted format

  • Released NTX Magazine Vol. 8

2011

  • 46th Annual Members’ Luncheon with Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport

  • Leadership North Texas Class 8 graduates, Class 9 launches

  • Held the second program year of LNT University, the young professional leadership program with rebooted format

  • Released NTX Magazine Vol. 8

2010

  • 46th Annual Members’ Luncheon with Sean Donohue, CEO of DFW International Airport

  • Leadership North Texas Class 8 graduates, Class 9 launches

  • Held the second program year of LNT University, the young professional leadership program with rebooted format

  • Released NTX Magazine Vol. 8

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