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February/March 2015
Downtown Dallas, Inc. Hosts Another Successful Annual Meeting & Luncheon
On Friday, February 27th, more than 1,400 business, civic, and community leaders joined us for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Despite the snowy weather, it was another great day Downtown, as we were joined by presenting sponsor Oncor, and Southwest Airlines made a special announcement about new nonstop flights and gifted the entire audience with $100 LUV vouchers! The 2015 Board of Directors was voted in, and Jim Greer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Oncor, took the helm as the Chair of the Board of Directors. Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) honored Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest with the Chairman’s Award and John Crawford, President & CEO of DDI, talked about the progress of the Downtown Dallas 360 plan’s implementation over the last four years. The audience also welcomed Daniel Iacofano, Ph.D., FAICP, FASLA, and CEO & founding principal of MIG, Inc. who spoke about ideas around a competitive 21st century including the importance of Millennials, transformative infrastructure, technology, innovation space, and energy.

A big thank you to presenting sponsor Oncor, as well as our pinnacle sponsors, D CEO, Encore Event Technologies, Headington Companies and The Joule Hotel, Omni Dallas Hotel, and Southwest Airlines.  We would also like to thank Randy Robason of Grant Thornton LLP for serving as our Chairman of the Board for 2013-2014, and welcome our new Chairman of the Board, Jim Greer of Oncor!  And congratulations to Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest, the recipient of this year's Chairman's Award!

Our 2014 Annual Report in its entirety can be viewed HERE.  Please click HERE to view our latest Infographic, and HERE to watch a video about the Forward Momentum in Downtown.


Jody and Sheila Grant Receive Linz Award for Klyde Warren Park Efforts
Jody and Sheila Grant’s dedicated efforts are what led to Klyde Warren Park opening in 2012. The $100 million park, built on a 5.2-acre deck over Woodall Rodgers Freeway, has been a popular addition to the Dallas landscape.  In 2004, they agreed to help with planning the park and raised millions.

The Grants will receive the 86th Linz Award at a luncheon on April 8 in recognition of their leadership in the development of the park.  The Linz Award is sponsored by Zale Division of Signet Jewelers Ltd. and The Dallas Morning News. It is given annually to a Dallas County resident in honor of civic service or humanitarian efforts. The award is considered Dallas’ oldest and most prestigious civic honor.

Savor Dallas
Savor Dallas is back for 2015 and bigger than ever.  For the first time, the event is under the direction of The Dallas Morning News’ CrowdSource.  Savor Dallas will have its usual events such as the Reserve Tasting on March 21, Arts District Wine Stroll on March 19, Grand Tasting on March 21, and new this year is a Community Brunch on March 22 at Main Street Garden in partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Café Momentum.

Tickets — from à la carte options to all-access packages — are on sale now on the Savor Dallas website (click the 'More Info' button below) and in Goody Goody retail stores. The full list of participating restaurants, as well as confirmed wines, beers, and spirits, are also available on the site.



Dallas Hosts Inaugural Dallas Startup Week
Dallas Startup Week celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurial communities in cities across the globe. Their mission is to develop and support thriving communities wherever they may exist.  The best way to do this is to bring entrepreneurs together in a way that they can connect, share, and bond.  Dallas joins more than 25 cities around the globe in hosting Startup Week events to bring together local entrepreneurs, local leaders, and community members.  The inaugural Dallas Startup Week is FREE to attend and will take place from March 2 – 6.

Over the course of five days, participants in Startup Week can choose the events they’d like to attend.  Speakers from the community, and outside it, will be brought in to share their stories to motivate and inspire the entrepreneurial community.  Entrepreneurs, community leaders, investors, and businesses from throughout the metroplex are invited to attend sessions and events throughout the five days of Startup Week.


 Member News & Offers 
Dallas Farmers Market
New Vendors Announced
Texas A&M-Commerce
Expanded Downtown Facility Opens
Chase Tower to Get Makeover
The Adolphus
The French Room Awarded AAA Five Diamond Award
Member-News-box  DART
Forms New Partnership with Zipcar
Weekend Coffee Now Caters!
March Events
Pegasus Urban Trail
Mobile App

2-6 Dallas Startup Week
Various Venues
DATE-BOX-5 First Thursdays
The Joule
All Out Trinity
Continental Ave Bridge & Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
DATE-BOX-7 Dallas Arts District
Spring Break Kickoff
Flora & Harwood Streets
DATE-BOX-11 CultureMap Social
Fashion Industry Gallery
DATE-BOX-14 Spring Fling 2015
Klyde Warren Park
15 Crunch & Brunch
VITAL Fitness Studio
DATE-BOX-19 Arts District Wine Stroll
Dallas Arts District
Deep Ellum Wine Walk
Deep Ellum
DATE-BOX-20 Dallas Arts District
Spring Block Party
Flora & Harwood Streets
DATE-BOX-22 Spillover Music Fest
Deep Ellum

DATE-BOX-22 The Community Brunch
Main Street Garden
DATE-BOX-22 Dallas Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon
Main Street Garden
DATE-BOX-28 Mudbug Bash
Main Street Garden
DATE-BOX-31 The Evolution of Downtown Dallas
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Downtowndallas.com is now mobile! 
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Restaurant/Nightlife News: Spice in the City, Twenty Seven, and Texas Ale Project
You can now get your Indian food fix thanks to the addition of Navin Hariprasad’s new spot, Spice in the City.  They offer to-go meals and catering consisting of bold flavors with Indian, Pakistani, and Malaysian influences, traditional dishes, and sides.  Spice in the City is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday.

Twenty Seven has opened on Elm Street in Deep Ellum.  The restaurant offers dinner on Thursday through Saturday only, and has four different menus to choose from: field (vegetarian), land (wild game), sea (pescatarian), and "signature." The first three will rotate their offerings weekly, while the signature menu will change with the seasons.

Texas Ale Project is the newest brewery to hit town and is located in the Design District.  The brewery is the family project of husband and wife Brent Thompson and Kat Stevens, who began making beer in 2003.  The T.A.P. room is currently open Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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