Mayor’s Letter

Dear Friends:

With the recession now firmly behind us, I can’t think of a better time to live in Dallas, Texas. Great things are happening throughout our city, and the majority of key indicators show that we are headed in the right direction.

Our economy is growing, and as a result, we have added thousands of jobs and experienced a significant reduction in our unemployment rate. The city’s sales tax revenue, home prices and office rental rates are on the rise, our retail vacancy rate is its lowest since 2006, and corporations continue to move their headquarters here.

A $500 million expansion and renovation of Love Field Airport will wrap up just in time for the expiration of the Wright Amendment. Downtown is undergoing a remarkable revitalization, our Arts District is thriving, and we have significant momentum in the southern part of our city for the first time in a long time.

We are primed for continued success in 2014. The NCAA Men’s Final Four will be coming to the region in April. Dallas will be hosting the New Cities Summit and U.S. Conference of Mayors in back-to-back spans in June. And the Facing Race 2014 National Conference will be here in November.

The city showed the best of what it has become in the last 50 years as the international spotlight shined brightly upon Dallas during the recent JFK Commemoration. But, in order to ensure success over the next 50 years and beyond, we must constantly work to reinvent and reimagine our city.

We have a tremendous opportunity on our hands in 2014 to help shape our immediate future as the City Council selects our next city manager and reviews the city charter, which serves as our municipal constitution. Since the city manager is essentially our CEO, it’s imperative that the Council finds the right leader for the job.

A new city manager and updated charter will help us reboot, so to speak, and keep Dallas on the right path. But the real key to more and faster progress in our city is a continued focus on my four initiatives: GrowSouth, Arts & Culture, International Marketing and Education. I look forward to sharing our success in those four areas with you throughout the coming year.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2013 accomplishments possible and to those committed to making Dallas a better place to live, work and play for all of us in the years ahead.



Mayor Mike Rawlings

Grow South Update


1. Strengthen Neighborhoods
• Established or supported six new NAs (MLK Merchants, Malcolm X/Hatcher Business CW,
Malcolm X/Grand NA, Jefferson Blvd. Alliance, SW Apts. Managers, Camp Wisdom Now)
• Created intensity index (PEP)
• Researched and established school ACTION zones
• Established partnerships with EPIC and My Children’s

2. Culture of Clean
• On pace to demolish 250 abandoned structures by end of year
• Launched 311 app (more than 6,100 downloads and 3,300 service requests)
• Created Big Fix for Big D
• Worked with CIS to provide public access to data

3. Strengthen Schools
• Created Mayor’s Rising Star Council at Lincoln, Madison, Adamson, Roosevelt and South Oak Cliff high schools
• Funded community coordinator for Lincoln feeder pattern
• Assisted with tutoring component of DISD’s Project Amplify
• Supported DISD’s anti-bullying campaign
• Partnered with DISD to raise awareness about domestic violence (more than 20,000 pledges received from high schools)
• Capital One Bank funded Madison library redesign
• Entrepreneurs For North Texas completed renovation of Atwell Middle School
• Dallas Association of Young Lawyers sponsored GrowSouth Jams concert that raised nearly $10,000 for Lincoln, Madison and Dade

4. Debunk Myths & Rebrand
• Completed RFP process to identify vendor
• Spoke about GrowSouth in community meetings and events throughout the city

5. Private Investment Fund
• Raised $125k for feasibility study
• Hired fund development expert
• Organized meetings with investors and developers

6. Continue Downtown Growth
• Privatized Farmers Market and approved zoning for $64 million makeover
• Completed Lamar St. streetscaping
• More than 300 new residential units finished, with another 700 under construction (including 1400 Bellview in The Cedars) and more than 1,000 planned
• Approved TIF funding for Plaza hotel redo
• GeO-Deck reopened

7. West Dallas
• Trinity Groves zoning approved
• Nine new restaurants at Trinity Groves opened before Thanksgiving
• 7-Eleven opened at Hampton and Singleton

8. Lancaster Corridor
• Lancaster Urban Village to begin leasing
• Patriots Crossing financing approved
• New Rudy’s Chicken to open
• Cut ribbon at new CVS Pharmacy near VA

9. Jefferson Avenue
• Funded extended neighborhood crime patrol
• Launched D-Link connector bus
• Broke ground at The Canyon in Oak Cliff
• Jefferson Tower secured letters of intent to lease 100 percent of office space

10. Education Corridor
• Completed IIPOD website redesign
• L’Oreal opened new 513k sq. ft. distribution center at IIPOD
• New facilities at IIPOD totaling 2.2 million sq. ft. to begin construction in early 2014
• Partnered with county to fund $15 million reconstruction of Bonnie View Road that will help open more than 500 acres of property to development in IIPOD
• Broke ground at Highland Hills Library
• SE Oak Cliff Neighborhood Development study complete

11. Fair Park/South Dallas
• Established collective impact partners
• Funded Fair Park improvements
• New My Children’s opened