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Public safety is key for Downtown resurgence and growth
More than 1,400 business, civic, and community leaders joined us for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on April 22 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. It was another great day Downtown, as we were joined by presenting sponsor Atmos Energy, and Southwest Airlines gifted the entire audience with $100 LUV vouchers! Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) also honored Oncor with the Chair’s Award which was created to recognize a company or individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to, and significantly impacted the progression of, Downtown Dallas. The award recognizes Oncor’s efforts to help stimulate and maintain a vibrant and safe environment and promote community involvement in Downtown Dallas.
Oncor is a leader in corporate community partnerships, making a tangible difference in Dallas. Jim Greer, Chief Operating Officer, sits on the Downtown Dallas, Inc. Executive Board of Directors and said “the organization’s recognition is a reflection of Oncor’s role as a trusted advisor and public ambassador.” The company’s more than 3,000 employees are highly active in the volunteer community, and some of Oncor’s most significant community contributions include: The Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative; Klyde Warren Park; and platform sponsorship of the 2012 Dallas Heart Walk.
Right here in our front yard, DDI worked closely with Oncor to develop a Lights ON program, a system to ensure Downtown streets remain bright, safe, and vibrant. Since the program’s launch, remarkable improvement has been made, noticed by the droves of people now enjoying Downtown’s life after dark.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a significant partner within the communities that we are privileged to serve,” Greer said. “It is very exciting to see the resurgence that is occurring within the traditional downtown areas of many of the towns and cities in our service area. In all cases, Oncor is right at the heart of it, providing a strong foundation for growth.”
President and CEO of DDI, John Crawford, said “over many years, Oncor has played an instrumental role in Dallas’ Downtown revitalization efforts and that the company’s commitment to keeping the public safe aligns with the DDI’s mission.”
“One of the key success factors in attracting residents and visitors to any downtown area is that they must feel safe,” he said. “And Oncor personifies safety to the highest degree.”
John F. Crawford, President & CEO, Downtown Dallas, Inc. Recognized as an Honorary Member of the Texas Society of ArchitectsMarch 7, 2014
March 7, 2014 – Thursday night, AIA Dallas hosted Celebrate Architecture, a special event at Klyde Warren Park, to honor the recipients of the 2013 Community Honor Awards. These annual awards recognize exceptional members, firms, individuals, and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture, the built environment, and the quality of life in Texas. John F. Crawford, President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc., was recognized as an Honorary Member of the Texas Society of Architects.
Honorary Membership in the Texas Society of Architects is one of the highest honors the Society can bestow upon a person outside the profession of architecture, and is awarded to an individual for their long-term association with architects, architecture, or allied professions in providing a better quality of life in Texas. Honorary Membership is awarded for accomplishments of the nominee, which are truly outstanding and of statewide significance.
AIA Dallas’ 2013 Community Honors Committee, chaired by Larry Good, FAIA, nominated
chapter members, companies, and other individuals for various awards bestowed by the AIA
Dallas Chapter, Texas Society of Architects, and AIA National.
John’s nomination for Honorary Member of Texas Society of Architects was accompanied by several letters of recommendation from city and civic leaders including former City Manager, Mary Suhm, Jody Grant, Robert Decherd, Larry Good, and Ray Hunt.
Robert Decherd, former President of A.H. Belo Corporation, mentioned in his nomination letter, “John has done more than anyone to fundamentally change the perception of Downtown Dallas and its surrounds, while also achieving unprecedented political support for public-sector investment.”
Larry Good, of Good Fulton & Farrell Architects goes on to say, “John is Downtown’s most visible, effective and respected spokesman.”
“My perspective is one of a longtime Downtown corporate citizen and an associate with John in more than 20 years of leadership in a variety of civic matters. Although he has made contributions in many arenas over that period of time, I perhaps most respect the role he has played in leading Downtown Dallas in a most impressive return to vibrancy,” said Ray Hunt.
Each year since 1971, the Texas Society of Architects has recognized members, individuals, and organizations who are exemplary in their support of the Society’s mission: “The Texas Society of Architects is the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments.”
“I am extremely honored to join such a select group and truly believe that only through public/private partnerships will we succeed in generating vibrancy, attracting investment, and creating a live, work, and play urban environment that’s second to none,” said John Crawford, President & CEO, Downtown Dallas, Inc.
About Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:
- Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
- Improve infrastructure
- Enhance economic competitiveness
- Create a culturally inclusive urban center
- Position the area as a global destination
Our program areas include: public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing. For more information, visit www.downtowndallas.com