Farmers Market Stakeholders Association Elects 2016 Officers and Directors

Farmers Market Stakeholders Association Elects 2016 Officers and Directors

Dallas, January 14, 2016 – The members of the Farmers Market Stakeholders Association elected officers and directors for 2016. The newly elected officers and directors are a mix of property owners, business owners and neighborhood residents.

The officers are Marilyn Pippin, Hopkins Public Relations, president and board member; George (Rob) Robinson, neighborhood resident, treasurer and board member; and Matthew Vermillion, neighborhood resident, secretary and board member. The four additional board members elected are Ed Lopategui, resident; Craig Melde,ARCHITEXAS; Mike Ruibal, Ruibal’s Plants of Texas; and Tanya Ragan, Wildcat Management.

“It has been an honor and incredible journey to serve as president of FMSA since its inception.  I am confident that Marilyn Pippin will do a wonderful job as the new president, and take the organization and membership forward,” outgoing president Tanya Ragan said. “The friendships, camaraderie and teamwork it took to convince the city that our side of town had potential, could be privatized and could be revitalized show what a community can do. It is amazing what we have accomplished together!”

In 2015 FMSA again saw progress in improving the quality of life in the district. The following are milestones for 2015:

  • Encore Community Garden & Encore Amphitheater were both completed.
  • The Market (formerly Shed 2) at Dallas Farmers Market was completed.
  • FMSA worked closely with DART staff, city staff and area stakeholders to have the planned D2 DART Rail Line routed along Jackson, saving area homes, a church and local businesses.
  • FMSA advocated for increased police presence during the evening hours.  Dallas Police Department added a 1st Watch Shift on December 2, 2015.  Prior to this, Dallas Central Business District was the only major city in Texas without 24/7 police coverage.
  • National Night Out & District 2 Senior Brunch had record attendance.
  • Plans for Harwood Park were announced and Belo donated $30M towards downtown parks.
  • Mayor Rawlings addressed the homeless failure at the Downtown Dallas Inc. Annual Meeting and the need for additional homeless shelters outside of downtown.
  • The Verizon cell tower location was placed on hold and area stakeholders stepped forward with building rooftop alternatives to ensure the cell tower would not be placed on street level.
  • Farmers Market Stakeholders Association surpassed 5,000 followers on its Facebook page, surpassing the goal of reaching 3,500 by year end.  The group’s following is growing organically through sharing and social engagement.
  • Farmers Market Stakeholders Association participated in the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan Initiatives.
  • Alta Farmers Market Apartments was completed, Alliance’s Broadstone Apartments started construction and Farmers Market Square is building their final townhomes.

“Great things are happening in the Farmers Market district for businesses, residents and visitors,” Marilyn Pippin said. “I look forward to continuing to serve the community and being part of the progress.”

The Farmers Market Stakeholders Association is a group of businesses, property owners and residents from the Farmers Market District who are interested in revitalizing the market and its neighborhood.  A non-profit, volunteer organization, FMSA was created to promote public safety, crime prevention, neighborhood revitalization, improved economic conditions, quality of life and property values for area businesses and property owners.

For more information, contact: Marilyn Pippin, 214-826-0670.

AT&T Launches Smart Cities Framework With New Strategic Alliances, Spotlight Cities, And Integrated Vertical Solutions

AT&T Launches Smart Cities Framework With New Strategic Alliances, Spotlight Cities, And Integrated Vertical Solutions

DALLAS, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T* is building a framework to help cities better serve their citizens. We’re using Internet of Things (IoT) innovations to create impactful solutions for cities and forming alliances with technology leaders and industry organizations.

AT&T has formed alliances with Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, GE, IBM, Intel, and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to help support the new framework, building more connected communities.

We will bring the smart cities framework to several initial spotlight cities and universities that include Atlanta, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Chicago and Dallas.

Atlanta is a great city and, thanks to our collaboration with AT&T, it will soon be a smarter city,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Improving sustainability and increasing public safety are already top priorities for the City of Atlanta. With the integration of AT&T’s Smart City solutions, we will be better positioned to support these initiatives while also enriching the lives of our residents.”

Atlanta has long demonstrated how private-public relationships enabled the city to serve as an innovator in many areas of technology and society,” said Steve Cross, executive vice president for research at Georgia Tech.Georgia Tech is excited to bring its research competencies to work with the city, AT&T as well as other companies, NGOs, and education organizations to set the standard for building a smart cities framework.”

“From water system sensors to advanced analytics and energy efficiency efforts, Chicago has already taken steps to become a Smart City,” said Brenna Berman, CIO of the City of Chicago. “We are excited to team with AT&T, a leader in Internet of Things solutions, to help us harness the power of near real-time information to create a safer, cleaner and more efficient city.”

“The Dallas Innovation Alliance is thrilled to work with AT&T on its smart city initiatives for the city of Dallas,” said Trey Bowles, cofounder of the Dallas Innovation Alliance. “The DIA was established to gather the expertise and perspectives of public, private and academic institutions. By working closely with the mayor, city manager, CIO, key non-profit and industry leaders, we look forward to building a holistic approach to smart cities beginning in the West End Historic District in Downtown Dallas.”

“We’ve built strong relationships with cities across the U.S. for over 100 years,” said Mike Zeto, general manager of Smart Cities, AT&T IoT Solutions. “We’re continuing to be a leader in smart cities innovation. Our holistic strategy can help cities save money, conserve energy, improve quality of life, and further engage with their citizens.”

IoT Innovations

We already help communities solve problems with solutions that connect utility meters, street lights, and water systems. The new framework adds several new categories:

  • Infrastructure – Cities are able to remotely monitor the conditions of roads, bridges, buildings, parks and other venues. Maintenance crews can identify slick roadways during freezing weather or detect bridges that may need repairs.
  • Citizen Engagement – Mobile apps give people information to stay better prepared. For example, you can be notified in near real-time if a traffic light isn’t working on your route. You can also remotely view parking meters and reserve spaces ahead of time.
  • Transportation – Digital signage lets commuters know in near real-time when the next bus or train will arrive. People can rent electric bikes at stations across the city to reduce traffic.
  • Public Safety – Cities can better manage traffic patterns of pedestrians at stadiums, parks, and busy intersections. Gun fire detection technology helps law enforcement know where a shooting occurred. It also helps them determine the number of people involved and rounds fired.

AT&T is also developing a new digital dashboard that gives cities a high-level look at their communities’ conditions. The Smart City Network Operation Center (SC-NOC) offers cities a dashboard view of how assets are performing in near-real time. City officials can keep tabs on power outages, water leaks, traffic issues, and more – all from one location.

We’ve recently joined Envision America, a new smart cities program under Envision Charlotte, helping cities become smarter and driving technologies that tackle energy, water, waste, and air challenges. We continue to lead organizations in this space such as the Dallas Innovation Alliance, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Smart Cities Council.

The AT&T Foundry for IoT innovation center in Plano, TX also helps foster collaboration to advance cutting-edge smart city technologies. The company will demo several smart cities solutions at the AT&T Developer Summit Jan. 4-5 in Las Vegas.

AT&T has created a new report to share how businesses can best use the Internet of Things to help cut costs, grow revenues, boost efficiency and satisfy customers. To learn more about IoT’s potential, download the report here or visit

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DDI President & CEO John Crawford Named to the Dallas 500 2016

A big congratulations to our President & CEO, John Crawford, on being named to D CEO’s inaugural edition of Dallas 500 2016, a list of the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth!  The Dallas 500 is the region’s new and highly selective biographical database of the people who really run Dallas-Fort Worth business, based on extensive contacts in North Texas business circles, hundreds of interviews, and months of research.

A copy of The Dallas 500 can be purchased here:

EarthWater Kicks Off 2106 with “Back the Blue with Black” Campaign


Jan. 2, 2016 / PRZen / DALLAS — EarthWater, Inc. (, a manufacturer of high alkaline mineral infused beverages under the brand “FulHum” (, announced today the Company has donated 1,000 Bottles of FulHum to the Men and Women of the Dallas Police Department. This donation was made in conjunction with the nonprofit organization “Downtown Dallas,” the principal advocate, champion and steward that will be handling the distribution of FulHum to the members of the Dallas Law Enforcement Community.

EarthWater Chairman, CJ Comu, stated, “We are delighted to make this contribution to the Men & Women of the Dallas Police Department that work tirelessly to provide law & order in our community. We are also very proud to collaborate with the Non Profit ‘Downtown Dallas’ in our effort to give back to the community to help Law Enforcement stay: Rehydrated, Replenished and Recovered during their time at work. We support the motto, ‘Back the Blue’ with our outstanding Black Colored FulHum Beverage.”

FulHum is manufactured & bottled in Dallas, TX. FulHum is 100% USDA registered organic with ZERO: Sugars, Calories, Carbohydrates, or Chemicals. FulHum is originated from “Fulvic and Humic” trace minerals that represent the DNA of all of our food groups, and is the main natural component of our 100% natural, high alkaline mineral-enriched beverage. The proprietary FulHum formula is different from other mineral beverages because it could detoxify free radicals, eliminate harmful pathogens, and improve nutrient absorption all while delivering essential minerals that are limited in daily diets.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Vice President of Marketing, Shalissa Colwell Perry, stated, “Downtown Dallas is proud to partner with EarthWater to provide FulHum, a healthy and unique hydration beverage, to our brave Men and Women in Uniform protecting Dallas.”

Since its creation more than 120 years ago, the Dallas Police Department has created an atmosphere of ethical, caring behavior. The 3,640 sworn officers and 556 civilians who make up the Department take special pride in helping to make Dallas a safe place to live, work and visit. The Men and Women of the Dallas Police Department work with the Citizens of Dallas to provide the highest level of quality, professional service that the City deserves.

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