Dallas Wings Head Coach Fred Williams and Guard Erin Phillips to Participate

For Release:  Immediate

DALLAS (March 8, 2016) – Basketball season is winding down and that means that March Madness will soon be upon us.  To celebrate the sport of basketball and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Dallas Regional, we would like to invite basketball fans to show your love for the game on Dallas Dribbles to Work Day on March 14 at Klyde Warren Park from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Fans can come to Klyde Warren Park to participate in the Dribble and shoot a video in the park to be posted on their favorite social media platforms.  Head Coach Fred Williams of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings and guard Erin Phillips will be at Klyde Warren Park and will join people in their videos.  Tickets will be given away to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Dallas Regional and a deejay will provide entertainment.  Fans can also stay for lunch and visit one of the famous food trucks.

Dallas will be hosting the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional at the American Airlines Center on March 26 & 28, the prelude to the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four that will be played in Dallas.

For fans who can’t make it to Klyde Warren Park, it’s really easy for you to participate in Dallas Dribbles to Work Day.  All you need to do is to have a short video taken of yourself dribbling a basketball either at work or just about anywhere you’d like to do it.  Then post the video on your favorite social media platforms with the hashtags #WFinalFourDribble and #DallasBIGWins.  It’s as simple as that!

Join us on March 14 at Klyde Warren Park or post your own video.  Let’s show the basketball world that Dallas loves its hoops! Go to www.ncaadallasregional.com for more information.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Announces Kourtny Garrett as President

Leadership transition announced at today’s Annual Meeting & Luncheon

March 7, 2016 – At today’s Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Annual Meeting & Luncheon, CEO John F. Crawford, formerly serving as President and CEO, announced a leadership transition plan naming Kourtny Garrett as President, effective immediately.

The plan calls for Crawford to remain CEO of DDI until January 1, 2017, at which point Garrett will also assume the CEO position. Crawford will become Vice Chairman of DDI and continue on the Executive Committee.  The transition plan was approved unanimously by the DDI Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

“When I accepted the position as President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. in 2007, I committed to several key goals for the organization, increasing our membership and outreach, making DDI financially secure, creating a leadership team second to none, and positioning the-then-50-year-old organization to take on the next 50 years,” Crawford stated at the luncheon. “Most recently, this mission has included working with our Executive Committee to create a leadership transition plan.”

The plan has taken several considerations into account, particularly timing and the right process to identify DDI’s next leader who will follow Crawford after a decade in the position.  Crawford assumed the role in 2007 after serving as the organization’s Chairman of the Board. His 35 year history in real estate, economic development, and Dallas civic and business leadership is seasoned and highly regarded, including activity in the greater Downtown Dallas area that dates back to the development of CityPlace and Bank of America Plaza and serving as Board Chair for organizations like the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, and Greater Dallas Planning Council.

“Downtown is not the place it was 50 or even 5 years ago – nor is this organization. Our strong business foundation is now complemented by a complete urban environment filled with residents, parks, restaurants, entertainment, and culture. Dogs are walked; families are raised; and innovation is born. This is the Downtown Dallas of the future. And we have determined that Kourtny is the right leader to move us into the next era.”

Garrett, who has served in many roles with DDI over the last 13 years, most recently was named Executive Vice President in 2012. “I take this job very personally,” says Garrett. “I’ve been a city-girl since before I even knew what that meant, and I’ve often said that my passion for Dallas – why I’ve stayed here in an otherwise nomadic industry of city-building – is the opportunity inherent in our culture to give anyone a chance to be a part of what shapes it.”

Garrett’s career spans 15 years in the development of livable communities. She has forged millions of dollars’ worth of public-private partnerships, led DDI’s advocacy, policy, urban planning, marketing, and place-making initiatives, and currently spends a significant amount of time leading the Downtown Dallas 360 plan and DDI’s education agenda.  Jim Greer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Oncor and DDI’s current Chair of the Board, commented, “From producing some of Downtown’s most notable events, to advancing some of DDI’s most complex urban policy platforms, Kourtny brings an unparalleled breadth, depth, and skillset to this position.”

Garrett is also involved in advancing urban policy at federal and international levels through work with the International Downtown Association, in which she has served in several Board and committee roles, and the German Marshall Fund as a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Locally, Garrett currently serves on the AIA Dallas, MATA, Dallas Heritage Village, and Dallas Arts District Boards, as well as the Dallas Arts District Infrastructure Committee. She has formerly been a Board member of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Friends of the Santa Fe Trail, Dallas Film Commission Advisory Committee, and City of Dallas Marketing Task Force. She is a 2009 Leadership Dallas graduate and also in 2009 was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s list of “40 Under Forty”.

Prior to DDI, Kourtny gained experience on the development and general management team at Southlake Town Square, and directing community relations initiatives for Children’s Health.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Austin College and is nearing completion of an MA in Urban Affairs from UTA.

“I’m grateful to John, our Executive Committee, and Board for their support and confidence, and to our phenomenal team who keeps me excited and inspired every day. Over the years, so much of our success is due to partnerships, and I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of a community of organizations and individuals working toward the betterment of Dallas,” Garrett said in closing.


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


Kourtny Garrett Biography

John Crawford Biography



Calling all artists – create a submission for Art for Dumpsters competition! Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s a really neat idea spotlighting recycling. Chosen artists will paint dumpsters live at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival.

Full info here.

Sanitation Services is accepting applications from artists and teams to compete in the Art for Dumpsters project, to be held Saturday April 2 during the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The family-friendly event will include food trucks, music and interactive environmental education. Visitors will also be able to see the artists in action.

Selected artists will paint dumpsters and the final works will be exhibited on recycling containers throughout the city. The Best in Show award will be displayed as a wrap on a City of Dallas collections truck.

Artwork must reflect a message that communicates the benefits of recycling and being environmentally friendly and incorporates Dallas into the theme. Artists are encouraged to enter solo or as a team (maximum of five members). The goal is to provide a creative message about recycling and how it effects the environment and to increase awareness of the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Sites.

For details on how to enter, click CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Final

The revamped recycling dumpsters will be placed in high profile areas to make the surrounding neighborhood more aware of recycling and to engage people in recycling at the site.

For more information on Art for Dumpsters click Art for Dumpsters overview – FINAL



Full article from Bisnow here.

Three of Dallas’ biggest institutional investors are betting on the West End’s return to a thriving business center. One reason this corner of Downtown Dallas will be the next big thing: It’s the only place to find brick-and-timber space for creative types. We sat down with Goff Capital Partners last week to learn why West End’s 1M SF may be the hottest ticket Downtown.

West End’s transformation started when Granite Properties bought the 237k SF West End Marketplace at 603 Munger Ave (we showed you Factory Six03 last month). In December, both Spear Street Capital and Goff Capital Partners (in a JV with Long Wharf Real Estate Partners) each made acquisitions. Spear Street bought the 134k SF Landmark Center at 1801 N Lamar St and the Goff JV acquired about 200k SF from Five Smooth Stones. Goff Capital Partners and Crescent Real Estate Equities acquisitions manager Stephen Luik tells us the demand for old brick-and-timber work spaces outweighs the supply.

Goff acquired 211 Record along with 501 Elm and 800 Jackson. Corgan (which officed at the 128k SF 501 Elm for about 20 years before building its own HQ) is in the midst of designing updates to the historic buildings. The firm understands West End and how to maintain its authenticity while bringing the buildings up to Class-A standards. Stephen says his team is looking to take two levels of executive suites back to shell condition to create an open 12k SF office with an internal stairwell, fully equipped kitchen and a balcony offering sweeping views of the West End. 501 Elm was built in 1906.

211 Record houses the Holocaust Museum and JFK Museum Store. Stephen says the lobby in the 36k SF building will be redone. There are 36 condos in the building (built in 1911) that are not connected to the sale, he tells us. No price tag has been determined, Stephen tells us, as the project is still in the design phase. It should be completed by 2017. All three buildings are connected by meandering halls that Stephen assures us will see some improved wayfinding among the updates. The third building is the 40k SF 800 Jackson, completed in 1913. Goff Capital Partners is eyeing other acquisition opportunities within the West End now.

Jonathan says there are other projects of significance in the West End, as well. The Holocaust Museum is planning to build a new 50k SF museum on a parking lot bounded by Record, Houston, Pacific and Ross. New multifamily project 555 Ross is slated to open in March. Jonathan is leasing the old Butcher Shop Building at 1911 Lamar St, across from Granite’s Factory Six03.