Downtown Dallas, Inc. Holds Annual Meeting

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) held another successful Annual Meeting presented by East Quarter on January 31st at the Omni Dallas Hotel that featured an update on the big wins for Downtown in 2018 and laid out DDI’s vision for the new year. “We’re entering this new year with so much optimism. Our team’s focus is on hard work, evolving strategies, and action. We’re challenging ourselves to be forward thinking, creative, and nimble – all to make a difference that you’ll see on the streets every day,” said DDI President and CEO Kourtny Garrett.

The crowd of 1,000 elected officials, stakeholders, and more heard about recently and soon-to-be completed developments changing the face of Downtown and got an update on DDI’s bold initiatives like the continuation in 2019 of our early morning outreach engaging the homeless population to assist in identifying appropriate services and programs. Todd Interests also revealed plans for the East Quarter of Downtown in development now that will include creative office space and restaurants with a concept from Nick Benavides. View the video here: https://vimeo.com/bandanamedia/review/313881576/bddee93dad

DDI’s Board of Governors and Board of Directors for 2019 was voted on and approved, and Dr. Tim Moonen with The Business of Cities presented his keynote address Dallas and its Downtown, A Global View. Dr. Moonen said of the city center, “This means cities must do more than have a good business climate. They also need to foster eco-systems, cluster specialization, and develop an all-round business reputation and brand. Downtowns are fundamental to this.”

Dr. Moonen also highlighted high-speed rail and the decision to locate the Dallas-Fort Worth station Downtown as a real game changer for the continued growth and success of the Downtown core. He also suggested vigorous investment in branding and telling the story of Downtown’s victories and potential, which DDI is in the process of doing through a robust economic development campaign we plan to roll out soon.

2018 Annual Report: http://www.downtowndallas.com/css/images/assets/DDI_Annual_Report_2018.pdf

2018 Infographic: http://www.downtowndallas.com/css/images/assets/DDI_Annual_Report_2018-infographic.pdf

Presenting Sponsor – East Quarter

Pinnacle Sponsors:  Encore Event Technologies, Headington Companies/The Joule, Merriman Anderson Architects, Omni Dallas Hotel

Urban Legend Sponsors: 400 Record/City Electric Supply, A.H. Belo Corporation, AT&T, Atmos Energy Corporation, Corgan, D CEO, Hoque Global, Hunt Consolidated/Reunion Tower, Jacobs, LDWW Group, Oncor, Outfront Media, Page, Stantec, Stream Realty Partners, The Statler, Trammell Crow Center/Crescent Ross Investors LLC

Urban Champion Sponsors: please see downtowndallas.events

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Promotes Dustin Bullard

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Dustin Bullard to Senior Vice President of Planning and Public Space. Dustin Bullard, ASLA, was previously the Vice President of Public Space and Design for Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI). Since joining DDI in March of 2011, Bullard has labored to ensure that every public space in Downtown is well-designed, active, and clean. Striving to provide distinguished design, thoughtful planning, and an exceptional pedestrian experience in partnership with the City of Dallas and stakeholders, he adds to Downtown’s sustained success.

Through a unique blend of professional and personal experiences, Bullard is able to guide transformational projects in the Downtown area while understanding functionality and management needs of those projects. In his new role with DDI, these skills will be further relied upon to oversee the organization’s planning, mobility, and public space initiatives.

In this updated role, Bullard will expand his focus by leading the DDI planning team as they address key initiatives – such as long-range plans including The 360 Plan, the second light rail line through Downtown, bike and scooter share, and many other vital urban planning efforts.

Bullard also works closely with corporate partners and developers.  In 2016, he proved instrumental in keeping AT&T’s headquarters Downtown and is now working to transform their presence into a vibrant campus with cafés, open space, and retail. Additionally, he has worked closely with Todd Interests in the creation of the East Quarter district overseeing the transformation of a large area of Downtown.

Bullard will also continue to steward Downtown’s ongoing transformation into a complete, livable, urban environment through his leadership of DDI’s public space management activities. Bullard believes the management and addition of public space and parks is vitally important to the continued success of Downtown. Bullard has been a key partner in the planning, construction, and operations of Downtown parks and public spaces.

A licensed landscape architect, Bullard previously worked in private practice designing parks, trails, and open spaces throughout Dallas/Fort Worth. Living in Downtown for over fifteen years has led to a deep connection to the neighborhood, resulting in one of Bullard’s main goals being to listen to his neighbors and help promote growth in his neighborhood.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Hires Evan Sheets as Senior Director of Economic Development and Mobility

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is pleased to welcome Evan Sheets to the team as our Senior Director of Economic Development and Mobility. By adding this position, DDI is enhancing its commitment to advancing urban mobility and strategic economic development initiatives by elevating our already experienced team in these areas. The Senior Director will oversee DDI’s urban planning, transportation, and economic development efforts and will work in collaboration with the City of Dallas and Downtown stakeholders on all related initiatives. Key focus areas of this position will be implementing The 360 Plan, advancing public transportation and alternative mobility programs, and serving as a resource and advocate for stakeholders throughout all phases of development in and around Downtown.

Evan Sheets comes to us from the City of Dallas, where he was a founding member of the Dallas CityDesign Studio, a public-private partnership housed in City Hall focused on convening municipal, professional, and residential communities in the deliberate public design of Dallas while bringing a heightened consciousness of design to the city at large. Most recently, Evan has served as a Senior Urban Designer in the office of Planning and Urban Design working on a variety of city shaping initiatives collaborating with developers, design professionals, community stakeholders, City staff, and elected officials. He also introduced and managed the City of Dallas Urban Design Peer Review process, formed to provide urban design guidance to City staff, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Boards, Plan Commission, and City Council for both public projects and private development throughout the city. He received both his BS in Architecture and Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. Please help us in welcoming one of the newest members of the DDI team!

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Welcomes New Membership Engagement Manager

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is thrilled to welcome Kelsey Cornillie to the team as our new Membership Engagement Manager. She will be responsible for maintaining and growing relationships with DDI member organizations and business and will facilitate member events that will continue to improve interaction and involvement for all parties interested in the success of Downtown. Cornillie comes to DDI from TEXO, The Construction Association, where she served as Member Programs and Services Coordinator and Foundation Manager. There, she coordinated five annual fundraising and educational outreach events and grew member engagement. She serves on the boards of both InterLink North Central Texas and the University of Texas Arlington Construction Management Advisory Board.

In her role with DDI, Cornillie will execute a year-long membership engagement program plan to include networking and educational and business development opportunities to engage and retain members that choose to invest in DDI, and in turn, Downtown. She will also ensure responsiveness to existing members and execute new opportunities for members to engage with DDI and the Downtown community. Cornillie will also be responsible for our signature events like our Annual Meeting, and make sure members are always up-to-date via our web site.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Kelsey moved to Almaty Kazakhstan to teach Business English to executives in the oil market. She then served as an educator as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida and the University of Tampa, working with students and faculty from all over the world. Originally from Sebastian, Florida, Kelsey lives with her husband and their dog Dennis in Downtown Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys both performing and watching improv shows at the Dallas Comedy House, as well as continuing her education. Most recently, she earned a Certificate in Financial Accounting from Harvard Business School and a Non-Profit Management Certificate from CNM Connect.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Adds Homeless Outreach Coordinator

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Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s (DDI) recent early morning outreach pilot program, which deployed two teams to engage with homeless individuals in the early morning hours, revealed the need for DDI to do more to find homeless solutions. Late in 2018, the organization launched an extensive search for the newly-created position of Homeless Outreach Coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for managing DDI’s homeless outreach efforts by coordinating with public and private agencies to advance long-term solutions for those experiencing homelessness. That includes maintaining productive relationships will all service providers, shelters, and others tackling this critical issue.

We are thrilled to announce that we have hired Crystal Fox. She brings more than a decade of experience to DDI working with individuals who need services. Her specialty is working with individuals diagnosed with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. “My current goal is to find long-term solutions for those experiencing homelessness in Downtown,” Fox said. Fox hit the ground running by meeting with all shelter and service providers servicing Downtown within the first two weeks of joining our team.

“Crystal has hit the ground running and will be vital in building on the success of the pilot outreach program. Her experience and personal touch will no doubt have a positive impact in our efforts to address such a critical issue,” said DDI President and CEO Kourtny Garrett.

DDI was honored to recently receive a matching grant from AT&T of more than 100 thousand dollars to help us continue the early morning outreach initiative. In the pilot program that ran for 90 days, two teams made up of Safety Patrol officers, Clean Team members, outreach professionals from The Bridge, and Dallas Police officers worked from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. engaging individuals to connect them with services. 402 caseworker assessments were conducted, resulting in 182 receiving services from shelters. Most of those went to the Bridge, where 54 Bridge IDs were issued. In addition, 89 people – some families – were eligible for and took advantage of our Homeward Bound program. DDI paid for the bus tickets of 300 people last year who wanted to return to family members in other states and cities.