Dallas is the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Our city is vibrant and diverse, sophisticated and fun, and a center for art, fashion and sports. As a result, we are the number one visitor and leisure destination in Texas. We have enriched the cultural offerings to our citizens through some of the most successful public/private partnerships in the world. In June, you will see why we like to say “Big Things Happen Here!”
Maverick citizens have continuously pushed Dallas to its limits in order to give life to some of the most innovative ideas that have created our own magic and transformed our city.
We couldn’t rely on the Trinity River to provide an economy – so we built railroads – and then created what has become the economic engine for Dallas, North Texas and the Southwest; DFW International Airport.
Dallas is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. DFW International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest airport, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and providing non-stop service to 145 domestic and 47 international destinations worldwide annually. In addition, Dallas Love Field Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the nation moving more than 220,000 passengers per day across our 700-square-mile service area.
Throughout the city, our visitors enjoy the best shopping in the southwest, four-and five-diamond/star hotels and restaurants, the largest urban arts district in the nation, more than 13 entertainment districts and much more.
Many municipal government initiatives are having a positive effect on the quality of life of residents and visitors. In the 2013 Community Survey, 73% of respondents rated overall quality of life in Dallas as excellent or good. We are setting the standard for service and continue to maintain high overall satisfaction ratings.
When national headlines include news of municipal bankruptcies and financial hardship, Dallas has carefully navigated through this difficult period. 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. In 2012, 18 area businesses were named Fortune 500 companies, including Exxon Mobil, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments.
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 just like the mavericks that came before us.
Our pioneering spirit is alive and well, and the philanthropic contributions from its many residents continue to enrich the community and quality of life.
We have many special events planned for you in June and I can’t wait to welcome you to Dallas!
See you soon,
Mayor Mike Rawlings