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An Assessment of the DART LRT on Taxable Property Valuations and Transit Oriented Development

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, is an update on previous studies of the direct and indirect economic impacts of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. Two specific topics addressed in detail are how the proximity to an LRT station affected taxable property values and to what degree the DART rail is serving as a catalyst for transit-oriented development (TOD).
Date: September 2002
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Cost of Homelessness in Dallas: An Economic and Fiscal Perspective

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, briefly describes the system of service delivery to homeless persons in Dallas and examines how other cities deal with their homeless populations, particularly those that have centralized service delivery. This report also documents the growing disparities in property values between the northern and southern sectors of the DCBD and calculates the potential tax revenues, jobs and income that could be generated by a revitalized southern sector.
Date: December 2000
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

DART's Sales Tax Revenues: A Review and Outlook

Description: This report discusses the DART systems' sales tax revenues. In addition to the fare box, DART's operations are funded through a one percent sales tax levied by member cities on all retail transactions as permitted by state law. During the 1990s, DART's sales tax receipts grew at a healthy clip. But between 2001 and 2003, taxable sales in the DART service area declined. By contrast, for many non-DART suburban cities, taxable sales continued to expand during the 2001-2003 period. This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, looks at three possible explanations for these trends.
Date: November 2004
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Economic and Fiscal Impacts Associated with the North Texas Tollway Authority Operating Concession Bid for the State Highway 121 Toll Facility

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, evaluates bids submitted to the North Texas Regional Transportation council (RTC) for construction and operation of the South Highway 121 toll road project in Denton and Collin Counties. The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) along with some private firms submitted bids for the project and this report compares these bids and their economic implications.
Date: May 2007
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Proposed Denton County International Airport

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, discusses the economic impacts of construction and development of ancillary facilities, the recurring economic impacts of airport area business operations, and the fiscal impacts and effect on property taxes that are estimated to occur with the proposed building of a new Denton County International Airport.
Date: January 2001
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine

Description: This report discusses the economic and fiscal impacts of Baylor Regional Medical Center Grapevine. This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, outlines the regional economic and fiscal impacts from Baylor-Grapevine's construction spending and ongoing operations. Estimates of the economic impacts are calculated using the DFW model of the IMPLAN impact modeling system developed by the Minnesota IMPLAN Group. This model, which is well-regarded by academic and professional researchers, provides reasonable and conservative estimates of direct, indirect, and induced impacts.
Date: June 2004
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Economic, Fiscal, and Developmental Impacts of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts

Description: This report discusses the economic, fiscal and developmental impacts of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA). The University of North Texas Center for Economic Development identifies and calculates the economic and fiscal impacts that will attend construction and operations of the DCPA. They also look at ancillary commercial and residential development likely to occur in close proximity to the DCPA and consider the importance of the DCPA in making Downtown Dallas a desirable place to work, live, visit, and recreate.
Date: May 2006
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Economic, Fiscal and Developmental Impacts of the North Texas Tollway Authority: A 40-Year Perspective

Description: This report by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research looks at the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) as a regional economic generator. It first examines the impacts from the NTTA's construction spending on the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) and the President George Bush Turnpike (PGBT). Second, it quantifies the economic and fiscal impacts from the NTTA's recurring operational spending. Third, it looks at the value of all the residential and commercial development that has ocurred along the DNT and PGBT corridors over the past 30-40 years as well as the annual tax revenues generated by this development. Finally, it discusses how NTTA's projects have helped improve mobility in the North Texas region.
Date: August 2006
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Feasibility of an Exposition Center for Wise County, Texas

Description: This report discusses the feasibility of an exposition center for Wise County, Texas. This report examines the experiences of eight exposition centers across Texas and the U.S. that illustrate the types of events, and the associated costs, that would likely attend construction of such a center in Wise County.
Date: April 2005
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Fiscal Impacts of DART's Transit-Oriented Development

Description: This report discusses the fiscal impacts of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit's (DARTs) transit-oriented development. In 2005, the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research prepared a report for DART in which they estimated the total value of new investment completed, underway or planned near DART LRT stations since 1999. Using only those projects reported to the press, they calculated the total value of the transit-oriented development (TOD) at approximately $3.3 billion. These new investments had had, or will have, significant impacts on local property taxes as well as local and state sales taxes. This report presents the preliminary assessment of the annual revenue streams associated with TOD adjacent to DART LRT stations.
Date: April 16, 2007
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Grid Computing and an Optical Fiber Network: How They Can Bolster the Texas Economy

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, examines the investment in hard infrastructure that will be required to keep Texas a vibrant and expanding part of the global economy-most especially a grid computing network connected by fiber optic cable.
Date: April 2004
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Impact of Higher Natural Gas Prices on the Texas Economy

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, discusses the economic effect of rising gas prices on the Texas economy. It surmises that although rising natural gas prices are a boon to gas drilling, production and distribution industries and their employees, the resulting higher costs to Texas industries and households more than offset any gains. Each $1 per MCF increase in the price of natural gas - if sustained - has the net effect of decreasing state economic activity by at least $3.4 billion per year, lowering total employment by more than 34,000, and reducing salaries and wages by $911 million.
Date: July 2000
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Improving Services to Dallas' Homeless: A Key to Downtown Revitalization

Description: Homelessness has significant economic as well as social consequences for the City of Dallas. While offering compassion to the homeless, this report also acknowledges that the overwhelming presence of homeless persons on the streets of downtown has negative economic impacts on individual businesses, the prospects for redevelopment, and the city's finances. This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, discusses theses aspects.
Date: April 2004
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

An Overview of the Dallas-Fort Worth Area's Long-Term Water and Transportation Needs

Description: This report gives an overview of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's long-term water and transportation needs. Recognizing the importance of a reliable long-term water supply, the Dallas/Fort Worth region has invested heavily in reservoirs and transmission facilities over the past 50 years. Indeed, the dramatic population and employment growth enjoyed by the Metroplex over the past several decades would not have occurred absent an abundant and reliable supply of fresh water for residential and commercial uses. Despite the foresightedness of the region's leaders, according to the Texas Water Development Board the region may soon find itself facing a water deficit. This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, examines the implications of the DFW area's long-term water and transportation needs.
Date: March 2004
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

The Rationale for a University of North Texas College of Law in Downtown Dallas

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, argues that a University of North Texas law school in downtown Dallas will not only serve an unmet need for legal education but will also be an asset in the economic and social development of the entire north Texas region. In addition, the law school can help contribute to the nascent revitalization of downtown Dallas.
Date: November 2006
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

A Re-Evaluation of the City of Irving's Target Industries

Description: In July 2000, Angelou Economic Advisors prepared an economic development plan for the City of Irving, Texas. Six high value-added clusters were identified as recruitment and retention targets. This report by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research re-assesses those industries to ascertain if they should remain the focus of City and Chamber economic development efforts.
Date: July 2008
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Targeting Business Opportunities in Southern Dallas

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, studies the population and employment trends of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and the demographic and economic profiles of southern Dallas. The authors also examine targeting business development opportunities for southern Dallas and give an analysis of potential industries.
Date: April 2006
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Technology, Workforce and the DFW Business Climate: A Review and Critique of Recent Assessments

Description: The North Texas Commission retained the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research to summarize, evaluate and critique 18 "business climate" and "quality of life" surveys that were released in 1999. In particular, they were asked to identify data or perceptions from these studies that might be helpful to the Commission in formulating strategies for either capitalizing on the region's assets or dealing with its shortcomings.
Date: January 2000
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report

Thinking Strategically about Economic Development in Dallas: Why a High-Wage Recruitment Strategy Makes Sense

Description: The Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, along with most other regions of the country, has witnessed some tough economic times. Telecom layoffs, the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the national economic downturn have reduced the region's employment by about 100,000 since 2000. Dallas' current economic stress is best evidenced by its declining per capita income. Still, as this report illustrates, even allowing for the region's current economic vicissitudes, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has been one of the most dynamic urban areas in the nation since 1990 and this report presents the information surrounding these topics with the figures and data found by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research.
Date: December 2003
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Item Type: Report