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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.

The Healthcare Services Industry in Tarrant County: Industry Overview and Projected Employment Growth in Specified Occupations

Description: The purpose of this report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, is to offer an assessment of the current status of the healthcare services industry in Tarrant County. Also, to forecast demand for training in these specified occupations over the next several years.
Date: May 2008
Creator: Clower, Terry L.; Seman, Michael & Weinstein, Bernard L.

The Hotel Industry, Texas Stadium and Hotel Occupancy Taxes: A Report to the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors

Description: This report discusses the hotel industry, Texas stadium, and hotel occupancy taxes. The Board of Directors of the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau commissioned the Center for Economic Development and Research at the University of North Texas to examine several facets of the hotel industry, Texas Stadium and hotel occupancy tax receipts in the City of Irving. This report summarizes the findings of that examination.
Date: May 1998
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.

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.

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.

The Initial Economic Impacts of the DART Light Rail Transit System

Description: This report discusses the initial economic impacts of the DART LRT system. After years of planning and building, DART rail became a reality in June of 1996. As part of the "Before and After Study," the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research was retained to identify and measure the initial economic impacts of the LRT system, focusing primarily on property values and retail sales. This report presents the findings of the examination.
Date: July 1999
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.

Labor Market Assessment for Southern Dallas with Emphasis on Key Target Industries

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, examines selected characteristics of the labor force available to firms located in the southern area of the City of Dallas, Texas. The report also compares occupational hiring patterns for a specified group of industries selected as targets of opportunity for recruitment and economic development efforts of the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce along with matching labor force availability. In assessing labor force availability and characteristics, we have relied on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor at the zip code level.
Date: September 2004
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.

Lavon, Texas: Crossroads of Opportunity

Description: This report examines the City of Lavon, Texas and its economic opportunities. It gives an overview of the City of Lavon and discusses the development of other small cities in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area. It reports on incentives for Lavon, discusses the organization of an Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and its tasks, offers an in-depth profile of the community in Lavon, and shows economic development strategies with conclusions about their findings.
Date: April 2010
Creator: University of North Texas. Center for Economic Development and Research.

Mercado de Fort Worth: Issues and Opportunities

Description: This report presents the findings of a study by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Research and Development. The study is to provide property owners in Mercado de Fort Forth with information to aid their decision making for building renovations and business investment. The study reviews several mercado-style projects in other cities, provides information on business assistance resources in the Fort Worth area, looks at ongoing plans targeted to the surrounding community, and provides details regarding qualifications for "historic" designations.
Date: May 1999
Creator: University of North Texas. Center for Economic Development and Research.

North Texas State Fair & Rodeo: The Economic Impacts of Existing Activities and Preliminary Feasibility Assessment for New Fairgrounds and Expo Center

Description: This report discusses the economic impacts of existing activities and gives a preliminary feasibility assessment for new fairgrounds and expo center. The economic and fiscal impacts generated by fairs, rodeos, horse shows, and cattle shows nationwide are significant. Impacts estimated in the millions of dollars are not uncommon for regional and state events. It is against this backdrop that the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research has been asked to estimate the economic and fiscal impacts of the North Texas State Fair & Rodeo, as well as examine the potential market for and economic and fiscal impacts of building a new exposition center in Denton County. Later in this report, we will also examine the experiences of ten exposition centers across Texas and the U.S. that illustrate the types of events, and the associated costs, that would likely attend construction and operation of such a center in Denton County.
Date: July 2009
Creator: Seman, Michael & Clower, Terry L.

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.

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.

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.

Sales Tax Revenue in the City of Arlington, Texas: Historical Review and Projections

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, is a quarter-by-quarter projection of sales tax revenue for the City of Arlington, Texas through 2010. Several statistical approaches are used including autoregressive moving average (ARIMA) models, seasonal exponential smoothing, and ordinary least squares (OLS) regression analysis based on unemployment data.
Date: January 2006
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.

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.