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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

Evaluating the Impact of Transit-Oriented Development

Description: This report examines the impact of transit-oriented development. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is an increasingly popular urban form. Based on a survey of residents of TOD projects in areas served by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Fort Worth T, and Capital Metro (Austin) rail transit, moving into TOD decreases VMT by an average of 15 percent, or about 3,500 miles per year, which impacts TxDOT motor fuel tax revenues. The data also indicate that these households shift their choice of route to include more arterial roads versus highways. Differential behavior is observed among the three areas studied with the greatest impact being on the DART system and the Capital Metro system showing smaller changes in TOD resident travel behaviors. Residents of TOD choose their housing based mostly on commuting distance and lifestyle characteristics, such as proximity to dining and entertainment venues. Proximity to a transit rail station is at least moderately important for 57 percent of respondents. The report recommends that TxDOT look to incorporate TOD into facility planning and design and seek ways to extract value from TOD projects.
Date: October 2010
Creator: Clower, Terry L.; Ruggierre, Paul; Bomba, Michael; Arndt, Jeffrey C.; Li, Jianling; Edrington, Suzie et al.
Partner: UNT 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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

Level 1 Asset Mapping for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area

Description: This report aims to provide the reader with an overview of the Human Capital, Research and Development, Financial Capital, Industrial Base, Legal and Regulatory Environment, Physical Infrastructure, and Quality of Life Assets for the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
Date: September 28, 2007
Creator: University of North Texas. Center for Economic Development and Research.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

Assessment of the Potential Fiscal Impacts of Existing and Proposed Transit-Oriented Development in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Service Area

Description: This report by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research gives an assessment of the fiscal impacts of transit-oriented development associated with development of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)light rail system. This analysis considers development near existing and planned light rail stations. The findings support the conclusion that the transit-oriented developments associated with DART Rail stations offer substantial fiscal impacts for local taxing entities.
Date: November 2007
Creator: Clower, Terry L.; Weinstein, Bernard L. & Seman, Michael
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

A Look at the Economic and Demographic Projections for the City of Denton

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, examines key demographic and economic characteristics of the City of Denton, Texas, including current and future population growth trends and employment outlook.
Date: April 2008
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Children's Medical Center

Description: This report discusses economic and fiscal impacts of Children's Medical Center. This report by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research calculates how outlays by Children's for construction and ongoing operations, as well as spending by in-patient visitors, affect employment, income, and tax receipts in the Dallas region.
Date: November 2007
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

The Current and Potential Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Texas' Moving Media Industry

Description: This report compares the film industry incentive programs of other states with the Texas incentive program and examines their respective economic and fiscal impacts. In Texas, the economic impact of the moving media industry approached $345 million in 2007. This report also identifies strategies proposed to enhance Texas' future competitive position in the moving media industry.
Date: December 1, 2008
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L.; Clower, Terry L. & Seman, Michael
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

DFW International Airport's Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises Program: Economic and Fiscal Impacts

Description: This paper discusses economic activities associated with the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport. DFW International Airport is one of the largest generators of economic activity in the Metroplex with operations creating more than $14 billion in economic activity and supporting 269,000 jobs in the region. This analysis, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, focuses on the economic activity generated through the Airport's commitment to ensuring its suppliers reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the DFW Metroplex.
Date: June 2004
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research

DFW International Airport's Disadvantaged, Minority- and Women-Owned Business Concessionaires Program: Economic and Fiscal Impacts

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, estimates the total regional economic activity generated by retail trade and services at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, it specifically examines the economic and fiscal impacts of business operations at Disadvantaged, Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise concessionaires operating at DFW Airport.
Date: November 2005
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research