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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
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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A Re-Evaluation of the Greater Dallas Chamber's Industrial Recruitment Targets

Description: In a 2001 study prepared for the Greater Dallas Chamber, the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research examined 22 industry clusters as potential targets.
Date: October 2006
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L. & Clower, Terry L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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The Statewide Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Texas Woman's University

Description: This document reports the findings of an analysis conducted by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research of the statewide economic and fiscal impacts of Texas Woman's University (TWU) campuses in Denton, Dallas, and Houston.
Date: September 2005
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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
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Impacts of Toll Roads on the Regional Economy: Suggested Measures

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, examines the type of metrics that can be employed in evaluating the economic, developmental, and fiscal impacts of toll roads.
Date: July 2006
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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Planning Strategically for Regional Development in the Permian Basin

Description: The Survey Research Center and the Center for Economic Development at the University of North Texas were retained by the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission to assist them in developing a strategic plan for the region.
Date: June 2001
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L.; Clower, Terry L.; Glass, James; Ruggierre, Paul; Durst, Samantha & Ver Duin, D'Arlene
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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The Economic Impacts and Fiscal Costs and Benefits of the Proposed McKinney Soccer Stadium

Description: This report discusses the economic and fiscal impacts of building a soccer stadium in McKinney, Texas. The City of McKinney began negotiations with Major League Soccer (MLS) to build a 20,000-seat stadium to host the Dallas Burn Soccer Club. The following analysis, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, examines the economic and fiscal impacts of building and operating such a stadium on the City of McKinney and assesses the fiscal costs and benefits if the City chooses to participate financially in the stadium's construction.
Date: January 2002
Creator: Clower, Terry L. & Weinstein, Bernard L.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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The UP/SP Merger: An Assessment of the Impacts on the State of Texas

Description: This report, by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research, summarizes the findings of the principle investigators regarding the potential impact of the proposed Union Pacific/Southern Pacific merger on the state of Texas. The findings of the component analyses are categorized as either positive, neutral or negative. This is followed by an overall characterization of the merger's impact.
Date: March 1996
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L.; Clower, Terry L. & Gross, Harold
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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Appendices To: The UP/SP Merger: An Assessment of the Impacts on the State of Texas

Description: These appendices report on the findings of the principle investigators regarding the potential impact of the proposed Union Pacific/Southern Pacific merger on the state of Texas. This analysis was conducted by the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research.
Date: March 1996
Creator: Weinstein, Bernard L.; Clower, Terry L. & Gross, Harold
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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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.
Partner: UNT Center for Economic Development and Research
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