As the high-tech wave floods this Texas town, African Americans stand to profit from the plug-ins.

scenes and networking opportunities abound, as Dallas is one of the leading convention cities in America. The metro area has some 58,000 hotel rooms. The city also boasts more than 9,000 restaurants and more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the nation.

Plus, Dallas is quite an entertainment center. It’s known for its West End

Historic District, a huge, multiblock entertainment district near downtown. The turn-of-the-century storefronts and warehouses have been transformed into more than 80 shops, restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. Nearby is Deep Ellum. In the early 20th century, this

district was a center of African American life and culture and was one of the nation’s leading producers of blues artists and music. Today it is considered the heart of Dallas’ Bohemian culture.

And speaking of culture, Dallas has a lot. The Dallas Arts District, a 60-acre development, is the largest urban arts district in the country. It is anchored by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. In addition, Dallas is the home of the African American Museum, a site that features art, sculpture and cultural events.

After living in New Jersey all of their lives, Barry and Monique Wilson decided to take their relatives’ advice and make Dallas their new home. “Moving here has been a great opportunity for the both of us. I’ve almost doubled my salary. The cost of living is much cheaper. We’ve made lots of friends and have a wonderful church family,” says Monique.

Although the Wilsons planted themselves in Dallas without jobs, employment opportunities quickly sprouted. One month after they arrived, Barry, 28, found a job with accoounting firm Arthur Andersen as a technical coordinator. His wife, Monique, 29, landed her position the very next month. She works in payroll and human resources for Ceridian Employer Services.

“When I arrived two years ago, I did my job search the old-fashioned way. I thumbed through the phone books and newspapers,” he confesses. Arthur Andersen was his first interview. The firm’s internal technology services department was growing and it was a good fit for him. Nevertheless, Barry believes that anyone looking for a job in Dallas today should substitute Web-based employment connections for traditional resources. “Technology is key,” he says. “Our recruiters gather their initial information from online services, such as, or Then they make phone contact with the prospective candidates.”

Albert Black Jr. and his wife, Gwyneith, are the owners of On-Target Supplies & Logistics Inc. The 18-year-old firm procures, transports, warehouses and distributes products such as technology equipment, cable and wires, computer and copier paper, and switching devices. Clients include EDS, Texas Utilities, GTE, AT&T and Bank One. Last year, sales were pegged at $19.8 million. However, this year’s figures are predicted to grow to $40 million as a result of a recent deal struck with the French technology company Alcatel. The contract will mean an additional $15 million annually.

Earlier this year, the 43-member board of the Greater Dallas Chamber of

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