Commerce elected Black, 40, to a three-year term as chairman. “I think the election sent a clear signal that the African American community is transforming itself,” says Black, the father of three. “One of my goals is to create more alliances between white business owners and minorities. It’s a win-win situation. We want to create wealth for both groups.”
“Dallas is sports crazy,” insists Terdema Ussery, president and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. This well-connected Dallasite is at the center of a major convergence of sports and technology. With a new high-tech $500 million sports arena on the way, Ussery says 10-gallon hats are yesterday’s image of the city. Today, Dallas is the tech capital of Texas and he is changing the image of his team to reflect the transformation.
“When our building opens up, it’s going to be the most wired public venue in the world,” Ussery proclaims. There are only 29 jobs like Ussery’s in the country and he’s the only African American in his position. This gives him the opportunity to have a powerful voice in the league office and throughout Dallas. “We want to redefine the way consumers experience sports. [For example], audience members will be able to communicate with each other throughout the arena. Plus, you’ll be able to instantaneously call up different camera angles from your seat, then take the real-time video and send it to your home or e-mail it to a friend. The sky is the limit.”
Religion reigns in the Dallas area. Two prominent churches, The Potter’s House and Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, are within close proximity. A slew of other churches of various denominations thrive throughout the area. Nationally syndicated radio personality Doug Banks spends much of his off-air time singing the praises at a place of worship. “I’m Lutheran, but I haven’t found a church home here in Dallas yet. I usually attend meetings with my wife and children at Carrolton Hall for Jehovah’s Witnesses,” he says.
Though born in Philadelphia and reared in Detroit, Banks has made Dallas his home for nearly 10 years. He describes Dallas as a great place to raise a family. As far as the social scene is concerned, Banks believes the city offers a unique combination. “There are native Texans, and immigrants and migrants like myself; so all of us, together with the historical sites and the unique landscapes, make Dallas a proud place to be. Everyone should visit Dallas at least once.”
Dallas on the web
Post your résumé and get advice from the site’s interview help center. Also, connect with other resources to assist you in your relocation efforts.
Texas Workforce Commission (www.twc.state.tx.us)
Everything you ever wanted to know about employment opportunities in Texas, including job postings, state labor policies, tax guidelines, employment statistics and more.
Download job listings, career-fair postings and a selection of high-tech employers. And don’t forget to post your résumé.
The Newcomer Packet (The Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, $11)
Contains the Newcomer and Relocation Journal, a Dallas street map, cost of living