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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

Woodmont Outlets of Fort Worth, an affiliate of The Woodmont Co., has partnered with Cherokee Nation Businesses for a proposed upscale retail development at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

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Barnett still packs economic punch, study finds

Despite reduced drilling and unstable gas prices, Fort Worth continues reaping the rewards of the Barnett Shale, according to a newly released study by The Perryman Group.7

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Time to make more Do-Nuts in DFW

Shipley Do-Nuts has signed a development agreement with Adkins Development Corp. to accelerate expansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth market.

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Wallace leaving Irving Chamber for TAB job

 

Chris Wallace, president and CEO of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, has accepted the position of president of the Texas Association of Business (TAB).
Wallace will leave the Irving chamber May 1, the end of his contract term, and begin his new role at TAB in Austin on May 15.
The chamber is expected to name an interim president/CEO in the coming weeks while it searches for a permanent replacement by the middle of August.
The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber is the third largest chamber of commerce in North Texas.


Wallace has led the chamber for 10 years. During his leadership, the chamber became the first national Five-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas and was awarded the inaugural Texas Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award.
Wallace has helped build the Irving Economic Development Partnership and attracted the global headquarters of Celanese and Fluor, two of Irving’s five Fortune 500 global headquarters. CHRISTUS, Neovia (Caterpillar) Logistics Services, Blackberry, TXU Energy, Consolidated Electrical Distributors and Health Management Systems also established their headquarters in Irving under Wallace’s leadership. He also is responsible for ensuring more staff resources and focus were allocated to assist small and middle market businesses.

“Chris has pioneered the modernization and reform of the chamber’s role in a city and in the business community,” said Michael Gonzalez, chairman of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, in a news release. “He has expanded on the foundation and mindset of what the chamber’s role is in our community by directing an aggressive economic development model and creating legislative advocacy and international trade initiatives as an arm of the chamber, whose staff act as consultants to progress businesses. And, that will be his lasting legacy.”


Wallace serves on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, as a trustee of the Institute for Organization Management and as a regent of Northeast Institute at Villanova University. He is among only 520 executives in the nation who have earned their Certified Chamber Executive designation.


Wallace is chair of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and also serves on the boards of the Texas Association of Business, North Texas Commission and the national board of the Business Industry Political Action Committee.
Prior to being named president and CEO of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber, Wallace served as the vice president of administration for the Las Colinas Association and was the business development director for Reese Technology Center, a 4,000-acre business park developed from the former Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.
Wallace is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University and serves as a member of the Texas Tech Chancellor’s Council as well as the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Media and Communication where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus in 2008. - Betty Dillard
 

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