Jobs of tomorrow and November’s Dallas park of the month
Dallas needs to focus on workforce development to build for the future.
Hope you’re getting ready to feast and to spend time with your loved ones this Thanksgiving.
The world has come a long way since this time last year thanks to effective vaccines, new treatments, and other mitigation strategies. It has been a truly remarkable year.
On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for how far the city has come in the past year — and also thankful to be able to serve you as your mayor. No other job in American politics would be as rewarding, and that’s because of the opportunity to work on behalf of all the people of Dallas.
After the holiday, there is much more work to do together to make Dallas an even stronger city. At the top of the list: improving workforce development efforts.
I recently released a highly anticipated new report that provides a roadmap for how the city can help its residents learn the skills they need to succeed in a changing economy. Cicero Group, a research and management consulting firm, produced the report, which is titled Upskilling Dallas: How to Modernize the City’s Workforce for the Jobs of Tomorrow.
The recommendations made in the report were the result of months of data-gathering and collaborative discussions with educational, philanthropic, nonprofit, and business sector partners. Dallas College, in particular, played a key role in the report’s development.
Workforce development is one of the most important and least discussed issues of the day, especially here in Dallas. The health of the Dallas economy often has been judged in terms of real estate deals or the number of jobs that come here from someplace else. But to build for the future, it is vital to consider how those jobs can be filled by the people who already call Dallas home. That will mean overcoming skills gaps.
By investing in new upskilling efforts and working with partner organizations to help promote, refine, and expand existing programs, Dallas can help its residents to better themselves, make more money, and start exciting new careers.
Together, we can build the workforce of the future — one that will attract and grow businesses, build equity, and sustain the city’s outstanding economic growth for years to come.
Stay tuned for updates on the implementation of this plan, and be sure to check out the report!
Park of the Month
The Park of the Month for November is South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park!
The park is an incredible new asset for the city. I had the pleasure of speaking at the grand opening event earlier this month.
South Oak Cliff Renaissance Park, located down the block from South Oak Cliff High School, was funded almost entirely through donations to The Trust for Public Land, which has helped build parks across the city. About three dozen philanthropic partners contributed more than $2.2 million to make this dream into a reality.
This park has some amazing features such as off-grid solar-powered lighting, fitness equipment, and a rock-climbing boulder funded by The North Face.
The park is part of something amazing that is happening across Dallas. Through public-private partnerships, Dallas is getting rid of blight and illegal dumping grounds and ugly surface parking lots. And in their place, the city is building new parks and trails that help make communities safer, more vibrant, and more resilient.
Stop by and bear witness to South Oak Cliff’s renaissance in person sometime. You’ll find the park at 405 E. Overton Road.
That’s it for today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great weekend!