on May 29, 2014 / by Downtown Dallas Inc. / in Blog Posts, DDI News

Public safety is key for Downtown resurgence and growth

More than 1,400 business, civic, and community leaders joined us for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on April 22 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. It was another great day Downtown, as we were joined by presenting sponsor Atmos Energy, and Southwest Airlines gifted the entire audience with $100 LUV vouchers! Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) also honored Oncor with the Chair’s Award which was created to recognize a company or individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to, and significantly impacted the progression of, Downtown Dallas.  The award recognizes Oncor’s efforts to help stimulate and maintain a vibrant and safe environment and promote community involvement in Downtown Dallas.

Oncor is a leader in corporate community partnerships, making a tangible difference in Dallas. Jim Greer, Chief Operating Officer, sits on the Downtown Dallas, Inc. Executive Board of Directors and said “the organization’s recognition is a reflection of Oncor’s role as a trusted advisor and public ambassador.” The company’s more than 3,000 employees are highly active in the volunteer community, and some of Oncor’s most significant community contributions include: The Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative; Klyde Warren Park; and platform sponsorship of the 2012 Dallas Heart Walk.

Right here in our front yard, DDI worked closely with Oncor to develop a Lights ON program, a system to ensure Downtown streets remain bright, safe, and vibrant. Since the program’s launch, remarkable improvement has been made, noticed by the droves of people now enjoying Downtown’s life after dark.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a significant partner within the communities that we are privileged to serve,” Greer said. “It is very exciting to see the resurgence that is occurring within the traditional downtown areas of many of the towns and cities in our service area.  In all cases, Oncor is right at the heart of it, providing a strong foundation for growth.”

President and CEO of DDI, John Crawford, said “over many years, Oncor has played an instrumental role in Dallas’ Downtown revitalization efforts and that the company’s commitment to keeping the public safe aligns with the DDI’s mission.”

“One of the key success factors in attracting residents and visitors to any downtown area is that they must feel safe,” he said. “And Oncor personifies safety to the highest degree.”

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