DFW’s Innovation Economy is Thriving, and Here’s Why

July 17, 2018 | DALLAS (SMU) – As Dallas’s thriving economy grows, there is no question that it should not be known as a hub for innovation excellence. The six-month-long DFW Regional Innovation study found the economy thriving is a result from the “diversity of its industries, a skilled and growing workforce, a collection of accelerators and co-working spaces, investment capital, robust academic institutions, and top-ranked arts and culture scenes” (United Way Dallas). By focusing on four key areas – Talent, Collisions, Resources, and Impact, the DFW Regional Innovation Study makes recommendations for key stakeholders in the DFW region to maximize the region’s existing innovation strengths and drive growth. As an institution known for its diverse, talented, and entrepreneurial-minded students, there’s no wonder that SMU’s relationship with Dallas is vital to the city’s growth and vice-versa.

“The economic opportunity that Dallas provides is a major factor in recruiting ambitious, talented students to SMU from around the world,” said SMU Provost Steven C. Currall. “The entrepreneurial spirit thrives at SMU and in Dallas. This important study with our regional partners will foster a vibrant ecosystem that leverages connections between SMU research discoveries and commercial investment.”

Learn more about the DFW Regional Innovation Study and its results here.

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