Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas wants more millennials; Texas owes $600,000 to same-sex couples; listen to the new Sarah Jaffe single; and more.
Dallas business leaders want to reconcile the city’s abundance of jobs with a lack of millennials to fill those jobs – a new effort aims to get more of them to move here and work here.
The Dallas Regional Chamber this week introduced its “Say Yes to Dallas” campaign, geared toward the demographic everyone wants to figure out.
Finding a job in the city isn’t the problem, as The Dallas Morning News reports. More than 75 companies have moved to North Texas since 2010, and the Chamber says they’ve created 500,000 jobs. As baby boomers age out of the workforce, the city’s business leaders want talented, young folks to fill the vacancies.
“Still, a combination of factors, including millennials’ tendency to prioritize quality of life over other considerations — like having a steady income — means that young, college-educated workers living on the coasts might not see a move to North Texas just for a job as a particularly sexy possibility,” according to the Morning News.
So, regional business leaders are putting their efforts into the “Say Yes” campaign for the foreseeable future, with talent recruitment being one of the top priorities this year. [The Dallas Morning News]
- Two couples, who fought Texas’ gay marriage ban before the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, were awarded more than $600,000 in legal fees. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Attorney General Ken Paxton’s challenge to the award amount granted to Cleopatra DeLeon and her wife, Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and his husband, Victor Holmes, who challenged the state’s ban in a lawsuit years ago, The Texas Tribune reports. The couples won their case in district court, but Texas appealed the decision to the 5th Circuit Court, and that court didn’t decide before the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in June 2015. [The Texas Tribune]
- Hear from Plano’s mayoral and city council candidates before early voting begins Monday. Sam Baker, KERA’s Morning Edition host, will moderate a public forum among the four candidates for Plano’s new mayor and those vying for Places 2, 4 and 8 on the Plano City Council at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Plano. Participants will discuss how the city will manage its growth, economic development, safety, infrastructure, environmental preservation and arts and culture, according to the event page. Citizens are welcome, but for those who can’t make it in person, KERA will provide a live stream of the forum on Facebook. [KERA News]
- Sample Sarah Jaffe’s forthcoming album, “Bad Baby” with the title track and video. With this single, the Denton musician continues the “artistic left turn” she took with her 2014 album, “shifting her sound from melancholy singer-songwriter fare to fizzier, more mysterious electro-pop,” according to All Songs Considered. In an email, Jaffe says, “I cannot wait for people to hear the entirety of ‘Bad Baby.’ ... It was a proud moment finishing it with my bandmates, and then in turn thinking about the physical art that would go behind it.” The album is due July 7. See Jaffe’s live performances inside the KXT studio. [NPR Music]
- Ivy Awino, also known as DJ Poizon Ivy, is the Dallas Mavericks first female DJ and only the second in the league. Awino was born in Kenya and raised in Dallas, but as the Dallas Observer reports this week, the American Airlines Center is her true home. She grew up in the arena as a ball kid from 2003 to 2008, and over the years, she’s met some of the Maverick’s most famous guests. Before she got the gig in 2016, Awino went to The Hockaday School, studied music theory at Marquette University in Wisconsin and interned with Atlantic Records and the desire to spin came soon after. [Dallas Observer]
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