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Changes in the Small Business Enterprise Program create more opportunities

The Dallas County Commissioners approved changes to the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) program policy that allow a larger amount of certified small businesses to participate in county contract opportunities.  SPECIFIC EXAMPLE/QUOTE EXPLAINING WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT  The biggest change removes the 20 percent small business threshold and the personal net worth cap requirements.  “This change will help streamline the solicitation

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Dallas County continues efforts to strengthen and modernize its IT programs

Dallas County IT recommended and secured Commissioners Court’s approval for additional investments in County IT staff, equipment and other material resources to positively impact the department’s IT service delivery to the County end-users. This included moving forward with several desktop, server and network upgrades for modernization and compliance purposes.  INSERT QUOTE/STORY EXPLAINING WHY THIS MATTERS  IT staff retention continues to

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Dallas County Veteran Services changes lives in an impactful way

Dallas County Veteran Services strives to assist every Veteran, surviving spouses and eligible dependents in the Dallas County area. County Veteran Services Officers (CVSOs) assist veterans and their families in understanding what benefits are available, filing necessary claims and representing individuals and presenting claims in VA hearings. Dallas County currently services a population of over 100,000 veterans.  When claimants need

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AT&T chief over unit serving business, mobile and pay TV customers to retire

The leader of AT&T’s unit serving mobile and pay TV subscribers and millions of business customers will retire Oct. 1. The Dallas-based telecom company announced the retirement of John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, on Monday morning. In 2018, Donovan’s unit brought in $145 billion in revenue, 80% of the company’s total. AT&T said it intends to name his replacement soon. “JD

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Dallas’ green ‘cool roofs’ initiative helps city turn down the heat on urban oven

When it’s scorching hot in downtown Dallas, it can be several degrees cooler in the suburbs and relatively pleasant in rural areas. Blame it on Dallas’ urban heat island effect: heat produced by densely concentrated people, vehicles and energy use. And when the city’s hot, you can bet the roofs are on fire. That’s why “cool roofs” are among the initiatives

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Spain’s famous Jamón Ibérico store chooses Dallas for its first U.S. location

Enrique Tomas, the largest purveyor of cured jamón ibérico (Iberian ham), will open a two-story restaurant, bar and store on Henderson Avenue this fall. The 37-year-old Barcelona-based company has more than 150 shops, mostly in Spain. The Dallas location will be its first in the U.S., joining London, Paris, Rome and Mexico City among 50 international outposts. Jamón ibérico, Spain’s highest quality of cured

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John Reaves, founder of Dallas’ beloved Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que, dies at 74

John “Smokey” Reaves, whose barbecue restaurant near Love Field grew into a cultural institution and triumphantly reopened this year after a devastating fire, died Saturday. Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que & Home Cooking, now owned by Reaves’ sons Brent and Juan, announced his death on its Facebook page. Reaves was 74. “This morning, our father and founder, “Smokey” John Reaves, went home

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Dallas County officials push for a pay hike, but three commissioners push back on behalf of taxpayers

Too often elected officials aren’t attuned to the mood of the electorate, and that is especially problematic when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars on their own salaries. So we were pleasantly surprised when Dallas County Commissioners voted down a measure to give themselves and other elected officials a 4% pay raise. County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioners Elba Garcia and J.J.

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