Mayor’s Southern Dallas Task Force
Launched in August 2008, the Mayor’s Southern Dallas Task Force (MSDTF) was conceived to build a more inclusive economic development process in the city’s southern neighborhoods. Recognizing the interaction between community conditions and economic opportunity, the MSDTF is identifying projects that will address the immediate needs of a neighborhood and help to support long-term economic growth and job creation. City Councilman Tennell Atkins (District #8) was appointed Chair of the task force by Mayor Tom Leppert.
Thirteen citizen teams representing ten geographic divisions (see map) and three special topic areas (Economic Development, Small Business, Funding & Finance) were tasked to make recommendations to the Office of Economic Development and City management. The task force’s Interim Team Report, submitted in June 2009, represented a first set of findings and recommendations for project ideas, including the construction of additional recreational trails in semi-rural areas, the bolstering of the City’s financial commitment to small business development and additional focus on meeting the daily retail needs of residents. City staff continues to work with the task force teams into 2010 to identify funding and other resources needed to implement these projects and identify additional opportunities for local improvement.