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The Dallas Examiner | 6/9/2014, 2:33 p.m.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments and Regional Transportation Council will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their designation by Gov. Dolph Briscoe as the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Regional Council marked the anniversary during their April 10 meeting, and throughout the year, the NCTCOG Transportation Department is honoring the decades of accomplishments by focusing on how transportation planning has enhanced life in Dallas/Fort Worth.
The region looked much different from today 40 years ago. Many of the freeways were in place, but the transit that provides an alternative mode of transportation did not exist. In 1974, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened and much of the population was concentrated in Dallas and Tarrant counties.
Today, NCTCOG guides planning for 12 counties and faces the challenge of meeting the air quality goals set by the federal government while addressing the transportation needs of an ever-changing region.
For more information, visit http://www.nctcog.org.
During the month of May, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus appointed Rep. Toni Rose (District 110) to select committees created during the interim Human Trafficking and House Select Committee on Child Protection. District 110 includes Dallas, Balch Springs and Mesquite.
The Human Trafficking Committee, established in the 2011 legislative session and renewed by the Legislature last year, is charged with studying ways to combat this crime and identify services to victims. An estimated 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States each year, and the number of U.S. citizens being trafficked within the country is even higher. Texas is often a focal point for human trafficking activity because of its border with Mexico.
The House Select Committee on Child Protection will study the incidence of abuse and fatalities related to neglect in Texas and making recommendations to protect children. The select committee will also partner with public members of the Protect Our Kids Commission, which was created in 2013 to study the rate of child abuse and neglect fatalities. and recommend strategies to prevent or reduce them.
Rose also serves on the House Committee for Corrections and Human Services.
The Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce, the statewide organization representing 200,000 Black-owned businesses and the 22 chambers that support them, plans to commemorate the strides Black businesses have made in Texas in a special way this June.
“Black businesses have made tremendous contributions to the state of Texas since news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas on June 19, 1865,” said TAAACC Chairman Jim Wyatt. “In virtually every industry – banking, energy, construction, transportation and certainly in all the trades – the labor, goods and services produced by Black Texans have resulted in dramatic improvements in Texas’ quality of life.”
In recognition of those contributions, as well as to chart a path forward for continued contributions, TAAACC will host two events on June 19, 2014.
“We will begin the day with a news conference on the steps of the State Capitol at 10:30 announcing the results of the first-ever survey of Black entrepreneurship in Texas,” Wyatt said. “This historic collaboration between TAAACC and the University of Texas Bureau of Business Research provides a snapshot of the current status of Black-owned businesses in Texas, and will be used as a roadmap to overcome challenges that have historically barred Black businesses from opportunities to grow and expand.”