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At midyear, Dallas area business leaders tell columnist Cheryl Hall, things are looking up


The following is from the June 27, 2010, edition of The Dallas Morning News. Professor Al Niemi, dean of SMU's Cox School of Business, provided expertise for this story.

June 28, 2010

The Dallas Morning News

Halfway through 2010, Dallas-Fort Worth is on a cautious mend.

Sales are slightly higher. Profits are holding their own. Hiring is beginning to pick up. And unless there's another unforeseen disaster or the current one in the Gulf of Mexico creates bigger problems here than expected, the year should shake out as a better one for D-FW than 2009.

That's the consensus of 80-plus business owners, executives, academics and nonprofit group leaders who represent a wide swath of our local economy. . .

Al Niemi, dean of the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business, gives a startling statistic: In 2006 and 2007, the last two years of positive job growth, Texas created 52 percent of all jobs in the United States.

"The factors that underscored this phenomenal growth spurt are still with us and will guarantee that Texas and D-FW continue to lead the nation," he says.

I urge you to go online and read more complete responses.

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