Office of the Mayor
Mayor's Summer Reading Club
The Mayor's Summer Reading Club is an eight-week program designed to keep kids’ skills sharp over the summer and encourage a love of reading for all ages. Founded in 1993, the Dallas Mayor's Sumer Reading Club has served over 250,000 children by encouraging them to pick up a book to read during the summer months. The program is based on the belief that regular reading keeps academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and enhances comprehension and vocabulary. Best of all, puts in place the habit for young people to become lifelong readers and learners!
Mayor's Back to School Fair
The 18th Annual Mayor's Back to School Fair will be presented by Walmart and Sam's Club on Friday, August 1, 2014, at Fair Park's Automobile and Centennial Buildings. View website.
Dallas City of Learning
Big Thought and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings have come together to launch Dallas City of Learning. The pilot year of this new initiative will turn summer into a time of engaged-learning for over 10,000 of Dallas' youth. Explore Dallas this summer, making it your citywide learning laboratory and opening pathways to your future! View website.
Welcome to the City of Dallas
Discover why we love to call Dallas our home.
DALLAS: Bigger Than Ever
New Cities Summit Dallas 2014
The New Cities Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to making cities across the world more inclusive, dynamic and creative. The foundation seeks to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations through collaborative partnerships between government, business, academia and civil society. View website.
U.S. Conference of Mayors 2014 Dallas
Dallas is full of surprises!
Dallas is the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Our city is vibrant and diverse, sophisticated and fun, and a center for art, fashion and sports. As a result, we are the number one visitor and leisure destination in Texas. We have enriched the cultural offerings to our citizens through some of the most successful public/private partnerships in the world. In June, you will see why we like to say “Big Things Happen Here!” Learn more...
Dallas Morning News Columnist Praises Mayor Rawlings for Impact on Education
Mayor Mike Rawlings has shown that he is “up to the task”
of fixing our broken school system, according to Dallas Morning News
columnist James Ragland.
Mayor Mike Rawlings Selected as Texan of the Year Finalist
The Dallas Morning News has chosen Mayor Mike Rawlings as a finalist for Texan of the Year. The newspaper highlighted his powerful speech given at the JFK50th Commemoration, campaign against domestic violence, efforts to bring attention to the issue of mental illness and GrowSouth initiative that aims to boost economic development in southern Dallas.
Dallas to Compete in Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge
Today, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings accepted a challenge from San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to compete in a statewide initiative to see which Texas city can demonstrate the greatest commitment to health. Making the announcement via online video, Mayor Rawlings encouraged Dallas organizations, schools and businesses to join him in participating in the Healthy at H-E-B Community Challenge.
Learn more about Dallas to Compete in Healthy.
Listen to Mayor Rawlings Challenges Dallas to Participate in Community Challenge.
State of the City Presentation
View State of the City presentation or read the speech from September 25, 2012.
Mayor Rawlings and Dallas MyFi Kids ask for Your Vote in Online Competition
This summer, Mayor Mike Rawlings joined a group of children from the Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative (MyFi) in recording a short video for the 2012 Aetna Voices of Health online video competition. Please click here to watch the video and cast your vote.
Learn more about Mayor Rawlings and Dallas MyFi Kids.
Mayor Rawlings Enjoys "Chicago" at Winspear, Meets With Actor John O'Hurley
While meeting with the mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth, television and stage star John O’Hurley had nothing but praise for the premier performance venues in both Dallas and Fort Worth.
“In my career, I’ve performed in theaters in cities across the country,” said O’Hurley, who is starring in Chicago
at the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center
. “I can tell you that both the Winspear Opera House
and Bass Performance Hall are hands down among the finest stages in the country. Both cities should be proud.”
Learn more about Mayor Rawlings Enjoys "Chicago".
Spotlight On: Entrepreneurs For North Texas
Since its establishment in the summer of 2000, Entrepreneurs For North Texas (EFNT)’s mission has been to facilitate community involvement and philanthropy for small and mid-size companies that want to make a positive impact in their communities in a way that’s also beneficial to their business. EFNT is a program of Communities Foundation of Texas, who has been a partner with donors in the North Texas area and committed to raising the quality of life in our community for 60 years.
Learn more about Entrepreneurs For North Texas.
Mayor Rawlings Participates in the U.S.-China Cities Forum on Economic Cooperation and Investment
Mayor Rawlings recently participated in the U.S.-China Cities Forum on Economic Cooperation and Investment held in Nanjing, China, June 22-23.
Mayors and city officials from 22 American cities joined with 29 mayors from major Chinese cities in discussing possible areas of investment. Mayor Rawlings was part of a U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation that included USCM Vice-President Mayor Scott Smith of Mesa, Arizona.
Learn more about U.S.-China Cities Forum.
Message from the Mayor!
GrowSouth: Maximizing the Potential of Southern Dallas
Dallas is becoming a great city. There are many signs of that happening. We have a vibrant business community that is succeeding and growing even as the rest of the nation struggles. Our downtown is coming alive with increased convention and visitors’ business and the excitement of a world-class arts district. And over the next year, we will complete and open key projects like the Belo Garden, the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park, Perot Museum, City Performance Hall and the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge that will redefine our city. As a city we have great challenge on our “to-do” list and that item is to leverage our single biggest untapped resource and turn it into an annuity that will pay dividends to our city and citizens for generations to come—we must smartly develop Southern Dallas. I have devised a blueprint “GrowSouth,” which is a comprehensive strategy to build a foundation for sustainable growth, and outline five key projects that we believe can jumpstart growth in key areas in the next three years. The City of Dallas has presented a work plan that supports what they can accomplish as part of “GrowSouth” including short term and long term infrastructure and capital improvements that will support and enhance growth in Southern Dallas.
Learn more about GrowSouth.
View the GrowSouth presentation.