A Video That Actually Sells Dallas, In This Case to Foreign Investors. Y'all Come Now, Y'Hear?

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In recent days we've seen a video in which the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau sells the city to conventioneers and tourists, and a short film in which the Dallas Citizens Council sells the city to ... um, the citizens council? But after the jump, here's a real, honest-to-God pitch -- a freshly minted video by Civitas Capital Group in which Mayor Mike asks Chinese investors to sink their hard-earned into Dallas via the City of Dallas Regional Center , which, as we noted upon its opening in 2009, swaps green for green cards.

Rawlings notes in the video that since it opened, the CDRC has "has committed to six major transactions totaling more than $100 million and creating more than 2,000 jobs." I asked Karl Zavitkovsky, head of the Office of Economic Development, what those projects are. His response: the NYLO boutique hotel Jack Matthews is putting in the old Dallas Coffin Co. Building next to the South Side on Lamar, and StoneGate assisted-living facilities in South and West Dallas, the latter a partnership with the Dallas Housing Authority. As for the other four, Zavitkovsky's a little vague, since they haven't officially closed; they include a "major restaurant renovation and expansion" and a "major office building." That's all he'll say for now.

This video, of course, is aimed at the Chinese market: Zavitkovsky says a majority of the money coming in is from China, which "has the most people and the most active investors," Zavitkovsky says, noting that they're also sending money to Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Dallas has also seen a small influx of cash from the likes of Nigeria and India, but economic development works with a group of folks in Asia who recruit interested parties to whom city officials make their sales pitches. They're the ones for whom this video was made.

And guess what: We're world-class. (Update: Except, as several Friends of Unfair Park have pointed out, at the nine-second mark -- when you see the Houston skyline.)

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sunset 71
sunset 71

When one Googles "Civitas," homeland security and nuclear /radiologic subject matter appears. Who is Civitas?

Aggiemail
Aggiemail

Anyone notice that some of the shots are from HOUSTON?

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Video's been marked "private."Anyone save a copy of it?(If this Regional Center thing's paid for with tax money, shouldn't their promo material be public?)

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Why, as a matter of fact, give me a couple of minutes ...

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

They forgot to include the list of approved business partners you'll need to bring in if you plan to do bidness anywhere south of I-30. Or do you just call John Wiley Peng direct?

Anon
Anon

I love when we try to sell DFW as an asset (which is sort of a joke), and it's especially interesting in targeting Asia. Asians probably show up here and wonder if our airport was built in the 1920s based on what they are used to seeing over there. Also, Dallas has fewer nonstop international flights to Asia than the major airports on the east coast. Our aspirations may be world class, but our airport is most certainly not.

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

"Dallas has also seen a small influx of cash from the likes of Nigeria and India". Are you kidding me? I just got offered $10 million from some guy in Nigeria who needed a little banking assistance.

JSP
JSP

WTF? Did anybody else notice the shot of the HOUSTON skyline at the :10 mark?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The problem is, thanks to RoboCop, everyone assumes when they see the Dallas skyline they're looking at Detroit.

Craigley
Craigley

Well Houston does have a prettier skyline.  Who can blame them?

MattL1
MattL1

After a second viewing (not recommended), I see it quite clearly.  That's really not good.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Wooohooo! We're world class! Who got bumped from the list for our spot? I bet it's that damn smug Istanbul.

dallasmay
dallasmay

It's never been as cool since it changed it's name from Constantinople. 

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

That's nobody's business but the Turks'

MattL1
MattL1

It strikes me that a truly "world class" city wouldn't have to keep trying to convince others of that fact.  

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