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What Have We Accomplished?

The work of Vision North Texas has produced tangible results and benefits for the North Texas region. These include:

  • Events at which issues have been explored and solutions developed
  • Increased engagement in the issues by leaders from the private, public, and academic sectors, and
  • Reports detailing our grassroots process, research conducted on potential solutions to issues of growth, detailed analysis of tools to manage growth, and policy options for a desired vision for the region.

The innovation and leadership of the Vision North Texas partnership has been recognized by important awards and recognition. Awards

Vision North Texas Events

Regional Visioning Workshop 2005 - The first phase of Vision North Texas began in the summer of 2004. The primary activity during the first phase of Vision North Texas was a major regional visioning workshop that was held on April 25, 2005, at the University of Texas at Arlington. Approximately 200 representative community leaders – from businesses, neighborhoods, civic organizations, and governments - were invited to participate in an intense, interactive exercise in which 15 diverse, ten-person groups generated ideas to accommodate the region's anticipated growth. This was our area's first regional effort with such broad public involvement and with a focus on the wide range of issues related to regional growth and development. After the workshop occurred, the Vision North Texas project analyzed the concepts created at the workshop and used these results to carry out a wide-ranging campaign of public information and dialogue during the rest of 2005. More...

Summit 2006 - In September 2006, the Vision North Texas Leadership Summit was held, bringing together approximately 100 elected and appointed officials to discuss the common challenges and opportunities they face because of their communities’ character and location within the region. More...

Subregional Workshops 2007 and 2008 - Subregional workshops were held throughout the region, creating an opportunity for more people from a particular part of the region to be involved in Vision North Texas through an interactive workshop that addresses their area and its effect on the entire region. Subregional workshops were held for four subregions:

Southeast (Lancaster) | Southwest (Aledo) | Northeast (Frisco) | Northwest (Justin)

Regional Choices report - December 2008. Now Available, the Vision North Texas Regional Choices report explains a wide array of research results and defines the choices and challenges facing our region between now and 2050. It builds a foundation for North Texas 2050, a vision and action plan for our future. The Regional Choices report was discussed at the November Subregional Update Sessions and at the Regional Summit 2008 on December 9, 2008.


Alternative Futures Workshop - June 12, 2009. We shared the latest information on initial analysis into several “Alternative Futures” scenarios for the region’s future growth and development before the NCTCOG General Assembly on June 12, 2009. Elected officials, community leaders, and many others interested in the future of our region attended this Alternative Futures Workshop prior to the North Central Texas Council of Governments’ General Assembly. We analyzed four “Alternative Futures” scenarios as well as the “Business As Usual” scenario.

North Texas Alternative Futures: making choices that are better than business as usual - September 18, 2009

What is the ‘business as usual’ future for North Texas? Read the “Executive Summary” of the research leading up the the September 18th NTAF event. Here is the Guidance for Preparing North Texas 2050 from the event. By 2050, almost 12 million people will live in North Texas. If current trends continue, these residents will spend even more time stuck in traffic than they do today. Current sources won’t provide enough water to meet their needs. Energy demands will be 20% above capacity. Many more acres of agricultural and open space lands will be converted to subdivisions and shopping centers. Read more about it. >>>

Regional Summit - March 5, 2010

Through Vision North Texas, leaders and experts around the region have worked together to imagine a future that is better than the one predicted by current trends and projections. They have created a vision for a preferred future and a practical set of action steps North Texans can take to achieve this vision. More Information >>>


Increased Engagement and Awareness

Engaging Leaders - Vision North Texas has succeeded in engaging Metroplex leaders from diverse backgrounds in a discussion of our region’s future. These results are reflected in the project’s Video and slide shows.

Reports and Resources

2010 - Regional Summit (March 5th) | North Texas 2050 | Action Tools

2009 - North Texas Alternative Futures | Executive Summary (Sept 18) | Initial Findings Report (June 12)

2008 - Work Plan Summary | Work Plan Details | Summer 2008 Newsletter

2007 - Phase Two Report | Overview of Vision North Texas | Greenprint Project Results Report

Leadership Summit (September 25, 2006) - Final Report

2006 - Phase One Summary | Phase One Full Report | July 2006 Newsletter | Video Summary of April 2005 Workshop