Dallas is the vibrant, urban center of the North Central Texas region. Dallas grew with the oil and cotton industries to become a major economic center with advanced banking, telecommunications and technology, and research industries. Dallas’s success is built by bold leadership of innovative ideas. Big things happen here!

Nevertheless Dallas faces many challenges. Severe weather events, disease outbreaks, and economic disparity have tested Dallas’ mettle. These experiences and conditions have reinforced the City’s need to ensure regional systems such as economic development, public health, and transportation are crosscutting and collaboratively working to create a more resilient Dallas.

Shocks and Stresses

  • Economic Inequality
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poor Health Infrastructure
  • Poor Transportation System

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Theresa O’Donnell's long tenure and broad knowledge of urban planning and city operations give her the skills necessary to lead Dallas's resilience initiative.  Ms. O’Donnell has more than 25 years of experience as a professional planner and has served the City of Dallas since 2003 in a number of roles; most recently as Chief Planning Officer overseeing the Office of Planning and Neighborhood Vitality, Housing and Community Services and the Office of Fair Housing. In this role, she led the Neighborhood Plus Revitalization Strategy that was unanimously approved by the City Council earlier this month.

Her prior positions with the City include Interim Assistant City Manager in which she oversaw the departments of Sustainable Development & Construction, Housing & Community Services, Aviation, and the Office of Fair Housing.  She also served as the Director of Sustainable Development and Construction for more than 10 years.

Snapshot of Dallas

  • 1,257,680

    population as of 2010

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