City of Dallas, Toyota, and 100 Resilient Cities Host Masterclass on Resilient Southwestern Medical District

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City Contact Info: Monica Cordova (monica.cordova@dallascityhall.com; 214-670-3484)
Toyota Motor North America: Media Line (469-292-5100)
100 Resilient Cities: Nicole Bohrer (NBohrer@100resilientcities.org; 646-612-7177)

Workshop Brings Together Subject Matter Experts and Leading Thinkers to Explore the Advancement of Southwestern Medical District as the Center of North Central Texas’ Premier Health Institutions and an Innovative Economic Catalyst District for Dallas

Dallas, TX, USA – The City of Dallas, in partnership with Toyota and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), has convened a group of leading experts to explore solutions for advancing mobility to and within the Southwestern Medical District (SWMD) as a cornerstone of the city’s resilience strategy. The masterclass runs January 30 to 31.

The healthcare industry is a key asset to the North Central Texas economy that generates more than $52 billion annually and employs nearly 600,000 individuals throughout the region. Located just 3 miles from Downtown Dallas and ranking among the top academic medical centers in the world, the Southwestern Medical District is the heart of the city’s regional healthcare network. Leaders within the District have identified issues such as technological advancements in mobility, infrastructure constraints, environmental sustainability, energy, and public health disparities as significant opportunities for participants to ideate on innovate solutions.

“The Southwestern Medical District sits at the intersection of several key social and economic opportunities for Dallas,” said Theresa O’Donnell, Dallas’ Chief Resilience Officer. “Nevertheless, constrained mobility options for residents, their lack of access to routine healthcare, and aging, insufficient infrastructure could possibly leave the District ill-equipped to support the future growth and development we desire. We see this masterclass as an exciting way to generate new and unexpected solutions to elevate individual and community resilience.”

The City of Dallas’ Office of Resilience has partnered with the Southwestern Medical District; Toyota; Vizient, Inc.; Texas Trees Foundation; and 100 Resilient Cities to convene this workshop, which will explore how Dallas can advance the Southwestern Medical District as the premier HEALTH[Y] and innovative economic catalyst for North Central Texas, and enable the District to flourish as a world-wide destination for patients, staff, and residents.

“Our aim through this convening is to help inform and inspire new ways to help people move more effectively to, from and throughout the Southwestern Medical District,” said Ryan Klem who leads mobility programs for the Social Innovation team at Toyota Motor North America. “Together we can drive forward new solutions that can help connect patients to the healthcare services they need, allow physicians quicker access to different hospitals and clinics to help them serve more patients, and provide healthcare employees new ways to move to and from work. The initiative further builds up on our efforts throughout North America to help create a more inclusive society through mobility.”

As Dallas continues its resilience journey, the Southwestern Medical District remains an important stakeholder and partner. This workshop is a critical step toward identifying opportunities and solving the challenging issues that currently constrain one of Dallas’ prominent employment hubs.

“Cities are on the front line of dealing with acute shocks and chronic stress. Dallas is part of a group of cities leading the way on resilience to better prepare for, withstand, and recover more effectively when disruption hits,” said 100 Resilient Cities President Michael Berkowitz. “By holding this masterclass, Dallas and the Southwestern Medical District are taking the preemptive step of approaching complex urban systems through a resilience lens. This type of ideation and planning will better prepare the city for the unexpected, in healthcare delivery and beyond.”

Findings from the workshop will be referenced in the forthcoming Resilient Dallas strategy to be released publicly in the first quarter of 2018. The masterclass will also inform the design for Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan being implemented by the Texas Trees Foundation and SWMD. With $14.5M currently committed from the City of Dallas and North Central Texas Council of Governments, this public-private partnership is one of the largest projects currently under way in the city.

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About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation 

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

About Toyota Motor North America

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.