Neighbor Up is an independent collective impact nonprofit, convened to accelerate the GrowSouth vision and mobilize economic development in three target Southern Dallas neighborhoods. These target areas are:

  • Red Bird from I-35 to S. Cockrell Hill Rd
  • Parkdale/Urbandale, a far southeast Dallas neighborhood that is at a tipping point and could improve or decline economically.
  • The Education Corridor between Paul Quinn College on the east and the University of North Texas-Dallas on the west, an area ready for new development.

Clearly, each area with its own unique challenges will teach us how to respond to similar areas in other parts of our city in years to come.

Neighbor Up employs three General Managers and one administrative assistant to support on the ground work in the three target areas.  These managers organize community information and investigation meetings, receive feedback from the communities and work with the communities in identifying strategic plans for action and activities to improve quality of life in each neighborhood.

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Neighbor Up General Managers

LaShonne R. Watts - bio Red Bird

Edie Diaz - bio Urbandale and Parkdale

Christie Myers - bio Education Corridor

Collective Impact Leadership Council

The Collective Impact Leadership Council will leverage the unique power of collective action across sectors to generate change. The Mayor’s Collective Impact Leadership Council meets quarterly to accelerate the GrowSouth vision and mobilize economic development.

  • Mayor Michael S. Rawlings – Mayor, City of Dallas
  • County Judge Clay Jenkins – Dallas County Judge
  • Superintendent Michael Hinojosa – DISD Superintendent of Schools
  • TC Broadnax – City Manager, City of Dallas
  • Dr. Fred Cerise – President and CEO, Parkland Health and Hospital System
  • Dr. Joe May – Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District
  • Laurie Larrea – President and CEO, Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas
  • Dale Petroskey – President and CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Christopher Durovich – President and CEO, Children’s Health System of Texas
  • Chief David Pughes – Dallas Police Department
  • Todd Williams – Chairman and Executive Director, The Commit! Partnership
  • Eddie Reeves – Owner/Principle Reeves Strategy Group
  • Randy Bacon – President and CEO, Inwood Development Corp.
  • Gary C. Thomas, President & Executive Director, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)
  • Larry James- President and CEO, CitySquare

The Collective Impact Leadership Council is a tool to attack poverty and stimulate growth and improvement in Southern Dallas.