Dallas’s southern half is desperate for some development. In fact, Mayor Mike Rawlings has dedicated the majority of his time in office, which began in June of last year, to improving the region south of the river.
As a means to achieve this goal, he established GrowSouth, a plan that involves raising funds, stimulating change, and guiding neighborhoods and schools into better and healthier routines. He explained that he hoped to raise one million dollars for the program.
Several companies have made contributions to his cause. In September, investment advisor Highland Capital Management in Dallas, founded by James Dondero, donated $50,000 to the GrowSouth Community Fund. Upon announcing the contribution, Mayor Rawlings said the gift would support a social services coordinator at Zumwalt Middle School. The coordinator’s responsibilities included basic things, such as ensuring children came to school in clean clothes.
“The social service coordinator is going to help go into the homes of these kids and make sure they are ready for school when they get there.”
Highland Capital wasn’t the only company to contribute. Comerica Bank also donated $50,000, and Rawlings challenged others to do the same.Read More