Elected Mayor in June 2011, Mike Rawlings is working to improve the quality of life of Dallas residents and families. During his term, Mayor Rawlings launched a major economic growth plan, an arts initiative, helped recruit new leadership at Dallas ISD, elevated Dallas nationally and internationally with leadership on the U.S. Conference of Mayors and New Cities Summit, and he shepherded Dallas through the Ebola crisis.
Within 6 months of being elected, Mayor Rawlings launched GrowSouth, a comprehensive economic development strategy designed to boosting the economic impact of Southern Dallas by 30% over the next five years. With a strategic focus on fortifying neighborhoods, boosting schools, creating investment opportunities and fast-tracking five key growth areas, GrowthSouth already been a catalyst for new economic investment, job creation and public-private partnerships in Southern Dallas, and The Dallas Morning News praised Mayor Rawlings saying that “after only six months, Rawlings has accomplished more for southern Dallas than many of his predecessors managed in their entire terms.”
Committed to maximizing the economic and cultural potential of Dallas urban arts district, Mayor Rawlings also launched the Mayor’s Business Art’s Initiative, a business-focused initiative designed to draw new corporate participation in our arts district, which now holds the distinction of being the largest urban arts district in the nation.
Mayor Rawlings also recognizes the impact our public schools have on our neighborhoods and our economy, and he has taken an active role in improving Dallas ISD. As part of GrowSouth, Mayor Rawlings adopted five Southern Dallas schools and to date has raised more than $100,000 in private donations to fund learning resources for these schools. And, Mayor Rawlings took on the unprecedented roles assisting the recruitment of our new Dallas ISD Superintendent and taking leadership on evaluating the concept of creating a new Dallas ISD charter – even though these decisions traditionally fall outside of the scope of responsibility for the Mayor.