Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Phillip Jones' Updated Statement on Dallas Tragedy
As we look back on the tragedy of last week, we are immensely thankful for the thoughtful leadership by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown in the aftermath of this senseless and calculated attack on law enforcement. We are inspired by our city's response and resilience.
In the words of President Obama at yesterday's interfaith memorial service, Rawlings and Brown have worked "not just to restore order and support a shaken city, a shaken department, but ... to unify a city with strength and grace and wisdom."
The world is seeing what we see in Dallas every day – we will not be shaken.
We will continue to mourn the loss of our heroes. And in time, we'll rebound. Dallas will always be a shining star. The good ultimately outshines the bad, especially in the Lone Star State.
The last week has proven what we know to be true – the Dallas Police Department is the finest in the country and has worked hard to reduce crime repeatedly over the past decade, with significant results. Dallas leads the nation in community policing efforts, which has created a bond between cops and citizens, reducing complaints of excessive force by 64 percent.
Dallas continues to be a safe city.
The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and our city leaders will do whatever it takes to protect our visitor economy. Consider this, $25 billion has been invested in our Downtown core over the past few years – from parks to attractions and more – and that investment continues. There are more than a dozen new hotels opening in the greater Downtown area in the next three years. That's a sure sign there is confidence in Dallas as a safe and prosperous place to live, work, meet and visit.
Our city is open for business. Just this week we welcomed 9,000 high school students and teachers for a Future Farmers of America conference, and they experienced a safe, fun and productive event.
We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to Dallas soon.
Phillip J. Jones
President & CEO
Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau