Dawn Cobb: Downtown among best Main Streets

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Downtown Denton was named among the top of America’s Best Main Streets earlier this year by Fodor’s Travel and is listed under its Texas guide at http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/americas-best-main-streets#!1-intro.

This national attention is yet another example of how Denton is gaining more status as a destination place among travelers and people looking for a new place to settle, relocate a business or start a new one.

And a look at the city’s list of new projects being considered, Denton is booming. A recent report listed several projects including the Ruddell Street residential development, Mayberry Gardens off Teasley Lane and a preliminary plat filed Monday for the proposed Rayzor Ranch Town Center — a long-awaited project that you’ll read much more about in the near future.

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Not quite two years since it sold at auction, Texas’ largest home, Champ d’Or, is back on the market. The 48,000-square-foot house was built by mobile phone exec Alan Goldfield and his wife, Shirley. After putting a reported $46 million into it, the Goldfields decided to sell. In the spring of 2012, a Dallas-based real estate family named Tabani bought it at auction.

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Produce Results, a Denton-based advertising and marketing firm, has announced the launch of a Facebook contest that will benefit three local Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofit organizations by offering web-designing services and a total of $1,750 in cash.

The contest, Produce Kindness, is a custom-designed voting application that runs exclusively on Facebook and is optimized for both desktop and mobile devices. After authorizing the contest, Facebook users can vote for any local nonprofit organization on the Produce Kindness list until midnight Feb. 28 at www.ProduceKindness.com. The contest features 42 local nonprofits in the region.

At the end of the voting period, Produce Results will provide fresh, new websites and cash for the three organizations with the highest number of votes — a total value of more than $20,000.

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The Garden Park Shopping Center at 1565 W. Main St. in Lewisville has been purchased by CIG Retail Properties, according to the Real Estate Center, which is part of Texas A&M. The 170,739-square-foot center was 83 percent leased and anchored by World Gym and Thrift City.

 

Congrats

Labinal Inc., located in Denton, was honored as Local Employer of Excellence at the 17th annual Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas Excellence Awards held in Grand Prairie. The award honors an employer that is actively involved with Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas and had made a positive impact on employers, workers and the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Labinal designs, manufactures and installs wire harnesses for the aerospace and defense industries, supplying industry leaders such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter. A recent relocation from Corinth to Denton doubled its workspace to 130,000 square feet, accommodating 694 employees.

“Labinal has partnered with us since 2004. Through posting their jobs in WorkInTexas.com and working by working closely with the Denton Workforce Center and posting employment opportunities on WorkInTexas.com, Labinal has built a high-quality workforce that collectively benefits the community and North Central Texas,” said David Setzer, executive director with Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, in a news release.

Additionally, in 2012, Labinal partnered with Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas through a Department of Labor H-1B grant to train 67 workers.

The Dallas Morning News contributed to this report.

DAWN COBB can be reached at 940-566-6879 or via e-mail at dcobb@dentonrc.com.


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