Big D, with a population of 1.2 million, is actually Texas' third largest city (behind Houston and San Antonio) and the nation's ninth largest. The city operates through 14 districts, each represented by a council member, and about 40 city departments, including the Trinity River Corridor Project and the CityDesign Studio. The City of Dallas has an annual budget of about $2.5 billion, which includes about $47 million for aviation, almost $60 million for convention and event services, and more than $50 million for storm drainage management. The city is home to Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Market Center, and the Dallas Cowboys.
A public-private partnership that includes the city of Dallas and nine adjoining municipalities is building the International Inland Port of Dallas (ILPOD) in the southern part of Dallas County. Developers involved in the project include Trammell Crow and ProLogis.
More broadly, the Dallas City Council has strategically focused on six key areas: public safety; economic vibrancy; clean, healthy environment; culture, arts, and recreation; educational enhancements; and efficient, effective, and economical government. Objectives in these key areas include raising Dallas's rank among the safest large cities from 7th place to 5th, adding 100,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, reducing chronic homelessness by 10%, bringing at least four new events to the Cotton Bowl, and increasing citizen participation in literacy programs by 2%. – less