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Dream Big Downtown: Get Your Tickets Now for the Downtown Arlington Annual Meeting on July 1

On the verge of a next-level breakthrough, Downtown Arlington is becoming more dynamic, more interconnected, and more livable. But what's missing? How do we foster sustainable revitalization while harnessing the power of dreaming big and the passion of our community? 

Dream Big Downtown, Downtown Arlington’s 2021 Annual Meeting presented by Texas Trust Credit Union, compels us to visualize how the impossible can become inevitable when we allow creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Get your seat at the table now for our in-person, outdoor breakfast event! Dream Big Downtown will take place from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 1 on the beautiful patio of the Sanford House Inn and Spa. 


Headlining the 2021 Downtown Arlington Annual Meeting program is a conversation about community reinvention and rebirth from the waning pandemic with a special Dream Big panel of local stakeholders.

Moderated by Maggie Campbell, President and CEO of Downtown Arlington Management Corporation, panelists include Michael Jacobson, President and CEO of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Kim Mayer, Executive Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Innovation at UT Arlington; Carolyn Mentesana, Executive Director of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation; Jerry Shirer, owner of Rita's Italian Ice and Frozen Custard; and Georgie Zang, co-founder of Zang-Adams Real Estate.

"Downtown Arlington is known for its we’re-all-in-this-together approach," said Maggie Campbell, President and CEO. "We came together during the worst of the pandemic, and now we’re excited about the optimism and momentum returning to Downtown."


In addition to the panel discussion, Downtown Arlington will announce the winners of the Legendary Lionheart Award, Golden Lantern Award, and the highly-anticipated Dream Builder Award.

The Legendary Lionheart Award is awarded to individuals whose entrepreneurial energy and dedication to community have contributed to making their business a rising legend in its own time. The Golden Lantern Award is an honor given to non-profit organizations, public servants or residents who bring empathy and the human touch to their work. Finally, our most prestigious Dream Builders Award is given to individuals for their long-standing and remarkable legacy of commitment to Downtown and our City.

Previous honorees include:

Dream Builder Award
2020: Ryan Dodson
2019: Patti Diou
2018: Terry Bertrand 
2017: Lana Wolff 
2016 (inaugural year): Tom Cravens 

Golden Lantern
2020: Arlington Fire Station #1
2019 (inaugural year): Tillie Burgin

Legendary Lionheart
2020: Brandon Hurtado
2019 (inaugural year): Randy Ford


Click here for more information about program and table sponsorships. Individual tickets for the Annual Meeting are $45 apiece and are available through the Eventbrite page.


Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to a top tier public research university, prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. Stay in the know by subscribing to our e-newsletter and by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

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