The 2012 Marshall Forum on Transatlantic Affairs in Dallas, Texas centered on the theme “The New Economy: A New Reality,” a forward-looking concept highlighting where opportunities for transatlantic cooperation lay and prospects for mutual economic recovery.
Highlights of the 2012 Forum included a networking reception with featured guests Craig Kennedy, President of the German Marshall Fund and Angela Hunt, Member of the City Council of Dallas; a discussion on the state of the transatlantic economy with Mark Wynne, Senior Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Ft-Worth; and breakout sessions all over the Dallas Arts District, where participants toured historic sites and areas of cultural and economic growth.
The 2012 Marshall Forum not only included 110 registered participants with additional attendance by local World Affairs Council Members, Dallas Council on Foreign Relations, the Dallas Bar Association and other local institutions, but also boasted 18 generous MMFs on the Texas Host Committee and over 10 external sponsors. Participants in Dallas enjoyed: 5 keynote discussions, including Allison Cerra of Alcatel Lucent and former Ambassador Robert Jordan; access to 8 in-depth panel discussions including conversations on innovation, energy, defense policy, and social media; and an unprecedented 10 breakout sessions across Dallas from museum and stadium tours to historic sites and areas of economic revitalization.
The 2012 U.S. Marshall Forum was held in Dallas, Texas. Rated an Alpha World City by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group, Dallas seemed an anomaly compared with much of the U.S. during the 2008 recession. The city currently ranks 6th globally for cities with the most billionaires. Often referred to as “Where the East Ends,” Dallas has forged its own identity to become a regional magnet for business and culture alike.