3 Things We’re Reading: UTA App Offers Real-Time Flood Reports

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NEW APP GATHERS DATA ON AREA FLOODS; DALLAS STARTUP GROWTH GARNERS NATIONAL NOTICE; AVIATION COMPANY RELOCATING TO FORT WORTH


Every day Dallas Innovates staffers scour websites looking for the most interesting, important, and unusual stories about innovation and creativity. Here are three we thought you’d like:

Not sure if your travel route is flood-free? University of Texas at Arlington associate professor D.J. Seo launched a crowdsourcing app on Friday that gathers real-time reports of flash flooding in the area. According to the Star-Telegram, iSeeFlood will utilize data from existing flood gauges as well as the network of Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere radars around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here’s more on how it works.

Dallas is standing out nationally for its startup businesses, while small towns and rural America fall behind. Named in the same group with Silicon Valley and New York City, Dallas is one of 20 innovative counties responsible for generating half the new business growth since the Great Recession, according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Economic Innovation Group. Economists said this concentration is unusual compared to 125 participating counties in the early 1990s recovery. Learn about these new business trends from The Washington Post.

Fort Worth’s “business-friendly” environment has attracted a leading aviation company after it spent five decades in California. C&S Propeller, a FAA and EASA certified repair station for propeller and airplane maintenance, plans to move its headquarters to south Fort Worth next week. The aviation maintenance firm, will be in good company, as there are hundreds of major aviation companies and vendors in Fort Worth. Aerospace resources, lower cost of living, and flexibility in day-to-day operations are all perks that the C&S president saw in the relocation. Read more about the move from the Dallas Business Journal.

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Heather Noel contributed to this report


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