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The genesis of the Association dates back to late 1981 when a small group of about 18 business owners and representatives convened to establish a collective aimed at enhancing and beautifying the local neighborhood.

Initial financial support, including a generous pledge from Dick Hollingsworth of Trammell Crow, contributions from John Stemmons, Sr. and area hotels, kickstarted the Neighborhood Improvement Group's plans. Mr. Stemmons proposed the formation of a committee to assess the area and propose goals for the group, with Bob Burns elected as its first chairman.


This initiative led to the official formation of the Market Center Business and Professional Association on December 13, 1982. Many of the early goals set by this founding group continue to guide the Stemmons Corridor Business Association today.

A charter and bylaws were established, officers were elected, and the association's boundaries were defined to include streets surrounding the Trinity Industrial District and the Medical Center along Harry Hines to Inwood.

Early priorities included a master plan for improving streets, underpasses, parks, storm drainage, and parking facilities. Additional goals focused on landscaping, legislative efforts for freeway air rights, and aesthetic enhancements like decorative lighting.


The boundary expansion sparked a lively discussion among members who felt that the existing name no longer encapsulated the association's diverse business interests within the expanding Stemmons corridor. Consequently, at a dynamic quarterly meeting on January 26, 1987, the association rebranded itself as the Stemmons Corridor Business Association (SCBA), symbolizing its commitment to representing the thriving business community along the corridor.


Later, during a pivotal Board of Directors meeting on November 11, 1986, the association boldly expanded its boundaries to encompass all of Brookhollow, the Carpenter Freeway, and a larger portion of the Stemmons Freeway area. This strategic move marked a turning point in the association's reach and impact.


At the annual meeting on May 16, 1984, the Market Center Business and Professional Association underwent a significant transformation, rebranding itself as the Market Center Association and updating its bylaws to match. This change reflected a new era of growth and vision for the organization.

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