North Texas' publicly traded companies decline

May 16, 2011 1:54:40 AM PDT
Even though there's been a decline in the number of publicly traded companies in North Texas, top business leaders say the region is still thriving. Jim Oberwetter, president of the Dallas Regional Chamber, tells The Dallas Morning News, "If it's a one- or two-year thing, it's not a concern. If what we're seeing is a real trend, then it's something to be concerned about."

The region featured 200-plus publicly traded companies in the newspaper's annual list as recently as 2005. This year's edition tracks 131, down from 137 a year ago.

Oberwetter says that what matters more than the number of firms based here is how many jobs come from the companies.