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Dallasite to lead Arlington CVB

The Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired a Dallasite to run its tourism business — a key position as the city moves toward hosting Super Bowl XLV in 2011.

Jay Burress, 43, has been named the new chief executive of the Arlington CVB after working 20 years for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Burress signed a three-year contract and will be paid $155,000 annually.

The Arlington CVB has been without an executive since Linda DiMario stepped down in December. Former Fort Worth CVB director Doug Harman has led the bureau while it searched for a new leader.

In an interview with the Star-Telegram on Monday, Burress said he was excited to lead the city’s efforts to promote its attractions like Six Flags, the new Dallas Cowboys stadium and the town center project, Glorypark. Although he lives in Dallas, Burress said he is planning to move to Arlington with his wife, Jill, and three young children.

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