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Fort Worth ranked as one of the top 20 cities in the country for women in tech

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Fort Worth is slightly ahead of the national average when it comes to the gender pay gap for women in technology.

As Fort Worth continues to grow, it's important that local industries reflect the city's vibrant, diverse community and offer everyone an equitable chance to get their foot in the door in their chosen field.

That's why the most recent news out of SmartAsset — a financial technology company — that Fort Worth ranks in the Top 20 cities in the nation for women in tech, is so exciting. It reaffirms that Fort Worth is establishing a competitive edge when it comes to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce in a major industry.

Women make up about 26% of the country's tech workforce and, on average, are paid only 83% of what men are paid in the industry. However, SmartAsset determined that in some cities, women are both more likely and more capable of breaking into the constantly evolving tech world thanks to four key factors: gender pay gap, earnings after housing costs, women's representation in the tech workforce and four-year tech employment growth.

After crunching the numbers, SmartAsset found Fort Worth ranked No. 17 out of the top 59 cities in the United States for women in tech, lagging slightly behind Louisville, Ky., and Fremont, Calif.

Fort Worth is slightly ahead of the national average when it comes to the gender pay gap for women in tech at 92% (the national average is 83%). Fort Worth is also slightly lower than the national average when it comes to earnings after housing costs, and the percentage of tech jobs filled by women.

Other Texas cities on the list of Best Cities for Women in Tech include Houston at No. 6, Plano tied for No. 27, San Antonio at No. 37, Irving at No. 39, Austin at No. 49, and Dallas at No. 54.

The complete list is available on the SmartAsset website.

"Fort Worth's inclusion on the list for Best Cities for Women in Tech speaks to the city's efforts to ensure that inclusion is not just a goal, but a way of doing business," said Robert Sturns, the city's economic development director. "A major goal for Fort Worth is to ensure that companies run by under-represented groups all have the same opportunities to do business and expand in our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem."


Putting 2020 census rumors to rest

For the first time, residents will be able to respond to the census online, by phone or by mail.

Every decade, technology plays a greater role in the way the census is conducted. But in 2020, the first time anyone who wants to respond to the census online has that option, the greatest change may come from the way all of us use technology.

For the first time during a decennial census, the majority of people in the United States are using digital and social media in their everyday lives.

"The rise of digital and social media use has exponentially increased the speed of how accurate and inaccurate information can spread," said Stephen Buckner, assistant director for communications at the U.S. Census Bureau. "We know that many people may not know what the census is because it happens only every 10 years, making it a likely target for misinformation and disinformation campaigns, which is why we've been actively preparing to defend against them."

The Census Bureau is ready for these challenges.

To prevent the spread of fake, false and inaccurate information that can negatively influence 2020 Census participation and response, the Census Bureau has established the government's first Trust and Safety Team to protect the count.

What the Census Bureau is doing:

These partnerships will help the Census Bureau counter false information that can lead to an undercount by quickly identifying phony information and respond with factual content.

Why social media matters

More consumers than ever now receive their information from nontraditional sources. In fact, over the past few years, more people reported receiving their news from social media than from newspapers.

According to Pew Research, only 43% of people in the United States used social media during the last census in 2010, compared to 72% today.

You may dismiss what happens on social media, but an analysis by the National Institutes of Health shows it can influence our real-world behavior.

For example, imagine someone posts a message saying you are not required to respond to the census and should ignore all attempts to be counted. Or they share a post that suggests the Census Bureau will share your private data even though public disclosure is prohibited by law.

The person posting such misinformation might be a trusted friend or family member who has shared the post with their friends and followers. The number of people who may, as a result, think that responding to the census is not required or become worried about privacy grows rapidly.

The post could spread, possibly leading to low census participation and an inaccurate count or undercount of certain population groups.

The Census Bureau is ready

The stakes are high. Census results help communities get their fair share of billions of dollars in federal funds for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs every year. The decennial census also helps determine congressional representation.

The Census Bureau will protect the count but can not do it alone. You can help make a real difference in the outcome.

How? Report inaccurate, suspicious or fraudulent information to the Census Bureau:

The 2020 Census will have implications for years to come. It is everyone's responsibility to make sure there is an accurate count.


Planning for new eastside library continues

Architectural rendering of the new Reby Cary Youth Library

An architectural rendering of the new Reby Cary Youth Library, facing east.

With much anticipation in the community, Fort Worth is making headway toward building the first youth library in the city. A groundbreaking is planned for spring 2020.

As the first library designed specifically to serve children, teens and their caregivers, the Reby Cary Youth Library will be located at 3851 E. Lancaster Ave., with construction funded by the 2014 Bond Election.

In June, Fort Worth Public Library and District 8 Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray oversaw the name selection for the library. The community voted to name the new library after Reby Cary.

Reby Cary (1920-2018) graduated from I.M. Terrell High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in history and political science from Prairie View A&M. He was the first African-American elected to the Fort Worth ISD Board of Education, and the first African-American professor hired at UT Arlington. He helped establish the McDonald College of Industrial Arts for African-Americans in the Riverside area, and as District 95 state representative, helped pass legislation to establish the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission to fight discrimination. Those are only a few of his many accomplishments.

The design of the new library has been completed by architects KAI Texas with input from the community. Fort Worth Public Art selected artist Joe O'Connell to create public art installation at the library.

The city is working with the contractor to finish estimating final costs and to establish a construction timeline. Construction is projected to take up to 12 months.


TCC Foundation announces $1 million gift to provide scholarships for health care students

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (Feb. 5, 2020) – The Tarrant County College Foundation has received a $1 million gift from North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) to establish the Advancing Healthcare for North Texas Endowed Scholarship program. This endowed scholarship fund will be used to provide financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in a health science or nursing program at TCC.

"The Tarrant County College Foundation is so very grateful for this gift which enables the Foundation to help Tarrant County College in its work to prepare students for the workforce, now and in the future," said Janet Hahn, chair of TCC Foundation's Board of Directors. "This gift not only benefits and empowers the students, but it strengthens our community. Together we, the Foundation, Tarrant County College, and its generous donors are truly inspiring change and elevating futures."

The Advancing Healthcare for North Texas Endowed Scholarship enables TCC Foundation to further its mission of paving the way for future healthcare providers across the North Texas region by assisting TCC in providing prime educational opportunities that create a sustainable path to career success. Market demand for critical health care positions in Tarrant County is expected to grow faster than the national average, meaning TCC graduates are quite attractive to regional employers.

"Thanks to this generous gift, TCC Foundation can expand its financial support for TCC programming and student aid, advancing workforce development and strengthening our regional economy," said Joe McIntosh, executive director of TCC Foundation. "This endowed scholarship aligns with one of our key strategic initiatives, supporting TCC and its students by opening doors to dynamic educational paths."

TCC is the region's premier training ground for health care professionals, offering its nursing and health sciences programs through TCC Trinity River Campus East's Center for Health Care Professions. This $185 million state-of-the-art facility features a simulation hospital for bedside care experiences, simulations surgical site, x-ray rooms with ionizing radiation, and the anatomage table—the most technologically anatomy visualization system for higher education. Learn more about TCC's health care professions and nursing programs.

About Tarrant County College Foundation

Tarrant County College Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Governed by a volunteer board of directors from across the community, TCC Foundation supports the comprehensive mission of Tarrant County College, providing financial support for TCC programming and student aid, advancing workforce development and strengthening the region. More information about TCC Foundation and how you can help students is available at https://foundation.tccd.edu/s/1262/home.aspx or call 817-515-5277.


Hear Mayor Price's State of the City address on Feb. 28

Mayor Price

Mayor Price speaking

More than 1,300 people attend the annual State of the City Luncheon to hear Mayor Betsy Price discuss the city's accomplishments, challenges and vision.

Mayor Betsy Price will detail her outlook for 2020 and report on the past year's advances at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce's annual Mayor's State of the City Address and Luncheon Feb. 28 at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St.

Registration begins at 11:15 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and the program begins at 12:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

In addition, top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Chamber of Commerce's 2020 Forte Awards. Best of Show winners will be announced at the luncheon. The prestigious annual awards salute those that operate with exemplary best practices.

A new award, Best Place for Working Parents Innovator Award, will honor Fort Worth businesses that support working parents through family-friendly policies and practices.

To learn more, contact Leah Hersey at 817-338-3371.



Neighborhood News

DFW selected as first region to receive investments under beverage industry's Every Bottle Back initiative

hand throwing a plastic bottle into a recycle container

The Every Bottle Back initiative will increase access to recycling and educate resdients about what is and isn't recyclable.

DFW will be the first region in which investments under the Every Bottle Back initiative help increase the collection of 100% recyclable plastic bottles.

Launched by the American Beverage Association, Every Bottle Back is a coalition that joins The Coca-Cola Co., Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo with environmental and sustainability leaders World Wildlife Fund, Closed Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership. Competitors in the beverage industry and environmental and sustainability advocates have come together to support the circular plastics economy by reinforcing to consumers the value of 100% recyclable plastic bottles and caps and ensuring they don't end up as waste in oceans, rivers or landfills.

Every Bottle Back will invest in collection, recycling and processing systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The initiative seeks to reduce the use of new plastic by increasing the amount of valuable plastic bottles that are reclaimed, recycled and remade into new bottles. The effort includes partnering with local government and community leaders to help educate consumers on how to recycle better and decrease recycling contamination.

Regional efforts will include partnerships with:

"These are the kind of innovative solutions needed to overcome big environmental challenges and protect our planet for future generations," said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. "When Fort Worth families go the extra mile to participate in curbside recycling, they deserve to feel confident that their efforts are making a difference, and we are committed to putting that information at your fingertips. Equally important, we are committed to making sure that the systems we build now will promote sustainable growth for decades to come."

Overall, nearly $3 million will be invested in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex as part of the Every Bottle Back initiative.

To learn about recycling in Fort Worth, visit the solidwaste page.


Did you know that after the 2020 census, Fort Worth will need to redraw the city council maps to create 10 council districts, up from the current 8 districts. Who should redraw these maps? Citizens or the current City Council? Citizens for Independent Redistricting is advocating for citizens drawn maps to keep our neighborhood representation cohesive.

FORT WORTH CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING NEWS

Contact: Fernando Florez, 817.239.0578 rfflorez@juno.com
CitizensMapFW.org

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Friends,

Fort Worth is at a crossroads. As we mentioned in our recent email (which you may access below), the city's population has increased from 393,476 in the 1980 Census to an estimated 895,008 in 2018 and it's now majority-minority. Although it's hardly mentioned today, Fort Worth is not the same city it used to be. The city council today does not accurately represent the population. The main reason for that can be attributed to the way and by whom city council districts are drawn.

Many people feel that the lack of fair representation on the city council is the root cause of much of the unrest we've seen in the city recently and for turmoil at the city council itself. (We've said it before: The current mayor and the city council members are not to be blamed for the city not having a fair system of drawing city council district maps. They inherited the system we now have.)

We are at a crossroads because the city now has a great opportunity to change the method of drawing city council districts, which will result in less gerrymandering and possibly more diversity and better representation for all segments of the population on the city council. Change is never easy, but the city must seize this opportunity. We recognize that and that's the reason we are advocating for citizen independent redistricting. Citizen independent redistricting was also one of the recommendations made by the Race and Culture Task Force.

We are all volunteers in this group trying to do what's best for our city. We've had good response to our recent email; we've had some outstanding letters to the mayor, the city manager and council members and appreciate that very much. But we need more of them. We need more people to summon their energy and courage (Yes, courage, because it's hard to be a risk-taker, speak truth to power and possibly suffer some consequences).

Learn more about redistricting at CitizensMapFW.org

Many, many thanks.

Byrwec Ellison
Fernando Florez
Bruce Miller


Transit agencies to begin surveys to gauge demand, meet needs

Trinity Metro riders will be surveyed later this year.

The first phase of a regionwide transit survey will begin Feb. 3. Dallas Area Rapid Transit, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers are being asked to help planners determine the demand on the system.

Funded through a partnership between the North Central Texas Council of Governments, DART, Denton County Transportation Authority and Trinity Metro, the surveys will be conducted in two phases.

The first survey is an on-to-off survey that will attempt to measure demand. Upon boarding, riders on the larger DART bus routes (at least 1,000 riders per day) will be handed cards by surveyors wearing blue vests. Riders will return the cards when they get off the bus. On DART and TRE trains, passengers will simply be asked at what station they will disembark.

A subsequent interview survey will be conducted involving DART, MATA, Dallas Streetcar and TRE passengers beginning Feb. 24 to collect information about their trips, the fare and demographics. In most cases, this will occur through an interview by the surveyors. On express routes, passengers will be asked to fill out a paper questionnaire. Testing of the interview survey begins on a limited number of DART bus and rail routes during the week of Jan. 27.

DCTA and Trinity Metro riders will be surveyed later this year. Riders of Trinity Metro and DCTA vehicles can expect to be asked to participate in the on-to-off survey after Labor Day and the interview survey later in the fall.

The surveys are voluntary, and answers will be kept confidential. Questions regarding the passengers' starting locations and destinations will provide details about why people are choosing transit and paint a picture of how the system is used. The survey information will allow transit agencies to better address demand and to plan future transit needs.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the fourth-largest region in the nation, with a population of 7.5 million, and is expected to grow to more than 11 million by 2045.

"As our region continues to grow, transportation choices are becoming more important so we can adequately serve the needs of people who live, work and go to school in North Texas. Our growing transit system is one of those choices people use every day to reach their destinations," said Arash Mirzaei, a NCTCOG senior program manager. "The transit survey collects a sample of trip and user characteristics every five years. The data is collected through voluntary participation by the transit users. What we learn through the analysis of this data is essential in providing equitable and effective transit services in the region."


Meet the Candidate

Early voting opened today, Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

This article is to introduce our readers to one of the candidates, Constable Michael Campbell, who is running for a third term as Tarrant County Precinct 8 Constable.

Precinct 8 covers a large geographic area of Tarrant County.

Many of you have seen Constable Campbell out and about in the community he serves. Maybe you have seen him at a neighborhood associaiton meeting, or a parade, or at a cleanup event at Edgewood or Eugen McCray Parks, or met him at Read 2 Win at Christene Moss Elementary School.

The Constable's office also works closely with the Paul Laurence Dunbar Young Men Leadership Academy by mentoring youth before coming in contact with Law Enforcement Officers. Campbell has provided security for community events such as the 4th of July Parade and the MLK Parade, participated in a prayer walk, cleaned up Edgewood and Eugene McCray Parks, provided turkeys for those in need during the Thanksgiving holiday and toys for children in need during the Christmas holiday as a member of the Prince Hall Mason Lodge.

Constable Campbell is a life-long democrat that has helped democrats win public office across Tarrant County and this nation. Since taking office, he has made reforms within the Precinct 8 Constable's office by implementing a Policy & Ethics Manual, along with the Civil Service Rules that defines the duties and expectations of all employees. Within this manual, the Core Values are outlined which includes integrity, professionalism, accountability, service and team work.

As part of his daily job function as Constable, Campbell provides security for the Court during Eviction and Small Claims cases. He has also personally served eviction papers, Writs of Repossession, Writs of Execution and collected monetary funds, investigated complaints; served state child support papers. He serves as security for Judge Woodard's court. Judge Woodard said "Constable Campbell has performed his job duties in my court to my satisfaction."

District 8 has an annual operating budget of close to $1 million dollars, it ranks in the top three percent of revenuse producing precincts and has never gone over budget.

In addition to Constable Campbell, there are 4 other candidates on the ballot for this position.

Early voting runs from February 18 through February 28, 2020.
Election day is Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Your vote matters. VOTE!

View the ballots online at:
Sample Democratic Primary Ballot
Sample Republican Primary Ballot

The Precinct Chairs for #1146, Carol Eicher (D) and Terri Munford (R) want this precinct to have the highest voter turnout in Tarrant County. Let's win this contest by having the MOST people voting in this primary. It's a combined voter turnout contest, counting both Democrat and Republican voters. Be the citizen that puts the eastside on the top of Tarrant County's voter list. GO VOTE.