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Vision East Lancaster
Business Owner Meeting

A large group of East Lancaster businessmen and women gathered on May 21st at the Federacion de Zacatecas building on East Lancaster for  an informative meeting with city staff dealing with various issues. The agenda included  speakers from Development and Planning, Economic Development, Code Compliance, Transportation and Public Works, and Public Art. Business owners  learned about different programs the City has that will help beautify and improve their business, at low or no cost to the owner.

Wyndie Turpen, RS, Supervisor, Code Compliance/Consumer Health and her team of  Fort Worth Code Compliance officers were out last week personally delivering the invitation letter to each Lancaster Avenue business owner in an effort to get more participation at the meeting.

Updates on the improvements being made to lighting and signalizing on the Avenue were reviewed by Alonzo Linan from TPW and the upcoming art projects were presented by Anne Allen, Project Manager for Arts Council.

The Vision East Lancaster group is a task force sponsored by East Fort Worth Business Association, headed by Wanda Conlin as the Chairwoman and with Professor Sean Crotty as the Advisor. Professor Crotty is in the Urban Geography Department at TCU.

 The business owners and City representatives attending expressed keen interest  in having these meetings on a quarterly basis. The next meeting will be announced here and on the Vision East Lancaster websites when it is scheduled, and will be focused on one special issue. This next meeting will be a conversation with the business owners as to what their views are about improving the Avenue, and what the objectives are for achieving the long range viability of the economic base.

Three neighborhood associations represent the Avenue and all three presidents were in attendance. West Meadowbrook was represented by Darin Hoppe, Central Meadowbrook by Janet Kennedy, and Historic Handley by Judy Taylor. Judy is hard at work most days trying to sell beautiful Handley as a great place to live and work. She has recently seen success in bringing a Farmer’s Market to a Handley location.

For information about the Vision East Lancaster project, call 817-536-6993 or email donandwanda@charter.net.

Visit them online at VisionEastLancaster.org

 

May is Health & Fitness Month!

Congressman Marc Veasey, and Texas Rangers mascot, “Captain,” Texas Rangers six shooters, hosted the FREE Community Fitness Day on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Family and friends enjoyed a walk at Tarrant County College South Campus Track, games and outdoors activities.

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Congress on Your Corner
with Marc Veasey

Congressman Marc Veasey hosted Congress on Your Corner  at the Eastside YMCA. Constituents were able to share their concerns and questions about how Mark could best represent them in our nation’s capital. Veasey said "I had a great time meeting many ‪#TX33‬ residents at my ‪COYC‬ today! Thank you all for stopping by Eastside ‪YMCA‬ to talk to me about jobs, education, and other issues affecting you and our community!"

I hope to meet more of you at my next COYC or at my upcoming ‪‎May Health Fitness‬ month events!"

photos by staff photographer Lloyd Jones

Feed the Children and STAR Touring and Riding Take a STAND against HUNGER

Groups Help Feed 800 Families

FORT WORTH, Texas – On May 16, 2015, STAR Touring and Riding Association joined Feed the Children to lend a hand to Fort Worth area families.  A total of 800 families received food and essentials, which  filled two tractor-trailers at the Fort Worth HOPE Center (3625 E. Loop 820 S.)

These organizations bring together local community partners to help address families' long term needs by providing information and resources in a Community Resource Rally of 20+ agencies including SNAP, WIC and YMCA to help them as they pursue a brighter future.

Because Hunger can't be tackled alone, Feed the Children's partner agency, the Fort Worth HOPE Center, has pre-identified families in need who each received a 25-pound box of food and a 10-pound box of basic essentials.  In addition, families also be received products from Starkist, Niagara Bottling, and Smiles Squared. (Dental products)

Volunteers from STAR Touring and Riding and the Fort Worth HOPE Center were onsite to assist in the event.

The event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. Instead of worrying about having enough to eat, thousands of kids can just be kids this year.  In fact, in Fort Worth alone, nearly 20 percent of families are living below the poverty line.  Often these children are unsure where they will find their next meal.

"We believe in a world where no child goes to bed hungry – a world in which kids grow up wide-eyed, curious, playful, eager to learn, strong, joyful and full of dreams," said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children President and CEO.  "Our friends at STAR touring and Riding aren't just providing food and essentials today, they're providing the skills to be successful and move forward out of poverty.  They're helping kids be kids."

For additional information regarding the Fort Worth HOPE Center, please contact Pastor Orlando Reyes (orlando.reyes @fwhope.org) or 817-319-833.

 

Feed the Children is one of the world's leading anti-hunger organizations, dedicated to creating a world where no child goes to bed hungry.  Since 1979, Feed the Children has gown into one of the largest United States-based charities, accredited by GuideStar Exchange and BBB Wise Giving alliance, with 3-Star rating from Charity Navigator.  By banding together with partners, donors and communities to defeat hunger, Feed the Children distributed over $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States and 18 other countries in fiscal year 2013.  Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.

 

David Berzina at East Fort Worth Business Association

 

 Economic Development Director David Berzina from Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce was the guest speaker for the East Fort Worth Business Association in May.

We have wondered for years why all economic development went to other parts of the city, and we had hoped that Berzina could give us a perspective on that question. He did.

The Chamber of Commerce gets no money from the city. Their operations are funded by memberships. They are not a recruiting organization. Their function begins when there is an interest shown by an organization to possibly locate in Fort Worth. They work with the city and the interested party to make the location happen. Mostly their work is done with large, more industrial companies with a large employment base to offer. They also work in tandem with the city to retain those large entities  once they are located here.

After hearing Berzina’s explanation of what the Chamber actually does the questions asked took on a little different tone. He told us they don’t try to sell a particular location. They show properties in the areas the prospect asks to see. This answered the question we have all had as to why they don’t bring anyone east. We’re not doing a good job of advertising what we have to offer.

Berzina told us about a convention in Las Vegas which is an opportunity to sell our vacant properties as good places to be. Our new council member for District 4 will be attending that event and has asked us for a list of properties in East Fort Worth so he can pass it on. Way to go Cary Moon! Hit the floor running.

As we listen to more and more outside speakers who are knowledgeable about economic development we are learning more about what we need to do to be a place where people want to be. It will be up to us to promote ourselves.

President Doug Henderson introduced Tobi Jackson as a new board member replacing Keith Thomson who recently resigned.

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