Fort Worth now the 13th largest U.S. city in the nation!
Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents last year, according to U.S. Census estimates.
U.S. Census Bureau 2019 population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 15th to 13th largest city in the United States with a population of 895,008. Fort Worth gained 19,552 residents in 2018, climbing ahead of Columbus, Ohio and San Francisco.
“Fort Worth’s rapid growth speaks to our incredible quality of life, business-friendly climate and affordable cost of living,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Of course, substantial growth presents both great opportunities as well as new challenges to strategically manage our growth without compromising what makes Fort Worth a unique place to live, work and play.”
Price and community leaders credit recent efforts focused around economic development, education, workforce development and health and wellness for having a positive impact. Fort Worth saw the third largest population increase in the U.S.
“The jump to 13th largest city in the U.S. will boost Fort Worth’s recognition worldwide as a formidable city in its own right and help draw more visitors and business investments,” said Bill Thornton, president & CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “The Dallas-Fort Worth region, now the fourth largest metro, and the Texas brand continue to attract business and top talent to fuel our economy. When people see that Fort Worth is larger than San Francisco, it should pique some curiosity about what’s going on here.”
Trailblazers wanted: Registration now open for Fort Worth Business Plan Competition
Posted May 21, 2019
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The city’s annual Business Plan Competition is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that makes Fort Worth unique. The drive, innovation and grit of the city’s small-business owners inspires them to break new ground across a variety of industries, and their work is helping build and shape the character of the sixth-fastest growing city in the country.
That’s why it’s so important for Fort Worth’s entrepreneurs to develop roots in this passionate, supportive community, while learning the skills necessary to help their businesses flourish and grow in the years to come.
The ninth annual Business Plan Competition is one way that the City of Fort Worth helps set the area’s small-business owners up for success. Following five weeks of workshops and coaching, courtesy of the city’s Business Assistance Center and its partners, participants will develop a comprehensive business plan that covers everything from market competitiveness to financial outlooks.
The goal: Develop and learn your business inside and out, and hopefully well enough to impress a panel of judges for the chance to win $50,000 worth of cash prizes and professional services.
But the process of developing the plan pays dividends too, since entrepreneurs who operate based on a written plan improve their ability to generate revenue and create jobs.
Registration for the Business Plan Competition is available through the city’s Business Plan Competition webpage until midnight June 17.
Eligible applicants will have a business with a DBA registered in Tarrant County, with an annual revenue of less than $500,000.
Once all entries are received, 25 businesses will be selected for the competition and their five-week training will begin. Final business plans will be due Sep. 11, and the Top 10 will participate in Pitch Night before a panel of judges on Oct. 10. The Top Three finalists will present in the finale on Oct. 24, competing for first, second and third place prize packages.
Frost Bank is the presenting sponsor of the competition. Coaching and professional development workshops will be provided by industry experts and the city’s partnerships with the Tarrant County Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the business colleges at TCU and the University of Texas at Arlington.
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Vote on the name of Fort Worth's newest library
The new building will feature services and programs specifically tailored to Fort Worth families.
What’s in a name? Fort Worth Public Library is about to find out, as residents will have the opportunity to vote on the name of the city’s newest library branch.
The top five names that residents can choose from are:
Dionne Bagsby Family Library
Fort Worth Family Library
Imagination Family Library
Jennie Scott Scheuber Family Library
Reby Cary Family Library
Online voting for the library’s name ends at 5 p.m. Monday, June 3.
About the building
This new library branch will be the first of its kind in the city, a facility dedicated specifically to area families – services, programs, books, movies and music that meets the needs of children, teens, and their parents.
The 8,000-square-foot building will be located in east Fort Worth, along East Lancaster Avenue. Construction is expected to be completed by 2020, with funding for the building coming from the 2014 Bond Program.
Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been named interim
Chief of Police.
Fort Worth City Manager David Cooke determined a change in leadership was necessary for the citizens of Fort Worth and the men and women of the Fort Worth Police Department.
“As the City Manager for the City of Fort Worth, it is my responsibility to make decisions and recommendations in the best interest of this community,” Cooke said. “Today, I’ve made the decision to remove Joel Fitzgerald as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department.”
Executive Assistant Chief Edwin Kraus has been designated as interim Chief of Police.
Fitzgerald was sworn in as the Chief of Police for the Fort Worth Police Department in October 2015, and was removed as of May 2019.
Chief Kraus began his career with the Fort Worth Police Department in 1992. He has served as an officer, detective and sergeant in several units in the Patrol Bureau. His command experience includes assignments as a Neighborhood Policing District lieutenant, a Patrol Division captain, commander of the Training Division, and deputy chief over the Investigative and Support Command. Most recently, Kraus oversaw the Patrol Bureau.
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