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Fort Worth ranked as one of the top 20 cities in the country for women in tech
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:
- Working with social media platforms such as Facebook, Microsoft, Nextdoor, Google and Pinterest to update their policies and terms of service to include census-specific activities.
- Coordinating with YouTube and Twitter to create processes enabling the bureau to quickly identify and respond to misinformation and disinformation.
- Collaborating with other government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission to protect everyone, especially the elderly, from scammers pretending to represent the Census Bureau.
- Working with civil society organizations such as the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and NALEO Educational Fund to ensure they have the resources necessary to combat misinformation and disinformation in targeted communities and promote participation in the 2020 Census.
- Working with the Better Business Bureau and AARP to protect consumers against possible scams and fraud during the count.
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:
- Report suspicious information and tips.
- Reach out on verified social media accounts (@USCensusBureau) to ask questions and flag suspicious information.
- Call the Census Bureau Customer Service Hotline at 1-800-923-8282 to report suspicious activity.
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
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
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.