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Provide veterans a home for the holidays

The Fort Worth community is embarking on an ambitious goal — to end veteran homelessness in 100 days. Several community organizations are working together to find 100 veterans living on the streets a permanent place to call home.

“Nobody who has served our country deserves to be homeless,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “We hope everyone will help us reach our goal and provide a warm shelter to our most deserving residents this winter. If we can get them in homes, more than likely we can get them in jobs and become productive members of society.”

There are many ways to help. If you’re a landlord or property owner, consider giving a veteran a second chance by renting to them. Businesses, community groups and individuals can collect welcome-home baskets to help veterans establish their new home.

The campaign runs through Dec. 21. Donations are accepted online.

To learn more, contact Shannon Barnes at 817-509-3635.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week Start-up Crawl – Thursday,  Nov. 15th

Startup Crawl FW is all about finding out what cool businesses are being built right under your nose. It like a pub crawl for startups in the Fort Worth community and the resources that help them. Get ready for a fantastic, one-night tour of Fort Worth's startup community with each location throwing a party just for Crawlers that will include food and drinks along with entrepreneur showcases and fun activities throughout the night.  Crawlers will start the crawl at one of four locations that offer services and resources to entrepreneurs and startups:


1.  Jack Morton Business Accelerator, Texas Wesleyan University, 3114 E. Rosedale Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105


2.  Tarrant County College Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76119


3.  UTARI (UTA Research Institute), 7300 Jack Newell Blvd  South, Fort Worth, TX 76118


4.  Handley Wedding District, corner of East Lancaster and Handley Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76112


Participants travel from location to location via car to explore the Eastside of Fort Worth at the second Startup Crawl FW. The Crawl is designed as a "hop on, hop off" event, where participants can start at any of the locations.  For more information on what you will experience at these locations, visit the Startup Crawl website.


Join us for an after party at 4 Color Press, 3300 Lawnwood, Fort Worth, TX 76111 to connect with all the other Crawlers!  4 Color Press will share their entrepreneurial story and also demonstrate how to creatively use decomissioned shipping containers for offices and rooms inside a warehouse space.


The Crawl runs from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. The After Party is 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 Linda Fulmer, East & Southeast Fort Worth Economic Development Task Force

You can see the calendar of events, including ours, at

Through the support of Accelerate DFW, the website created for the first Startup Crawl in May has been updated to include information for our event.  The website also includes a link for purchasing tickets.

If you go here, you can scroll down and see a section for each of the stops on the crawl, and if you click on the name of the stop below their logo, you can read a bit about what each stop will showcase.  Clicking the logo takes you to the organization's website.  Each of the participating stops is very excited to show off what they can do, and there will be a "party" for participants at each stop --you HAVE to reach what Tarrant County College is going to do!  Handley Wedding District does not offer services, but was selected as it demonstrates how a cluster of related businesses can become a "destination".  The business owners here each have a story to tell aspiring entrepreneurs about how they started, and why they chose to band together.

The after party will be held at 4 Color Press  on Lawnwood.  We had hoped Whiskey Ranch would be available, but they are booked.  At each of the GEW meetings I kept hearing the young people around the table talking about how excited they are about Connex on Evans @ Rosedale, because they love the notion of using shipping containers.  Well, 4 Color Press used 15 decommissioned shipping containers to build out their offices, break room, and conference space within their 15,000 square foot warehouse, and it looks very cool.  I talked with them, and because their space is so interesting, they are often asked to host events, so that is where we will be.  Some of our task force members (Gary Cumbie, Danny Scarth, Tracy Georges) visited the space, and were they ever excited after seeing it!  The company is also an amazing story of entrepreneurial success.

Eventbrite for tickets. Tickets are $10.:


Agencies in Tarrant County host 2018 vendor fair on Nov. 16

Posted Nov. 8, 2018

Several Tarrant County agencies are hosting a vendor fair on Nov. 16 for small businesses, minority- and women-owned businesses, historically-disadvantaged businesses, to have an opportunity to network, attend workshops, and learn about upcoming public and private bidding and contracting opportunities.

The fair will take place from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in the gymnasium of the Tarrant County Resource Connection, 2300 Circle Drive.

Early registration is $20 online via Eventbrite, and will be $25 at the door. Breakfast and lunch is included in the registration fee.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with project managers, contract managers, buyers, vendors and suppliers, while also taking part in a variety of workshops.

Speakers during the luncheon include JPS Vice President and Chief of Staff Scott Rule; FWISD Purchasing Executive Director, Johnathan Bey; City of Arlington Deputy City Manager Jim Parajon; Program Manager of Archer Western Construction LLC Blake Christian; and SVP/Dallas Office Leader for JE Dunn Construction Chris Peck.

A full schedule of events is available on the vendor fair’s Eventbrite page.

To learn more, contact Tasha Kilgore at 817-392-2674.

Brewery event to raise funds for Cowboy Santas

Cowboy Santas is hosting a Cheers and Beers fundraiser from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Wild Acre Brewing Co., 1734 E. El Paso St.

Suggested donation is $20 per person. Food, music, beer and holiday merriment will abound.

The Cowboy Santas program distributes holiday toys, games and books to children from low-income households in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Daughters of the Republic
 of Texas Meeting

Frances Cooke Van Zandt Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas will meet Monday, Nov. 19th at 1p.m. at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden Center, 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth. Judy Ramos a member will be speaking on “Genealogy-Writing About Ancestors”.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas are descendants of men and Women who lived in and/or fought for Texas independence from Mexico in the Republic period, -1835-1846.

For information please call Kelly Miller 817-366-2524.

New hours for Water Department’s call center

Beginning Nov. 1, the Water Department Customer Service Call Center hours will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Automated phone payment and online account access is available 24/7.

For water or sewer emergencies, call 817-392-4477 anytime.


District 8

Hon. Kelly Allen Gray, Councilmember, District 8

Upcoming Town Hall Events


November 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner at Sycamore

Sycamore Community Center

2525 E. Rosedale Street | Fort Worth, Texas


November 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Thanksgiving Luncheon at Highland Hills

Highland Hills Community Center

1600 Glasgow Road | Fort Worth, Texas


November 16, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Turkey Bingo at Andrew Doc Session

Andrew Doc Session Community Center

201 S. Sylvania Avenue | Fort Worth, Texas


November 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Thanksgiving Dinner at Hillside

Hillside Community Center

1201 E. Maddox Avenue | Fort Worth, Texas

Shop Local this Holiday Season

Calyan Wax Co. uses natural soy wax, cotton wicks, essential oils to manufacture candles in Mansfield, Texas that help end human trafficking.  10% of revenue is donated to a partner nonprofit.

Oakmoss + Amber, Apples + Maple Bourbon, Lavender + Bergamot

Musk + Teakwood, Evergreen + Eucalyptus, Home + Holiday

Available at Historic Handley Antique Mall

3129 Handley Dr

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5

Bring HOPE to victims of human trafficking in our country.

Learn about regional transportation projects on Nov. 13


Learn about transportation in the region and help set future priorities during a public meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the North Central Texas Council of Government (NCTCOG) offices, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

The Regional Transportation Council and NCTCOG, together serving as the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974, are seeking public input. These are the presentations:

Strategic partnerships. The Strategic Partnerships Round 3 Program is intended to award federal mobility and air quality funding to projects that leverage funds from local partners, make needed intersection improvements or have been submitted by cities that have qualified for federal toll credits. Projects have been evaluated based on their technical merits, and a staff recommendation is proposed for review and comment. Details on the program and the projects being proposed for funding will be presented.

High-speed rail update. Staff will provide an update of recent progress regarding high-speed rail initiatives for the Fort Worth-to-Laredo project, including staff efforts to advance the initiatives. An update on the Dallas-to-Fort Worth and the Dallas-to-Houston projects will also be provided.

Air quality: Year in review. With the 2018 ozone season drawing to a close, staff will present information on preliminary ozone season results. Accomplishments of various air quality projects will also be highlighted.

To request a free, roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, contact Carli Baylor at least 72 hours before the meeting at 817-608-2365.

To learn more, contact NCTCOG at 817-695-9240.

Sundance Square's Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Nov. 17

Posted Nov. 9, 2018

The holiday season officially begins in Sundance Square when a beautiful live tree is erected and decorated on the Plaza.

The holiday season kicks off in downtown Fort Worth with the arrival of the Sundance Square Christmas tree at 9 a.m. Nov. 12.

Sundance Square president and CEO Johnny Campbell will be joined by Mayor Betsy Price in the annual tradition of hoisting the giant tree, a 56-foot blue spruce from Traverse, Mich., in the center of Sundance Square Plaza. This year, the tree will stand alone in its grandeur, allowing the natural beauty of the tree to command the spotlight.

Santa Claus will be prominently featured on the Plaza Stage, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with new décor, including a dramatic, silver fabric backdrop, a sleigh backed by beautiful wintry trees and snowflakes hovering above. The snowflake theme will continue throughout Sundance Square.

In addition to changes with the tree and Santa Claus, the entire plaza will feature large, brilliantly lit sculptures perfect as the backdrop for photo ops with family and friends.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

Activities the day of the tree lighting will include Santa Claus meeting families from 11 a.m.-9 .p.m., stores open for holiday shopping and restaurants offering extraordinary holiday menus.

Visitors anxious to make the most of their time at the plaza can enter a virtual line while waiting to see Santa Claus. Upon arriving in Sundance Square, guests can send a text to check in at Santa’s Sleigh, allowing them to shop, eat and relax until it’s time to meet Santa Claus.

Proceeds from photos with Santa Claus benefit the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ youth program.

Learn about apprenticeship opportunities Nov. 13

In observance of National Apprenticeship Week, Nov. 12-18, the Fort Worth EnVision Center will host an Apprenticeship Fair from 9 a.m.-noon and 3-7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Tarrant County College Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave.

Apprenticeship positions will be available for plumbers and pipefitters, sheet metal workers, operating engineers, carpenters and millwrights, electricians, information technology, and other fields. Forklift certification will be offered to the first 12 qualified registrants.

Preregistration for the event is recommended.

National Apprenticeship Week offers leaders in business, labor, education and other partners a chance to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship. The observance also gives apprenticeship sponsors the opportunity to showcase their programs, facilities and apprentices in their community.

To learn more about the fair, call 817-978-5965.

About the EnVision Center

Located on or near public housing developments, EnVision Centers are centralized hubs that serve as an incubator to support four key pillars of self-sufficiency:

Economic empowerment.

Educational advancement.

 Health and wellness.

 Character and leadership.


Through results-driven partnerships with organizations such as Fort Worth Housing Solutions, the local EnVision Center leverages public-private partnerships to connect HUD-assisted households with services that offer pathways to self-sufficiency.


Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Stop Six hosts the local EnVision Center. Fort Worth is one of 17 cities in the United States that has an EnVision Center, and the only one in Texas.

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