EFWBA was created to give business owners a place to meet, to have a voice for the advancement, development and improvement of the infra-structure in East Fort Worth, to provide an atmosphere for businesses to interact and develop relationships for friendship, community and business.
Chris Cobbler, Fort Worth Report.
Chris Cobler is the founding publisher and CEO of the Fort Worth Report, a nonprofit and nonpartisan news organization that launched in April 2021. A longtime news leader, Chris began his career as a reporter in his hometown at the Topeka, Kansas, Capital-Journal and then worked at newspapers in Colorado, South Dakota and Texas, where he was editor and publisher of the Victoria Advocate. As editor, he led two newspapers to recognition as the best in the country for their size and to national honors for diversity. He also received the first Donald J. Reynolds Nieman Fellowship for Community Journalism at Harvard University; the Texas Daily Newspaper Association Editorial Achievement Award for courage and commitment to open government; and the Texas Press Association Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership. He is a current board member and past president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.
EFWBA donated over $5,000 for library books for the elementary schools in the Eastern Hill HS pyramid.
Most of our member businesses are owned by native Fort Worth eastsiders who actively promote this area.
EFWBA helps bring new businesses and new construction development to East Fort Worth.
Since 1974, EFWBA has actively advocated for East Fort Worth. We celebrate 50 years of service in 2024.
We invite every business owner, professional person, firm, corporation or non-profit organization, to join us for our monthly meetings where you will meet other business owners, individuals and city officials that influence our lives.
The mission is still the same today for this long-lived organization. It was founded in 1974 as a 501(c)4 so that it could be involved in non-partisan political issues. Working with the neighborhoods and Fort Worth City Government offices for the betterment of East Fort Worth sometimes leads to involvement in the political arena.
I hope you join us at our next meeting.
Don Boren, President, 2024President@efwba.org
If she looks familiar, she is! Dr. Emily Messer, along with retiring congresswoman Kay Granger, presented Student Scholarships at our November Banquet.
Dr. Emily Messer, an accomplished educational leader, named the 21st president of Texas Wesleyan University was our February guest. With close to 20 years of higher educational experience, Messer will bring her expertise in enrollment, university development and student life to Texas Wesleyan.
Dr. Messer comes to Texas Wesleyan from Jacksonville State University in Alabama where she served as vice president for advancement and enrollment management. She joined JSU's staff in 2018 as the associate vice president for enrollment management and led JSU to record enrollment and a record year in philanthropic support.
Here is the link to her slide show presentation:Presentation
Robert Allen is President & CEO
of Fort Worth Economic Development Partnership.
Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Greg Abbott, and most recently served as President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TxEDC).
During his six years leading TxEDC, Robert spearheaded initiatives that advanced the organization's mission to market Texas as the best state for business, including major international business missions to Japan, India and Europe. His organization's efforts have helped catapult Texas to a record-breaking number of Governor's Cups as awarded by Site Selection Magazine.fort worth edp
Robert Ahdieh, Dean and Anthony G. Buzbee Endowed Dean's Chair; Vice President for Professional Schools and Programs, Texas A&M University.
Prior to entering academia, Ahdieh was a law clerk and a litigator. "I was honored to serve as a clerk to Judge James R. Browning of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – from whom I learned (among other things) what it means to be a fair and dispassionate judge of the law. Following that, I was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice – an opportunity to serve my country that I will always cherish."
Away from law, his passion is his family. "My wife and children keep me young, and give me a better reason than I could ever ask for, for wanting to make the world a better place. I also am deeply interested in how our educational system – at all levels – can do a better job of fostering opportunity for all. And likewise in how our communities can best advance equality – between women and men, for underrepresented minorities, and otherwise. "
We meet at
Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall
3900 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, 76103
Building on North side of church, closest to Meadowbrook. Overflow Parking on West side of street. Church is North of Reby Cary Library on Lancaster.
Doors Open 11:30 Lunch 11:45 – 1:00 pm
Meals $15.00 Members • $20.00 Non-Members
You can prepay lunch on the RSVP page.
Videos of the meeting are on our YOUTUBE page.