Quite simply, our reinvestment and focus on East Fort Worth will require less talk and more action. Our long-term success and vitality as a city hinges upon our ability to emphasize the opportunity and revitalization of East Fort Worth, and the only successful approach will require a heavy emphasis on private-public partnership that takes a boots on the ground approach.
My strategy will be multi-pronged on three themes:
1) Economic Development and Job Growth
2) Infrastructure for Success
3) Education to Prepare the Workforce of the Future:
Economic Development and Job Growth:
Creating private sector strike teams comprised of our strongest business leaders and job creators and integrating their expertise with our neighborhood and east Fort Worth business leaders. We develop a strategy that is implemented immediately, because it is imperative that we market East Fort Worth as an opportunity. This includes marketing vacant public and privately-land that is ready for development and investment.
Infrastructure for Success:
Prioritizing transportation and city infrastructure that serves our East Fort Worth residents while also enhancing the area to entice private investment. This includes storm water, street maintenance, code enforcement and continued opportunity to enhance our open space efforts that included the purchase of Broadcast Hill.
Additionally, we must utilize our public transportation and infrastructure to spur economic growth. There are terrific examples across the city, most recently the investment in South Main and the private investment that followed when the complete streets project was finished.
Lastly, is continued investment in technology infrastructure, including a robust and widespread community wifi deployment that the City of Fort Worth started with recent CARES Act funds. These efforts must continue to ensure every family in East Fort Worth has reliable access to the internet that is required to be successful in school, work and access to healthcare.
An Education Pipeline that Prepares our Students for the Workforce of Tomorrow:
Our emphasis and success at putting our students on a pathway to success in college, career and life across Fort Worth, but especially in East Fort Worth, must improve. City leaders have a direct responsibility in aligning all resources that will ensure every student has a pathway to a successful career.
Today, only 23 percent of Tarrant County students matriculate to a two year or four-year degree, and for our students growing up in a low-income household its 14 percent.
Student success is our success, and the future of East Fort Worth requires our realization that our students deserve better and the community needs to rally behind our students, families and our educators.