Monica Martin

Guest Speaker and 
President's Message

August 4  Guest Speaker is

FWPD Eastside Commander Monica Martin

Eastside Commander Monica Martin was introduced to citzens in Districts 4 and 5 at a fun "Speed Dating with the FW Police" May Event held at Bridgewood Church of Christ. The Chief and the entire eastside team was there. After the introductions, officers sat at tables and met one-on-one with residents who shared their concerns over safety and enforcement issues. Commander Martin spoke privately with attendees, and solved some problems on the spot!

Commander Martin has been in this position for a few months now, and will give us her Crime Report.


A Foundation on Which to Build!

The Public Improvement District along East Lancaster Avenue is proving to have a positive impact on the corridor. The District serves as a foundation on which to build a brighter future, which will likely include redevelopment, reinvestment, and new transportation options. Watch this video, which showcases a few places of interest along this historic tree-lined avenue.

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August Lunch will be Sponsored by the Lancaster PID Board. Please RSVP for the catering headcount!
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Mike Shedd

President's Message

EFWBA Friends and Members,

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summer thus far. After a month off, our organization will be meeting again on August 4th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church.

We will be hosting our meeting jointly with Public Improvement District #20, who will follow our meeting with their annual Stakeholders meeting. Since PID #20 was established with a focus on security along the E. Lancaster corridor, we thought it was fitting to focus our attention on public safety as well.

With that in mind, we will be hearing from the new East Division Commander for the Fort Worth Police Department, Commander Monica Martin. Commander Martin grew up on the eastside of Fort Worth, and is very familiar with the community. We're looking forward to hearing from her and learning about initiatives occurring in the Department. I hope you will join us and give her the warm welcome she deserves. Having once served in her same seat, I know that position is both challenging and rewarding, and made more comfortable with support from the community. We will also be hearing from member Will Northern of Northern Crain and his staff for our second update on the commercial real estate market in East Fort Worth.

Once our meeting is concluded, I hope you have time to stick around to hear about Public Improvement District #20. Robin Willits and Scott Westmoreland will be on hand to answer all of your questions, provide some information about the corridor and introduce you to their board.

Earlier this month, the East Fort Worth Business Association Political Action Committee was officially established. We obtained our EIN from the IRS and assigned our treasurer. Were it not for my failure to open up a bank account, we would be in a position to start raising money. Rest assured, that will be done soon and we will be fully up and running. As the election season approaches, we will start vetting candidates and the board of the PAC will present a list of candidates for your consideration. If you would like to get involved, please let one of your board members know.

Finally, one of our board members, Brian Builta, had to step down recently because he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Advancement and Sponsored Programs at Texas Wesleyan. His new duties will take him away from the EFWBA. Once they find a replacement for his old position, we’ll introduce everyone to our newest member. Congratulations to Brian Builta on his promotion, and we wish him well in the future. Thank you for your willingness to serve on the East Fort Worth Business Association.

I hope to see you all August 4th, at the Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church, located at 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

BANQUET REMINDER: Mark your calendars, because November 10th will be here in a blink!

Mike Shedd, President, 2022

Lancaster Avenue is Ready to Redevelop!

After the Commander speaks, the Lancaster Ave. PID Board will present their progress and plans for the renewal development of Lancaster Ave.

The June meeting was the team from North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the presentation below details how they will work with the PID and citizens for input on future development of Lancaster Ave. "The time is NOW!"

Presentation slide show

Gyna award

Gyna Bivens
Elected Vice-chair

City of Fort Worth – News

EFWBA former board member, and Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens was elected vice-chair of the Regional Transportation Council

Bivens, who represents Council District 5 in Fort Worth, has served on the Regional Transportation Council since August 2021. This new position will help her lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year.

Collin County Commissioner Duncan Webb was elected chair. Webb takes over for Commissioner Theresa Daniel of Dallas County, who has chaired the RTC through its transition from virtual meetings to in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webb will steer the RTC through the 88th Texas Legislature, which begins in January.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins will be the next secretary. The new officers will serve in their positions through June 2023.

The Regional Transportation Council includes local elected or appointed officials from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and representatives from the area's transportation providers. As the transportation policymaking body for the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area, the RTC oversees transportation planning for the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, which has a population of approximately 8 million.

The RTC guides the development of roadway, rail and bicycle-pedestrian plans and programs; allocates transportation funds; and recommends projects to the Texas Transportation Commission for other programs. The policymaking body also ensures transportation services are coordinated throughout the region and the metropolitan area complies with federal air quality standards.

One of the RTC’s core functions is the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a blueprint for the transportation system over a period of 20-25 years. An update to the current plan, Mobility 2045, was approved by the RTC last week. Mobility 2045: 2022 Update must now receive a transportation conformity determination by the U.S. Department of Transportation certifying that it complies with federal air quality regulations.

The region's long- and short-range transportation plans must comply with federal air quality regulations as 10 Dallas-Fort Worth area counties – Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise – are in nonattainment for ozone pollution.

The RTC has historically taken an innovative approach to meeting the region’s transportation and air quality challenges, allowing the policymakers to enhance the quality of life throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Don and Wanda

Wanda Conlin and her husband, Don Boren, stand outside their home in East Fort Worth.

Don and Wanda Interviews

by Rachel Behrndt | Fort Worth Report

In the latest installment of the Fort Worth Report's occasional conversations with Fort Worth newsmakers, Don Boren, chairman of the City Plan Commission, discusses the role of the commission and how it helps the city shape its development.

In a separate interview, Wanda Conlin, vice chairwoman of the Zoning Commission, discusses the role of the commission and how residents can participate in the process.

This dynamic duo is who keeps Fort Worth moving in the right direction!