Michael Morris

Guest Speaker and
President's Message

JUNE Guest Speaker

Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments

Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation

Michael Morris has been on staff in the Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, since 1979.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization serves the region by developing transportation plans and programs that address the transportation needs of a rapidly growing metropolitan area. Mr. Morris became the Director in 1990. As the Director of Transportation, Michael is also responsible for coordinating plans, programs, and projects to improve mobility and reduce vehicle emissions.

Mr. Morris received his Master's in Civil Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He previously served as the Chairman of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and a National Associate of the National Academies of Science.

RSVP JUNE

Mike Shedd
JUNE 

President's Message

EFWBA Friends and Members,

(May 16) In a few days, on May 24, voters will decide the fate of last month’s guest speakers, Matt Krause and Phil Sorrells. If you were unable to attend, you missed out on an opportunity to meet and hear from two candidates vying to be your next District Attorney. They were intelligent, passionate and respectful of one another, which isn’t always the case even from two candidates in the same party. Unfortunately, after May 24th there can be only one left to face the formidable Tiffany Burks in November. I hope our calendar offers us the opportunity to invite the two remaining candidates back or we find an opportunity to join a candidate’s forum with one of our partner neighborhood organizations.

This past month was a busy one for our organization behind the scenes. We welcomed a new board member, Colin Weatherwax, to take the seat vacated by Malcolm Wentworth after his untimely passing. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Cars for Kids and trust Colin to carry on the good work of Malcolm in his role as their Interim CEO. We also threw our support behind two efforts that could directly impact our neighborhoods. First, we lent our support to the North Central Texas Council on Government’s (NCTCOG) Complete Streets Project which submitted a grant application to be part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Discretionary Grant. This project will target East Lancaster Avenue with the hopes to revitalize an important economic and socially significant corridor in east and southeast Fort Worth. We hope they are awarded these funds and put them to use quickly. Secondly, we lent our support to the City of Fort Worth’s request to work with the Urban Land Institute for the development of a Technical Advisory Panel to assist in creating viable alternatives for the development of the acreage adjacent to Gateway Park. As you may recall, a recent zoning request to put large warehouses on that land was denied by Council. So, it’s back to the drawing board to study what would be best for the neighborhood, and the park system.

Speaking of development, for our June meeting we have the Director of Transportation for the NCTCOG, Michael Morris on board. We're hopeful to have a large audience for this informative event, and asking for you to come out and to bring a friend. We're anticipating good news for the Lancaster corridor and other improvements for East and Southeast Fort Worth.

Our partners and friends at the Mexican Inn will be sponsoring and providing lunch for our members. In addition, the Mexican Inn will be hosting our annual Spirit Night at their E. Lancaster location on in June. More details to follow! A portion of the proceeds from that evening will go directly to support Scholarships presented at our November Banquet.

In fact, we recently formed several committees related to the Banquet. Charles Hodges will be spearheading the Scholarship Committee again this year and will likely be seeking volunteers to help grade essays and applications. Yours truly, will be heading up the Banquet Committee. So, mark your calendars, because November 10th will be here in a blink.

We meet at the Meadowbrook-Poly United Methodist Church, located at 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

If the information above has gotten you excited and you plan to attend our meeting, please take a moment to RSVP. Also, to speed things along at check in, you can always follow the links on the RSVP page to pay for your lunch in advance.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please renew your memberships on the JOIN page. For those who have already renewed, thank you for your continued support!

Mike Shedd, President, 2022