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Monthly Meetings

Our First Thursday of the Month meetings (currently on ZOOM) present timely discussions by prominent business people on events and politics affecting our local business environment. Pre-lunch networking gives you time to meet other Eastside business owners.

We provide civic and community information, development projects & politics of vital interest to residents and business owners in East Fort Worth.

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May 6, 2021


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Our May Guest Speaker is the new Chief of Police, Neil Noakes.

Chief Neil Noakes has been with the FWPD since 2000. He has served in multiple ranks across the department in areas such as Patrol, DWI, Motors, and Internal Affairs. Prior to being named Chief of Police, he oversaw the South Command as Deputy Chief.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration form Tarleton State University and his master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Texas Christian University (TCU).

He is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 137th Administrative Officers Course and TCU’s inaugural Leadership, Executive and Administrative Development program (L.E.A.D. #1).

He also enjoys working with youth engagement programs such as Operation Progress, Read2Win, All Pro Dad and the City of Fort Worth’s Education Initiative.

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April - Mayoral Candidate Forum

Election Day is Saturday May 1.

Eleven candidates submitted papers to be on the ballot for the 2021 Mayoral election.

2021 Candidates for FW Mayor

Brian Byrd

Daniel Caldwell

Mylene George

Mike Haynes

Cedric Kanyinda

Mattie Parker

Steve Penate

Deborah Peoples

Chris Rector

Ann Zadeh

Each candidate for mayor was given an opportunity to answer this questions from our organization.Their responses are on the Candidates for Mayor page. The six candidates that answered our question were invited to be guest speakers at the April Zoom meeting.

Five of the 11 candidates joined EFWBA for a Mayoral candidate question & answer session. Attending the April 1 meeting were Dr. Brian Byrd, Daniel Caldwell, Mattie Parker, Deborah Peoples and Ann Zadeh. Mylene George submitted her response to the questions we sent each candidate, but was not at the Zoom meeting.

Text from this text stream will be included on the website:

A recording of this meeting will be on the Past meetings page:


Guest Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Powderly

Pediatrician at Cook Children’s Magnolia office.

Dr. Kathleen Powderly

Kathleen Powderly, M.D., began her career at Cook Children’s as a hospitalist, and found herself drawn to pediatrics and joined the pediatrician team at Cook Children’s Magnolia office.

Kathleen Powderly, M.D., has been a pediatrician with Cook Children’s for 15 years. She is currently a pediatrician at Cook Children’s Magnolia Office and a hospitalist at Cook Children’s Medical Center. She served as co-medical director of inpatient pediatrics for the last five years.

Dr. Powderly feels privileged to have cared for children and families in the Fort Worth community her entire career. Listening to parents and partnering with them in the development and health of their children is essential to her practice.

Dr. Powderly earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Dallas where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She then completed medical school at the University Health Science Center at Houston. In her residency at Austin Medical Education Program (Dell Children’s), she was selected as chief resident for her leadership and communication skills. Serving on multiple community and hospital committees has enabled Dr. Powderly to understand the broad spectrum of caring for children from home to hospital.

Community service has always been an integral part of her life. Whether it involves teaching Sunday school to first graders or serving as president of the local nonprofit organization Fort Worth SPARC. She has served on the PTA and school boosters from elementary to high school.

In her free time, Dr. Powderly enjoys reading and hiking with her husband and teenage son. She’s also earned a black belt in Taekwondo.

February 4, 2021

Guest Speaker: Matthew Hall

Regional Advocacy Director – Greater Fort Worth

matt hall

Due to technical problem, this meeting was not recorded, but we do have the presentation slides.

The Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports programmatic initiatives structured to identify, pilot, and scale systemic improvements in public education.

Matthew Hall joined the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation in fall 2019 as regional advocacy director for the Tarrant County area. He spent four legislative sessions in the Texas Capitol, serving as a Luna Scholar and aide to former State Senator Robert Duncan of Lubbock and legislative director for State Representative Ana Hernandez of Houston, helping organize diverse coalitions around critical issues, including public education, pension, veterans' affairs, and human trafficking.

Outside the legislature, Matthew spearheaded numerous coalition-building and grassroots advocacy initiatives across Texas and the American Southwest and has contributed his expertise to several leadership development programs, including the North Texas-based Latino Center for Leadership Development. Additionally, he served as a communications and policy advisor to the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, a national nonprofit consisting of bipartisan Latino state lawmakers in positions of legislative leadership.

Matthew earned a master's degree in political science from Texas State University – San Marcos, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science from Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

A Fort Worth native and third-generation Tarrant County resident, Matthew is excited to work with lifelong neighbors to advance public schools. He enjoys a good game of paintball and exploring Fort Worth's museums.

"A man cannot live off his community. He must live with it." – Amon G. Carter

January 2021

Mayor Betsy Price

Video not available.

View meeting reviews from 2020 here.