October 1st— Stacey Pierce, Executive Director of Streams & Valleys

Our October meeting featured Stacey Pierce, Executive Director of Streams & Valleys (https://streamsandvalleys.org)

During her career, Stacey has served in key roles for many high-profile organizations including Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., the Fort Worth Zoo and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Pierce serves on the board of directors of Mayfest, Inc., Kinderplatz of Fine Arts and Texas Blossoms.

In addition to her work on the River, Stacey has an event production company, Pierce Communications and Productions, and teaches part-time at Fort Worth Country Day.

She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Christian University.

see a recording of the October meeting on Zoom here:
October Meeting
(password is: 5%0BA%$K).

Key slides from the presentation:

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Sept. 3rd– Leah Rios, Nolan Catholic HS

Leah Rios, president

President Leah Rios gave us a guided tour of the upgrades and new construction at Nolan Catholic High School.

Through the wonders of technology, you can join the tour and see her presentation here: Sept meeting

Nolan Catholic High School is one of nineteen Catholic schools serving students in the diocese of Fort Worth. The campus was established in 1961 in the original location on the East side of Fort Worth serving the North Texas area and is continuing with the mission of offering an available and accessible Catholic school education embued with rich experiences and exposures for students to establish a foundational love for learning.

Leah Rios is entering her fourth year in leadership at Nolan Catholic with twenty-two years in education and continues serving students with various certifications including Texas state principal, ESL, and teaching certifications in elementary and high school, Montessori certification, and a Master's of Education with emphasis in dyslexia holding a Certified Academic Language Therapist certificate. Educating students, teachers, administrators, and families in both the public and private sectors has remained a focus in various positions of experience, including dyslexia therapy, early childhood reading presenter and coach, elementary reading & writing coach, 504 & RTI coordinator, outdoor learning presenter, learning specialist, and a classroom teacher in every grade level pre-kindergarten through high school.

As Mrs. Rios continues to direct efforts to educate the whole person focusing attention on the growth of every individual both adult and child, the Nolan Catholic campus continues to grow in faith, academics, student life, and physical structure.

Nolan Project Overview

We are converting our courtyards into beautiful outdoor learning environments that will provide new, experiential learning opportunities in arts, sciences, and more.

Improved athletic facilities will foster community and spiritual growth through competition and school pride.

Upgrades to the equipment in our engineering, technology, and arts programs will provide students with brand-new, industry-standard equipment that will prepare our Vikings for college and careers.

The IDEA Building, which includes a multipurpose facility, will provide performance space for dance, music, and theatre, and an art gallery will allow students to connect through the beauty of self-expression.

New learning spaces will allow faculty the freedom to design curriculum with a focus on collaboration, interaction, and hands-on experiences.


August 6 – Tobi Jackson, FWISD Trustee

The EFWBA is not deterred by a pandemic! This was evident as we completed our second membership meeting using Zoom on July 2. Not only did we receive great information from our speaker, City of Fort Worth Economic Development Director Robert Sturns, the information sharing between members was very valuable. While we are known for great speakers (and door prizes!), the real strength of EFWBA is our members and our common goal of strengthening East Fort Worth in every way we can.

You can find a recording of the meeting here: https://bit.ly/3fdAxhV (select July 2 EFWBA Meeting Zoom).

Speaking of members, we are pleased to welcome three new members to EFWBA:
Black Coffee coffee shop near Texas Wesleyan University represented by owner Mia Moss; www.blackcoffeefw.com,
Paper Planet boutique stationery shop represented by owner Julie West; www.paperplanetdesigns.com
and
Franklin & Anthony men's clothier represented by owner Frank Moss, Jr.;
www.franklinandanthony.com

Please help us welcome these new members by considering them the next time you need the services they provide.


Tobi Jackson

The August meeting featured our very own Tobi Jackson of the Fort Worth ISD School Board. She'll bring us the latest information about FWISD's response to the pandemic and what we can anticipate for the upcoming school year. You won't want to miss this timely program!

Although we will continue using Zoom for our August meeting, we remain a community committed to East Fort Worth and each other. We'll get through this pandemic together. If your Association can be of assistance to you, please let me know.

It was great to see many of you at Thursday's meeting. In addition to lots of familiar faces, we had new members and guests on the call. Please share the monthly meeting information with others so they can join and see what the EFWBA is all about.

For the program, Fort Worth ISD from School Board Member Tobi Jackson brought us a wide ranging update on FWISD and plans for the upcoming school year. In addition to her leadership at Fort Worth ISD, Tobi also updated the group on the activities of her non-profit, Fort Worth SPARC (www.fortworthsparc.org).

SPARC supports educational and health projects for students. With so much going on with our schools and the impact the pandemic is having on students, we are fortunate to have Tobi working night and day on their behalf.

FWISD Projects Update

by Tobi Jackson
FWISD Board Trustee, District 2

The FWISD bond is updated on the website as work progresses. We are 10%+ ahead at EHHS and the other high schools are progressing ahead of schedule too. The reason is no employees, community members or students on the campus. We are also saving money, which is superb. So this is one positive of COVID.

Poly HS is in the cue and will have progress posted on line soon. Here are the photos via the link.

POLY HS BOND UPDATE

EHHS is moving along nicely:

Eastern Hills High School Update at 15% completion.

I walk the EHHS site one-two times daily. The front green pillars and red tile have been fully removed, the interior beige subway type wall tile is gone, the library is on it's way to science labs and a SPED area. The fitness center is being revamped and a beautiful field house is being added. Most importantly we opened up the old Shelton Street behind the softball field and have controlled access to allow traffic flow or lock down the property. Further, we are placing the women's batting cage due east of the softball field and directly adjacent. We have also repaired the third base line challenges with water drainage and uneven turf which has been a constant safety concern. The foundations are poured for: women's softball batting cage, new north building which will contain the library, art and more science labs, the fitness center and field house. We also have access entirely through the campus, as we removed the ballisters which fully prevented and eliminated a drive thru and posed a serious hazard for 911 calls, due to no access. The road which separates the fitness center and the softball field has been reopened. This was a goal of mine during the 2013 bond, however, the principal wanted to close the road. A consensus of administrators, students and employees on the campus wanted the road open and we've finally opened it.

While I am excited about the project, it is also wonderful to see the most professional bond site in FWISD history. The perimeter is guarded by a fence which has a blue windscreen to prevent sand and dust, but, also provide a nicer aesthetic.

As this is a board approved project, employees other than the principal, trustees and bond team are not generally updated on a regular basis. As I am intimately involved with this and POLY HS, I wanted to send you some detailed information. Mr. Stoney Crump is managing the site and has kept it pristene. The Contractor is Cadence McShane and this team has exhibited pride in their work and are working long 10-15 hour days many more days than not. Finally, the VLK design is exceptional and our school will be a crown jewel in East Fort Worth.

Tobi Jackson, M.S.
FWISD Board Trustee, District 2
2108 Yosemite Court
Fort Worth, TX 76112-3945
817-296-7721 cell

Below are a few follow up items from Thursday:

Jason


July 2020 Robert Sturns

Robert Sturns

Robert Sturns last visited EFWBA in October 2017, and the City has changed/grown since then! The 18 month plan was on track until Covid-19 hit us in March, and forced a city-wide shut down of businesses.

Fort Worth embarked on its first economic development strategic plan, aimed at enhancing the city's status in the region and nation over the next five years and beyond. Fort Worth has worked with TIP Strategies to develop the city's first economic development Strategic Plan. The plan will provide a roadmap for the next five years and will outline ways that we can enhance the city's status in the region and nation.

A major component of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development Department is to identify resources and growth opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Office of Small Business and Office of Business Diversity are divisions of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development department and help build upon that mission.

Vision

To compete successfully on the national and international stage for creative, high growth businesses and the talented individuals who fuel them.

Goals

Establish Fort Worth's competitive edge. Become a hub for creative businesses. Ensure community vitality.

Sturns was named economic development director for the City of Fort Worth in 2016 after serving as interim director for a year, after the previous director was named assistant city manager in July 2015.

With more than 20 years of leadership roles in municipal government, commercial real estate and banking operations, and prior Military service, from 1990-2001 as Captain, U.S. Army Reserves, Sturns has been with the City of Fort Worth for more than 16 years collectively. In addition to his work in economic development for Fort Worth, Sturns was previously Economic Development Manager for the City of Arlington, and held leadership roles with Bank One and Fort Worth Town Center.

He is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. Sturns attended Eastern Hills High School, 1985; he earned his BA in Radio/TV at Stephen F. Austin, 1990; and his MBA from TCU, 1997. In between, he served as Captain, U.S. Army Reserve from 1990-2001. – Fort Worth, Texas.


June 4 Guest Speaker

Carlo Capua

Carlo Capua is co-owner of Z's Café, a social enterprise catering business based in Fort Worth, Texas. Over the past 11 years, Z's Café has put 138 low-income men and women back to work, helping build self-esteem and job skills.

Carlo Capua

In 2017, Z's Cafe won Fort Worth's "Small Business of the Year." He also co-owns a new venture called Locavore, considered "the AirBnB of commercial kitchens", where food entrepreneurs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area can rent full-scale commercial kitchens by the hour to reduce risk while the grow their businesses.

Carlo graduated from Texas Christian University in 2000 and spent 7 years teaching English in Latin America and Asia. He has completed 18 marathons (including one in North Korea), and speaks fluent Spanish and Japanese.

In May 2019 he was named the Businessman of the Year by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Carlo gave us a brief description of how he used his Restaurant & Food knowledge and staff to provide boxes of food and prepared meals to front line workers and low income families that traditionally depend on the schools to provide meals for their children.

His slide show is below.

If the movie function does not work on your browswer/device, here is a PDF of the slides show.
PDF


Wanda Conlin & Don Boren donate ten thousand dollars for Art Project at new Reby Cary Library

ten thousand dollar check

Kelly Allen Gray, Council District 8, accepts the ten thousand dollar check from Wanda Conlin (Greater Meadowbrook News publisher) and Don Boren (Handley Kwik Kopy) for the Public Art Project at the new Reby Cary Youth Library.


Southeast Connector Project

Attached are the links to the 3D flyovers showing the concepts of what the Southeast connector project looks like when constructed.

Here are the links to the three parts of project:

I-20

Loop-820

US 287

Public hearing link to watch recording

Also here is the link to the TxDot project website for more information

TX DOT

How many businesses will be displaced or impacted in a manner that would prevent them from continuing to operate (loss of parking or access)?

There are 19 commercial properties that would be displaced.

These commercial displacements do not double as community facilities. No community facilities would be displaced.

1. Anglin Food Store/Conoco at 4724 SE Loop 820, Forest Hill, TX 76119 (tank hold and parking displacements). Full displacement.

2. Property No. 10: Warehouse-Storage at 5111 California Pkwy E, Forest Hill, TX 76119 (Access). Full displacement.

3. Property No. 14: 820 Jeep Parts at 6624 Oak Crest Dr W, Forest Hill, TX 76119 (Building). Full displacement.

4. Property No. 15: TEXACO Fort Worth at 5317 Mansfield Hwy, Fort Worth, TX 76119 (tank hold and parking displacements). Full displacement.

5. Property No. 16: Warehouse and office space at 5700 E Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, TX 76119 (building and parking Community Impacts Assessment Technical Report Form Standard TxDOT Environmental Affairs Division Effective Date: September 2015 Version 1 710.01.DS Page 12 of 31 Reset Form displacements). Full displacement.

6. Property No. 17: Sun Valley Suites (Office) at 5600 E Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, TX 76119 (building and parking displacements). Full displacement.

7. Property No. 18: Mills Uniform Company at 5460 E Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, TX 76119 (building and parking displacements). Full displacement.

8. Property No. 19: Economy Inn at 5420 E Loop 820 S, Forest Hill, TX 76119 (office building displacement). Full displacement.

9. Property No. 20: Setra Coach at 4900 E Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, TX 76119 (building and parking displacements). Full displacement.

10. Property No. 22: Builders Sales and Service at 2201 E Loop 820 S, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (building displacement). Full displacement.

11. Property No. 23: Texaco gas station at 6101 E Rosedale St, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (parking and island pump displacements). Full displacement.

12. Property No. 24: Lobo's Tire Shop at 6200 Fort Worth Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (building displacement). Full displacement.

13. Property No. 25: The Chevy Shop at 3202 Fort Worth Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (building displacement). Full displacement.

14. Property No. 26: Smith's Auto World at 6204 Fort Worth Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (building and parking displacements). Full displacement.

15. Property No. 27: Oncor Transmission Land at 6101 E Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (two transmission towers displacements). Full displacement.

16. Property No. 28: West Auto Sales at 6153 E Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (parking displacement). Full displacement.

17. Property Nos. 40 and 41: Meadow Shopping Center (Pizza Hut and Ace Cash Express) at 6318 Meadowbrook Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (building and parking displacements). Full displacement.

18. Property No. 42: Taco Bell at 6162 Meadowbrook Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76112 (building and parking displacements). Full displacement.

displaced businesses map

Businesses that will be "fully displaced" by the new construction.



March 2020:
Tarrant County District Attorney
Sharen Wilson

Sharen Wilson, DA

Sharen Wilson took office as the Criminal District Attorney of Tarrant County in January 2015. As the leader of Tarrant County's largest "law firm", Sharen has modernized the office by reorganizing its resources and creating new specialized units to meet the changing criminal justice needs of the nation's 15th most populous county. She created the first special units for the prosecution of Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Financial Fraud, two increasingly prevalent crimes in Tarrant County. In the spirit of her commitment to equal justice for all, she also created the county's first Conviction Integrity Unit, which has quickly earned a national reputation for its innovative, integrated approach.

Among her achievements, Sharen has led the way statewide in ensuring accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system. She has developed comprehensive Discovery Compliance protocols for law enforcement agencies and crime labs – the first such policies in Texas – which have been adopted by DA's offices around the state. In its most recent session, the Texas Legislature passed recommendations for district attorneys statewide regarding how to manage jailhouse informants, which were modeled after procedures created and implemented by Sharen in Tarrant County. A fiscal conservative, she has managed the office to a budget surplus each year, and was featured by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association for compiling the first Annual Report to Tarrant County residents on the status of the Criminal District Attorney's office, which she has released each year of her tenure.

Sharen Wilson took office as the Criminal District Attorney of Tarrant County in January 2015. As the leader of Tarrant County's largest "law firm", Sharen has modernized the office by reorganizing its resources and creating new specialized units to meet the changing criminal justice needs of the nation's 15th most populous county. She created the first special units for the prosecution of Intimate Partner Violence and Elder Financial Fraud, two increasingly prevalent crimes in Tarrant County. In the spirit of her commitment to equal justice for all, she also created the county's first Conviction Integrity Unit, which has quickly earned a national reputation for its innovative, integrated approach.

Among her achievements, Sharen has led the way statewide in ensuring accountability and transparency in the criminal justice system. She has developed comprehensive Discovery Compliance protocols for law enforcement agencies and crime labs – the first such policies in Texas – which have been adopted by DA's offices around the state. In its most recent session, the Texas Legislature passed recommendations for district attorneys statewide regarding how to manage jailhouse informants, which were modeled after procedures created and implemented by Sharen in Tarrant County. A fiscal conservative, she has managed the office to a budget surplus each year, and was featured by the Texas District and County Attorneys Association for compiling the first Annual Report to Tarrant County residents on the status of the Criminal District Attorney's office, which she has released each year of her tenure.