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Public engagement key to vibrant cities

Posted Feb. 18, 2016

Mayor at State of the City
Mayor Price on stage at the 2016 State of the City Address.

Every day I have the amazing opportunity to have conversations with citizens. Be that by that on bike for a rolling town hall, at an event, in a meeting, or over iced tea at one of our city’s finest barbecue joints.

I’ve even put social media to work and host #AskBetsy Twitter town halls over the lunch hour to answer any questions you have in an effort to be more accessible to people during the work day. Most recently, Police Chief Fitzgerald joined me as we answered questions ranging from construction, public safety, the Stockyards and transportation.

I do all of this because public engagement is key to any vibrant and sustainable city. Everything our city does must be based on serving the needs and dreams of our citizens, students, our business owners, families and our workforce.

Throughout my tenure you may have heard me say, “It’s Your Fort Worth.” This is your city. But, plain and simple, we need your input.

From the conversations and interactions I’ve had, Fort Worth residents continue to bring up four major focal points as issues of importance:

  • People want to know their city is fiscally responsible
  • Citizens envision an active and healthy city
  • They long to be more connected with their city and have a stronger voice in their government
  • Finally,there is real energy about Fort Worth’s presence on the domestic and international stage

On top of all that, a big question that keeps coming up is how to maintain our small town spirit – our “front porch community” – even as our city continues to grow at a fever pace. In 2000, half a million people called Fort Worth home. Currently, we boast a little over 800,000, and should reach one million in less than a decade.

So, like I said earlier, this is your Fort Worth. We need your input. Consider making this year the year you get involved in your community.

Get educated on the issues and vote! On the national front, be sure to cast your vote in the March 1 primary. And locally, on May 7 we will have an important election that considers changes to the City Charter (essentially the “rule book” for city governance).

Get involved in your community! There are numerous ways you can participate in the ongoing activities in Fort Worth. Here are just a few:

  • Join me and council members in a town hall (rolling, walking, caffeinated or digital)
  • Follow the City of Fort Worth, my page and other community social media platforms for news and happenings around town
  • Look into the work being done to make Fort Worth one of the healthiest in the nations: read my mayor’s message on FitWorth and Blue Zone Project Fort Worth
  • Join us for a City Council meeting each Tuesday
  • Read the city’s 2015 annual report
  • Reach out to the City of Fort Worth’s Community Engagement Office
  • Utilize the OneAddress look-up tool to find valuable information about your area, including the name of your City Council member

This week at the Fort Worth Chamber’s annual State of the City address, I shared some of our city’s accomplishments from this past year and areas that we must focus on as we move forward. Check it out on FWTV if you didn’t attend and want to hear the full speech.

I look forward to hearing your voice!

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.

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