If there’s one thing that makes Fort Worth extra special, it’s that distinctive community pride shared by citizens young and old. That city pride translates into a sense of place and a sense of duty to serve our neighbors.
As we come together to celebrate the season of giving, it’s fitting to say “thanks” to those who gave so much to our city in 2012 to ensure it remains one of the best places to live and raise a family.
First, I want to thank my City Council colleagues who put everything they had into making our city efficient, effective and responsive to the needs of citizens. Together we made some tough decisions and weathered some storms — but we did it with great success!
We need to thank the hundreds of Citizens On Patrol volunteers who gave countless hours in support of our outstanding police force. Because of their commitment, and our talented police officers, major crime is down 8.2 percent so far this year. What an accomplishment! Public safety remains priority No. 1 and our fire fighters and police officers continue to show us why they truly are the best in the business.
We need to thank the Wallace Foundation for believing in our local afterschool program, SPARC! Their contribution of more than $760,000 is helping us make a major shift in the accessibility and quality of local afterschool programming.
Thanks to The Radler Foundation who gave $500,000 to help us to reopen Fort Worth’s historic Forest Park Pool for the 2013 season. Get those bathing suits ready!
Thanks to Oncor for giving $250,000 and Bank of America for giving $25,000 to help us kick off Fort Worth’s first city-wide health and fitness initiative, FITWorth. Because of their generosity and the support of countless other sponsors, Fort Worth is on track to be one of the most active communities in America!
Thanks to the hundreds of young people who came together with a collective voice to say, “This is our city, we are its future, and we’re going to steer our city down a path of progress!” SteerFW has been a remarkable success in engaging our young adults in the affairs of our city. We also need to thank the Amon Carter, the Sid Richardson and the Walsh foundations for their support of SteerFW, along with Chesapeake Energy and countless other business sponsors.
We need to thank community groups like the Monticello Neighborhood Association, which decided to collect donations over and above their normal association dues in order to support a fellow neighborhood association in need. There’s no better example of Fort Worth pride than that. I hope this idea becomes a model for other associations to follow.
Thanks to all the citizens who gave of their time to meet me at our Rolling Town Halls, Walking Town Halls and Community Coffees. Thanks to Radio Shack, Coca-Cola, Central Market and Nuero for their support. Together, we came up with a lot of new ideas for making our great city even better! Looking forward to even better town halls in 2013! Thanks to some financial support from Comerica Bank, our town halls are only going to get bigger and better from here.
Last but not least, thanks to all city employees who give so much to serve the growing needs of our citizens with respect and integrity. Fort Worth is blessed with so many talented employees.
As we head into another year with great potential, let us all recommit to preserving and strengthening that Fort Worth pride that makes our city the envy of others around the globe!
Happy Holidays and best wishes for the new year!
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.
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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