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Economic Development team members honored by DFW Minority Supplier Development Council

Posted Nov. 21, 2018

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Economic Development and Office of Business Diversity staff, from left to right, includes Patty Wilson, Vickie Young, Adrian Zavala, Gwen Wilson, Robert Sturns, Melani Valle, and Tash Kilgore.

Robert Sturns and Gwen Wilson, both of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development Department, were honored at the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council 45th Annual E-Awards ceremony Nov. 16.

Sturns, who is the city’s Economic Development director, was named Executive Advocate of the Year. Wilson, who is a business development manager on the Economic Development team, was named Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year.

“The Economic Development team is thrilled to be recognized for our work with the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council,” Sturns said. “Our partnership with the Council plays a vital role in helping keep Fort Worth competitive for high-growth businesses and top talent, thanks to the opportunities and resources we can provide to minority and women-owned businesses to help set them up for success.”

The event also recognized the City of Fort Worth for its work developing public-private partnerships for the new Dickies Arena, which included a successful outreach effort that resulted in more than $58.6 million in contracted Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation to date. As part of this outreach effort, the Economic Development department partnered with the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council to identify certified MBEs to work on the project, and held four community outreach events that provided a unique setting for MBEs and arena contractors to network and discuss ways to work together on the project.

Additionally, the city partnered with Events Facilities Fort Worth, Beck Construction, the Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Hispanic Contractor’s Association, the Black Contractor’s Association and several clergy members to help achieve this level of participation from the MBE community.

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