As we head into the hot Summer months and hit our mid-year mark, I’d like to share a few updates with you on some particular items that have received a lot of attention as well as some general updates on efforts across our city.
Mayor Rawlings and I went to Canada on June 11 to lead a trade delegation on behalf of our cities and the DFW International Airport. The purpose of this trip was to promote economic development, business opportunities and tourism in Fort Worth and Dallas. The multifaceted trip also emphasized the role that international flights at DFW International Airport play in the growing connections between North Texas and leading Canadian metro areas. The delegation Mayor Rawlings and I led met with province cabinet ministers, business executives and regional and local leaders in Toronto and Montreal, to showcase the benefits of operating in North Texas and touting the region’s economic development efforts, tourism opportunities and investments. As ambassadors for our region, it was a privilege to discuss the mutual benefits of doing business, visiting and partnering in Fort Worth. As we learn and collaborate with our neighbors in Toronto and Montreal, we anticipate seeing firsthand how their efforts to create stronger cities mirror some of our local efforts to improve the quality of life of our citizens.
Texas ranks second in total trade with Canada. This year we forecast $36.3 billion in trade between DFW and Canada. Coming on the heels of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this mission serves as a way to grow partnerships with some of the 70 existing businesses operating in Fort Worth as their nation celebrates an important national milestone.
As mayor of one of the fastest growing large cities in the U.S., it’s my job to stay focused on ways to improve the quality of life for the people of Fort Worth. In case you haven’t heard me say this in person, my vision for our city is that it is the most livable, healthiest, best-educated and fiscally responsible and well-managed city in the nation.
Even before being elected, I have long been a champion for increased urban parks and green space, innovative transportation efforts that get more cars off the road and encourage healthier lifestyles (i.e., FW Bike Share, our complete streets efforts and the Bike master plan). I’ve championed these efforts because they help ensure that our city remains sustainable for long-term growth and allows us to work towards our vision for Fort Worth. Locally, we have several long-standing programs that are aimed at improving our environment. We’ve made significant efforts in many of our projects and initiatives. One such initiative, Fort Worth’s Better Buildings Challenge (FWBBC), was recognized last month nationally by the U.S. Department of Energy for tangibly moving the needle.
As a local public-private community partnership, the FWBBC represents a collaborative network of partners and allies working to implement projects that improve local air quality. In 2016 across Fort Worth, we saw a 16 percent decrease in energy use across the network of businesses participating in the FWBBC. The outreach of the Fort Worth Better Buildings Challenge publicly promotes city resource conservation efforts to improve its facilities and to reach its air quality objectives. While I mention the FWBBC program, I believe that each one of us can do our part to make a difference in our community. After all, like I always say, “It’s your Fort Worth!” Should you be interested in volunteering or learning more about local programs, visit their websites:
- Reverse Litter
- Keep Fort Worth Beautiful
- Trash Bash The city will continue to deliver projects and services that improve our city and the quality of life for the people of Fort Worth. I look forward to seeing and hearing ways that you are plugging in to ensure Fort Worth’s reputation as one of the most desirable urban locations is preserved.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be hosting my first Facebook Live “town hall” that features questions and ideas on anything you may have on your mind. So, stay tuned, get informed and remain engaged.
Thanks for all you do to make our city stronger.
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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