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Engaging Local Government Leaders' Traeger Awards honors two City of Fort Worth employees

Posted Jan. 13, 2020

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Robert Sturns & Amethyst Sloane

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), an international organization dedicated to engaging the brightest minds in local government, recently released the 2019 Traeger Award list recognizing 100 individuals for their commitment to improving local government.

Two employees from the City of Fort Worth have been included in this list, having been nominated by their peers for their impact on the organization, their influence in the community, their dedication to mentoring others and their contributions as leaders in local government.

Robert Sturns

While many in Fort Worth know Sturns as the city’s director of economic development, he’s No. 91 on the 2019 Traeger Awards list for his commitment to others — mentoring colleagues, sharing ideas and advocating for coworkers.

Under Sturns’s leadership, the Economic Development Department developed the organization’s first strategic plan, organized a record-setting Business Plan Competition (among other small-business initiatives), worked with community stakeholders to lay the foundation for Fort Worth’s iter8 Health Innovation Community, implemented numerous business diversity initiatives and contributes to revitalizing numerous areas of the city, including the South Main and Evans-Rosedale urban villages. He was also recently awarded Executive Advocate of the Year by the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council.

According to a colleague, “Everybody in town knows Robert for his work, service and community engagement. His energy is contagious and makes you want to be a better human.”

Amethyst Sloane

Sloane is the performance excellence administrator for the City of Fort Worth, and is listed as No. 8 in the 2019 Traeger Awards. She joined the City of Fort Worth five years ago and was nominated not just because she’s made such a significant difference in the organization and the community, but because she so willingly shares her journey and her lessons learned with others.

Sloane is celebrated by her colleagues as someone who “never gives up, always learns and has a genuine interest in people doing (and being) their absolute best,” all while constantly seeking out new ways for the City of Fort Worth to serve its residents.

Over the past several years, Sloane has created a citywide performance system to track key programs and services to help support the City of Fort Worth’s commitment to being a data-driven organization. This system has allowed her to work with departments to implement best practices and identify opportunities for them to collaborate with one another. She has also been active with the ELGL Road Trip and What Works Cities, and has led focus groups that resulted in the success of notable projects such as the city’s pension vote. She is a co-founder and the 2019 president of the city’s young professional employee group, and has served several years as an examiner and team lead for the Quality Texas Foundation.

Beyond her day-to-day responsibilities, Sloane has also spent seven years as an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College, sharing her passion and helping shape the next generation of government leaders.

The ELGL Traeger Awards are named after Chris Traeger, the city manager of the fictional city of Pawnee, Ind., from the television show “Parks and Recreation” who’s known for his extreme energy and commitment to improving local government.

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