Fort Worth’s Economic Development Plan:

1. Establish Fort Worth’s Competitive Edge

• Brand and Image: Elevate the profile of Fort Worth at regional, national and international levels.

• Marketing and Target Industry Recruitment: Attract new investments and businesses into the community, focusing on target industries that align with Fort Worth’s assets.

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• Business Retention and Expansion: Improve the competitiveness of existing businesses and help them remain and grow.

• Workforce and Industry Partnerships: Expand collaboration between employers and training providers to address the needs of local industries and build a pipeline of talent to fuel business growth.

2. Become a Hub for Creative Businesses

• Near Southside Medical Innovation District: Enhance and expand the Near Southside’s role as a medical innovation district and position it to become the most livable medical district in the United States.

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• Entrepreneurship: Build on the dynamic environment that embraces and fuels high-growth business in Fort Worth. Ensure that expanding startups see the city as hospitable to their continuing growth.

• Broader Promotion of the Arts: Expand the connection between the arts community and technology entrepreneurs as well as established businesses.

• Establish a “Futures Forum” at the City: Create a formal working group, led by the mayor, that addresses city issues from a “futures perspective.”

3. Ensure Community Vitality

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• Downtown Fort Worth: Accelerate downtown Fort Worth’s emergence as the premier mixed-use business district in Texas.

• Neighborhood Alignment: Align neighborhood assets (people, businesses and real estate) to benefit from and support citywide economic growth.

• Small Business Support: Restructure small-business assistance based on a community-wide audit.

4. Tools and Resources

• Economic Development Bond Package: Identify how the citywide bond package makes investments in livability, Smart City infrastructure and business development. Elevate projects that impact economic development goals.

• Citywide Incentive Program: Create new incentive tools to encourage business growth in target industries and to facilitate development and re-development in designated districts.

• Organizational Alignment: Clarify the roles and responsibilities of Fort Worth’s economic development partners; build a shared framework for decision-making and on-going collaboration.

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