Andy Taft joins National Civic League board

Andy Taft

Fort Worth’s Andy Taft, president of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. (DFWI), has been elected to a three-year term on the National Civic League’s board of directors.

Founded in 1894, the National Civic League is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance civic engagement to achieve thriving, inclusive communities. The board has 23 members from throughout the U.S., including mayors, city managers, foundation representatives and business leaders.

Taft has been president of DFWI since 2003, managing the agency that oversees Fort Worth’s downtown planning process, two public improvement districts, the downtown tax increment finance district, two city parks, the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the Parade of Lights.

“Andy’s solid experience in leading downtown planning processes and representing the concerns of business leaders in Fort Worth and other cities will provide special insight to the National Civic League,” Doug Linkhart, president of the National Civic League, said in a news release.

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Fort Worth, a three-time winner of the All-America City award from the National Civic League, was recognized most recently in 2011 for addressing graffiti problems with a student-driven, voluntary program, creating an initiative to reduce homelessness, and increasing access to mental health services. It also won the award in 1993 and 1964.

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