Sturns named Fort Worth’s economic development director

Longtime city of Fort Worth executive Robert Sturns has been appointed director of economic development for the city of Fort Worth.

Sturns had served as interim director after previous director Jay Chapa became an assistant city manager in July 2015.

Sturns has more than 20 years of leadership experience in municipal government, commercial real estate and banking operations. He has been with the city of Fort Worth for more than 12 years collectively. Sturns also was previously the economic development manager for the city of Arlington and had leadership roles with Bank One and Fort Worth Town Center. He is also a certified economic development finance professional through the National Development Council.

Sturns’ experience in public service extends to military service as a U.S. Army Reserve Field Artillery Captain with an honorable discharge in 2001.

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He currently serves on the board for the American Red Cross-Chisholm Trail Chapter, the Multicultural Alliance and Fort Worth South Inc. He is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council, Urban Land Institute and Leadership Fort Worth, and is a past president of the Greater Fort Worth Area Economic Development Association.