Mayor Price’s State of the City address to be livestreamed Feb. 19

Tune in online at noon Feb. 19 on Fort Worth TV to see the sold-out State of the City Address live. You can also follow the hashtag #WorthTheWork on social media.

Mayor Betsy Price will detail her outlook for 2019 and report on the past year’s advances at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s annual Mayor’s State of the City Address.

In addition, top Tarrant County businesses have been selected as finalists in competition for the Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Forte Awards. Winners will be announced at a reception before the State of the City address. The prestigious annual awards salute those that operate with exemplary best practices.

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There’s no place like home for a shelter pet

There is nothing more important than having a family love you. Fort Worth shelter pets are deserving of that forever love. Nearly 500 dogs and cats, kittens and puppies are in the shelter, and each of them is waiting to meet you during the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend, Feb. 22-24.

The Fort Worth Animal Shelter is committed to matching wonderful, adoptable pets with loving families. Staff will be at all three adoption locations over the weekend to help families find the right pet.

Adoption fees are reduced to $10 during this event. Fees include an initial medical examination, vaccinations, micro-chip and spay/neuter services. Adopters also receive a coupon book and a complimentary bag of pet food.

Check out all three adoption locations:

  • Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St. (open Friday-Sunday).
  • PetSmart Adoption Center Hulen, 4800 S.W. Loop 820 (I-20 at Hulen).
  • PetSmart Adoption Center Alliance, 2901 Texas Sage Trail (I-35W at Heritage Trace).

View available pets.

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TCU campus construction to permanently close two roadways

The geographic footprint of TCU’s campus continues to evolve.

There are numerous capital projects currently underway, including a new Neeley School of Business, a Fine Arts Building, two new residence halls in Worth Hills and the new Administration Building. With these projects come changes to both vehicle and pedestrian pathways, as well as parking.

Highlights of upcoming construction activities include:

  • Pre-demolition activities in the former Human Resources and Opera/Percussion buildings along Berry Street are complete, and the university has begun razing the buildings.
  • In preparation for a new Administration Building, Wabash Avenue between Berry Street and Bellaire Drive North will permanently close Feb. 18, and Bellaire Drive North, from Rogers Avenue to South Drive, will permanently close Feb. 25.
  • A new entrance to the Tom Brown/Pete Wright visitors parking lot will open Feb. 25.

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Learn about Texas Transportation Plan at Feb. 21 open house

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hosting a series of open house-style public meetings to solicit input to guide the development of the Texas Transportation Plan (TTP) 2050 — the state’s multi-modal, long-range transportation plan.

A regional meeting is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington.

The TTP 2050 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide collaborative planning efforts with stakeholders to address the state’s transportation needs, and to accomplish the goals in TxDOT’s strategic plan. The TTP 2050 will include strategies for the development, construction and implementation of projects and services for all transportation modes, including roadways, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian, waterways and coastal waters, and freight and passenger rail.

At the open house, residents can review displays, talk with staff and provide input. Feedback will help TxDOT develop priorities for the plan.

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Sales tax collections up 4.2 percent in December

Fort Worth’s net sales tax collections in December 2018 totaled $16,609,171, up from December 2017 by $674,854, or 4.2 percent.

The city anticipates collecting $163,151,802 by fiscal year end, which matches original estimates in the FY2019 adopted budget.

Sales tax revenue represents 22.3 percent of the city’s General Fund budget. This is the second largest revenue source, with property taxes being the largest.

For the Crime Control and Prevention District, sales tax revenue represents the largest revenue source.

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Dickies Arena to host job fairs

Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC), the not-for-profit operating company for Dickies Arena, has planned a series of job fairs as the organization prepares for the venue’s opening this November.

TDMC is filling more than 500 part-time positions, as well as about 40 full-time roles. These roles include event services such as ushers, ticket takers, parking, security, box office staff, and food and beverage including servers, cooks, bartenders and more.

Job fairs are scheduled for 9 a.m.-noon each of these days: Feb. 14, Feb. 16, April 25, April 27, June 27 and June 29.

Job seekers are encouraged to bring a resume to meet with the Dickies Arena staff. Job fairs will be held at the Chevrolet Garage, 3464 Trail Drive.

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New report shows some Tarrant County households struggling to make ends meet

One-quarter of households in Tarrant County could not afford basic needs in 2016, and 12 percent were living in poverty, as defined by the federal poverty guidelines. That’s according to the Texas ALICE Report released by United Ways of Texas.

ALICE — an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed — identifies households that earn more than the federal poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living. The Texas ALICE Report is a comprehensive overview of financial need in the state, using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census. The report includes measures based on present-day income levels and expenses.

Data shows 45 percent of Fort Worth, 39 percent of Arlington and 29 percent of Northeast Tarrant County individuals and families are struggling financially and fall into the ALICE and poverty categories.

In addition, United Way of Tarrant County released its Community Assessment, which identifies what Tarrant County residents believe are the most pressing issues in the community and provides a clear directive of where funding is needed to solve these issues.

“This data shows, even though people are working hard, they are finding it difficult to make ends meet,” said TD Smyers, president and CEO of United Way of Tarrant County. “We are committed to assisting these individuals and families in Tarrant County.”

The 135-page Texas ALICE Report reveals additional points of data, including:

  • Housing and child care are the greatest expenses for families of four (two adults, one infant and one preschooler), followed by food, transportation and health care.
  • For ALICE households, average monthly childcare was well above $1,000, with monthly food expenses at $525 and transportation costs at $728 a month.
  • The average Household Survival Budget (calculation created for the ALICE Report) for a Tarrant County family of four increased to $64,464 a year, which is significantly higher than the federally-recognized family poverty level of $24,300. The Household Survival Budget reflects the bare minimum that a household needs to live and work today.

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Speak out on Northside neighborhood improvements on Feb. 19

Northside residents, share your suggestions about what improvements should be made in the neighborhood. Is it more streetlights? Sidewalks? Road repairs? City staff wants to know.

This is the start of a $3.05 million yearlong strategy to increase public safety, improve public infrastructure, expand community engagement, promote economic revitalization and provide supportive services to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency.

At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, join the North Side Neighborhood Association at a public meeting where community leaders and city staff will discuss the neighborhood improvement strategy. The meeting will be at Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St.

Funding for the neighborhood improvement program comes from a ½-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods. Learn more.

View a video about the program in English or Spanish.

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Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events training to be presented Feb. 21

Would you know what to do if you ever found yourself in an active shooter situation?

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course is designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT). The course provides strategies and guidance for surviving an active shooter event.

CRASE training will be offered to Fort Worth residents at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Western Hills United Methodist Church, 2820 Laredo Dr.

This potentially lifesaving program is open to the public and will address what individuals need to know to look out for their safety. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of professional guardians, civilian response options and demonstrates examples of things to do to stay safe in these situations.

There is no charge to attend, but attendees should register to ensure seating. Additional CRASE sessions will be offered throughout the year.

Please note: the presentation contains realistic material and reenactments that some attendees may find graphic in nature. Discretion for sensitive audiences is advised.

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High school artists encouraged to sign up for prestigious competition

Calling all Fort Worth high school students: the fifth annual Betsy Price Art Competition is now accepting entries.

Selected students will be showcased in a group exhibition May 1-18 at Fort Works Art. The grand prize entry will hang outside the mayor’s office at City Hall for a year.

Every year, close to 600 North Texas high school students apply for the exhibition, with a juror selecting 40 exemplary works to be included in the show. Last year’s exhibition was juried by Andrew J. Walker, executive director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Apply by March 31.

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