Southlake Awarded 2018 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence

Marking the fourteenth consecutive year, the City of Southlake received the 2018 Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter. This certificate recognizes the dedication and support shown by City Council, members of the Planning and Zoning Commission and city staff to uphold professional planning standards for Southlake.

The city scored well above the 100-point threshold to receive recognition. Evaluation criteria included the following; level of training of Planning Commissioners and professional staff, professional qualifications of the planning staff, breadth and currency of master plan components, and completion of other planning related projects.

If you would like to view the certificate or have additional questions please visit the Planning and Development Services Department in Southlake Town Hall, Suite 310 or visit our webpage .

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Fort Worth Animal Shelter awarded $50,000 grant

Two-year-old Millie, an adorable, solid black terrier-mix, was shaking from head to toe as she arrived at the Fort Worth Animal Shelter after her owner decided she couldn’t afford to care for her anymore. Millie’s fur was covered with mats that were pulling at her skin. Sadly, she also tested positive for heartworm. Two days later, Millie’s owner surrendered her brother.

Nationwide, thousands of municipal animal shelters struggle daily as they are overwhelmed with the number of animals entering the facilities as a result of being surrendered or found roaming the streets when owners can no longer care for them.

The $50,000 Better Cities for Pets grant was awarded to the City of Fort Worth to assist the people and pets of Fort Worth who lack access to mainstream veterinary care. The grant was awarded through Mars Petcare and the United States Conference of Mayors’ Better Cities for Pets program, a nationwide initiative designed to help cities implement, support and expand pet-friendly programs and policies.

“Fort Worth prides itself on being a pet-friendly city, as research shows living with pets enhances quality of life and has numerous health benefits,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “This grant will support the City of Fort Worth’s Animal Care & Control Unit as they expand efforts to improve animal well-being, as well as provide additional pet care resources and services to our citizens.”

Data collected by the Humane Society of the United States from the nation’s most underserved communities found startling differences in pet ownership. People living in underserved communities love their pets as much as pet owners anywhere else in the nation. However, they don’t have access to veterinary care, spay/neuter and other services most Americans take for granted.

  • Pets living in underserved communities in the U.S.: 23 million.
  • Percentage of pets living in underserved communities who:
  • Are not spayed or neutered: 87 percent.
  • Have never seen a veterinarian: 77 percent.

The Fort Worth Animal Welfare Division of Code Compliance will use Pets for Life, a national program providing wellness resources to residents in underserved communities. Thanks to the grant, residents will receive information and assistance with access to free or low-cost pet services such as vaccinations, spay/neuter and micro-chipping. The Ash Crescent neighborhood has been selected to receive the initial services.

(By the way, there’s a happy ending: Millie and her brother were both adopted into loving homes shortly after being surrendered.)

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Southlake Awarded Platinum Scenic City Certification

The City of Southlake is proud to be one of only 13 cities in the state to earn Scenic City Certification for the 2017-2022 time period. Southlake received Platinum status, and is one of only 13 cities in the state to have this designation.

The award was presented on October 5, by the Texas Municipal League (TML) at their Annual Conference and Exhibition in Houston.

“Southlake’s roadways and public spaces receive a great deal of emphasis within our 2030 and 2035 comprehensive plans because the designs of roadways help define a City and install a ‘sense of place’,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “We are honored by the award because it recognizes Southlake’s long-term commitment to creating the best city possible,” Baker added.

The mission of the Scenic City Certification Program is to support and recognize Texas municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces. Southlake was awarded platinum status by obtaining a score of more than 90 percent of possible points and meeting the three mandatory requirements:

• Trees and landscaping along city streetscapes, such as major roadways, city streets, street medians or in parking lots.
• Prohibition of new off-premises signage (billboards).
• On-premise signage permitting.

“Scenic City Certification shines a light on Southlake’s strong commitment to high-quality standards for public roadways and public spaces,” said Anne Culver, executive vice president of Scenic Texas. “This recognition is intended to support cities that have a long-range vision, and we hope it incentivizes other cities to follow Southlake’s example.”

Scenic City took note of the Southlake’s Comprehensive Plans, when making its selection, especially the urban design plan component. Southlake’s urban design plan is aimed at ensuring high visual quality public spaces to help define the character of the City.

Learn more about Scenic City here and visit the Comprehensive Planning website to keep up-to-date with the process.

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Southlake Fire Department Awarded Mission Lifeline Award

The City of Southlake is pleased to announce the Southlake Fire Department has achieved the 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus level recognition award presented by the American Heart Association.

This is exciting news for the City and lets citizens know they are receiving the best possible care. This is the highest level of recognition related to pre-hospital cardiovascular care available to EMS providers nationwide. The department received this recognition following the submission of specific patient care data that proves we met or exceeded certain criteria. These include how quickly our Firefighter/Paramedics identify and begin treatment for those patients experiencing a heart attack. Additional criteria include how quickly fire personnel obtain, interpret, and submit EKG’s to the receiving hospital. All of these efforts combined decreases the time it takes to stabilize heart attack patients which ultimately saves cardiac muscle and leads to an increase in survival.

The department received Gold level recognition in 2016 but based on our personnel’s continued determination to provide the BEST patient care possible, the AHA advanced our status for 2017.

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TCC Vice Chancellor Awarded Prestigious Real Estate Honor

TCC’s Nina Petty and City of Fort Worth’s Natalie Ayala Moore, 2017 Outstanding Leader

Nina Petty, TCC vice chancellor for Real Estate and Facilities, recently received the Susan A. Halsey Founder’s Award. Petty was recognized at the Real Estate Council’s 2017 annual meeting for her dedication and commitment “in shaping the City of Fort Worth all while promoting the mission of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth.”

Award presenter Karen Vermaire Fox described Petty as “a tremendous advocate for the community of Fort Worth, serving on multiple boards and commissions, everything from the Mayor’s Kitchen Cabinet, to Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., the Downtown Design and Review Board and the True Worth Board for the Homeless.”

Petty is a founding member of the Real Estate Council and the second chair of the organization. “She was part of a small group of women that formed the Commercial Real Estate Women’s Network over 30 years ago and has continued to serve as a staunch advocate for women working in commercial real estate,” Fox said.

Previous award winners have included former Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen.

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TCC Construction Management Technology Program Awarded $75,000 Grant

Tarrant County College is one of only three colleges and universities in the nation selected to receive a $75,000 National Housing Endowment (NHE) grant to enhance the construction management technology program offered at the TCC South Campus. NHE is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).


The 2017 H.E.L.P. (Housing Education Leadership Program) grant is designed to help colleges and universities around the country create, expand or enhance existing residential construction management programs.


TCC was one of 16 colleges and universities nationwide that applied for the H.E.L.P. grant in April. Three finalists –Tarrant County College, Kennesaw State University and University of Denver — made oral presentations and defended their proposals Nov. 1 at the National Housing Institute Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in front of H.E.L.P. committee members, board members and a national audience via webcast.


“The HELP grant will be used to enhance, expand and strengthen the curricular offerings in TCC’s construction management technology program–residential courses, mentorships, internships, seminars and workshops related to residential topics, as well as initiatives to increase enrollment, retention and the number of program completers,” said Orlando Bagcal, Ph.D.,  associate professor and coordinator for the construction management technology program.


TCC’s construction management technology program began in 1996 at TCC Southeast in Arlington with 20 students. Nearly 200 students currently are enrolled. Increasing the number of trained professionals in the home building construction industry will directly address labor shortages throughout the area as construction activities in North Texas increase, according to Bagcal. TCC also plans to establish a student mentoring and/or internship program with the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association and other local home builders.


“In addition, the grant will be used to support two faculty members and two graduating students to undergo training to receive the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation and to provide scholarships for 12 graduating students in finishing the Certificate in Business Entrepreneur program,” said Bagcal. “As the region’s homebuilding industry continues to grow, quality builders will be needed in the field. TCC’s construction management technology program is a great way to do it.”


For more information about the Construction Management Technology program on the TCC South Campus, visit


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Tarrant County College Ranks 9th in Nation for Number of Associate Degrees Awarded

FORT WORTH, Texas (October 19, 2016) – Tarrant County College has been named one of the nation’s top associate degree producers, according to a recent report released by Community College Week. Entitled “Top 100 Associate Degree Producers,” this annual report is based on data collected from the U.S. Department of Education.
TCC ranks #5 among all community colleges in the total number of associate degrees awarded in all disciplines. When combined with four-year schools, TCC ranks #9 among all U.S. colleges that confer associate degrees, up 12 percent from 2015.
TCC also ranks as a top certificate producer, ranking #27 in conferring one-year certificates in all disciplines and #75 in conferring two-year certificates in all disciplines. The College has consistently ranked among the nation’s top 100 community colleges for the past decade.
Rankings among Diverse Populations
Among all U.S. community colleges that award associate degrees to diverse populations, TCC ranks:

#6 Non-minorities
#10 Hispanic students
#12 All minorities
#15 African-American students
#19 Asians

Among all U.S. community colleges that award Top 50 Associate Degrees, TCC ranks:

#5 Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies & Humanities
#18 Education
#37 Computer Information & Support Services
#38 Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
#46 Health Professions & Related Programs

Community College Week ranks colleges based on the number of associate degrees granted annually. The overall rankings are based on a combined list of two- and four-year colleges; as such, the rank overall may differ from the rank among community colleges. The data are collected by the National Center for Education Statistics through the Completion Survey of their Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set, known as IPEDS.
A comprehensive list of community college rankings is available at

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Southlake Fire Department is Awarded Emergency Management Performance Grant

For the second year in a row, the Southlake Fire Department has received an Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This year’s grant, worth nearly thirty-six thousand dollars, will greatly assist the department’s emergency preparedness efforts.

The performance grant is awarded to agencies that adhere to a strict set of criterion. It also helps state and local agencies maintain a comprehensive emergency preparedness system, which plays a vital role in national preparedness.

Eligibility requirements for the grant are:

  • Conducting three exercises per year including; at least one exercise that involves staff members working through an emergency scenario
  • Conduct public outreach to a large portion of the City of Southlake
  • Meet certain professional development and training standards
  • Participate in three joint exercises per year involving other organizations. For example: Carroll ISD or Gateway Church
  • Produce financial, progress, and quarterly reports

In 2015, The Southlake Fire Department applied for the performance grant and was awarded $28,622. This year, the grant awarded was $35,977. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “This grant money allows us the opportunity to be cost effective while enhancing programs in fire services and emergency management.”

A portion of the grant money has been used to hire a part-time planner and assistant for emergency management operations. “This person plays a key role in increasing the level of service we offer to the public and the City which is one of our top priorities,” adds Chief Starr.

If you would like more information or have questions, please contact our Emergency Management Coordinator Ben Williamson at



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