Businesses encouraged to seek certification as Age- and Dementia-Friendly

More than five million Americans — one in eight people age 65 and older and one in three age 85 and older — are living with dementia and supported by 15.5 million family members and friends who provide 85 percent of their help. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia is estimated to reach 7.1 million. Nearly 60 percent of people with dementia live in their own homes, and one in seven live alone.

As part of developing an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Fort Worth, the City of Fort Worth launched the Certified Age-Friendly Business program in 2018 and the Certified Dementia-Friendly Business program in 2019.

“This is an opportunity for businesses to connect to citizens at every stage of life,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “What’s good for someone who is 80 years old is also good for someone who is 8 years old.”

These programs allow the business community to show their support for an Age- and Dementia-Friendly Fort Worth. By undergoing a review of their business and committing to make any age-friendly improvements needed, a business can earn the designation and be included in the Age-Friendly Fort Worth Business Directory.

Learn more about becoming certified.

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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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Certified Minority Business Enterprises encouraged to bid on city construction projects

The City of Fort Worth is looking for qualified Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) to bid on its construction projects or provide construction-related services.

The city’s Business Diversity Enterprise Ordinance allows participation dollars from certified MBE subcontractors to be counted toward the city’s MBE Subcontracting Program for construction-related projects.

The MBE designation includes African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native American Indians who are located within the six-county marketplace of Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise counties.

To participate, interested MBEs must be certified by a third-party agency that is accepted by the City of Fort Worth, such as the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Development Council or the North Central Texas Regional Certification Agency.

Once certified, interested MBEs can search for open bids on the city’s Purchasing page.

For construction or construction-related bids, the city will not accept Small Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Woman-Owned Business Enterprise or other certifications.

Learn more about the City of Fort Worth’s Business Diversity Enterprise program by calling 817-392-2674 or emailing mwbeoffice@fortworthtexas.gov.

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