Engaging Local Government Leaders’ Traeger Awards honors two City of Fort Worth employees

Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), an international organization dedicated to engaging the brightest minds in local government, recently released the 2019 Traeger Award list recognizing 100 individuals for their commitment to improving local government.

Two employees from the City of Fort Worth have been included in this list, having been nominated by their peers for their impact on the organization, their influence in the community, their dedication to mentoring others and their contributions as leaders in local government.

Robert Sturns

While many in Fort Worth know Sturns as the city’s director of economic development, he’s No. 91 on the 2019 Traeger Awards list for his commitment to others — mentoring colleagues, sharing ideas and advocating for coworkers.

Under Sturns’s leadership, the Economic Development Department developed the organization’s first strategic plan, organized a record-setting Business Plan Competition (among other small-business initiatives), worked with community stakeholders to lay the foundation for Fort Worth’s iter8 Health Innovation Community, implemented numerous business diversity initiatives and contributes to revitalizing numerous areas of the city, including the South Main and Evans-Rosedale urban villages. He was also recently awarded Executive Advocate of the Year by the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council.

According to a colleague, “Everybody in town knows Robert for his work, service and community engagement. His energy is contagious and makes you want to be a better human.”

Amethyst Sloane

Sloane is the performance excellence administrator for the City of Fort Worth, and is listed as No. 8 in the 2019 Traeger Awards. She joined the City of Fort Worth five years ago and was nominated not just because she’s made such a significant difference in the organization and the community, but because she so willingly shares her journey and her lessons learned with others.

Sloane is celebrated by her colleagues as someone who “never gives up, always learns and has a genuine interest in people doing (and being) their absolute best,” all while constantly seeking out new ways for the City of Fort Worth to serve its residents.

Over the past several years, Sloane has created a citywide performance system to track key programs and services to help support the City of Fort Worth’s commitment to being a data-driven organization. This system has allowed her to work with departments to implement best practices and identify opportunities for them to collaborate with one another. She has also been active with the ELGL Road Trip and What Works Cities, and has led focus groups that resulted in the success of notable projects such as the city’s pension vote. She is a co-founder and the 2019 president of the city’s young professional employee group, and has served several years as an examiner and team lead for the Quality Texas Foundation.

Beyond her day-to-day responsibilities, Sloane has also spent seven years as an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College, sharing her passion and helping shape the next generation of government leaders.

The ELGL Traeger Awards are named after Chris Traeger, the city manager of the fictional city of Pawnee, Ind., from the television show “Parks and Recreation” who’s known for his extreme energy and commitment to improving local government.

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City Partners with Local Neighborhood to Expand Trails

The Clariden Ranch subdivision will be the first of its kind to partner with the City of Southlake to expand a neighborhood trail. City Council approved a matching funds project request during the December 3 City Council meeting for the expansion of the Cliffs Park Trail System, which is located within the subdivision.

The park is approximately 15 acres and features amenities such as benches and multi-use trails. The Clariden Ranch Home Owner’s Association sought to expand the trail system in order to preserve as much of the natural area as possible.

The expansion will include connecting two current sections of the trail, two benches and modifications to the irrigation system.

City Council approved a 100% match of funds in the amount of $38,500. The total project cost to connect the segment of the trail is $77,000.

This partnership allows the City to continue to build strong relationships by offering resources to collaborate on projects that serve community. This goal also applies to the 2030 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Community Master Plan, which focuses on the advancement and implementation of Southlake’s parks.

“Our neighborhood parks are an important feature in our park system,” Kate Meacham, Deputy Director of Community Services said, “They define the character of neighborhoods and allow recreational activities to be more accessible to that community.”

Funding for this proposed project will be provided through the Trails Matching Funds program. An application can be obtained by contacting the Community Services Department here.

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Mural painters to honor legacy of local women’s club

Volunteer painters are needed to help create a mural honoring the history of the Fort Worth Association of Federated Women’s Clubs. The mural near 1300 Mansfield Avenue will celebrate the organization’s past presidents, milestones and accomplishments.

Volunteers don’t have to be artists — they just need to be able to paint within the lines. Painting is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26. Painting supplies, snacks and drinking water will be provided to volunteers. Sign up online.

Founded in 1917, the Fort Worth Association of Federated Women’s Clubs is an organization that prides itself on giving back to the African-American community through charitable giving, senior citizen services, prom dress giveaways and scholarships. For more than 100 years, members have been living by their motto, “Lifting as we climb,” by assisting young African-American women with college and career preparation, networking skills, social and business etiquette and public speaking skills through its cotillion program.

To learn more about the mural project, contact Fort Worth’s Graffiti Abatemant program at 817-392-2700.

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Register to vote Sept. 24 at your local library branch

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day organizers wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote.

On Sept. 24, volunteers and organizations from all over the country will hit the streets in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

Locally, the Fort Worth Public Library is registered as a partner in National Voter Registration Day activities. All library branches will encourage patrons to register or to update their information if they have recently moved.

Tarrant County Election officials will staff a table at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. League of Women Voters volunteers will visit selected branches to conduct registration outreach.

View a list of events in Fort Worth.

National Voter Registration Day started in 2012 to celebrate democracy. Endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State, the event is observed on the fourth Tuesday of every September. It is additionally supported by election officials across the country.

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Celebrate dad at your local community center

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of special events for kids of all ages to celebrate their dads.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Father’s Day Cookout at Eugene McCray Community Center: 10 a.m. June 13, 2019; Eugene McCray Community Center, 4932 Wilbarger.

Father’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 8:30 a.m. June 14, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania Ave.

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Celebrate mom at your local community center

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and several Fort Worth community centers are offering a variety of luncheons, teas and other ways for kids of all ages to celebrate their moms.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Mother’s Day Luncheon at Hillside Community Center: 11 a.m. May 4, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox Ave.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Southside Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 7, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 10:30 a.m. May 8, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Mothers and Tea at Riverside Community Center: 9:30 a.m. May 9, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Dia de la Madre – Mother’s Day Celebration at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. May 9, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Diamond Hill Community Center: 10 a.m. May 11, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Como Community Center: noon May 11, 2019; Como Community Center, 4900 Horne St.

Mom and Son Night of Fun at Greenbriar Community Center: 6 p.m. May 11, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day at your local community center

Enjoy a little sugar, spice and everything nice at an upcoming Valentine’s Day event hosted by one of Fort Worth’s community centers.

Contact a center for specific information and event prices.

Upcoming events:

Valentine’s Day Dance at Greenbriar: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019; Greenbriar Community Center, 5200 Hemphill St.

Family Valentine’s Party at R.D. Evans Community Center: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Rd..

Daddy Daughter Dance at Riverside Community Center: 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 2019; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

Sweetheart Social at Hillside Community Center: 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Sweetheart Social at Thomas Place Community Center: 10 a.m. Feb. 12, 2019; Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 13, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill.

Love Muffins’ Day at Diamond Hill Community Center: 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Valentine’s Dance at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Mother Son Date Night at Victory Forest Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 14, 2019; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Chisholm Trail Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 2019; Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.

Spring Recreation Catalog

The Spring Recreation Catalog should be available at all city community centers by the end of February. Use it to sign up for spring classes and programs, find out information about upcoming special events, and learn more about the many services offered by your nearest center.

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Legends Hall Named One of 2019’s Top Local Event Venues in Society Life Magazine

Readers of Society Life Magazine, the exclusive magazine of Northeast Tarrant County, have named Legends Hall one of the top three event venues in the area.

Legends Hall at The Marq recently celebrated its third anniversary as Southlake’s premier special event venue. Each year, the Legends Hall team has aspired to exceed guest expectations, going above and beyond to ensure each client’s event is run perfectly.

In the January 2019 issue of Society Life Magazine, Legends Hall was named one of the top three event venues as part of their annual “Tops in Tarrant” list. “Tops in Tarrant” is a web survey where members of the Northeast Tarrant County community vote for the 100 best local businesses across 34 carefully selected industries. We are thrilled to be recognized by our guests and clients as one of the best venues around!

To celebrate this recognition, we’d like to take a moment to share how Legends Hall has grown over the years and all the ways—both big and small—our team embodies world-class service each and every day. Since 2015, Legends Hall has hosted over 3,000 events, including over 50 weddings and countless birthdays, graduations, banquets and more. The beautiful Traditions Ballrooms have also been home to 10 community art events and performances by local institutions such as the Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Opera and Southlake Swing Band.

Legends Hall has had an amazing first three years, and we owe it all to our wonderful clients, guests and staff. We feel blessed to find ourselves listed among the “Tops in Tarrant” and look forward to being the perfect place for life’s biggest moments for years to come.

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Local floodplain policy to help protect what matters

Floods can happen anywhere, at any time.

Due to the extensive reported flooding risks citywide outside of the FEMA-regulated floodplain, and the limited resources for reducing these risks, Fort Worth’s Stormwater staff has been working with a community stakeholder group to develop a policy to inform the community of flood risk areas outside of the FEMA regulatory floodplain.

Development of a policy for identifying, communicating about and regulating construction activity in these “local floodplains” would provide city staff and the community with guidance to better protect people and property from flood risks in these areas.

To hear about the draft recommendations for a local floodplain policy and to share feedback, make plans to attend one of these public meetings:

  • Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m., University of North Texas Health Science Center, EAD Building, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fifth Floor, Room 506.
  • Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

To find out if the area around your home or work is at risk of flooding before the next storm hits, enter your address on OneAddress. Make an informed decision when you take steps to protect what matters.

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Visit Fort Worth announces initiatives to market local music

Visit Fort Worth and its affiliate Hear Fort Worth announced several initiatives, including travel grants and a recording opportunity with nationally-recognized studio Niles City Sound, to help local musicians develop their talent and reach more people.

Visit Fort Worth also celebrated the third anniversary of the Fort Worth Film Commission, which has assisted hundreds of local film projects and supported several nationally noted films.

Help for musicians

In music, four new programs will spotlight emerging talent:

  • A new program called Studio Sessions, in partnership with Niles City Sound, will select four emerging artists to develop and produce a record single. Niles City will announce the artists at the Visit Fort Worth annual meeting Feb. 6, 2019.
  • To help artists beginning to tour, Hear Fort Worth will offer travel grants of up to $500 each. Applications can be made through Sept. 30, 2019, while funds last.
  • A new Artist Showcase will feature a different musician each month on social media channels and online by Hear Fort Worth and Visit Fort Worth.
  • Hear Fort Worth will reimburse musicians who apply to play a showcase at SXSW 2019. This is made possible by a generous grant from 95.9 The Ranch.

Learn more about the music initiatives.

In 2017, Fort Worth was named the first music-friendly city in Texas by the Office of the Governor. The program recognizes cities working to support the music industry and promote its economic impact.

Film Commission successes

Visit Fort Worth celebrated the third anniversary of the Fort Worth Film Commission with highlights from recent activity:

  • Assisted more than 500 projects in the first three years.
  • Secured filming for The Old Man and The Gun, starring Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck.
  • Secured filming for Miss Juneteenth, a project under development by Fort Worth’s Channing Godfrey Peoples, named one of 25 filmmakers to watch by Filmmaker Magazine.
  • Secured filming for Never Goin’ Back by DFW’s Augustine Frizzell, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2018.
  • Supported production of the Fort Worth Stories film series.
  • Featured in Variety magazine.

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