The economic potential of Fort Worth, Texas—soon to be the nation’s 12th largest city—is tremendous. In April 2017, at the start of our engagement with the City of Fort Worth, we pondered the question, “What does it mean to be a global city?” Fort Worth is well on its way to finding out. Leaders from the City and the broader business community have embraced Fort Worth’s position as a major US city. In December 2017, the City unveiled its first economic development strategic plan. The TIP-lead initiative provides a comprehensive roadmap to guide the community’s growth over the next five years.
The plan’s launch received a flurry of media attention. The op-ed from the Fort Worth Star Telegram underscores the importance of this plan to Fort Worth’s future. The Fort Worth Business Press provides an additional perspective. Dallas Innovates emphasizes the critical role of entrepreneurs in Fort Worth’s future growth. Adding to the momentum, the Fort Worth Chamber recently unveiled its new strategic plan (summarized in this Fort Worth Star Telegram article), which aligns the Chamber’s programs to work in concert with the City’s economic development initiatives.
Many thanks to our partner consultants, Fregonese Associates, JLL, and Isaac Barchas , who added their expertise on a range of issues including urban redevelopment, site selection, and entrepreneurship throughout the planning process.