Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday issued an executive order lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100%.
“With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas now has the tools to protect Texans from the virus,” Abbott said. “We must now do more to restore livelihoods and normalcy for Texans by opening Texas 100%. Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed. Today's announcement does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others. With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny.”
While masks are no longer required statewide, individual businesses may still require patrons to wear masks or follow other sanitary measures in their establishment.
During his remarks, Abbott discussed the advancements that Texas has made that allow the state to open fully and lift the mask mandate, noting the rapid increase of vaccines. Nearly 5.7 million vaccine shots have been administered to Texans, and the state is now administering almost 1 million shots each week.
The executive order rescinds most of the governor's earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. Effective March 10, all businesses of any type may open to 100% capacity. Additionally, the order ends the statewide mask mandate in Texas. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a county judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, county judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask.
If restrictions are imposed at a county level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any type of entity.
View fact sheets about the governor’s order:
To learn more about the new order, contact the City of Fort Worth COVID-19 hotline via email or at 817-392-8478.
As the 13th largest city in the country, Fort Worth continues to compete on a national stage for creative, high-growth businesses. That’s because high-growth companies create jobs, drive innovation and invest dollars into the local economy.
But there’s strong competition for these businesses, especially in Texas.
Between 2016 and 2019, 49 Fort Worth companies made Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the top 5,000 fastest growing companies in America. By comparison, Austin had about seven times as many as Fort Worth with 340 companies, and Dallas had about five times as many as Fort Worth with 254 companies. Even San Antonio weighed in with 86 companies.
Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list is an important national indicator of a city’s economic potential – it’s basically similar to the Forbes 500 list of the largest U.S. companies, but for startups. The three-year median growth rate of companies on the list is an impressive 165%. As local startup resource Sparkyard notes in its in-depth analysis, inclusion on Inc. Magazine’s list “means your company is doing something right and is growing at warp speed.”
But it’s important to note that unlike many similar lists, Inc. Magazine requires companies to apply for potential inclusion on their list.
In other words, Inc. Magazine doesn’t scour the financials of thousands of companies across the nation to compile their data, and instead relies on business owners to reach out if they think their business has shown exponential growth over the past several years.
How many Fort Worth businesses would be on the list, if only local business owners knew to apply?
Eligibility and how to apply
Fort Worth companies are encouraged to submit their information to Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in America in order to better showcase Fort Worth’s growing business community to a national audience.
Companies don’t have to be a startup to be part of the Inc. Magazine list. They just have to meet these qualifications:
Companies must have generated revenue by March 31, 2017.
Companies must have made at least $100,000 in revenue in 2017.
Companies must have generated at least $2 million in revenue during 2020.
Companies must be independent, privately held, for-profit entities based in the United States.
Companies must be prepared to submit their financials for the past three years to Inc. Magazine for verification.
Business owners interested in submitting their companies can visit the Inc. Magazine website to learn more, submit their application fee and get started. Early-bird rates are in effect through March 26.
Currently, the highest-ranking Fort Worth company on the Inc. Magazine list of fastest growing companies is Circle L Solar at No. 176, which grew 2,251% between 2016 and 2019.
By: City of Fort Worth
The city’s Transportation and Public Works Department is hosting a community meeting to update the public on the upcoming construction for the West Seventh Street Design and Connectivity project. Please make plans to attend the meeting to hear about the upcoming construction details.
Wednesday, March 3 at 6 p. m.
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Meeting Number: 126 443 7106
Meeting Password: west7th
Phone in number: 469-210-7159
FORT WORTH, Texas (February 25, 2021) — The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) offers a Spring Plant Sale April 9 through April 11 – online only.
Stock up on spring plants while taking advantage of Garden professional consultations if needed. Members have access to a preview sale April 7-8 as well as a 10 percent discount on their purchase. Order pick-up dates are April 16 through April 18.
“The spring sale is a community favorite for area residents who appreciate our plant selection and friendly advice,” said Bob Byers, VP of horticulture and assistant director. “This year, it’s also an opportunity to replace some of the plants that didn’t survive the February hard freeze.”
To ensure guest safety, the plant sale is offered again virtually. Shoppers will select plants online, and, at checkout, schedule a time to pick up their orders at the Garden. Those with questions about selecting and growing plants will be able to call in and chat with Master Gardeners.
Plants available will include perennials, bulbs, tree and shrubs, all chosen by garden experts. The Garden’s resident citrus specialist, Rob Bauereisen, will also offer a variety of citrus trees and will be available for consultation by phone or email. For more information visit: https://www.fwbg.org/events/springplantsale21
Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®)
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is the oldest public botanic garden in Texas with beautiful theme gardens, including the Fuller Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT assumed nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Oct. 1, 2020. The combined organization comprises 120 acres in Fort Worth’s Cultural District two miles west of downtown Fort Worth at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
Winter Hours: Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for children 6-15 and free for those under 5.
Parking: Parking is free throughout the campus during regular business hours.
By STEVE BROWN
Real Estate Editor
Crescent Real Estate is planning what will be the company’s first major development in its hometown of Fort Worth.
The commercial property firm — which has been a major player in Dallas’ Uptown district — will build a $250 million mixed-use project in Fort Worth’s cultural district.
The development, which will start this summer, includes a 200-room luxury hotel, 160,000-square-foot office building and 175 luxury residential units.
The Museum Place project, located on Camp Bowie Boulevard near the Will Rogers Coliseum and across the street from the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum, will also be the new home for Crescent Real Estate and offices for Contango Oil & Gas.
“We are excited to bring a first-class mixed-use project to the cultural district,” Crescent Real Estate CEO John Goff said in a statement. “The Crescent brand is now known around the country for our luxury hotel, office and residential projects.
“Now, for the first time, we are coming home,” he said. “We are going to build the finest hotel in the city that we hope will become the living room of Fort Worth.”
Crescent Real Estate, which got its start in the mid-1990s, has previously invested in Fort Worth properties.
“We owned a 1 million-square-foot tower in downtown Fort Worth for many years,” Goff said in an interview. “Currently we don’t own a thing there. We never had a development in Fort Worth, and it’s time.”
Several developers have looked at building on the block where Crescent plans its new Fort Worth project.
“I drive by this land every day,” Goff said. “The opportunity to buy came up and we snagged it.”
Crescent doesn’t plan to seek zoning variances for the project, which is scheduled to open in 2023, Goff said. Denver-based OZ Architecture designed the development.
“We went with OZ because we have done a lot of business with them in Denver and Boulder,” Goff said. “They are extremely creative. We really liked the designs they came up with. You have to be very respectful with the wonderful architecture across the street and create something that compliments but doesn’t compete.”
Crescent Real Estate’s most recent Dallas projects include the McKinney & Olive office and retail development in Uptown and the Luminary office building in downtown Dallas’ historic West End.
The company also owns the luxury Crescent Court Hotel and is negotiating to acquire Uptown’s landmark Crescent complex.
“I’ve grown a number of different businesses in Fort Worth including Crescent,” Goff said. “While we have done a lot of work in Dallas, it’s time to put some work in Fort Worth.”
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG | BRIT) announces Patrick Newman as its new CEO and president effective May 1, replacing current president, Ed Schneider, PhD, who is retiring to California.
Newman brings more than 14 years of public gardens experience, serving most recently as executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since 2016, overseeing a $5 million annual budget and supervising a staff of 60 employees and 800 volunteers. Under his direction, the Center increased earned and contributed income, added to its endowment and dramatically increased annual attendance.
“Patrick is the right leader at the right time as we transition toward becoming a world-class botanical organization,” said Board Chair Greg Bird. “After an exhaustive national search that yielded several impressive candidates, the board was delighted to find someone right here in Texas and familiar with positioning a botanical center as a leading cultural destination.”
Trinity Collaborative Inc. has canceled the Mayfest 2021 festival in the interest of public health and safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The collaborative’s statement:
“It is our social responsibility to continue to place the safety and wellbeing of our patrons, volunteers, vendors, partners and community as our top priority. This difficult decision was made with great care and deliberation after numerous meetings with public health officials. At this time, a gathering as large and populous as Mayfest negates the efforts to minimize the effects of COVID-19. The cancelation will help advance the health of our community, allowing for future opportunities to safely congregate and unite once again. We are enthusiastically planning the 50th anniversary of Mayfest on May 5-8, 2022. Now more than ever, we look forward to connecting people to the river, our parks and each other in a safe, welcoming environment.”
Trinity Collaborative Inc., formally known as Mayfest Inc., recently expanded the organization’s operations to produce other events and introduce new programs in addition to the annual Mayfest festival. Plans are underway for new, exciting developments that support the organization’s mission to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs.
The Camp Bowie District is launching an economic development plan designed to create a healthier economic structure, drive investment and growth to Camp Bowie and result in an improved tax base and growth in property values.
“We believe that with these additional resources we will be able to give our property owners, businesses and members intel that they otherwise would not have access to,” said Wade G. Chappell, executive director of the Camp Bowie District. “Our aim is to build a stronger business community for today and tomorrow.”
Chappell mentioned the challenging year for small businesses and growth along Camp Bowie, but said that with the completion of a rebranding campaign and the launch of the Strategic Economic Development Plan, “we are setting the course for success.”
The plan includes two aspects. The first will conduct an economic analysis of the Camp Bowie district to identify key opportunities and threats to Camp Bowie’s economy and help protect businesses. The second part will focus on creating an improved vision of the commercial corridor.
The district is working with Buxton, a firm that is conducting an economic analysis. After months of data collection, Camp Bowie District will be able to provide property and business owners with crucial market research data.
“As Fort Worth and its economy bounce back from the pandemic, the economic structure will continue to evolve as we adjust to the new normal,” said Mark Harris, Camp Bowie board member and economic development committee member. “By actively staying ahead and understanding the economic landscape of Camp Bowie Boulevard, we can fulfill tactics that will increase the economic opportunity for businesses and property owners in the district.”
Camp Bowie Boulevard’s historic assets place the district in a position to compete with its peer districts while repositioning itself to attract and retain new and old audiences. Building on a well-established lineup of merchants, the strategic plan will position the district to compete with peers such as the Near Southside, the Stockyards and Clearfork.
Consistent with the City of Fort Worth’s economic goals, the design of the plan ensures it can retain existing Camp Bowie businesses and create opportunities for smart development and complementary businesses.
Register for the virtual State of the City Address. The livestreamed event will provide an exclusive opportunity to see “Betsy Unplugged,” as Mayor Betsy Price speaks candidly about the current state of Fort Worth and her time as Fort Worth’s longest-serving mayor.
The event begins at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 25 with visits to sponsors in the virtual Expo area and one-on-one networking. The program begins at noon.
NBC-5 morning newscaster Deborah Ferguson will interview Price. The program will focus on how the city remains Standing Strong headed into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event is free to watch on Hopin. For $20, viewers can opt to join Hopin’s 1:1 Networking feature, which allows audience members to match with other attendees for five-minute conversations designed to build their networks and establish new connections.
Organizers encourage attendees to host a watch party at the office – following company safety rules, of course – and to take part in the event by sharing photos and using the hashtag #FWTXStandingStrong. Be sure to wear masks, convene in a space like a conference room or training room that has enough room for social distancing and support a local restaurant by ordering lunch for the team.
To learn more, contact the Fort Worth Chamber.
City officials raised the Fort Worth flag Tuesday on a 20-story building that will be the new City Hall next year.
Fort Worth closed on the building on Jan. 27. The purchase price was $69.5 million, and renovations will bring the total estimated project budget to $100 million. Renovations will include constructing new public meeting spaces and reconfiguring offices.
The former Pier 1 Imports headquarters building, at 100 Energy Way, is a landmark glass tower that commands the skyline on the west side of Fort Worth’s Downtown. The building is situated on an 11.9-acre site overlooking the Trinity River.
An interdepartmental steering team of city employees will guide visioning, programming and transition for the new City Hall, current City Hall and several other city-owned and leased buildings in Downtown and Near Southside.
The team will be assisted by a project management consultant, who will then hire an architect and construction manager-at-risk to complete renovations at the new City Hall. The business equity goal is 10% for project management.
Move-in is expected to begin in 2022.
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