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  • 10 May 2022 12:45 PM | Anonymous

    a headshotThe City of Fort Worth has selected their first Chief Communications Officer, Reyne Telles. After a thorough national search, Telles has accepted the position and will officially assume this position on June 6.

    In his new position, Telles will oversee the city's Communications & Public Engagement Department, Governmental Relations and Educational Strategies Divisions and the City Manager's administrative staff.

    Telles has more than two decades of professional experience and, most recently, was vice president and Public Sector Practice leader with Cooksey Communications. Telles guided Cooksey’s governmental clients through in-depth communications audits, institutional planning and execution of engagement approaches that target and reach key stakeholders.

    “Fort Worth’s positive vibe is grounded in the community’s vitality, a collective sense of purpose, rich history and genuine authenticity. I hope to carry forward that authenticity by emphasizing ways the City of Fort Worth uses two-way communication to engage, inform and listen to residents,” Telles said. “It is an exciting and dynamic time in the City of Fort Worth, which makes me even more enthusiastic about the possibilities. I appreciate City Manager David Cooke and the vision to create this new role and look forward to joining the team.”

    Prior to Cooksey Communications, Telles spent six years as the executive director of communications and community engagement for the Austin Independent School District, where he led marketing, stakeholder and communications efforts that supported 130 schools and 81,000 students. He managed a department of more than 40 employees, which included a Lone Star Emmy-nominated, 24/7 public access television station, as well as the team responsible for the outreach and messaging behind a successful $1.1 billion bond (the largest in Central Texas history by any public sector entity at the time).

    Telles also spent six years with the City of Austin, the 11th-largest municipality in the country, as their media relations manager, where he earned recognition multiple times from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers for Best Media Relations and Best Social Media. He has also served as the director of communications for Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, building an executive-level communications plan and securing an appearance for the mayor on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

    In addition to having FEMA-National Incident Management System training and strong Emergency Operations Center experience, he has worked as a political reporter with a CBS affiliate, as a press secretary with the New Mexico Legislature and in nonprofit communications. He received his bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from Eastern New Mexico University and his master’s degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • 3 May 2022 7:55 PM | Anonymous

    a promotional series graphicDuring National Small Business Week, May 2-5, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the kickoff of the 2022 Governor’s Small Business Series to be held in-person in communities around the state, beginning in El Paso on May 5. The series comes to Fort Worth on June 9.

    The annual Governor’s Small Business Series connects small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with the resources and information needed to start, strengthen and grow a business.

    “Small businesses drive our state’s booming economy,” Abbott said. “Already home to three million small businesses that employ nearly half of the Texas workforce, our state is focused on developing an environment where entrepreneurs have the freedom to aspire, grow and prosper. I look forward to continue working with small businesses and communities in every region of the state to ensure they have the tools needed to succeed.”

    The Governor’s Small Business Series provides Texas small-business owners and entrepreneurs the opportunity to network with other business owners and meet experts who can share timely, relevant, actionable advice on a multitude of small business topics.

  • 3 May 2022 7:54 PM | Anonymous

    Movies That Matter, a film series program of the City of Fort Worth’s Human Relations Commission, will present Woman on Fire at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.

    Admission is free. Make reservations online

    This portrait of courage under fire celebrates New York City’s first openly transgender firefighter. For Brooke Guinan, fighting fires runs in her blood – both her father and grandfather served in the FDNY. But as a transgender woman, her path to service has not been without obstacles. Transitioning from male to female in what is still an overwhelmingly macho profession proves a challenge for her coworkers and her family, while her boyfriend reckons with the impact of Brooke’s newly public profile on his parents.

    View a trailer

    Movies That Matter was created in 2010 as a way to create awareness in the community about human rights issues affecting people in Fort Worth and worldwide. The series presents human rights-related film screenings and moderated discussions. The program is managed by the Diversity & Inclusion Department.

  • 3 May 2022 7:53 PM | Anonymous

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    The Fort Worth Police Department and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association invite residents to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the annual Peace Officers Memorial Service.

    The service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, 2201 W. Seventh St.

  • 3 May 2022 11:20 AM | Anonymous

    The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites public participation in a Master Plan Committee meeting May 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. when an initial concept for the master plan design will be revealed.  

    The consultant team for the master plan led by landscape architecture firm Studio Outside has gathered input from the committee, staff members, and the general public for the future of the FWBG|BRIT campus. Based on compilation of this data, the team will present their findings and a proposed design that will inform the direction and priorities for the next 20 years of infrastructure and facility improvements across the 120-acre campus. 

    After a presentation, attendees are invited to provide comment in a conversational format with a dedicated staff member or via a comment card.  

    The meeting will take place in the Garden Center Lecture Hall located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107.  For more information on the Master Planning effort visit: fwbg.org/masterplan

  • 2 May 2022 6:59 PM | Anonymous

    Join the Office of the Police Oversight Monitor to learn about the progress the office has made over the past two years and to hear answers to your questions.

    Choose from two dates:

    • Thursday, May 5, 6:30-8 p.m., City Council Chamber on the second floor at City Hall, 200 Texas St.
    • Monday, May 9, 6:30-8 p.m., Como Community Center, 4660 Horne St.

    Topics will include the 2020-21 Inaugural Biennial Report, a new online interactive complaint form, the 28th annual National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Conference, and a question-and-answer session. 

    To learn more, contact the Office of the Police Oversight Monitor by email or at 817-392-6535.

  • 2 May 2022 6:57 PM | Anonymous

    The North Central Texas Council of Governments will host a hybrid virtual and in-person meeting to gain residents’ input on regional transportation initiatives.

    The meeting will be at noon on Monday, May 9, at NCTCOG headquarters, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington. Attend in person or attend the meeting via phone by dialing 855-925-2801, then code 6341.

    These are the presentations:

    Mobility 2045 Update and 2022 Transportation Conformity. One of the primary responsibilities of a Metropolitan Planning Organization is the development and maintenance of a Metropolitan Transportation Plan. NCTCOG staff has initiated the development of an update to the current Metropolitan Transportation Plan, Mobility 2045, and will provide an overview of the draft plan materials

    Proposed awards from EV charging station call for projects. Staff will give an update on funding recommendations from the NCTCOG Electric Vehicle Charging Station Call for Projects April 22 application deadline.

    AV2.1: Preparing for Emerging Transportation Technology with Local Partners. In 2021, work began on NCTCOG’s regional planning exercise looking at future mobility development in the region — AV2.1: Planning for Local Partners. https://www.connectntxfutures.org/ In May, NCTCOG staff will present an update on the status of the project, including information about early scenario development efforts, public outreach initiatives and educational materials in development for interested school districts.

    East/west funding formula update. With the passage of each new transportation funding bill, the funding distributions between the eastern and western portions of the Dallas-Fort Worth region are re-evaluated. An overview of the process for establishing the funding split and the proposed new splits for both mobility and air quality funds will be provided for review and comment.

    2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program. The Transportation Improvement Program is a federally and state-mandated list of transportation projects with committed federal, state and local funding in a four-year period. Staff will present an overview of the Transportation Improvement Program development process and provide a final list of projects with funding in FY 2023-2026 and the Transportation Improvement Program document for review and comment.

    Parking garage policy and projects. NCTCOG staff has been working with several cities across the region on funding partnerships for parking garages in proximity to transit stations. An overview of the proposed policy pertaining to parking garage funding requests along with proposed projects will be presented for review and comment.

    To request a free roundtrip ride between NCTCOG and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, call 817-704-2510 or email at least 72 hours before the meeting.

  • 2 May 2022 6:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Fort Worth City Council work session will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in Room 2020 at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

    • Informal reports: February 2022 sales tax update; update on transit partnership projects with NCTCOG, Trinity Metro and TxDOT; management diversity report; public-private electric vehicle charging stations program; pavement markings update.
    • Presentations: Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund update; budget process.

    Watch the meeting live on Fort Worth TV, either online or on TV. You can also watch the meeting via the Fort Worth TV video library and on the city’s YouTube channel

    Other May 3 Council meetings:

    • Audit Committee, 11 a.m. in Room 2020 at City Hall.
    • City Council executive session, noon.
    • City Council public comment meeting, 6 p.m., Council Chamber at City Hall. Fill out a speaker comment card

  • 1 May 2022 7:03 PM | Anonymous

    a headshotAfter a national search, Leann Guzman has been named Fort Worth’s next city attorney. She joined the City Attorney’s Office in March 2004 as a prosecuting attorney. City Council will appoint her at its next meeting on May 10.

    “Leann is a trusted confidant, savvy problem solver and dedicated professional with more than 18 years spent diligently serving our city,” Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker said. “She has a deep knowledge and experience addressing the issues Fort Worth faces and a sharp legal expertise, and I look forward to having her continue to serve Fort Worth as city attorney.”

    In June 2005, Guzman moved into the Transactional Division, where she has provided advice and guidance to City Council, city boards and commissions and city staff on a variety of issues. She also served as section chief of the Real Estate and City Facilities Section of the City Attorney’s Office from 2013 until becoming deputy city attorney of the Transactional Division in August 2020. She serves as general counsel to the Fort Worth Local Development Corp. and the Central City Local Government Corp.

    Guzman has been a member of various organizations, including Government Lawyers Section, State Bar of Texas; International Municipal Lawyers Association; Texas City Attorneys Association; and the Tarrant County Bar Association.

    She attained a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998 and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.

    “I’m deeply honored to be selected as the next city attorney for Fort Worth and am excited for the opportunity to serve in this role,” Guzman said. “Great things are ahead for the city, and I look forward to leading the strong team in the City Attorney’s Office into a bright future.”

    Guzman replaces Sarah Fullenwider, who served as city attorney from 2011 through 2021. Fullenwider was the city’s first female city attorney.

  • 30 Apr 2022 6:01 PM | Anonymous

    Think you can solve a historic Fort Worth murder mystery? Try your hand at playing detective by examining the evidence and interviewing suspects to nab the killer during Fort Worth’s Log Cabin Village Midsummer Murder Mystery event, from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

    Prizes will be awarded to detectives who correctly solve the 19th-century mystery.

    Due to the nature of the evidence presented, this event is for sleuths 16 years and older. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. During registration, select either the 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. time slot. The event is come-and-go at your own pace.

    Space is limited and registration is required. The fee is $20 per participant if registering before June 3, or $25 after June 3. The fee includes admission to Log Cabin Village. Register online or call 817-392-5881.

    To learn more about the event, contact Shae Nawoj, assistant historic site supervisor, by email or at 817-392-6768.

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