Full-Strength Fort Worth

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, Fort Worth must be able to compete at full strength on an international stage for businesses, resources and top talent.

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But Fort Worth can't operate at its full potential while parts of the community remain on the sidelines. Several of the city's neighborhoods have been negatively impacted by years of historic disinvestment and a lack of economic opportunity, creating opportunities of unrealized potential throughout the city. Addressing these critical issues is not only essential to Fort Worth's long-term success, but it is also the right thing to do to ensure that all of our city's residents are able to participate in and benefit from Fort Worth's growing economic success.

The Full-Strength Fort Worth framework has been introduced to help address and inspire more economic activity in these business corridors. The Full-Strength Fort Worth framework will combine the expertise of local and national partners with the City's resources and tools, to create a comprehensive revitalization strategy that prioritizes equity and preservation, celebrates diversity, and creates exciting communities where everyone can thrive.

The Full-Strength Fort Worth's Revitalization Toolkit also allows for a customized, tailored approach towards development in each community, so that each solution can be as unique as the community itself.

Full-Strength Fort Worth’s structure aligns key partners, resources, and neighborhood leaders towards a new vision —  a vision of Fort Worth where all of its neighborhoods are celebrated as equitable drivers of economic change, allowing the city to compete at full-strength for businesses, resources and top talent.

The initiative is further supported by the recent refresh of the city's Economic Development Strategic Plan(PDF, 3MB), which strongly encourages equity-focused initiatives that also strengthen the local economy.

The ultimate goal of the Full-Strength Fort Worth initiative is to create equitable economic vitality and resiliency, while empowering the community and preserving each area's quality of place. 

  • Develop high-quality, sustainable investments in underserved communities, providing them with long-term economic resiliency.
  • Create equitable opportunities and quality of life across Fort Worth's various neighborhoods.
  • Design quality places and vibrant communities for residents and visitors alike.
  • Collaborate with communities, local partners and outside organizations to develop strong commercial corridors.
  • Create new businesses and job opportunities that can be supported by surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Establish more mixed-income housing opportunities citywide.
  • Minimize displacement while preserving the community and character of neighborhoods.
  • Provide communities with access to economic development resources, empowering them to be active in the future of their neighborhoods.
  • Guide future development by considering and preserving the cultural assets of Fort Worth's historic neighborhoods.

 

 


Areas of Impact

Full-Strength Fort Worth's areas of impact are focused along key commercial corridors within the Central City that are in need of revitalization, including the preservation of historical and cultural assets, redevelopment of pre-existing sites, and business attraction and retention. While several of these areas include corridors in Fort Worth's east and southeast areas, there are also additional corridors throughout the city that also require tailored, thoughtful revitalization efforts.

  • Altamesa & McCart
  • Como
  • East Berry
  • East Lancaster
  • Historic Handley
  • Historic Southside
  • Near Northside
  • Polytechnic
  • Riverside East
  • Stop Six
  • West Camp Bowie

 

View a PDF map of the City of Fort Worth's Revitalization Zones(PDF, 633KB)

View the Revitalization Target Areas on a GIS Map

  


Revitalization Toolkit

Each of Fort Worth's neighborhoods has its own distinct characteristics. That’s why a customized approach for revitalization and future development opportunities is required — an approach that addresses each neighborhood’s needs while also emphasizing its strengths and considering its personality.

There are a variety of tools in the Full-Strength Fort Worth toolbox that can be combined in different ways to create customized strategies for development and investment that are just as unique as the community itself.

 

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Customized, community-led transformation strategies

The Full-Strength Fort Worth initiative empowers neighborhoods to develop and lead customized revitalization plans that are unique to their specific goals and needs.

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New mixed-income housing

To make central-city housing options more affordable, a variety of different price points need to be available in the same area to help ensure that residents who are currently part of the community can still afford to live there.

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Alignment of incentives and resources

City incentives and other funding sources are focused on creating equitable, long-lasting investment in Fort Worth's various communities.

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Quality of life retail, and healthy food access

When a community has what it needs, it thrives. Access to nearby retailers, grocery stores, and walkable surroundings are critical to a neighborhood's overall health.

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City-led catalytic projects

The City of Fort Worth is taking the lead on projects that will inspire future development and investment in local neighborhoods.

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Storytelling and data

This initiative will use cutting-edge data to inform neighborhood strategies and tell the broader business story of each individual Fort Worth community.

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Support for entrepreneurship and small business

Small businesses, "mom and pop" establishments, and local entrepreneurs are the heart of Fort Worth. This initiative and its partnerships will help businesses like these grow and thrive.

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Community partnerships and capacity-building

The Full-Strength Fort Worth initiative is all about partnerships, both local and national, that will empower communities to reach their fullest potential.

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Small-scale, incremental development

Small-scale development allows communities to grow gradually in size and scale, creating long-term change that still preserves the existing characteristics and personality of the area.

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Placemaking and design

Each of Fort Worth's neighborhoods has its own personality, and those characteristics should be promoted and celebrated by locals and visitors alike.

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Access to patient capital

With access to capital that doesn't require an immediate return on their investment, new development and projects that are more focused on community needs can become a reality.

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Community education and empowerment

The community is in the driver's seat, with the City and its partners helping educate stakeholders to better attract the types of development opportunities that could help the neighborhood meet its goals.


Fort Worth Main Street Pilot Program

As part of the Full Strength Fort Worth initiative, the City is kicking off its first ever pilot program with Main Street America, a proven national leader in revitalizing commercial districts in several cities across the country. Fort Worth will be partnering with Main Street America to support community economic development and the revitalization of commercial districts in Fort Worth's central city.

Through a competitive Request for Applications process, two pilot communities and their managing entities will be selected to receive direct support from Main Street America over a three-year time frame. This pilot program will include funding for a community-focused, full-time staff person (also known as a "community quarterback") dedicated to implementing the long-term revitalization strategy developed in collaboration with Main Street America, as well as funding to implement projects and other development that supports the overall strategy and drives private investment into the district.

Applications for the pilot program closed at 8 p.m. CST, Friday, June 6, 2022. They are currently in review, and a final decision is expected in early August.

 

Learn more about the Main Street Pilot Program


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