Economic Development

If you need a large talented labor pool, low cost of living, high quality of life, a business friendly environment and strong infrastructure - all with easy access to national and international markets - give us a call. If you are already part of our city, Fort Worth appreciates your investment in our community and we are here to help you grow and prosper.

Learn more about our Economic Development Plan.


Public comment period open for Lake Arlington/Berry/Stalcup area RFEI

The top three candidates have been chosen to develop the vacant property at 5401 and 5425 E. Berry St. in Historic Stop Six. Residents are encouraged to review the proposals and complete the online survey to indicate which plan they think would be the best fit for the neighborhood.

Responses for the public comment period are due by 11:59 p.m. April 14, 2021, CST.

Learn more.

Incentive Programs

Business Development Resources

A major component of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development Department is to identify resources and growth opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Office of Small Business and Office of Business Diversity are divisions of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development department and help build upon that mission.



The Fort Worth Business Plan Competition is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that makes Fort Worth so unique. By the end of the competition, participants will have the tools, the strategy, and the mindset to grow their seed of an idea into a flourishing business. It also anchors their roots in a passionate, supportive community of like-minded individuals, mentors, and movers-and-shakers, all well-versed in the area's business ecosystem and all committed to helping these small businesses grow to their fullest potential.







The Office of Small Business  provides the framework to cultivate the next generation of entrepreneurs, create a robust pipeline of micro-enterprises and provide growth opportunities for established small businesses.




Additional contact information

The Economic Development Department works with a variety of local and regional partners to help provide the most accurate information on several topics.

Business license

Tarrant County Clerk's Office: 817-884-1195

Chambers of Commerce

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce: 817-336-2491
Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce: 817-871-6538
Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: 817-625-5411


North Central Texas Council of Government:* 817-640-3300
Texas Department of Transportation: 817-370-5600


Texas Workforce Commission: 817-861-2150
Occupational Safety & Health Admin (OSHA): 817-428-2470

Licenses and permits

Tarrant County Health Department: 817-871-7200
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission: 817-451-9466
State Licenses and Permits: 800-888-0511



Better Business Bureau: 817-332-7585


State Sales Tax:** 800-252-5555
Federal Taxes: 800-829-1040



 Strategic Development & Revitalization

1150 South Freeway, Suite 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-392-6021 (phone)
817-392-6031 (fax)

Office of Small Business
1150 South Freeway, Suite 106
Fort Worth, TX 76104
817-392-2622 (phone)
817-392-6031 (fax)

Robert Sturns