Heads of the three major chambers of commerce and Visit Fort Worth issued statements this month in reaction to the major national crises: the coronavirus and the everlasting virus of racism.
FWMBCC President and CEO Devoid Jennings, as is his nature, focused his statement on economic development, particularly talking about three “immediate actionable items”:
- The “Preserve the Fort” grants (mentioned above) for small minority businesses to help them stay afloat,
- Assist our business and corporate community in identifying local talent for the “C” suites, and
- Help Fort Worth public and private entities do a much better job in spreading the wealth locally. “Specifically we must diligently work on those economic equity issues that are highlighted in the city’s ‘Race and Culture’ task force recommendations.”
Jennings said, “While we deeply understand the social, health, civic, and lack of wealth issues that have decimated our communities, we want to look at immediate actionable items that help create a ‘Forward Fort Worth.’
“For almost every social ill, there is an economic answer; that’s our ‘Path Forward.’”