Home > News

Economic Development team members honored by DFW Minority Supplier Development Council

Posted Nov. 21, 2018

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.
group shot
Economic Development and Office of Business Diversity staff, from left to right, includes Patty Wilson, Vickie Young, Adrian Zavala, Gwen Wilson, Robert Sturns, Melani Valle, and Tash Kilgore.

Robert Sturns and Gwen Wilson, both of the City of Fort Worth Economic Development Department, were honored at the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council 45th Annual E-Awards ceremony Nov. 16.

Sturns, who is the city’s Economic Development director, was named Executive Advocate of the Year. Wilson, who is a business development manager on the Economic Development team, was named Supplier Diversity Professional of the Year.

“The Economic Development team is thrilled to be recognized for our work with the DFW Minority Supplier Development Council,” Sturns said. “Our partnership with the Council plays a vital role in helping keep Fort Worth competitive for high-growth businesses and top talent, thanks to the opportunities and resources we can provide to minority and women-owned businesses to help set them up for success.”

The event also recognized the City of Fort Worth for its work developing public-private partnerships for the new Dickies Arena, which included a successful outreach effort that resulted in more than $58.6 million in contracted Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) participation to date. As part of this outreach effort, the Economic Development department partnered with the Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council to identify certified MBEs to work on the project, and held four community outreach events that provided a unique setting for MBEs and arena contractors to network and discuss ways to work together on the project.

Additionally, the city partnered with Events Facilities Fort Worth, Beck Construction, the Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Hispanic Contractor’s Association, the Black Contractor’s Association and several clergy members to help achieve this level of participation from the MBE community.

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News

Calendar

The Mayor's Community Engagement Workshops & 2018 Neighborhood Awards: 8 a.m. Feb. 16, 2019; Doxology Bible Church , 4805 Arborlawn Dr, 76115.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Chisholm Trail Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 16, 2019; Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4936 McPherson Blvd.

Workforce Solutions Youth Advisory Council: 9 a.m. Feb. 19, 2019; Board Large Conference Room, 1320 S. University Dr Suite 600.
View the agenda »

Canceled Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled Fort Worth Local Development Corporation: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled Central City Local Government Corporation: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled AllianceAirport Authority: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled Lone Star Local Government Corporation: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18 St.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association Collective Bargaining Negotiations: 1 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Councill Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Urban Design Commission Work Session: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Black History Program at Southside Community Center: 11 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Workforce Delivery Systems Committee: noon Feb. 21, 2019; Board Large Conference Room, 1320 S. Univeristy Drive Suite 600.
View the agenda »

Black History Program at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Property Taxes 101 Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

View the full city calendar and current meetings.