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Chris Strayer, the Chamber's SVP - Business Attraction & Retention, gave the first quarterly economic development update of 2019 last week at Ridglea Country Club. Chris presented the Business Attraction & Retention goals through 2021, and current ongoing projects. Pictured (l to r) are: Benjamin Robertson, Byrne Construction Services; and Chris Strayer, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. The update was sponsored by Byrne Construction Services.

Check out a recap of the update here.

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Don't butcher this, B: Mr. B called Brittni Schwarz, the princess of private events, about B&B Butchers & Restaurant's holy smokes, gratis Rare Force One luxury van for private parties. Mr. B was going to a VIP bar mitzvah in Houston and if we all had lunch at the B&B in Houston, could we go from here to there in Rare Force One? Brittni said if Mr. B didn't even suggest that idea in B2B Insider, she would give him a $100 gift card. So, you never read that. With your $100, you could get something for dinner such as a 20-ounce rib eye or the Chateaubriand for two. Or you could invite five besties for lunch and have soup, sandwiches and salads at the fab butcher shop. B&B even has BBQ tuna and chicken salads. There are sirloin and chicken and tuna and cheese and vegetarian sandwiches on hero or rye. And there are bagels ...with cream cheese and sliced Nova! Forget Houston, your party is at Clearfork.    
Spring has sprung: Stub Hub, Ticketmaster, scalpers and valets are expecting a huge weekend April 18-20. It's Good Friday, Passover and Easter. Seems nobody checked their calendars for a conflict, which means Erica Ashinhurst and her Gordon Boswell Flowers team of fabulosa florists will be as busy as bees as they bebop among petals. Gordon Boswell is an every-denomination mecca for flowers. Your preference for Easter might by lillies or tulips, daisies or daffodils; the centerpiece for your Seder might be violets or carnations. Whatever you want, however you need it, the Boswell artists will lift your spirits with their creations. Go online or in-store with this $65 gift card. 
This works for me: Mr. B says HeWork very well with Brooklyn Goin of WeWork. But his pay of 39 cents won't work at WeWork, even though Brooklyn has available space with the opening of two new co-working locations May 1. She will manage the downtown co-workers at 505 Main Street and 420 Commerce Street, which means she will be diligently (We)Working. Brooklyn explains the success of WeWork: "The nature of work is changing. WeWork offers companies of all sizes the opportunity to re-imagine their workspaces." There are special offers to be had for the opening and you can check it out early during a Hard Hat happy hour April 10 at 420 Commerce. Brooklyn gifted B2B Insider with your choice of a three-month hot desk (community space) or one month in a private office. Your choice of locations and no commitment. 

Cattle call:
This Saturday, the Cattle Raisers Museum is opening an art exhibition titled Tom Lea: Western Beef Cattle, on loan from the Dallas Museum of Art. Commissioned by LIFE magazine, the paintings are on public display for the first time. When you are talking cattle, Sherry (go with the) Flow is your go-to Cowgirl. She is the associate director of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation / Cattle Raisers Museum at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame And she's gonna have a beef with you if you don't come see Tom Lea. The best way is to win a Wrangler membership with benefits for two . This is what the $75 priceless package includes:
  • Free admission to the Cattle Raisers Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and National Cowgirl Museum.
  • Free grounds admission to the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
  • Free parking in the Museum Lot (except during the Stock Show)
  • Discounts in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and National Cowgirl Museum gift shops.
  • Invitations to members-only events. 
Don't sleep when you could win this: Along-side J.J. Watt, Jim McIngvale may be the most recognized hometown Houstonian. You may know him better as "Mattress Mack," the entrepreneurial Houston Gallery Furniture store owner who sent his trucks to rescue 400 flood victims from Hurricane Harvey, brought them to his store, fed them and clothed them, and provided new mattresses to sleep on ... forever. You can have a Mack attack this Friday in Southlake during the annual meeting of the Northeast Leadership Forum. Mack will speak and his buddy, PR pro John "The Fletch" Fletcher , who recruited him, is providing a ticket to two readers to the luncheon.  

Congratulations to the March 20th
Prize Winners:
  • Kimberly Matthys, HDR
  • Colton Davis, Alpha Industries
  • Sandi Mitchell,  APEX Mastery
  • Penny Espinosa, Crescent Real Estate
  • Dale Brock, Visiting Angels
  • Sherry Green, Technology Team

No pie-in-the-sky number: Mr. B was sitting at  Ridglea Country Club dreaming about its coconut pie and trying to pay closer attention to Chris Strayer, a  Chamber Senior Vice President, talk about economic development expansion and retention. Trying to decide, with or without whipped cream on top, when Strayer said, "I LOVE this number." He was talking about one area of the development pipeline having 20 percent distributors and 80 percent manufacturers. "That's a great number for us. Fort Worth is an easy sell for manufacturing because of its workforce."

Pressure to pass: "Howard and I bought the agency ( Shaw Insurance) from my mother in 2000," said Susan Shaw. "It's a good thing we passed the insurance test since we already owned the agency."
Homing in: One of the homes featured in the American Institute of Architects' Fort Worth homes tour May 18-19 had been destroyed by fire. Bennett Benner Partners designed LeAnn Behrens and David Montague's remodel around their impressive collection of art and books. The home was featured in the Wall Street Journal.
antique_bookstore.jpg Mobile, but immobile: With help from its foundation and the  North Texas Community Foundation- Bowden Family Fund, the Fort Worth Library has opened a satellite reading room(s) at Cambridge Court on Calmont Ave. It's a partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tarrant County and Fort Worth Housing Solutions.

Designs on disruption: Lankford Media, which produces "legendary events, creative content and industrial disruption," is new to Fort Worth and the Chamber and excited to be here. It has bought a place on 11th Street as close to 35W as you can get. Calls it the "design district."

"Nothing will ruin your Friday like realizing it's only Wednesday."
--Cortney Gumbleton
Get your tickets here: Just three weeks until the  The Chamber's Annual Meeting, sponsored by Frost at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth, and the big rumor is if New York again could secure an Amazon headquarters, then Mrs. Walton would buy New York and move it to Fort Worth. Robert Hess, the keynote speaker, could prove / disprove that rumor. He is vice chairman of Newmark Knight Frank's Global Strategy practice, a pre-eminent, sought-after service provider (re: Amazon) and respected leader in corporate location strategy and site selection. He and Chris Strayer, the Chamber's SVP Business Attraction & Retention, will converse about trends in talent/workforce, technology and innovation, global investment trends and markets, and what Fort Worth can do to elevate its profile.

Yay, we're No. 3! All Home Connections ( AT&T) says Fort Worth is the third "Smartest City" in Texas. The index provides an analysis focusing on connectivity (No. 7), transportation (No. 1) and green infrastructure (No. 10). Austin was No. 1.
Yay, we're No. 7! Fort Worth is ranked seventh for affordability by, a limited survey based on salary minus rent. Tulsa is No. 1.
girl-horse-jumping.jpg Triple KUDOS! Spencer Roberson turns 25 Friday. Last week, he became a three-time gold medalist in equestrian at the International Special Olympics in Dubai. His dad, Randy Roberson of Sandler Training Fort Worth, was with him and 7,500 athletes. Spencer was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and horses were one of the recommended therapies. Mandy Cleveland, with Stable Strides Farms, has coached him the entire time; these days, Spencer volunteers 30 hours a week helping other special needs riders. Spencer was one of six equestrian competitors representing the U.S. and won gold in English Equitation, English Working Trails and Dressage. His story and successes have been pitched to ESPN and Special Olympics as part of their 50 Game Changers series.

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