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About Betsy

Mayor Betsy Price – Fort Worth’s Homegrown Leader

When Betsy Price was first elected Mayor in 2011, she brought an ambitious vision to raise the bar for the city of Fort Worth. This started with improving the basics of any growing city – public safety, mobility, fiscal responsibility and job growth. She also wanted to help ensure a sustainable city for future generations by promoting grassroots public engagement, supporting healthy lifestyles and championing public education.

Prior to serving as Mayor, Betsy has been an active mother and a leader in the Fort Worth community for years, serving numerous boards, commissions and professional associations. She’ll be quick to say that, prior to her public service, one of her favorite community roles was to lead the PTA for Paschal High School, watching bright local youth grow into productive members of the community.

After running her own successful business for 17 years, Betsy turned to public service and was first elected in 2000 to serve as Tarrant County’s Tax Assessor. Not afraid to ask the tough questions, Betsy quickly made her department one of the most efficient in Texas, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

Betsy graduated from Arlington Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Together with Tom, her husband of 40 years and an insurance agent, Betsy has three adult children, Kathryn, Phillip and Paul. In her spare time, Betsy is an avid cyclist and enjoys spending quality time with her four grandchildren.

Betsy Price – Getting results for Fort Worth families

Making every tax dollar count

  • Led city management and the city council to reduce the city’s property tax rate by 7 cents in 3 years.
  • Led the systematic plan to ensure the city is responsibly building financial capacity to address the city’s growing infrastructure needs.
  • Engaged local businesses and philanthropic organizations to support public projects. The rebuilt Forest Park Pool, the Blue Zones certification and the city’s FitWorth healthy initiative are just a few examples.
  • Led the effort to make bold changes to the city’s pension plan to protect taxpayers and stabilize the fund for current and future retirees. Worked with the Fort Worth city manager and all employee groups to ensure the Fort Worth Employee’s Retirement fund remains solvent, creating a pension solution for all employees without asking the Texas Legislature for help.
  • Championed new technology and database upgrades at Fort Worth City Hall, and led the charge to make needed process improvements to the city’s complicated permitting processes that ultimately streamlined customer service for citizens and businesses.
  • Engaged local businesses and philanthropic organizations to support public projects. The rebuilt Forest Park Pool, the Blue Zones certification and the city’s FitWorth healthy initiative are just a few examples.

Ensuring every child has access to quality education from cradle to career

  • Led the effort to create Read Fort Worth, which has become an unprecedented coalition of businesses, civic, education, philanthropic, nonprofit and volunteer leaders to ensure that 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading to learn by 2025.
  • Champion for quality early childhood education, introducing a blueprint for Fort Worth to create “Great Spaces and Places for Kids.”
  • Created an education and literacy initiative at the City of Fort Worth to ensure all city afterschool and summer programming align with Read Fort Worth.
  • With support from the private sector and endowment from the Wallace Foundation, created the non-profit organization called SPARC!, with the mission to strengthen after-school programs in Fort Worth.

Maintaining a vibrant economy and providing jobs for working families through talent attraction and supporting small business and entrepreneurship

  • Promoted the urban development strategy to strengthen the city’s urban core, promote new residential and retail development and bring citizens back into the central city while still providing quality city services to those who prefer to live outside Loop 820.
  • In coordination with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Black Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, South East Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and led by the City of Fort Worth Economic Development department – Mayor Price rolled out a comprehensive economic development strategic plan for Fort Worth.
  • Led the recruitment efforts for major corporation presence, relocation and expansion efforts for companies like Facebook, Amazon Air, General Electric, Ben E. Keith, Galderma, Smith & Nephew and many others.
  • Championed the partnership between the City of Fort Worth and The Beck Group, the integrated architecture and construction firm, launching a new construction program for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) called The Beck School of Construction Fort Worth.
  • Raised the requirement for MWBE contract requirements to 25 percent for city contracts
  • Supported the local “Ban the Box” effort for the city of Fort Worth to provide applicants seeking a job at the city a fair chance at employment by removing the conviction history question from city job applications and delaying background checks until later in the hiring process.

Maintaining strong and safe neighborhoods

  • Promoted the efforts to designate community redevelopment funds to target specific community improvements, which has resulted in measurable positive change in the Stop Six, Ash Crescent and Northside neighborhoods, including reduced crime, the cleaning up of blighted areas and enhanced city infrastructure and reinvestment in neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life of longtime residents.
  • Constructed a new state-of-the-art Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, ensuring the city has a state of the art public safety training facility for police, fire and all emergency personnel.
  • Added a sixth Police District to ensure effective public safety services for the citizens of the expanding north reaches of Fort Worth.
  • Supported community policing initiatives and the Crime Control and Prevention District, both of which have been game-changers when it comes to fighting crime.
  • Created the Fort Worth Race and Culture Task Force that resulted in dozens of actionable recommendations spanning a broad base of topics, including health care access, criminal justice reform, improved access to transportation, economic development and more.
  • Championed the efforts to expand emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing capacity to support homeless citizens.

Expanding mobility options and investments in transportation infrastructure

  • Led the efforts to draft the multi-year strategy to systematically shift more city dollars into capital infrastructure projects without increasing tax rates.
  • Ensured that TEXRail was a success – getting Fort Worth residents on commuter rail from downtown to DFW International Airport – and with continued plans to take TEXRail south to the medical district, TCU and to the new Tarleton Campus. Along with supporting the transportation needs of Fort Worth travelers, this rail service provides countless inner-city residents with direct access to the thousands of jobs at DFW Airport.
  • Created a new city position—the Mobility and Innovation Officer—to sharpen our city’s focus and coordination efforts in order to build upon our efforts to expand transit and mobility services.
  • Championed the city to adopt its first Complete Streets policy that will guide the city’s street design for decades to come, ensuring major city streets are safe for all modes of transportation.
  • Championed the effort to combine the city’s previous Walk and Bike transportation plans into a more comprehensive and useful Active Transportation Plan that will guide city transportation programs.
  • Championed the Fort Worth B-Cycle program as the city’s first shared transportation option.
  • Led the effort to deregulate the vehicle-for-hire industry in Fort Worth so citizens can safely enjoy the convenience of innovative public transportation companies, like Uber and Lyft.
  • Adopted the Safe Passing Ordinance, to codify the rights of cyclists to safely share the road with other travelers.

Building a healthy community

  • Led the 5-year effort that resulted in Fort Worth, in 2018, becoming the largest American city to receive the distinguished Blue Zones certification. The Blue Zones Projects® leverages secrets discovered in rare longevity hotspots around the world to help transform communities across the U.S. into areas where the healthy choice is easy. As a result, people live longer with a higher quality of life.
  • Led the effort to create the FitWorth program to promote active lifestyles and healthy habits in both kids and adults. With support from corporate partners, FitWorth is working to stem the rising tide of obesity, especially in children. Thanks to FitWorth, employers, schools, hospitals, faith communities, non-profits and retailers are energized and actively promoting a more healthy and sustainable city.
  • Created the Fort Worth Mayor’s Triathlon, Tour de Fort Worth and the Mayor’s Spooky Bike ride, each of which have become broadly recognized fun events for both citizens and visitors.
  • Promoted greenspace preservation and park expansion. Whether it’s the significant Gateway Park improvements, ZBoaz Dog Park, new recreation facilities or new trail connections—they all have to do with expanding opportunities for citizens and families to enjoy the outdoors.

Creating more opportunities for citizens to engage with their city

  • Funded SteerFW to provide a forum for young Fort Worth citizens to get more engaged with solving city challenges and seizing opportunities.
  • Matched the need for improved public engagement with available technology—bringing Citibot to Fort Worth residents in the Spring of 2019. This service will allow citizens to more easily engage with their city, to log complaints and provide suggestions about how to improve city services: https://www.citibot.io/
  • Established the Compassionate Fort Worth Cabinet to bring a diverse group of faith leaders together to promote unity and volunteerism throughout Fort Worth. This cabinet helped pass the Fort Worth “Charter for Compassion” to help strengthen and support broad unity and compassion for all Fort Worth residents.
  • Created new and creative ways for more citizens to connect with the Mayor’s office, including a new Town Hall series that provides fun and engaging ways for citizens to connect with their city leaders, including regular rolling, walking and caffeinated town halls.