East Fort Worth Business Association - EFWBA - was created in 1974 to give East Fort Worth business owners a place to meet, and a to have a voice for the advancement, development and improvement of the infra-structure in East Fort Worth, and to provide an atmosphere for businesses to interact and develop relationships for friendship, community and business.
Our meetings presentations cover events and politics affecting the business environment. We provide civic and community information, plans for development of new businesses, roads, trade areas, recreational areas and Educational projects of vital interest to East Fort Worth.
EFWBA advocates for the advancement, development, and improvement of the infra-structure of East Fort Worth (this includes street design, zoning, landscaping, and beautification projects), reviewing and critiqueing issues and projects of interest to business and community of East Fort Worth.
The mission is still the same today for this long-lived organization. Since its inception in 1974 as a 501(c)4, so that we could be involved in non-partisan political issues. Working with the neighborhoods and Fort Worth City Government offices for the betterment of East Fort Worth sometimes leads to involvement in the political arena.
Now that most of our members have been fully vaccinated, we are meeting in person! We hope you can join us.
If not, we will still be online, using Zoom software.
If your computer does NOT have a camera, you can still listen in and see everyone else, and your name will show in your "Hollywood square". This is where the Chat function really becomes helpful.
To install Zoom on your computer, phone or tablet, start here:
NOTE: You don't have to install the Zoom app, but it makes viewing a meeting easier, and ensures that all your equipment works. When the link for the current month meeting is created, it will be posted here:
If you get stuck, or have questions, call Kat, our computer tech expert at: 817-451-6276.
Bivens, who represents Council District 5 in Fort Worth, has served on the Regional Transportation Council since August 2021. This new position will help her lead the 44-member transportation policymaking body for the next year.
Collin County Commissioner Duncan Webb was elected chair. Webb takes over for Commissioner Theresa Daniel of Dallas County, who has chaired the RTC through its transition from virtual meetings to in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Webb will steer the RTC through the 88th Texas Legislature, which begins in January.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins will be the next secretary. The new officers will serve in their positions through June 2023.
The Regional Transportation Council includes local elected or appointed officials from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and representatives from the area's transportation providers. As the transportation policymaking body for the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth area, the RTC oversees transportation planning for the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country, which has a population of approximately 8 million.
The RTC guides the development of roadway, rail and bicycle-pedestrian plans and programs; allocates transportation funds; and recommends projects to the Texas Transportation Commission for other programs. The policymaking body also ensures transportation services are coordinated throughout the region and the metropolitan area complies with federal air quality standards.
One of the RTC’s core functions is the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, a blueprint for the transportation system over a period of 20-25 years. An update to the current plan, Mobility 2045, was approved by the RTC last week. Mobility 2045: 2022 Update must now receive a transportation conformity determination by the U.S. Department of Transportation certifying that it complies with federal air quality regulations.
The region's long- and short-range transportation plans must comply with federal air quality regulations as 10 Dallas-Fort Worth area counties – Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise – are in nonattainment for ozone pollution.
The RTC has historically taken an innovative approach to meeting the region’s transportation and air quality challenges, allowing the policymakers to enhance the quality of life throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Wanda Conlin and her husband, Don Boren, stand outside their home in East Fort Worth.
In the latest installment of the Fort Worth Report's occasional conversations with Fort Worth newsmakers, Don Boren, chairman of the City Plan Commission, discusses the role of the commission and how it helps the city shape its development.
In a separate interview, Wanda Conlin, vice chairwoman of the Zoning Commission, discusses the role of the commission and how residents can participate in the process.
This dynamic duo is who keeps Fort Worth moving in the right direction!
by Wanda Conlin
When the original Mexican Inn building on East Lancaster began sliding down the hill in the back, Chris Carrol, owner of the Mexican Inns and Spring Creek Barbeque restaurants, made a wonderful decision for East Fort Worth. He would build a new facility on the same property after demolishing the old building.
My son Jim and I owned and published the Greater Meadowbrook News at the time, and Jim decided we had to have an interview and pictures before the demolition took place. Those of us who have been here for some time loved the beautiful old tiles and atmosphere of the original building and Jim wanted to preserve as much as we could.
Chris Carroll was delighted to meet with Jim and the pictures were made and the history shared.
When the new building was completed and a grand opening date was decided on, Becky Carroll came to our Oakland office to determine how we could form a partnership for the good of East Fort Worth. Becky and I decided on a Spirit Night where East Fort Worth Business Association would get the people there and Mexican Inn would share the proceeds from the evening with us. That was in April of 2006 and we have been partnering twice a year since. No restrictions were put on the use of those dollars. The partnership has meant $28,000 over the years which East Fort Worth Business Association has used mostly for educational projects!
East Fort Worth Business Association has been an organization involved with economic and neighborhood issues for more than 45 years. We advocate for local businesses and support the neighborhoods in quality of life issues. Our focus in the past few years has been to make East Fort Worth an "Education Destination". We give student monetary gifts to help with school necessities, and we have bought books for nine elementary schools which feed into Eastern Hills High School.
Our partnership with Mexican Inn, thanks to the late Jim Conlin, has been strong and fruitful for East Fort Worth Business Association and for Mexican Inn. Check the photographs on the wall at the East Lancaster location for examples of Jim's work.