About FWSI

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About FWSI

Fort Worth South, Inc. (FWSI) is a private, member-funded, non-profit 501(c)(4) development company dedicated to the revitalization of Fort Worth’s Near Southside. FWSI began as a small coalition of Near Southside businesses and community leaders and has grown dramatically over the last decade. Our members and staff are fully dedicated to the district’s continued success, and we always welcome businesses and residents that are interested in joining the team. You’ll find that it’s a fun group and a great cause.

This district’s history dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when it was developed as the city’s first streetcar suburb. Today the Near Southside is an eclectic and diverse mixed-use community and the second largest employment center in Tarrant County, with around 30,000 jobs. The economic anchors for the district are the longstanding institutions and industries that continue to prosper. The most renowned economic engine is the Near Southside’s Medical District, home to Tarrant County’s five major hospitals as well as dozens of independent medical clinics. Other types of businesses, including a concentration of creative firms, are now calling the Near Southside home, diversifying the district’s employment base.

An amazing renaissance is underway in the Near Southside, with dozens of restoration and new construction projects transforming the district and attracting new residents and businesses. Visitors from throughout the region come here to visit the area’s acclaimed restaurants and historic landmarks. FWSI is leading the effort to sustain the momentum and create an even brighter future for the Near Southside.

We hope you will join us.

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Origins & Mission

Origins & Mission

FWSI was organized in 1996 to implement a strategic plan for revitalizing the area. Fort Worth’s central city was in disrepair, and many sections of the Near Southside were dominated by dilapidated buildings, struggling businesses, and few remaining residents.

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Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors & Staff

FWSI’s Board of Directors is a representative cross-section of the organization’s membership. Board members’ generous contributions over the years have been the driving force behind the remarkable change the Near Southside has seen since FWSI’s creation in 1995.

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FWSI Newsletters

FWSI Newsletters

Fort Worth South, Inc. publishes a monthly newsletter with updates on events, projects, openings, and other Near Southside happenings. The newsletter is distributed electronically via email to subscribers and also through posts to the Near Southside, Fort Worth Facebook page.  

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Awards

Awards

Near Southside businesses are regularly recognized in local, state, and even national “Best Of” contests. (The FW Weekly’s annual issue usually has 40-60 Near Southside winners.) As the district’s progress has gained attention, FWSI has also been recognized for of our work.

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Donations

Donations

FWSI’s work to improve this amazing neighborhood is made possible through generous support from hundreds of businesses, property owners, and Southside residents. Most of these supporters are members that contribute to FWSI through annual membership dues. Others, however, for a variety of reasons, prefer to support FWSI through a simple, one-time donation.

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Become a Member

Become a Member

You are cordially invited to join Fort Worth South, Inc., the community organization working to revitalize the Near Southside. Fort Worth South initiates marketing and redevelopment programs to create a vibrant urban village where people live, work, and play within an inviting and diverse community. We are a private, member-funded, 501(c)4 non-profit redevelopment organization created in 1996 by community leaders dedicated to revitalizing the Near Southside.

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