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Feb. 23 Economic Summit

Improving our Tarrant County community takes cross-sector collaboration among non-profits, for-profit companies, public and private organizations and government entities. With that in mind, United Way’s Feb. 23 Economic Summit will examine changes in philanthropy, workforce development and demand for services.

The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. (with 8:30 to 9:00 check-in) at the Amon Carter Center at Lena Pope, 3200 Sanguinet, Fort Worth. The cost is $25. Registration is online at unitedwaytarrant.org/summit.

Featured at the Economic Summit will be “A Conversation with Robert S. Kaplan,” President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Joining him in the conversation will be Andy Taft, President of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

Also on the program is Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams II, who will talk about Economic Development in Arlington. Rounding out the agenda will be a panel consisting of Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director for the City of Fort Worth; Brandom Gengelbach, Executive Vice President for Economic Development at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; and Sal Adamski, Workforce Improvement Director at Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County. Benjamin Rand, Tarrant County College Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development, will facilitate the panel.

Gyna Bivens will emcee the Economic Summit. She is a member of the Fort Worth City Council, President and CEO of North Texas LEAD (Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity), and a member of the United Way Diversity Committee. Others who will speak during the Economic Summit are Tim McKinney, United Way of Tarrant County President and CEO; Nancy Jones, President and CEO of the North Texas Community Foundation; and Kristy Odom, United Way Community Development Cabinet member. The North Texas Community Foundation is co-sponsor of the Economic Summit.