Fort Worth provided companies with $30 million in incentives

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Fort Worth’s skyline will be changing in the next few years as two apartment high rise projects move forward. Another 30-story building has been approved by the Fort Worth Downtown Design Review Board.

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The Fort Worth area added more than 15,000 jobs through the city’s economic development incentives last year with private investment totaling $4.6 billion.

While Fort Worth businesses received more than $191.6 million in construction and services spending, far above what was required, incentive agreements missed the mark on spending with minority or women-owned companies, according to a city report released this week. The report from the city’s economic development office looked at projects that received tax abatement or other incentives in fiscal year 2019. The city provided a little more than $30 million in abatement or other incentives and netted about $16.4 million in new taxes.

Robert Sturns, the city’s economic development

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Pre-K levels the field in education for Fort Worth kids. But it’s hard to do online.

Every weekday morning last spring, Tamara Sapp sat down with her daughter, logged into her daughter’s online learning portal and started the school day.

Some things went better than others, Sapp said. Her daughter loved music time, but she zoned out during story time. And when her teacher gave her short assignments to help prepare her for writing, it was a struggle to get her to do them.

“She likes to bargain with me — ‘I’ll do half, and then I’ll do the other half later,’” Sapp said.

Sapp’s daughter was in pre-K last year at South Hi Mount Elementary School in Fort Worth. When COVID-19 reached North Texas and school districts across the region shut down, her daughter’s classes moved online.

Trying to do school remotely wasn’t ideal, Sapp said. Even though her daughter was only online twice a day for a half hour at a time, Sapp

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