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Central Area Council

Central Area Council

It is the mission of the Fort Worth Chamber’s Area councils to enhance their respective geographical area by focusing on promotion of business, education and community.   The primary goals of each Area Council Board will be to identify, inform and promote the interests of their membership within the boundaries of their Area Council and within the overall program and policies of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

The Central Area of downtown Fort Worth is a bustling center of financial, retail, and professional service businesses. Redevelopment of downtown Fort Worth in a modern style that is sensitive to preserving our heritage has become a model for cities nationwide. Some of Tarrant County’s major employers reside in the Central area, as well as government offices, transportation hubs and a host of urban residential options. Fort Worth's downtown has been named the #1 downtown in the USA by

Bass Performance Hall - The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas is located in downtown Fort Worth near Sundance Square, occupies a whole city block, and was opened in 1998. It was built entirely with private funds and seats 2,056 people.

In the Spotlight

Dione Kennedy is President and CEO of Performing Arts Fort Worth (PAFW). PAFW is the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall and Maddox-Muse Center, which includes McDavid Studio and the Van Cliburn Recital Hall, all located in downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square area. PAFW serves as the local presenter of major touring artists and productions in these venues with programming including Broadway at the Bass, BNSF Popular Entertainment, Broadway Specials, and the McDavid Studio Concert Series. PAFW is also responsible for implementing the unique Children’s Education Program at Bass Performance Hall, which annually provides extensive, free arts education and outreach programs to 70,000 students and teachers. Additionally, a vital component of PAFW’s mission in the operation of Bass Performance Hall is to provide a home for its resident arts companies. 

Prior to making the transition to PAFW in January, 2009, Dione’s twenty-eight-year career in the entertainment industry includes stints in Dayton, OH at Victoria Theater Association, in Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center and the Danville Civic Center in Illinois.

Dione serves on the Boards of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. Her professional affiliations include The Broadway League (through which she is a Tonyâ voter), Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and Independent Presenters Network. She and her husband, Daniel Hagwood, are proud parents of a twelve-year-old daughter, Caro. They share their home with canine companion, Jake.


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For more information contact:
Brittany Bates Brookens
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce