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South Area Council

South 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 South Area – where historic, stately structures remain and businesses churn – is home to an eclectic, multi-cultural population and an equally diverse business community. It includes the thriving hospital district and the nationally renowned Fort Worth Zoo, along with several manufacturing and distribution facilities along the I-35 corridor. During the past decade, the near south area has seen a strong revitalization of mixed housing, commercial, and industrial property.  The Southwest Area also features Hulen Mall and Mira Vista golf course and neighborhood. Prestiguous private school educations are available here, at institutions such as Country Day and Trinity Valley. Finally, with Texas Christian University. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Tarrant County College South Campus, it is a hotbed of higher education offerings.

The Chisholm Trail Parkway, a 27.6-mile toll road extending from downtown Fort Worth south to Cleburne, was an idea more than 50 years in the making. Now it connects drivers to their destination faster, safer and easier.


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July through December 2019

CHAMBER DEPARTMENT:  Business Attraction, Retention, and Expansion
CHAMBER COMMITTEE:     South Area Council Board

Committee Size/Special
Representatives:                   10 to 20
Meeting Sequence:                Monthly
Purpose of Committee:        Engage south area businesses to identify challenges, opportunities and obstacles to growth.  Advocate and escalate solutions where possible. Visibly demonstrate to the community that they are valued, understood and appreciated.  Connect and strengthen different communities by promoting inclusivity, diversity, and civil discourse.    

 Priorities/Objectives/Issues for July through December 2019:

  • Organize an effort to interview all the companies on Hemphill
  • Develop two leads groups in the SAC for the benefit of small businesses
  • Serve as a table host at open seating tables at Chamber events in SAC
  • Host a business climate meeting for all the companies in Carter Industrial Park
  • Continue to build the Board
  • Attend Ribbon Cuttings when possible
  • All Board members become subject matter experts for the South Area Council
  • Create South Area Council asset list
  • Coordinate with Near South, Southeast Fort Worth, Hemphill Corridor Task Force, Berry Street Initiative, etc.

For more information contact:
Netty Matthews
VP Business Engagement