New director to head Neighborhood Services Department

first_imgGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Linkedin Linkedin Kyla Wilcher Twitter + posts ReddIt Kyla Wilcher Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Mayor’s Halloween bike event combines fitness and fun Kyla Wilcher ReddIt Kyla Wilcher Fort Worth’s Heritage Tree Program adds two more Facebook Twitter Facebook printAubrey Thagard is slated as the inaugural director of Fort Worth’s new Neighborhood Services Department.Thagard was previously a principal for Marlboro Policy Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in public policy and economic development in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He has also served in Washington, D.C. in the Government Office of Planning.Thagard said his selection process was intensive and purposeful. It consisted of multiple interviews with panels of employees from various city departments.The new department is a combination of several distinct entities like housing, public development and economics.Allison Gray, the current acting director, emphasized the significance of these entities.“It was really important that these functions existed separately, so it’s important to bring them together to create synergy. After all, we were working with the same customers and clients,” Gray said.The new department aims to provide affordable housing and support several local community centers, which provide services like career training, emergency repairs to homes and rent assistance.The Neighborhood Services Department will also work with seven locations in Tarrant County to provide nutritional, athletic and after-school programs for local youth.Thagard said providing support to “challenged” Fort Worth residents is a major responsibility of both the department and the director.“Fort Worth is a growing community,” Thagard said. “An important measure to take in this community is to use as much of the available resources to keep the community healthy and safe.”Thagard predicts his biggest challenge as director will be fostering a corporate culture in the unfamiliar environment.He is expected to begin work as director on Nov. 30. Parade of Lights brings early Christmas cheer Kyla Wilcher Fort Worth’s Heritage Tree Program adds two more Previous articleCellar makes its last callNext articleArlington Martin drops Paschal, Miracle sees beyond box score Kyla Wilcher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Why did Istrian tourism workers go on a study trip to Mallorca? The reason is simple – to learn from the better ones

first_imgThe point of the story: read, educate yourself, ask questions, travel, invest in knowledge and know-how, research because that is the only way to develop, both as individuals and as a society and profession. Photo: Istria Bike Reason? They learn from the better again. To correct myself immediately does not mean that others are better than us in all segments, there are always good and bad examples and experiences in the field. It is good to see some ideas and examples that are bad, so that we ourselves would not repeat them or confirm our doubts about some concepts. Sometimes an idea is great on paper and in your head, but it doesn’t work on the field. But it’s all school. But the most important thing is to think and deal with market development. The road is never a straight highway from point A to point B, but always winding and with a lot of challenges. What is a great example is that for years they have invested in the development of winemaking and olive oil as well as the development of cycling tourism, aware of their challenges and potential, but they have learned from others. They learned from the successful, toured all over Europe, raised quality, technology, invested and hired domestic and foreign experts, called foreign experts to Istria, etc.… but the main message of this story is that they saw positive and negative practical examples, consulted with experts (invested in knowledge), and did what they think is best in their field. / / / OPERATIONAL CYCLOTURISM DEVELOPMENT PLAN OF ISTRIA COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD FROM 2019 TO 2025 But let’s get back to the story. Organized by the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, representatives of tourist organizations visited bike friendly hotel, and get acquainted with the special offer that the hotel has for its cycle guests – bicycle storage, bicycle rental and repair service, availability of emergency medical care and more. Istria is an example of how the market should develop. 13 years ago, they defined the vision and development strategy, founded IRTU (Istrian Development Tourist Agency), Vinistra Association, which brings together most winemakers, etc.… and what is the common denominator of this story is market development. As part of the study trip, a guided bicycle tour was organized for the representatives, as part of which they toured part of the island by bicycle. They could see many while driving bike friendly places like cafes and restaurants that have a place to store bicycles and a special offer for cyclists. “Despite the fact that Mallorca is a completely different destination from Istria, and almost exclusively develops road cycling, it was interesting to see their signalization, road bike paths and the attitude of other road users towards cyclists, which is at a high level.”, Said Slavica Tobok Kandic, director of IRTA doo Interestingly, Mallorca attracts annually over 90 cyclists which extend the season to that Balearic island, and it is mainly about the Germans who have their own agencies around the island that offer rental and repair of equipment as well as guided bike tours, among which the most famous Huerzeler. If we can learn from someone about the development of cycling tourism in Croatia, it is certainly Istria. Investigate Istria Bike a website specifically for cycling tourism. But the success is not accidental, behind it is a whole team of people who have been cleverly building the whole story around cycling tourism for years. The “Operational Plan for the Development of Cyclotourism in the County of Istria for the Period from 2019 to 2025” was recently presented. Investigate it in the attachment. Thus, Margarita Picornell from the Regional Department of Tourism, which is in charge of all the Balearic Islands, introduced the representatives in general to the development of tourism in the Balearics, the basic goals and management, but also the promotion of tourism products. It is interesting to note that due to the mass tourism that happened to them, the Balearics are systematically turning to sustainable and eco-tourism, not promoting the sun and the sea anymore, but exclusively before and after the season under the slogan “Better in winter”. This is supported by the massive one-day bike event “Mallorca 312”, which for ten years in a row on the last Saturday in April attracts 8000 participants to the island, while the entire Balearic Islands annually generates revenue of 90 million euros from cycling tourism alone. This is the second in a series of study trips organized by the Bike & Outdoor Department within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, all with the aim of learning about examples of good practice, expanding horizons and trying to implement good solutions in the local area. Istria has long turned to itself and its resources, ie to keep its development under its hands, and not to wait for the State, and for years it has been slowly but surely and smartly developing. Today they are where they are – the best tourist region in Croatia. But the success did not come overnight and years of effort, education, various challenges and development were invested in it. A short introduction to a new story in which tourism workers again sought practical examples and experiences from others outside their borders. Thus, representatives of the Istrian tourist boards, the County Department of Tourism, and hotel companies visited the Spanish island of Mallorca last week to get acquainted with the example of good practice in the development and promotion of cycling tourism. Since Mallorca is a destination that can be reached almost exclusively by plane, this has proven to be a very successful business, so agencies in some places on the island in the high season can rent up to 1000 bikes a day. Several presentations of public and private sector organizations were organized for the representatives. last_img read more

Young doc celebrates life while battling coronavirus

first_img“It felt like a dead end. But through everyone’sefforts and prayers, I’m finally on my way to full recovery. I may be down, butrest assured that I will come back and once again battle at the frontlines –stronger and maybe a little bit more careful than before,” the residentdoctor of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital added. “To all my fellow frontliners, I pray you all remainsafe as this pandemic continues to wreak havoc. We still have a long way to go,but I hope we can all stay healthy as we try to defeat this virus,” Fuentebellasaid./PN The doctor is now excited to return to work. She alsoencouraged her fellow frontliners to stay strong and continue the fight againstCOVID-19. She is now slowly recovering from the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) weeks after she contracted it. “It felt like a dead end. But through everyone’s efforts and prayers, I’m finally on my way to full recovery. I may be down, but rest assured that I will come back and once again battle at the frontlines,” says doctor Carmina Fuentebella. She celebrated her birthday yesterday while battling coronavirus disease 2019. CARMINA FUENTEBELLA According to her, the “past couple of weeks” have beenreally tough, but she was grateful to those people who were there with her,especially her doctors and nurses for giving their all to see if she was stillbreathing, for staying up countless nights to make sure she was still mentallyokay, for enduring with her through every step of the hardship, and for all thethings they had been doing that she was too sick to even know.center_img Fuentebella, who turned 27 yesterday, was intubated andreceived plasma treatment during her battle. She added: “To my friends and to everyone whogenerously offered me their love and countless prayers, I may not be able topersonally thank every single one of you, but please know that I am eternallygrateful for the overwhelming support you all have given me.” MANILA – Doctor Carmina Fuentebella, whose father isDepartment of Public Works and Highways-Aklan District Engineer NoelFuentebella, received her best birthday gift yet. “I celebrate my 27th birthday with probably the bestgift yet – the gift of life,” she said on a social media post.last_img read more