Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth (TX), USA, since 2011
WORLD MAYOR 2018
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The 2018 World Mayor Prize and Commendations will be conferred on women mayors who have made outstanding and long-lasting contributions to their communities. The organisers wish to show what outstanding women mayors achieve all over the world. By doing so, they hope to encourage more women to contemplate a career in local government and run for political office. The women, who will be awarded the 2018 World Mayor Prize and other honours, will be role models for young women and, indeed, men everywhere. Qualities sought ||| Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth (TX), USA, has been longlisted for the 2018 World Mayor Prize. ||| Vote for Mayor Price ||| Critical comments |||
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Mayor of Fort Worth (USA)
Nominated by Vicki K., Fort Worth:
Not only is Betsy Price busy doing the normal tasks associated with being a mayor, she has tackled making Fort Worth a healthier city by creating bike-friendly lanes & joining the Blue Zones Cities, making Fort Worth one of the largest cities in the US attempting this honor of making our city be healthier.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing cities in the US - so she has even huge challenges associated with making the Fort Worth infrastructure amenable to the huge influx of new citizens. She was part of ensuring some of the largest bonds were passed to accommodate building new roads, repairing & maintaining existing ones, building new schools, etc.
Nominated by the Mayor of Nîmes, France:
As mayor of the City of Nîmes, I met Mayor Price last january in Forth Worth after different mail exchanges. I was impressed by the city of Fort Worth, all the work done considering the challenges of a very fast growth.
I do appreciate her concerns about building international relationships, encourage scholar and ecomonic partnerships. Fort Worth has already many twin cities in different part of the world. And I am proud to be able to sign an official relation soon with Mayor Betsy Price.
Nominated by Kazuhiko H., outside the USA:
Mayor Price has demonstrated her strong leadership on the sister cities exchange programs since 2011. She deeply understands the importance of cross-cultural understanding, respect and inclusiveness especially among youth who will become future leaders of the world. With her strong support, approx. 100 students and educators cross the ocean every year and broaden their horizons and build special friendship between Nagaoka and Fort Worth. Her beliefs in the importance of international understanding contribute to the further promotion of the Japan-US friendship relation and world peace.
Nominated by Yusuke N., outside the USA:
hanks to Mayor Price‚s understanding, support and involvement, we have been continuing our sister city exchange programs very actively even after 30 plus years since our affiliation in 1987. Mayor Price supports not only international education programs for youth but also our new business exchanges, which we took the first step last year. She has a strong commitment and dedication for the further development of the City of Fort Worth. With her great leadership, we are excited to keep working closely with Mayor Price and the Fort Worth Sister Cities International, which receives a big support by the Mayor, to contribute to both cities‚ development.
Nominated by Wendy K., USA:
Mayor Price is so personable. She is an inspiration to so many and a role model to more. My husband and I wish our parents were as outgoing and active as mayor betsy price.
I have met with her 2x in the past 2 years and watched her take her time to dualism with anyone who wanted to congratulate her for being awesome or give their opinion about the city. She is a wonderful human being.
Nominated by Yurie S., outside the USA:
Any challenges and problems will appear in front of her as men did before.
She definitely can open the new gate for women to challenge and expand area of women career and break a wall of gender, "glass ceiling".
I believe in her sincerity and love for citizen.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Arrange firmly monetary & financial policy, preparation for disaster. Actively involvment for donation campaigns.
Nominated by Ariko T., outside the USA:
Mayor Price deeply understands how important to build friendship internationally in this current world. She doesn't build any wall between people and is very friendly to everyone. She demonstrates how to be a real cultural amassador herself. Her passion toward promotion of world peace through sister city partnership programs keeps inspiring all the officials and citizens of Nagaoka. We learn so much from her and her leadership. Thank you Mayor Price!
Nominated by Antoinette P-W., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price is a people's person and she never refuses to take the time to carry on a conversation with anyone. I am a thirteen year breast cancer survivor and during the Walk for the Cure this past April she walked with me to the end and we took a selfie together - it's just the way she "rolls". Everyone in Fort Worth admire her and the vision she has for the great city west of that other from to our east - I think it starts with a "D"! She leads by example and you're likely to see her at many activities throughout the year. I'm an active member of the Downtown Amon G. Carter YMCA and lo and behold who do I see - "The Mayor" and again she speaks to everyone. Last, but certainly not least, she rides her bicycle in every part of the city in order to reach out and touch every citizen.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Whatever the challenge, she meets it head on and works with the city council and the different departments to correct them. It could be the homeless, the infrastructure, the air quality, the community out reach programs, etc., and she's there to address any and all situations with constructive ideas and suggestions.
Nominated by Johnny C., Fort Worth:
I had the pleasure of working with Betsy Price, even before she became mayor of Fort Worth. In previous public service, I found that her to be uniquely transparent and tenacious in her follow-through. In order to be a great leader one must first be someone that people want to follow. Betsy epitomizes the values and behaviors that are required to be a great leader.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Betsy has approached issues of culture and community and our city with a sincere and pure heart. She has never shied away from solving issues or, more importantly, looking ahead to prepare our community for the future.
Nominated by Bill B., Fort Worth:
Understands social needs and economic results, good at making large and small decisions in thoughtful/timely manner, great listener and doer, champion of saving environment, inspires people to reach higher/noble accomplishments, creative, doesn't back away from difficult situations, loves her city and those within
Challenges for Fort Worth: incredible population growth managed and obtained through her ability to forge lifetime partnerships with diverse community interests/expectations/aspirations and accomplished results
Nominated by Lucia, T. M., outside the USA:
Mayor Prize is an outstanding lady who is always willing to interact with her citizens and FW´s international friends. She is thouhtful and committed, a good listener, a role model, an honorable being.
Nominated by Doris J., Fort Worth:
Betsy is an outstanding Mayor of our city. she is the resident's mayor all the way. She is involved in everything important in this city! She is very popular-you see her all the time at everything she attends. She is an organizer; she is a leader!
Challenges for Fort Worth: We are having very fast growth in our city and she work diligently to try to stay ahead of it. Of course-crime comes with that! She works with the police department to try her best to eliminate this problem
Nominated by ‘Fort Worth Nerd’, Fort Worth:
I can't think of someone better equipped at steering a quaint large city into the progressive new booming future. She's fantastic for our economy and putting Fort Worth on the map.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth sits on the precipice of the next century ready for the next generation to scoop it up and do amazing things. Betsy is the ideal figure that can mother a stingy cowtown steeped in deep old traditions into a city that can celebrate differences and do the good work of having an open and welcome community. She is not without her allegiances to party but she exhibits so much balance that it does her a disservice to put her in a party box. I think she will be remembered as the crucial element that ushered in a fantastic and vivid future.
Nominated by Mike M., Fort Worth:
I have been fortunate enough to come in contact with the mayor on several occasions. She always demonstrates true hospitality that Fort Worth is known for. Active in the community and always smiling. She is never too busy to stop and say hello. A great role model for leaders and politicians.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Betsy is involved with many projects for improving and growing Fort Worth. For me specifically her involvement in supporting making Fort Worth healthier is important. Just a couple of examples are Blue Zone Project for healthier choices and bike Fort Worth for safe biking.
Nominated by Nella S. W., USA:
I don't live in the city of Fort Worth, where Betsy Price is Mayor, but I live in Burleson, a town just south of Fort Worth. I see a lot of Ms. Price's actions on the news. She is an excellent Role Model for girls & women of all ages. She's a very fine, upstanding Authority Figure!
Nominated by Robert C. L., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price has done a phenomenal job as well as being a great person who is very accessible to her constituents, the general public. She has made major changes for the good of the city and we citizens of the city.
Challenges for Fort Worth: One of the major challenges of cities all over Texas and maybe other states is that of discarded bicycles all over the cities, however Fort Worth does not have that problem because of simple bicycle racks that the bikes must be placed in. Why other cities have not followed this simple solution is a mystery to me.
Nominated by Vickie H., Fort Worth:
She has stood up to defend the constitution and laws of our country; even when it wasn't the most popular thing to do. She is a great listener and truly cares about our city and citizens.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She faces record growth and expansion in or city and handles it with class and flair! She works hard for all of her Constituents.
Nominated by A. S., Fort Worth:
Betsy Price has greatly improved Fort Worth with a vision to grow the city both culturally and by attracting new businesses. She implemented a program to encourage Blue Zone foods and encouraged restaurants to specifically add Blue Zone meals to their menu. She encourages a healthy lifestyle and rides her bicycle whenever she can (which includes rolling town hall meetings) and with a grant put in place many bike trails around Fort Worth were marked out. She is a great role model for our children and talks at schools about healthy living in an effort to stamp out childhood obesity.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Betsy Price doesn't tackle challenges alone. She has encouraged input from citizens (especially a young group), which are now 300 strong in helping to shape Fort Worth into a sound town both fiscally and economically. She also encourages local businesses to become involved thus saving taxpayer money.
Nominated by Pamela W., Fort Worth:
Mayor Betsy not only demonstrates the business acumen to keep our city growing financially, but makes tough decisions (do YOU think Police dept pensions could be a tough subject?!) today for the betterment of our tomorrow like changing the funding of police dept pensions (i'm so grateful it wasn't me); cutting city overhead to be more streamline, yet still stressing and maintaining excellent citizen service; extraordinary listening and acting on all citizen feedback; focusing on our community health with bicycle activism, building walking communities, rolling town halls with citizens. Her passion for making Fort Worth a better place to live is contagious and never-ending. We are the luckiest city and thank you Mayor Betsy!!
Challenges for Fort Worth: She's a strong, determined, focused woman having to often butt up against the misogynistic "good ol' Texas boy" network. She has the strength and fortitude to make unpopular decisions today to benefit the health and security of our city tomorrow. Damn she's amazing and I'm so lucky she's ours!!!
Nominated by Lauren H., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price is the most beloved civic leader I have ever known. She has gained this respect and admiration due to her accessibility and compassion. She is every where! As someone who works in the non-profit sector, I know she always does her best to be at a meeting, event or gathering of any kind to support those working for our city. She also, not only supports, but empowers the young professionals in this city to be informed and get involved. This often means an impossible schedule that she some how keeps up with. She is passionate about serving ALL members of our community, but isn't afraid of making an unpopular decision if she knows it is what is best for our city. This is why we have all grown to trust her so fully.
Nominated by Sharon K. W., Fort Worth:
For seven years Betsy Price has wisely and courageously represented Fort Worth as its mayor. Prior to this office, she was our Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector, a position which is proof of her financial acumen. She is gracious, very accessible, brave in the face of emotional storms, wise, and caring. She has a vision for making Fort Worth one of the most desirable places in the world to live.
Challenges for Fort Worth: The highly volatile incident involving the confrontation between mother and her two daughters with a policeman, she handled with grace and diplomacy. She has pushed biking lanes throughout our city to reduce traffic congestion. Also she has been involved with the beautification of our city, plus the revitalization of declining neighborhoods. She has been instrumental in bringing new businesses to our city. Pleasant, creative, and highly industrious, she is a tremendous asset to our 16th largest city in the nation.
Nominated by Kal S., Fort Worth:
I have known Betsy for many years, and her integrity in office is outstanding. She never lets her position interfere with her warmth and friendliness. At a presentation she was giving at my daughter's high school, Betsy saw my daughter Sarah, stopped what she was doing, asked where her hug was, then took the time for Sarah to introduce betsy to her classmates. Just one example of Betsy's warmth and caring about all people in Fort Worth.
Challenges for Forth Worth: One of her best innovations is her bicycle town halls, where she will meet up with a group of people anywhere in Fort Worth, and ride through the neighborhood talking about the issues everyone sees. She goes through all neighborhoods, and anyone who wants to ride along can. It is truly an example of bringing government to the local level.
Nominated by Kandy H., Fort Worth:
I've lived in Fort Worth since the year 2000. Before Mayor Price came along I never knew who our mayor was. There weren't any news stories showing what he/she planned on doing for the city, or wanting the voters opinions. Nothing positive was happening in my city. I wasn't proud to say I lived here and I had a great mayor... until now! Thank you Mayor Price for all of your hard work and your hard work and wonderful ideas to come.
Nominated by Tom W., USA:
Interactive with citizens, tackles issues expediently and fairly. Great Texas lady. So proud. GO BETSY!
Nominated by Billy S., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price approached her mayoral responsibilities as a public servant and not a politician. She consistently moves toward what is right and best for our City not just what is popular or easy. Mayor Price sets a great example of female leadership to all young ladies showing it‚s not just a mans world. She is also an advocate of personal health and understand the business world is more concerned with the health of a workforce than tax abatements. Fit Worth the City’s health initiative exemplifies this philosophy along with the active personal lifestyle. She can leave you in the dust when cycling with her. She is by far the best Mayor Fort Worth has had in my memory.
Nominated by Hendric J.K., outside the US:
I had the pleasure of meeting Mayor Betsy Price at a conference where she impressed everyone she spoke to with her vision for Fort Worth. It is not often that one meets a ‘visionary’ who has clear ideas how to implement that vision. The Mayor also displayed great charm and was persuasive in her arguments. I wish her well.
Nominated by Stacy M., Fort Worth:
Betsy Price not only makes extraordinary contributions in her daily role as Mayor she willing shares her gifts, talents, keen-eye and expertise with others. The City of Fort Worth business model calls on mentors and leaders capable of working in concert with others, able to collaborate in creative endeavors, innovate, inspire, and contribute without dominating any undertaking. Mayor Price brings this extraordinary skill to every project she undertakes and will continue to bring to the city of Fort Worth communities. It is her extraordinary poise and style in contributing her best to all of her undertakings that creates an environment that draws the very best from her colleagues.
Mayor Price’s contributions give more life, breadth and depth to the message and vision of our great city through her talents. She is an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and a personable professional. She truly exemplifies the quality of an outstanding, dedicated leader, who possesses personal integrity and a thoughtful communicative style. I am an ardent admirer of her giving spirit, creative talents and gifts, as well as the poise she radiates, no matter how demanding or pressuring the situation. This modern-day Renaissance woman inspires and possesses that unique consummate style of grace that weaves the thread of dreams and adds to the tapestry of leadership within our city.
I highly recommend Mayor Price for the international award.
Nominated by Scott H., Fort Worth:
Prior to her first term running city government, Betsy Price for years was the county tax assessor-collector. Under her leadership, this office was as efficient and its employees as friendly as any I've ever encountered in any organization, public or private. And this is saying a lot, given how universally disliked taxes are.
Challenges for Forth Worth: Mayor Price's "Rolling Town Halls" rotate through the city's neighborhoods, from its most wealthy to its least. Anyone is welcome to join the regularly scheduled bike rides and to ask her questions before, during, or after. She demonstrates through her actions (a) that she doesn't have all the answers, (b) that exercise is important, and (c) that all residents' opinions matter, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Nominated by Belinda B., USA:
She has been an advocate for getting people out to exercise such as her favorite - bike riding. She has been a strong ambassador all over the world for the city of Fort Worth. She is a wonderful example of how to get things done in a calm and rational way.
Nominated by Cecile M., Forth Worth:
Betsy Price is progressive, organized & a true leader. She represents Fort Worth very well promoting Fort Worth & its citizens. She tries to do what is right for the City & gets along well with other leaders through a spirit of cooperation as opposed to competition.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth is growing right now. I think Betsy tries to keep up with the issues involved like roads, jobs, money management & infrastructure. She makes a real effort to keep up with other city, state & national leaders.
Nominated by Jeffrey N., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price’s ability to handle the tough issues and at the same time have great compassion for the people and the city of Ft Worth, Texas. She has a true vision of the city and its growth into the future and keeps that in mind with all that she does in her daily work.
Nominated by Barbara M. W., Fort Worth:
The Mayor is everybody‚s mayor! She talks to & listens to people from all walks of life & works hard to find equitable solutions for all.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth was facing a mounting pension crisis. Mayor brought the council together to find some solutions. She has also focused on promoting healthy community lifestyles and encouraging reading readiness.
Nominated by Dennis S., Fort Worth:
No mayor has more vitality, concern and empathy for the citizens and city that she represents.... our lives are better since she became mayor
Nominated by Gary M. C., Fort Worth:
She has made considerable effort to unite all segments od our city. She has manqged city finances in a very responsible manner.
Nominated by Curtis B., Forth Worth:
Mayor Price works unceasingly to improve the quality of her cities citizens.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Affordable housing in new developments is a problem. She is working to make sure affordable units are available.
Nominated by David and Jeane D., USA:
With all the issues that have been forwarded in community she continues to face them honestly, forthright and with ethical standards. She represents all citizens and has keep us on a positive road to improvement.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She has faced minority concerns over treatment, fiscal challenges with unprecedented growth and maintains a proper attitude for a leader throughout.
Nominated by J.T., Forth Worth:
Always open and available for opinions. Relentless & friendly. Investing in reviving city center & building low-income and homeless facilities. Promoting exercise programs for the obese & overweight children. She herself is a serious biker. Will have park meetings anytime, anywhere for discussions in all neighborhoods. Reducing crime and improving education are also at the top of her list! No day off for this mayor! Best!
Challenges for Fort Worth: Reviving the downtown area, which is now thriving. Helping the poor and homeless. Communication with all city neighborhoods. Involvement at all levels no matter the race. Police enforce-ment in most troubled areas. Food drives for the poorest when school is over. Shelters for the homeless in times of our hot weather, with A/C, cots, food and water. Being very careful about spending. Promoting the city for trade and travel,
Nominated by Lowell, Fort Worth:
Mayor Price is very involved in Fort Worth activities (not just normal working hours, but early in the morning and late at night and on the weekends). She has shown support for almost all organizations in Fort Worth and helps with many activities. As an example of what she does, she hosts a "Rolling Town Hall" meeting about every 2 weeks or so. She leads several bicyclists (and some walkers) on them. The start of the ride is very slow and short so the walkers can participate. She asks everyone what needs to be done in Fort Worth and if there are any problems that need to be fixed. She also asks what's right in Fort Worth and going well. She encourages everyone to participate. The "Rolling Town Hall" takes place in various parts of Fort Worth so all can be involved. She is very down to earth and meets and talks to everyone at every meeting she attends. One does not have to attend a city council meeting to talk to Betsy and find out what's happening in Fort Worth. She is everywhere and very open to discussions about Fort Worth. She's the most wonderful mayor we've ever had in my lifetime in Fort Worth (1962-present).
Nominated by Linda S., Fort Worth:
Fort Worth has a long history of successful leadership but none better than our current Mayor. Under her leadership we have experienced an unprecedented period of sustainable growth and quality of life. Thank you Betsy Price.
Nominated by Janet L. H., Fort Worth:
Betsy Price is a mover and a shaker and our City of Fort Worth is better for it! She has focused on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, and has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city. She initiated FitWorth, a citywide initiative focused on promoting active lifestyles and healthy habits in both kids and adults. She believes in an engaged public, saying "It's Your Fort Worth." She has been passionate about young people becoming more involved in driving local public policy and resulted in citizens under the age of 40 from across the city to come to together as SteerFW - which is 300 strong! She constantly motivates encourages our city residents and businesses to take our city to bigger and better levels and her vision for the city is outstanding! She is engaged in neighborhood vitality across the city and focused on targeting city investments to !
improve neighborhoods that have suffered with poverty and crime. to help ensure the city has success stories to talk about, she lead the creation of Read Fort Worth - a collective impact effort-led with the Fort Worth School Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner and BNSF Chairman Matt Rose and the Mayor's office. It is a public-private partnership with the mission to have 100 percent of third graders reading on grade level by 2025. With 1,000 adult volunteers reading with the students, the city has already seen a 4% gain in third grade reading. These are only a few highlights, but trust me when I say that she is an amazing and passionate Mayor who has inspired a City to change for the better, both individually and collectively as a community. Her innovations and ideas have led to incredible opportunities for our City and its residents. We LOVE OUR MAYOR BETSY PRICE!
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth is an extremely diverse city-a city of different backgrounds, experiences, and ideas that makes a city stronger. However, when portions of the community don't believe they have a voice or if they feel opportunity has passed them by, a divide can begin to grow. Fort Worth is not immune from the disparities that still exist across our country. To address these challenges, the Mayor formed the Race and Culture Task Force to host this dialogue. The Task Force is taking significant public input and working with subject matter experts to assess ethnic disparities from criminal justice to jobs to housing and more. As a result the Mayor truly believes we can make progress to close divides by listening with open hearts and minds. Mayor Price also remains committed to addressing the growing issue of homelessness in Fort Worth. Over the past several months, the City, led by Mayor Price, has taken important action on a number of fronts, including reorganizing the Continuum of Care Board to give local elected officials more input on homeless system funding and priorities. Also the City's Direction's Home funds were restructured to include a Permanent Supportive Hosing Investment Fund and dedicated $170,000 to move homeless veterans into housing.
Nominated by Fernando G., outside USA:
I moved to Montreal may years ago but still maintain ties to North Texas. Betsy Price has been an amazing mayor to the city of Fort Worth. Under her leadership Ft. Worth has gone from a sleep town next to Dallas to an amazing city that is modernizing, growing and surpassing what Dallas used to be.
Nominated by Frances R. J., Fort Worth:
Very caring,and always does her best to better our city.
Challenges for Forth Worth: Got our city bike trails, and now our trinity river trail is coming through.
Nominated by Karen K S., Fort Forth:
Mayor Price has done an excellent job leading the 15th largest city in the U.S.. She is dedicated to our city and her work, but remains accessible to all. She has introduced the blue zone project to encourage healthy activities and conducts rolling town hall meetings across the city to hear from various constituencies. She operates the city in a fiscally responsible manner and is always willing to listen.
Challenges for Fort Worth: When racially charged incidents occurred in Fort Worth, Mayor Price formed a community wide task force to bring together community voices from all communities and Faith's to discuss the issues and present concrete recommendations for how to address these issues in an open and constructive manner. She was able to obtain the agreement to serve from many well-respected community leaders, and the taskforce has provided and will continue to provide a resource for improvement and change throughout the community.
Nominated by C.K.J, Fort Worth:
Mayor Price is a major advertising asset for the city and metroplex. She stands firm backing the police and firemen funds. She stresses the importance of excersise for all ages and sets the example by having groups ride with her while discussing city issues.
Challenges for Fort Worth: The Ft Worth police department has had several racial complaints filed against them. Mayor Price has listened to both sides and allowed the police Chief to address these issues. She wants a full investigation and makes sure she is informed of the results.
Nominated by Veronica C., USA:
Betsy Price gives 100% to the city of Fort Worth. I'm not sure she sleeps. She has started so many new programs in the city geared at improving the city for everyone - blue zones and read Fort Worth to name just two.
Challenges for Fort Worth: The reading level of children at 3rd grade has a great effect on whether they will graduate Fort Worth has recognized this with her help and now has a program in place to get every third grader to the required level. She has done this with building partnerships with business.
Nominated by Kathrun B., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price exemplifies how female leadership is effective in listening and striving to act on our concerns. From the beginning she has been engaged with the citizens with her rolling town halls, neighborhood meetings and many other events going on in the city. We are very fortunate to have her collaborating with the Blue Zones Project to become a Blue Zones certified city in 2018. The health, wealth and well-being of our city will benefit in the years to come.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She and the council have appointed a committee to address the issue of discrimination in our city. This is an ongoing challenge which requires extensive investigation and thoughtful solutions.
Nominated by Charles A., USA:
She has done much for her city in growth and development, crime prevention, and cares deeply thru her actions for education of our children. I live in Dallas now but lived in Fort Worth many years. I have family in Fort Worth that have benefited greatly from the growth and prosperity of this amazing old, yet modern Texas city.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She has many challenges, as with any large city, but her recent work to support her police is amazing. Mayor Price really is making changes in community and police relationships.
Nominated by J R., USA:
I live in a city near Fort Worth and what Mayor Betsy Price has done for the city of Fort Worth and surrounding areas has been amazing! One creative and outreaching to her community She loves biking and has rolling meetings with residents on a regular basis as they bike throughout different areas of the city :)
Nominated by Rocky F., USA:
Mayor Price is helping make Fort Worth a destination city to come with its mixture of Fort Worth rich tradition of it Wild West heritage and modern contemporary culture. She is working on getting a new sports arena type venue to add to the economic development of the city. She is a great advocate for all citizens to get active and get fit with being an avid bike rider. She is leading the push to work with other cities in the area to get Amazon to come to the DFW area.
Nominated by Sharolyn R., Forth Worth:
Mayor Betsy as she is known to all the people of Fort Worth is a warm and Caring Mayor to ALL the residence of our fair city. She is one of our cities jewels, not only does she have boundless energy she is incredibly smart and friendly. We in Cowtown are honored to call her Mayor!
Nominated by J.R., USA
Betsy Price's focus on wellness has literally changed the face of Fort Worth. Bike lanes and walking trails criss-cross every neighborhood. Her personal commitment to healthy lifestyle and her very visible way of showing people how this 68-year-old grandmother stays active are helping to encourage others to join in.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Mayor Price wrestles with leading a city facing issues ranging from an underfunded city pension plan, racial tensions and unbelievable population growth that puts strain on all public resources. She is incredibly collaborative in how she tackles big challenges, such as an unacceptable number of school children who can't read at grade level. She teamed with the public school superintendent and the CEO of one of our high-profile corporations to launch a city-wide campaign called Read Fort Worth.
Nominated by Susan W., Fort Worth:
I have come to know mayor Price as a support of the special need community i serve. She always calls me by name and ask how things are at Hope Center for Autism. She is real, down to earth but wise and strong when pressed.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She has had her share of bumps but listens and always has Fort Worth first.
Nominated by Jennifer S., Fort Worth:
There isn’t an event in the city of Fort Worth that you will be hard pressed to find the Mayor at. This woman is everywhere! The parade of lights, charity balls, biking ten miles a day on the trinity trails, she is the epitome of Fort Worth! She is someone women can look up to and men can respect, and vice versa. She has been the mayor for many years now because we all love her so much, regardless of party affiliation because we know she is pro Fort Worth. Personable, she has a hug, a photo, and a handshake for everyone.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Currently, she and city leaders are tackling the Las Vegas Trail area of town. She hopped a bus, and toured the dilapidated area, to formulate a plan on how to rid the residents and kids who live near the trail, of he drug dens, and prostitution. They then went after the hotels where these activities mainly took place, and started passing ordinances and using the city law to their advantage to move the drug dealers out. New business is moving in and it is already starting to look so much better! I asked her about it recently at a breast cancer event and she said it wasn’t coming on as quickly as they wanted but it was moving along!
Nominated by Jim L., Fort Worth:
I have known every fort worth Mayor since 1950, and they were all fine citizens and leaders. But none has been as effective as Betsy Price, and she works so well with other community leaders within the state of Texas and Nationally.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She has brought all sections of our city together both religious diversity and ethnic, economic status. She gives 100+% to this city and its citizens. She has promoted our parks, zoos, historical venues, health, safety, police and fire departments. She has been a leader in economic and educational growth and crime reduction.
Nominated by Kenneth H., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price is an exceptional leader. She is compassionate, strong and encourages the residents of Fort Worth to be involved in their city.
Nominated by Terri M., Forth Worth:
Mayor Price is 100% engaged and invested in our city! She is out in the community on a daily basis, interacting with the citizens and listening to the concerns and visions of the people she comes in contact with. Since day one of her administration, she has fulfilled her promise to be a "boots on the ground" advocate for Fort Worth!! Betsy is the BEST!!
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth is a growing city and I think one of the biggest challenges that our Mayor has faced is encouraging the growth but helping Fort Worth to maintain its home town feel.
Nominated by Randle H., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price has served the City very effectively over the last 7 years. Her leadership has made us a more efficient and effective City government and made Fort Worth a more livable City. I think she has 2 or 3 clones to get to all of the community events she attends and she talks to everyone in her weekly walking or riding town halls. She is engaged, informed and makes great decisions that bode well for the future of Fort Worth.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Changed attitudes toward multi modal transportation
an advocate for education, literacy and health. Goal of 100% of 3rd graders reading by 3rd grade. On the health front we will be the first large City to have a Blue Zones designation this year. She is all bout innovation and lead our delegation to SXSW to promote Fort Worth's innovative industries. She is a great leader and ambassador for Fort Worth we are lucky to have her as our Mayor.
Nominated by Rains, Fort Worth:
Mayor Price seems to be everywhere; she is so active in promoting Fort Worth and a healthy lifestyle. She speaks to many group functions, always talking about the latest developments that add to the quality of life in Fort Worth. Somehow, she still finds the time to participate in the latest charity run or bike ride.
Nominated by Carolyn P., USA:
I have been on the Advisory Board of the Lone Star Film Festival for 9 years. The support and encouragement from Mayor Price has been first rate . She really cares about the community of Fort Worth and works hard for it every day.
Nominated by Mel C., Fort Worth:
Mayor Betsy Price has been one of the most influential, respected and progressive Mayor's Forth Worth has ever had in it's history -she definately deserves to be considered for the 2018 World Mayor Prize!
Challenges for Fort Worth: To protect the preservation of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards from, as the National Trust for Historic Preservation has stated „insensitive developers that threatens this historically significant place.
Nominated by Matthew B., Fort Worth:
I fully support Mayor Betsy Price for your 2018 World Mayor Prize!
Nominated by Tom, Fort Worth:
Mayor Price treats all residents of her city with the same level of respect and compassion regardless of their status , wealth, ethnicity, religion or gender.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Mayor Price meets citizens in person daily and weekly to listen to their concerns and needs. Action plans are then developed and implemented to affect positive change.
Nominated by Nancy K. H., USA:
Betsy Price is dedicated to Fort Worth and puts forth every effort to make the city the best place for anyone to live. She has worked to make Ft. Worth a chosen location to conduct business and as a result Ft. Worth has grown tremendously. Mrs. Price has worked very hard to provide the parks and recreational facilities desirable for all of the citizens. There could not be a more hard working friend to a city than Betsy Price.
Challenges for Forth Worth: Keeping pension promises to city workers has been a challenge for Mrs. Price but she is dedicated to seeing that changes are made to thwart pressure on the city's finances while securing the employee's retirement future.
Nominated by Renee B., Fort Worth:
I believe you would have to look long and hard to find a woman who more embodies the characteristics you describe above. Mayor Betsy Price has worked tirelessly to benefit all the citizens of our city. She is an avid promoter of all that is good about Fort Worth & has forged a good working relationship with other local mayors but also those across the country.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Funding of the retiree's pension fund is a major problem that will need to be addressed in the very near future, no solution has been presented yet but committees are working on resolution.
Nominated by Cynthia O., USA:
Betsy never backs away from a challenge whatever it maybe. She has always worked hard for Fort Worth even as Tax Collector before she became Mayor. Betsy rides a bicycle to and from work when she can and wanted everyone to do the same. She was able to get the city to start a bicycle rental program. She was also able to get the voters to approve many bond proposals for the city.
Nominated by Richard R., Fort Worth:
I have never met a more level-headed, business minded, even-keeled uniter of people in my life.
Challenges for Fort Worth: The City of Ft Worth has had a long time stigma of not being a newcomer or new business friendly place. She systematically has worked towards changing this perception since day one! She personally reaches out to major corporations and solicits the cities welcoming arms of these new comers and their employees. The economic growth and development of Ft Worth has expanded by leaps and bounds with her at the helm!
Nominated by Harold N., Fort Worth:
Since she has been Mayor Fort Worth has been a lot safer place to live. The communities of the city stand behind her. Under her leadership the city has vastly improved in all areas. One of her pet projects is the Tour De Fort Worth, a cycling challenge for cyclist, She herself participates and We are so proud of her. The Trinity Trail has improved greatly since she has been Mayor
Nominated by Beverly W., Fort Worth:
I am nominating Betsy Price for world mayor because of her great leadership skills and her ability to bring all people to the table for discussions and solutions.
Challenges for Fort Worth: The city has been trying to reach out to the underprivileged and create better relationships between minorities and the police community. She has been highly successful in both of these areas that in turn benefits the whole city.
Nominated by Beverly N., Fort Worth:
She is prominent in every facet of our city and always shows interest and supports law officials as well as other programs going on here.
Nominated by Carole D., Fort Worth:
Besides running this city in a very efficient manner, Betsy is always available to speak at graduations, speak at neighborhood group meetings, lead bicycle groups on treks around the city- she's just like a good neighbor and is accessible when needed. She fights for the city of Fort Worth and I'm proud to have her as our mayor.
Nominated by Tommy B., Fort Worth:
People person, everyone counts, never forgets your name
Challenges for Fort Worth: Keeping our city strong competitive and financially able to meet our needs.
Nominated by Mike C., Fort Worth:
I have been more aware of Ft Worth’s issues since Mayor Price took office. The Mayor creates events that involves citizens to be informed of city concerns and projects. FitWorth programs, Blue Zone projects. Panther Island development
Challenges for Fort Worth: Trinity River development, infrastructure development, bridges, for Panther Island development
Nominated by WBB, Fort Worth:
Hardest working and smartest leader in the city. She is leading successful efforts aimed at literacy, crime reduction, economic development, and race relations.
Nominated by Karen S., Fort Worth:
I have known Betsy since our kids were in Elementary School, they are 38 now. She is the hardest worker (in everything and for everyone) I’ve ever known. She is extremely ethical and trustworthy. If she says she will do something, she will get it done!
This would be a great honor and knowing how great SG has been with our Sister Cities Prigram and working and promoting Ft. Worth internationally, this would be a great fit!
Good luck Betsy!!!
Nominated by Chris B., Fort Worth:
This mayor is probably the most positive mayor that Fort Wirth has had in years as well a great advocate for corporate business move ins and Bicycle Safety.
Challenges for Fort Worth: When Mayor Betsy came in, Fort Worth wasn't growing and we are now as well. She has changed the tempo and feel for Fort Worth to a CAN DO CITY!! She has increased physical activity in our city and had regular mayor town hall meetings by riding and or walking in all of our neighborhoods.
Nominated by Thomas O. G., Fort Worth:
Mayor Prince is intent on making this a "healthy" city and works tirelessly on this. She also works with the neighboring mayor of Dallas, just a short drive way, to contact leaders of other countries to tell them about us and why doing business with Dallas-Fort Worth is good for everyone.
Nominated by Linda R., USA:
Mayor Price is constantly out among the people. She knows her county and also works to meet the needs. She attends events in order to encourage. Outstanding mayor!
Nominated by Margit S., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price has done exceptional work for Fort Worth. Economic development, turning the city into bicycle city. The city since she became mayor has increased in population because this city is a wonderful place to live.
Nominated by Ann A., Fort Worth:
She has gone out of her way to support and example the citizens of ft worth. She is very hands-on and tireless.
Nominated by Doug L., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price has been a wonderful mayor for Fort Worth for many, many reasons. But one moment stands out in my mind, the time, when she was supporting the police at a Back-The-Blue event, when a somewhat unkempt man approached her from across the busy street. She gave him a focused, warm greeting as she shook his hand. That she treats everyone well is a testament to the person she is and how she is as our mayor.
Nominated by Brian L., Fort Worth:
Our city has never had a more beloved mayor. She truly speaks for all people in the city. She it too nice for people to fight with in council meetings. She also rides bikes and runs races promoting good health. One look at recent Fort Worth and you can see how great she it.
Challenges for Forth Worth: Race relations... New task force. Gay rights. Balancing the city budget.
Nominated by Richard D. J., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price has a global view point of our city and works to make a better quality of life in all areas of the city including areas of the most needy. She is also an avid cyclist and had done an amazing job creating bike lanes and over 70 miles of paved bike/hiking trails along the city's Trinity River.
Nominated by Lynette Jensen, Fort Worth:
I MET MAYOR PRICE ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO WHEN HER YOUNGEST SON AND MY SON WERE IN KINDERGARTEN. IN THOSE YEARS SHE WAS THE LONGTIME PTA MOM AND CUB SCOUT LEADER. EVERYONE I KNOW HAS ALWAYS LOOKED TO HER FOR HER WISDOM AND EXPERTISE. SHE HAS BEEN THE BEST MAYOR THE CITY OF FORT WORTH HAS EVER HAD. SHE IS COMPASSIONATE. SHE LOVES THIS CITY AND SHE HAS REALLY GOOD BUSINESS SENSE.
Nominated by Jayne L., Fort Worth:
Betsy Price has brought many new businesses to our city creating thousands of new jobs. She is the most accessible Mayor ever...always at every function and listening to our citizens.
Nominated by Sheri C., Fort Worth:
I've never been interested or cared about whom the Mayor is, until Betsy Pruce stepped into office. She truly cares about our city. She is very involved with the different activities that are being put on. She doesn't just stand on the sidelines. She gets right in there and participates. I never hear negative statements being made about her. And in this day and age. That's almost unheard of.
Nominated by Tamra, USA:
Although I live in a neighboring town, I have followed Mayor Price and her dedication to the city of Fort Worth. Her contributions are outstanding and she truly deserves the honor you have bestowed on her by your nomination to this worthy international award. I cannot begin to list all that she has done for Fort Worth because they are too numerous to name. Fort Worth is the largest U.S. city with a female mayor and is now the 15th largest city in the U.S. Thank you for recognizing Mayor Price.
Nominated by Steve, Fort Worth:
Responsible and involved with the citizens. Rides bicycles regularly throughout the city (Blue Zone Project) with groups of citizens. Working on changing Las Vegas Trail (street) area from poverty.
Nominated by Robert M., Fort Worth:
Positive life long Community involvement; game changing public servant for most of adult life; roll model: hard work, compassion, positive values, inclusive ness.
Challenges for Fort Worth: City image was relatively unhealthy life style....Betsy instituted: Tour De Ft Worth bycicle initiative, encourage bike lanesypaths, being a Blue Zones City (largest in US and first in the South) as well as Fit Worth
Nominated by Vickie G., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price is a thoughtful and engaged citizen who just happens to be our Mayor. Her bicycle led town hall meetings are open to all citizens and a simple but effective way to connect with her city. She is a champion for our city!
Nominated by Kaci S., Fort Worth:
One of the best things the Mayor has done has been to increase walkability and bike ability through the city, as she is a biker herself, inspiring others in the city to become more active.
Challenges for Fort Worth: This city continually has water difficulties, not quite shortages, but keeping it from becoming a shortage is always something for the mayor to contend with.
Nominated by Daralynn D., Fort Worth:
Mayor Price values physical fitness in her self and her community. She has pushed our Citizens into adopting a more active lifestyle. She leads by example and conducts rolling town halls on bicycle. The number and availability of bicycle lanes on our local thoroughfares has tripled under her authority.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Fort Worth has a significant problem of illiteracy. Mayor Price is supporting an initiative to have all school children reading on level by third grade with a target of 2025.
Nominated by Scott B., USA:
Mayor price has been instrumental in bringing in and maintaining business‚ to Fort Worth! She also helped save the Fort Worth Invitational, the second longest single site PGA golf tournament!
Challenges for Fort Worth: Balancing business, events, pensions and budgets!
Nominated by William S., USA:
Mayor Price has been a strong proponent of Fort Worth, from directly involving the citizens in fitness programs to business development involving large corporations.
Challenges for Fort Worth: Mayor Price came to the rescue of our local professional golf tournament, rallying the business community to support the tournament when it had lost its corporate sponsor.
Nominated by Andre D., Fort Worth:
She has listened to her constituents time after time. Even if I don't always agree with her, she does what she believes is best for our city and what the majority of our citizens want.
Nominated by Terry S., Fort Worth:
The Mayor works very hard with city leaders and leaders of industry in Ft Worth to accomplish her goals and will not take no for an answer.. feel in a lot of ways she kept the Colonial PGA tournament here. The City comes first no matter the area and works day and night to keep our City the large city with a very hometown feel. She is tireless
Nominated by Carol D., Fort Worth:
Vision for my city that provides future generations of citizens with prosperity, safety, and happiness. Honesty and integrity in decision-making. Fairness in dealing with the varied needs and concerns of citizens
Nominated by Tom, Fort Worth:
Mayor Betsy Price is tireless in her work to help the women and men of Fort Worth. She is always gracious to people from all walks of life.
Challenges for Fort Worth: She is working tax reform/reductions, retirement system changes, public road improvements, etc. she is very collaborative.
Critical comment by W.S., Fort Worth:
Ten years ago the City of Fort Worth had a surplus of US$400 million. Most of the city residents have no idea that the city in 2017 has had an ongoing deficit of $1.9 Billion over the past 4 years, the result of failing to provide for the city's pension fund obligations. Mayor Price has taken no action to remedy this situation. To the contrary, she has engineered a new $400 million bond fund just last month, leading to a second down-grade by Moody's of the city's credit rating.
In the last sitting of the Texas legislature, Mayor Price and a leading Tarrant County Commissioner journeyed to the State Capitol to lobby against property tax reform, which would have lowered property taxes in Fort Worth. This action is directly against the interest of our citizens.
Mayor Price has been a strong supporter of the Trinity River Vision project, which was not voted on by our citizens, a huge boondoggle designed to reward local real estate interests. In effect in 2005, its original cost was estimated to be $400 million. Now, years behind schedule and in financial trouble, the cost has ballooned to over $1.2 billion. Mayor Price is an avid bike fan, in fact whole streets have designated as bike paths, causing great inconvenience to residents and businesses. In my opinion, Mayor Price should never have been nominated to be considered an outstanding mayor.
Critical comment by W. B., Forth Worth:
Withdraw Mayor Betsy Price. She helps cover up police misconduct and civil rights violations. Won't even allow me to file a formal complaint against corrupt officers. Unjust.