Growing, innovating, and moving forward together; are the pillars that drive the newly elected 45th Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, Mattie Parker.
Mayor Parker is pushing the initiative to keep Fort Worth innovating with a new development – a podcast. "Go Time in Fort Worth," produced by city staff and hosted by the mayor, keeps tabs on the nation's second-fastest-growing and twelfth largest city.
Pushing innovation at the city level and moving Fort Worth forward is the mission of the mayor’s office and the City Council. The city is positioning itself to be a leader in the already innovative ecosystem of Texas. Mayor Parker believes Fort Worth is at “the pinnacle of a lot of possibilities.”
"Go Time in Fort Worth" provides a platform for the stories of innovators in Fort Worth to be highlighted outside of traditional media platforms. In the introductory episode, Mayor Parker underscores the need to elevate stories that do not always make what she describes as “the negative clickbait headlines” that media outlets typically rely on to boost engagement. She hopes to increase resident’s involvement with the innovations happening in the City of Fort Worth.
Mayor Parker also hopes to keep citizens up to date with the city council pursuits, beyond uniting the community by featuring good news hardly covered by mainstream channels. She discusses her desire to unify the city in a nonpartisan way and emphasizes that all Fort Worthians have a place and voice in city hall, regardless of political leaning.
Released every Tuesday, "Fort Worth Focus" is a segment of "Go Time in Fort Worth" that focuses on specific city issues, projects, goals, and current events. Furthermore, this segment provides a synopsis of the city council agenda, giving listeners an inside look at what is what in Fort Worth, which is not always easily accessible or understood by citizens.
Mattie Parker is the founding CEO of Fort Worth Cradle to Career and the Tarrant To & Through (T3) Partnership, which aims to ensure more students have the training needed to thrive in today’s workforce. Mattie has fifteen years of experience in national, state, and local public affairs, including chief of staff for the Fort Worth Mayor and City Council where she led successful efforts to improve efficiency at City Hall. She serves on the board of directors for The Gatehouse’s Legacy Early Learning Academy, Read Fort Worth, Operation Progress - Fort Worth, and ACH Child and Family Services.
Mattie and her husband, David, have one daughter and two sons. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and has a law degree from Texas A&M University School of Law where she was awarded the prestigious MacLean & Boulware Endowed Law Scholarship.