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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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UPDATE: Six candidates file for two Water Board seats

Six candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Tarrant Regional Water Board, setting up a battle that could potentially shift the balance of power on the board and the priorities of one of the largest water districts in Texas.

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First restaurant tenant named for Waterside development

Zoes Kitchen will be the first restaurant tenant in Trademark Property's Whole Foods Market-anchored Waterside development in southwest Fort Worth,

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Fort Worth breaks ground on $8.6 million South Main renovation

Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Fort Worth Chamber names Small Business of the Year winners

A trampoline recreation business; an oilfield services company; a longtime aviation maintenance firm; a maker of electrical wiring harnesses. Those were the wide variety of businesses that received the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

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University of Texas a partner in gaming academy

 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas and video game industry leaders are teaming up to open a gaming academy beginning in the fall of 2014, the school announced Monday.

The Denius-Sams Gaming Academy will focus on training students to become game development team leaders. Warren Spector, a 30-year industry veteran known for work on "Ultima" and "System Shock," will guide the curriculum. He and Paul Sams, chief operating officer of Blizzard Entertainment, will serve as part-time instructors.

"The program will focus on building the skills required for students to lead teams and develop games from concept to completion, while growing talent for the gaming industry," Sams said.

Students attending the academy will earn a post-baccalaureate certificate instead of a graduate degree. The academy will include a 12-month program in which students will create a small-scale game.

There are only 20 spots available next year for the academy. Admitted students will receive a tuition waiver and a $10,000 stipend to assist with fees and housing expenses.

"By combining the best professors with some of the gaming industry's top minds and contributors, The University of Texas will immediately establish itself on the cutting edge of gaming design technology and the gaming industry," said Wofford Denius, co-founder of the academy.

According to the Texas Film Commission, the state has the second largest concentration of game companies in the U.S. Texas has more than 155 development and publishing companies that provide about 4,000 full-time jobs.
 

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