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Fort Worth's new thoroughfare plan aims for more variety in street design

Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan aimed at accommodating continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment with a greater variety of streets and more efficient traffic flow.

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Holt Hickman, businessman who helped preserve Stockyards, dies at 82

Longtime Fort Worth businessman, philanthropist and preservationist Holt Hickman died Nov. 15, 2014, at the age of 82.

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UPDATE: Could American Airlines move its headquarters?

A key linchpin in the Fort Worth economy, American Airlines Group Inc., is considering sites for a new headquarters, possibly outside the city, the airline’s CEO said this morning.

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Tiger Woods takes a swing at Fort Worth's Dan Jenkins - in print anyway

Rarely does Golf Digest make the news. Leave it to Dan Jenkins to change that.

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Crestwood area hoping to block planned office building

Residents of West Fort Worth’s Crestwood Association are trying to block the rezoning of a small apartment complex at White Settlement Road and North Bailey Avenue to make way for a planned office building, saying it would represent the start of commercial encroachment into their neighborhood.

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Railroad Commission gets reprieve; tech funding

 

The Railroad Commission of Texas got a reprieve in the final minutes of the 83rd legislative session as the agency’s life was extended for another four years. Legislation to reform and continue the agency failed earlier in the session.

The agency that regulate oil and gas drilling and production in Texas also received approval for an information technology modernization program.

“One of the Railroad Commission’s top priorities this session has been to secure funding for the development and initiation of IT modernization efforts,” said Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick. “In response to requests for greater access to information housed by the agency, plans for the IT renovation will allow for improved efficiency, effectiveness and transparency within the Commission and make information more readily available to the public.


The IT funding of $24.7 million will include items for Geographical Information System (GIS) upgrades that will aid IT overhaul initiatives. Additionally, the IT overhaul funding is part of a total of $33 million in state budget funding for the Railroad Commission that will provide for a Data Center Services (DCS) cost increase, and provide for salary parity for oil and gas division employees, additional pipeline safety inspectors and general counsel enforcement employees to further address current industry growth.
The $24.7 million funding the Commission’s IT modernization program will provide improvements including:
•Revising outdated manual processes to obtain process efficiency;
•Developing integrated web-based applications that enable filing or exchange data;
•Integrating additional online filings with revenue or fee collection;
•Commission website redesign based on stakeholder input;
•Consolidating the compliant, inspection, violation, enforcement, and docket tracking processes and systems;
•Developing integrated web-based applications that enhance internal business (permitting) efficiency;
•Providing Commission stakeholders (industry, public, interest groups) efficient access to timely and accurate data;
•Minimizing dependence on mainframe systems; and
•Developing applications that can take advantage of mobile technologies in the future.
 

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