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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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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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Body-camera maker has financial ties to former Fort Worth police chief, others

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising a host of conflict-of-interest questions.

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Cowtown Angels make IT service investment

 

Members of the Cowtown Angels, a program of nonprofit technology incubator TECH Fort Worth, have invested $620,000 in Wisegate Inc., a private IT research service that provides senior information technology professionals with access to IT discussions, products and solutions.
The latest investment, the fourth since the organization launched in September 2012, is the largest investment to date for the Fort Worth-based angel network. This is also the first investment where the Cowtown Angels network has been the lead investor group, involving three other large U.S. angel investor networks.
“I see this investment as validation for our idea that there was a need for a local angel network,” said Darlene Ryan, executive director of TECH Fort Worth. “We believe that the Cowtown Angels program increases the amount of entrepreneurial activity here and helps the entire community.”
The Cowtown Angels program connects local “angel investors” with companies in North Texas needing startup capital. According to the Angel Capital Association, an “angel” is a high net worth individual who invests directly into promising entrepreneurial businesses in return for stock in the companies. They must meet criteria set by the Securities and Exchange Commission for “accredited investors.” Generally, this includes individuals who have a net worth exceeding $1 million, not including their residences.
TECH Fort Worth receives applications of companies who want to “pitch” to Cowtown Angels members at their monthly meetings, presents the qualified applicants to the Angels’ screening committee and helps companies selected by the screening committee prepare their presentations. Angel members decide individually whether they want to invest in a company.
The Cowtown Angels members, which have now grown to 20, have invested $1,415,000 in four companies and currently have two more deals under consideration. In addition to Wisegate, members have invested: $345,000 in PerioSciences, which has developed a line of antioxidant oral care products; $125,000 in National Dental Implant, developing a non-surgical tooth replacement for non-functional teeth; and $325,000 in Inview Technology Corp., a developer of compressive sensing cameras.
 

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