About Us

We’re the people behind Downtown: business leaders, residents, property owners, volunteers, and staff. We work together to make Downtown Fort Worth a premiere destination for work, leisure, living and shopping.

Two entities, one focus. 

Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

The mission of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. is to be the catalyst for transforming Downtown into a vibrant place to live, visit, enjoy and conduct business through aggressive leadership of programs, projects and partnerships.

Formed in 1981, DFWI is Downtown Fort Worth's planning, advocacy, public space and project management organization.  DFWI serves as a liaison, ombudsman, and information source for property owners, residents, business owners, lenders, community organizations, and policy makers.  

DFWI is a 501 (c)(6) non-profit membership organization engaged in a wide range of downtown development and management activities:

  • DFWI  leads the downtown strategic action planning process, conducted every 10 years. Plan implementation, advocacy and advancement are championed by DFWI volunteer leaders and staff. Plan 2023 is available here.  
  • DFWI  started and manages the first Public Improvement District in the state of Texas, established in 1986 and Fort Worth PID #14. The PIDs provide enhanced services to property owners including maintenance and landscaping, public space management, promotions and marketing, research, transportation, planning and security services to 564 acres of Downtown. More about the PIDs here.
  • DFWI administers Fort Worth’s first Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) by contract with the City of Fort Worth. Eligible TIF projects include parking, infrastructure assistance to new developments, historic preservation, affordable housing, transportation, and education. More about the TIF here

Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives, Inc.

DFWII is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that provides a pathway for foundation grants, philanthropic donations and other contributions to help fund charitable, educational, and public-purpose Downtown projects.

  • DFWII is a partner with the Housing Authority in Hillside, 172 unit, 12 acre, mixed income residential development on the east side of downtown.  
  • Each year DFWII helps to bring more than 500,000 people to Downtown by producing the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival and the XTO Energy Parade of Lights. 
  • DFWII developed and maintains the JFK Tribute in Fort Worth. 
  • DFWII redeveloped and manages Burnett Park, renovated and maintains General Worth Square and is currently administering the Heritage Plaza restoration design.
  • DFWII serves as UTA’s landlord at the Santa Fe Freight House     
  • DFWI managed the Convention Center events plaza design
  • DFWI was a funding partner in the redesign of Lancaster

Special thanks to Sundance Square, Brian Luenser, Geno Loro, Joseph Haubert and many others for contributing content and photographs for this site.