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Leadership, vision, and excellence in execution are fundamental to rebuilding a great downtown. The DFWI Trailblazer Award recognizes Downtown leadership, vision, outstanding commitment, development, and redevelopment excellence.

The Trailblazer Awards are presented at DFWI’s Annual Meeting to recognize remarkable Downtown contributions, thank those involved, and share these stories with our members, community leaders, and others they will inspire. This award program is part of an ongoing effort to reinforce and recognize the Downtown Fort Worth culture of excellence in planning, execution, vision, and leadership.

DFWI Trailblazer Award winners are Downtown renaissance standard bearers, and DFWI salutes those who have made such remarkable contributions to the rebirth of center city Fort Worth.

The DFWI Trailblazer award is a bronze work created by Texas artist Covelle Jones for Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

DFWI Trailblazer Awards


Hyde Park Transit Plaza


Rotary Club of Fort Worth

The Burnett Foundation


Chesapeake Energy Holiday Lights

Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Musicarte de Fort Worth

Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Sundance Square

Sundance Square Plaza

Preservation and/or Adaptive Reuse

714 Main

MorningStar Oil & Gas

Sid Richardson Museum

The Ashton Depot

The Blackstone Hotel

Worthington Bank


Sundance Square, Mobile Marketing Program

Sundance Square, Superweek

Sundance Square, the Walking Guy

The Neil P. at Burnett Park

Visit Fort Worth

Williams-Trew Urban, Home Tour Downtown

Sustainable Development

Burnett Plaza

Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center (now Fort Worth Central Station)

Sundance West and Sanger Lofts

Tarrant County College District

Texas & Pacific Lofts, Wood Partners

Urban Design

Caceria Building

City Place

Fort Worth Convention Center

Sanguinet Building

The Bob R. Simpson Building

XTO Energy, Inc. Parking Lot Streetscape

Ambassador Award

Amon G. Carter

Jim Wright

John Goff 

Chairman's Award

City Manager, David Cooke

City of Fort Worth & Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund

Ken Devero

Molly the Trolley

Tarrant County Commissioners Court

Tom Struhs

Trinity Metro, TEXRail

Tarrant County Commission Roy C. Brooks

Innovation Award

Marvin and Obie Leonard

Streams and Valleys

Dean Bobby Ahdieh

Philanthropy Award

Samuel Burk Burnett

President's Award

Barney Holland

Heritage Trails

Todd Holzaepfel

Renaissance Award

Bob Simpson and XTO Energy Inc.

The Bass Family

Unsung Hero Award

Charles Tandy

Jack White

Tracy Gilmour

William McDonald

Outstanding Public Service

Betsy Price