Regional stakeholders gathered at Texas Wesleyan Sept. 28 to receive the latest update on the state of East and Southeast Fort Worth development.

This year’s Annual East/Southeast Fort Worth Economic Development Summit, hosted by Congressman Michael C. Burgess, was different from those in years past as it will be the last hosted by Burgess.

“It’s bittersweet,” Burgess said. “It’s a little hard to hand it off, but great things are happening.”

As a result of the recent political redistricting, the 26th District, which is currently represented by Burgess, will no longer include East and Southeast Fort Worth.

“Congressman Burgess and this community inherited each other through the miracle of redistricting,” said Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, during his remarks, “and it looks like we are going to be disinherited by that same process.”

Remarks at this year’s forum included those of Texas Wesleyan President Frederick Slabach, several members of the Fort Worth City Council and Mayor Betsy Price, Wesleyan Board Trustee and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, and Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.

“We have a lot more to do,” Davis said. “But much has been accomplished with public and private resources coming together. It’s my hope that one day people will drive to Southeast Fort Worth just like they drive over to the West 7th corridor.”

Many speakers echoed the sentiment that economic development in East and Southeast Fort Worth was at a good climate.

“The growth in District 26 means that more people are moving here,” Burgess said. “More people want to live and work here.”

-Jay Johnson