Ariat to invest and bring new jobs to Fort Worth

Fort Worth is looking to its cowboy roots to wrangle in more jobs — Western apparel maker Ariat International will move into the AllianceTexas corridor, and the city may provide incentives worth about $2 million.

The city has been working with the clothing brand since last year, said Robert Sturns, economic development director. Ariat will add 75 corporate jobs to a 800,000 square foot site at state highway 156 north of the BNSF intermodal facility and ramp up to about 450 total jobs in the distribution center by 2024.

When finalized, Fort Worth will serve as the company’s western distribution hub and regional headquarters, Sturns said.

The Union City, California-based company makes boots and clothes for work and outdoor wear.

“I think this really ties into some of the things we’ve been focused on: trying to get more regional type headquarters and then Fortune 500 companies here,” said Sturns. “We’re excited to have them join the Fort Worth community.”

The space is new, so Ariat plans to invest about $73 million into the distribution center, he said. That includes a $43 million investment in the property. In addition to the 75 corporate jobs, Sturns expects Ariat to add 125 jobs each year over three years with average salaries around $44,000.

The city, pending a council vote in August, has agreed to a nine-year tax break worth 40% of the new property taxes and a cash grant of $212,000. That grant is payable only after Ariat demonstrates three years of job growth, Sturns said.

The package is worth just north of $2 million and the city expects to make $2.6 million in new revenue over the same period, he said.

Councilwoman Gyna Bivens questioned the salary level during a council work session Tuesday, saying she wasn’t sure people would be excited about the wages.

“I’ll just tell you, I don’t like it,” Bivens said “I don’t like giving away tax dollars for a wage anybody can get at company that doesn’t get benefits.”

The council also approved a nearly $70 million city grant for research and development for Linear Labs Tuesday.

The father-and-son start up by Brad and Fred Hunstable, plans to aggressively ramp up from about 100 employees to 3,000 by 2030 and is looking for a 100,000-square foot factory space in the AllianceTexas mobility innovation zone. The company runs a 11,000-square foot lab space in Fort Worth with production in Mexico.

Linear Labs is focused on developing cheaper, more powerful electric motors — the kind that can make scooters and e-bikes more affordable, but can also power them up steep hills or allow them to last longer on the road.

This is the first time the city has used a research and development incentive, and Fort Worth maybe one of the only cities in the country with such a tax break.

Instead of basing Linear Labs’ grant on investment in property, like a normal tax break, the company will receive grants reimbursing them for the cost of investing in research and development.

Linear Labs could also sell the tax credit to third parties. Those companies would have to invest nearly $2 billion into new taxable property in order to qualify, Sturns said.

Federal Contract Spending Reaches Its Highest Level Ever in Fiscal 2019

Federal Contract Spending Reaches Its Highest Level Ever in Fiscal 2019

Federal contract spending grew for the fourth year in a row to reach $567 billion in fiscal 2019, its highest level yet and a 6% increase over the previous year, according to newly released data.  Spending is expected to exceed $600 billion in fiscal 2020, without even including spending on economic stimulus funds in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.  

The data, compiled by Bloomberg Government, encompasses prime and unclassified contract spending. Bloomberg released the findings in the ninth annual BGOV200 report, which ranks the top 200 federal contractors. The report analyzes market trends, contractors’ performance and other dynamics among 92 federal agencies in 20 purchasing categories during fiscal 2019. 

The agencies with the biggest gains in contract spending in fiscal 2019 included: the Housing and Urban Development, Commerce and Defense departments, and the General Services Administration. Some of the top markets were: facilities and construction; professional services; information technology and aircrafts, ships/submarines and land vehicles. 

The 200 companies won the same share of total contracts as in 2018 and 2017, which was 64%. The top six companies––all in the defense industry––were: Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., General Dynamics Corp., Raytheon Co., Northrop Grumman Corp. and United Technologies Corp. This was the same as last year, except McKesson Corp. was number six in 2018 and this year it ranked seventh. In 2019, 37 companies entered the top 200 for the first time. 

Trends affecting government spending during the last year included: consolidating spending to best-in-class contracts; expanding agencies’ rapid access to emerging technologies; and bolstering of cybersecurity policies.  

“By and large the majority of markets did see pretty tremendous growth,” said Daniel Snyder, director of contract analysis at Bloomberg Government. “Overall we had all but three [of the 19] categories” show growth. “We’ve had now the fourth straight year of government spending increases. We’re seeing that shine through in lock step in the majority of these different markets.”   

Bloomberg predicted that contract spending could top $600 billion in fiscal 2020 based on allocated appropriations. It forecasted the top markets for growth could be construction ($118 billion), professional services ($81 billion) and information technology ($74 billion). 

“When we refer to the overall fiscal 2020 amount exceeding $600 billion, that’s even before we take into consideration anything that was added from the stimulus funding,” Snyder told Government Executive. “The higher estimate is somewhere in the neighborhood of about $640 billion for fiscal 2020 once it’s complete.” The additional $40 billion includes the stimulus funding in addition to other spending. 

He said that some of the stimulus funds could be spent past 2020, but he believes all funds will be disbursed this fiscal year. “The exact amount the CARES Act would add for fiscal 2020 is unable to be determined with accuracy at this time but is likely to be significant,” he said.  

Snyder also noted that the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, established by the $2.2 trillion CARES Act, is tracking how and when agencies spent their relief funds. On Tuesday, the committee launched an online tool to do so. The relief package appropriated an unprecedented amount of money, so there has been increased pressure to ensure the funds are not misspent.

8 Resources Helping Support Fort Worth Businesses

OVID-19 is not only a health crisis, but an economic one. And the City of Fort Worth has the numbers to back it up.

Fort Worth’s COVID-19 Business Survey, which released March 17, has wrangled in more than 1,200 responses, according to a statement from Fort Worth. The responding businesses, mostly on the smaller size working in professional service, hospitality/tourism, and service, indicate a decrease in revenue by at least 60% since March 1.

A similar survey sent out by the Chamber of Commerce drew grim results. Forty-nine percent of business owners in the Chamber’s survey said they wouldn’t be able to sustain their business longer than a few months if current trends continue.

Other than hoping residents answer the call to patronage, the city has published a series of funding initiatives to help bolster local businesses. Among them:

  1. The Creative Industry Relief Fund, a collab between United Way, Hear Fort Worth, and Film Fort Worth, offers one-time, $300 grants to qualifying musicians, visual artists, and filmmakers
  2. The AssistHer Emergency Relief Grant by Texas Woman’s University is distributing $1 million spread between 100 grant awards to Texas-based, woman-owned businesses
  3. Facebookis offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits through their Small Business Grants program
  4. Micro-grants from the James Beard Foundationare being given to independent food and drink businesses
  5. JPMorganhas pledged $50 million in global philanthropic commitment: $2 million to existing nonprofit partners and $8 million to assist small businesses
  6. Online hub Kabbageallows small businesses to sell gift cards to consumers
  7. Crowdfunding platform MainVesthas created what’s called the Main Street Initiative: a $2,000, zero-interest, 120-day loan for restaurants and other brick-and-mortars affected by COVID-19 shutdowns
  8. Opportunity Fund, specializing in lending to woman-owned small businesses, immigrants, and people of color, is collaborating with investors and nonprofits to create a fund for grants and low-interest rate loans.

Fort Worth encourages the public to check the COVID-19 Information for Business page daily for additional resources.


Virtual Showing: Realtors go high-tech to sell during virus crisis

Several weeks ago, Preston and Taylor Bartley were excited and filled with anticipation when they began the search to buy their first home.

They had already done most of their homework, including identifying Fort Worth neighborhoods such as Ridgmar, Arlington Heights and Ridglea Hills where they might snag a cozy little house in their price range.

So certain that this would work out, they notified their landlord that they planned to vacate their Dallas apartment when the lease ended in June. Since both now work in Fort Worth, it would be a logical move.

“We had plans to go look at houses during lunch and right after work,” said Preston Bartley, a civil engineer with Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers.

The couple only had the chance to tour one house before the COVID-19 outbreak prompted shelter-in-place orders and turned people fearful of any type of contact that could lead t Now their hunt for their dream home has become a nightmarish experience with a looming deadline.

Despite shelter-in-place orders that have deeply restricted businesses such as restaurants, bars, hotels and airline travel, buying and selling real estate has been able to soldier on.

“We can do just about everything virtually these days,” said Moiri Brown, branch manager of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Fort Worth and immediate past president of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. “If this was 15 years ago, we would not be able to function.

“We still have people contacting us who want to see homes and are willing to go through the process virtually,” she said.

With people largely shut-in at home, shopping for real estate shopping online has become a favorite pastime, several local Realtors say.

But shopping isn’t translating into buying.

“Showings have definitely dropped off,” said Shelby Kimball, president of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors and manager of his family-owned Kimball Real Estate. “We’ve been told we could see a 60 percent drop-off in showings in Texas.

“March was down, and April is basically done for as well” as far as showings are concerned, he said.

Nearly half of the nation’s Realtors reported that homebuyer interest has declined as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a mid-March survey by the National Association of Realtors. A week earlier, about 80 percent reported that there was no change in buyer interest due to the virus.

“The decline in confidence related to the direction of the economy coupled with the unprecedented measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 – including major social distancing efforts – are bringing an abundance of caution among buyers and sellers,” National Association of Realtors chief economic Lawrence Yun said in a statement.

“With fewer listings in what’s already a housing shortage environment, home prices are likely to hold steady,” Yun said.

The Bartleys’ Realtor, Clay Brant of the Brants Group with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, said most physical showings have been of vacant or new homes.

“Sellers who are living in their homes don’t want to allow people in,” Brants said.

Aside from health and safety concerns due to the virus, many people are working at home and cannot leave or tolerate the disruption for a showing, according to local Realtors.

Under normal circumstances, out-of-state buyers and those on a tight deadline have been willing to conduct the entire transaction virtually.

Even now, some buyers are willing to settle for virtual tours for affordable homes that infrequently hit the market, Brants said.

Some eager sellers have been willing to allow some physical showings but under strict rules, which usually mean no children allowed, wearing masks, gloves and shoe coverings and applying hand sanitizer before and after a walk-through.

“Nobody wants to transmit something or be responsible for someone getting sick, so in-person showings aren’t happening very often,” Kimball said. “We have to keep people safe.”

For prospective buyers like the Brantleys, not being able to walk-through a home is a big drawback, but it isn’t their only concern.

They also worry about other aspects of the transactions, including being able to close on time.

“Even if we could get a contract, would we be able to close by our deadline because so many people are sheltering-in-place and working at home?” Brantley said.

Other disruptions to the home-buying process include requirements that appraisals and inspections are conducted from the exterior only, a condition that makes some prospective buyers leery, Kimbell said.

Despite all the disruptions, Realtors and economists are optimistic that the real estate market will recover quickly once the virus threat is lifted.

“This is a health care crisis not a housing crisis,” Brants said. “This won’t be 2008 all over again. We’re in a strong market and we’ll be in a strong market again once this is over.”

Yun predicts a “a strong rebound once the economic ‘quarantine’ is lifted, and it’s critical that supply is sufficient to meet pent-up demand.”

Nevertheless, there is mounting concern that the economic impact of job losses and business failures will continue to impact the housing market once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

A survey of consumers conducted between Feb. 22 and March 22 by found that 36 percent of believe that the U.S. is already in a recession and another 31 percent maintaining that the recession will begin within the next three months.

Given lessons learned from Asian countries, the U.S. is looking at a two- to three-month period of economic freeze, George Ratiu, senior economist for said in a statement. “With fewer Americans able to move freely and many concerned about their jobs, real estate markets are entering a period of constrained activity.”

As for the Brantleys, they are still hopeful they can buy and close on a home by their deadline. But they are also devising a fallback plan should it not work out.


Governor to reveal plans related to re-opening Texas businesses amid coronavirus

Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday he would be issuing an executive order next week that will address reopening businesses while maintaining health and safety as the number of cases of the novel coronavirus continues to rise in Texas.

“We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods. We can and we must do this. We can do both: expand and restore the livelihoods that Texans want to have by helping them return to work,” Abbott said from the Texas Capitol.

When asked whether most Texans will have to have been tested for COVID-19 in order to go back to work, Abbott said testing would be an aspect, but that more details would come next week.

“I will tell you that testing will be a component of it. And we will operate very strategically. We want to open up. But we want to open up safely, knowing that if we do it too fast without the appropriate strategies, it will just lead to a potential closure because of His announcement comes amid record job losses. According to figures released by the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, more than 761,000 Texans have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks — more than the total number of claims filed in the state for all of 2019.

On a call organized by the Republican Party of Texas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Friday he wants Texas to be ready to revitalize the economy as soon as feasible, and pointed to the first week of May as a possible date — the same time that Abbott’s current executive order requiring Texans to stay home unless participating in activities deemed “essential” by the state is set to end.

“There’s no question, we’re not going to open up everything immediately. But it will be done in phases. But we need to get started, and I hope that’s the first week of May, barring any unforeseen big spikes here in Texas and some other states around the country,” Patrick said on the call. “Obviously, New York won’t be ready to do that.”

Abbott said previously his statewide orders may be extended based on the spread of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of federal officials. When asked about Patrick’s timeline of early May, Abbott said the desire for Texans to return to work must be balanced with measures to keep people safe.

“Understandably, if everyone were to rush the doors and go back into the job market overnight, we would see an outbreak of COVID-19 again,” Abbott said. “That’s exactly why I’m issuing the executive order next week establishing what the statewide standards will be in the coming days about what the approach is.”

Abbott said the order has been crafted with input from the White House and federal officials to ensure it meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

As of Friday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services was reporting nearly 116,000 Texans had been tested, with 11,671 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 1,532 Texans were currently hospitalized and there had been 226 COVID-19 related deaths. An estimated 1,366 Texans had recovered — meaning people who had previously tested positive had gone at least two weeks of being COVID-19 free, Abbott said.


Hilton, Marriott and AMEX donate free hotel rooms for medical workers responding to coronavirus crisis

Beginning Monday, Hilton and American Express will donate 1 million hotel rooms for  medical professionals working on the coronavirus pandemic response.

The rooms will be available to doctors, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and other workers through the end of May, according to Hilton.

“They truly are heroes,” Hilton President and CEO Christopher Nassetta said in a statement. “We are honored to extend our Hilton hospitality to them during this difficult time.”

The American College of Emergency Physicians is one of 10 medical groups the companies are working with to make the rooms available for those who need them.

“Knowing that there is a safe, clean and comfortable hotel room waiting for you at the end of a long shift can make all the difference in the world right now,” said William Jaquis, the group’s president.

Marriott is donating $10 million in hotel stays for doctors and nurses. The company’s efforts are focused on the areas of the country most affected by coronavirus, including New York and Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans; Detroit; Los Angeles; Las Vegas and Washington.

Marriott lets its customers donate their reward points to a variety of coronavirus relief efforts, including World Central Kitchen, Unicef, the American Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

About 80% of hotel rooms nationwide are empty, according to STR, a firm that analyzes hotel industry data.

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, told USA TODAY that the pandemic could lead half of U.S. hotels to close.

There are about 56,000 hotels across the USA, and 25,000 of those could close in the next few weeks, at least temporarily, according to Rogers.

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Apple and Google working together to help track the coronavirus

Apple and Google are partnering to help authorities track exposure to the coronavirus using Bluetooth technology.

The two Silicon Valley giants will work on a platform to enable contact tracing, a measure that identifies people who have been exposed to the virus and who they have been in contact with, the companies announced Friday.

The companies will first release interfaces built on existing public health apps in May that can work on iOS or Android systems, followed by a more comprehensive platform in the coming months to which users will be able to opt in.

A smartphone user that tests positive for the coronavirus can input their result into an app from a public health authority, which will feed into an anonymous “identifier beacon,” according to an explanation from Google. That identifier will then be anonymously exchanged with anyone the user comes into contact with who also has the service enabled.

Users then upload their identifier records to the cloud, following which they will receive a notification if they have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for the virus.

Authorities around the world have identified contact tracing as one of the key solutions to stop the rapid spread of the coronavirus, with several governments around the world, including Israel, Thailand and Hong Kong, using technology to track exposure and enforce quarantines.

The US government has been looking to Silicon Valley for solutions, with Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOGL) confirming last month they were looking into the use of cellphone location data to help track the spread of the virus. Some companies have also used location tracking technology to track spring breakers who flouted social distancing warnings in Florida. The state of North Dakota launched its own platform — made by the designers of a popular bison tracking app — to enable contact tracing.

Privacy advocates and experts around the world have flagged concerns with contact tracing technology, saying it could potentially be used as a surveillance tool once the pandemic is over. Some experts have also expressed doubts about the effectiveness of Bluetooth-enabled contact tracing.

President Donald Trump also hinted at the privacy concerns when asked about Apple and Google’s partnership during a briefing on Friday.

“It’s very new, new technology, it’s very interesting but a lot of people worry about it in terms of a person’s freedom,” he said. “We’re going to take a look at that.”

Apple (AAPL) and Google, fierce rivals with the two most popular mobile operating systems in the world, said privacy will be central to their contact tracing efforts. Users will have to provide explicit consent for the platform to work, and no information that can be used to identify individual users will be collected, they added.

“Privacy, transparency, and consent are of utmost importance in this effort,” the companies said in their statement. “We will openly publish information about our work for others to analyze.”

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Oil agreement could support stocks

An agreement by oil-producing nations on Sunday to cut output by a record amount may sustain a recent bounce in stocks, although stay-at-home restrictions and closures tied to the coronavirus pandemic still weigh on the global economy.

OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed to cut oil output by a record amount – representing around 10% of global supply – to support oil prices amid the pandemic, although sources told Reuters that effective cuts could amount to as much as 20%.

S&P futures ESC1 were down on Sunday evening, while U.S. crude futures CLc1 and Brent LCOc1 opened higher before paring gains.

The deal could buoy oil prices over the longer term and boost stocks, since talks between producers had hit roadblocks late last week, some analysts said.

“The broader market will see this as another point of stabilization as the economy, primed by favorable fiscal and monetary policies, seems to be avoiding the worst-case market scenarios,” said Rick Meckler, a partner at Cherry Lane Investments in New Jersey.

Oil prices have been slammed recently by concerns about demand because of virus-related restrictions, with U.S. crude ending Friday’s trade at $22.76, down 62.7% year-to-date. The S&P 500 energy sector .SPNY has fallen about 43% this year.

Some analysts cautioned that some hopes of an accord had already been factored into stock prices. The S&P 500 rose 12% last week, notching its best weekly gain since 1974.

At the same time, many believe that the scope of any rally – whether in oil or stocks – will be limited by the coronavirus-related shutdowns that have slowed economic activity around the world.

Measures to slow the spread of the respiratory virus have destroyed demand for fuel and driven down oil prices, straining budgets of oil producers and hammering the U.S. shale industry, which is more vulnerable to low prices due to its higher costs.

If the global economy stays closed for another few months, “this 9.7 million (bpd) reduction will be meaningless because people aren’t driving,” said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Spartan Capital Securities. He added, however, that the prospect of deeper cuts would likely be welcomed.

Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda in New York, wrote that the deal would help support oil prices.

“Despite the skepticism that this production deal will not see a high-level of compliance, it should end calls for oil prices to fall to single digits,” Moya said



A team of Australian researchers say they’ve found a cure for the novel coronavirus and hope to have patients enrolled in a nationwide trial by the end of the month.

University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research director Professor David Paterson told today they have seen two drugs used to treat other conditions can wipe out the virus in test tubes.

He said one of the medications, given to some of the first people to test positive for COVID-19 in Australia, had already resulted in “disappearance of the virus” and complete recovery from the infection.

Prof Paterson, who is also an infectious disease physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, said it wasn’t a stretch to label the drugs “a treatment or a cure”.

“It’s a potentially effective treatment,” he said.

“Patients would end up with no viable coronavirus in their system at all after the end of therapy.”

The drugs are both already registered and available in Australia.

“What we want to do at the moment is a large clinical trial across Australia, looking at 50 hospitals, and what we’re going to compare is one drug, versus another drug, versus the combination of the two drugs,” Prof Paterson said.

Given their history, researchers have a “long experience of them being very well tolerated” and there are no unexpected side effects.

“We’re not on a flat foot, we can sort of move ahead very rapidly with enrolling Australians in this trial,” Prof Paterson said.

“It’s the question we all have – we know it’s coming now, what is the best way to treat it?”

Prof Paterson said positive experiences in the fight against coronavirus have already been recorded overseas, citing China and Singapore. His research team are confident they can start getting the drugs to patients in a very safe way on home soil.

“We want to give Australians the absolute best treatment rather than just someone’s guesses or someone’s anecdotal experiences from a few people,” Prof Paterson told

He said they hope to be enrolling patients by the end of March.

“And that way, if we can test it in this first wave of patients, we do fully expect that there are going to be ongoing infections for months and months ahead, and therefore we’ll have the best possible information to treat subsequent patients,” Prof Paterson said.

“That’s really our aim, to get real world experience in Australia.”

He said the trouble with the data coming from China was that it wasn’t really gathered “in a very controlled way”, given they were the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak at the time.

“Things were just chaotic,” Prof Paterson said.

“There were these emergency hospitals being built and the system really being very, very stretched.”

One of the two medications is a HIV drug, which has been superseded by “newer generation” HIV drugs, and the other is an anti-malaria drug called chloroquine which is rarely used and “kept on the shelf now” due to resistance to malaria.

He said the researchers want to study them in a “very meaningful way” against the coronavirus to “try and alleviate that anxiety of Australians”.

“There have already been patients treated with these in Australia and there’s been successful outcomes but it hasn’t been done in a controlled or a comparative way,” Prof Paterson said.
The drugs would be given orally, as tablets.

Prof Paterson said patients would be asked to participate “as soon as they’re admitted” to hospital with the aim of beginning treatment “very early on in their illness”.

He said the research was sparked by Chinese patients, who were first given the drug in Australia, showing their doctors information on the internet about the treatment used overseas.

“Our doctors were very, very surprised that a HIV drug could actually work against the novel coronavirus and there was a bit of scepticism,” he said.

“That first wave of Chinese patients we had (in Australia), they all did very, very well when they were treated with the HIV drug.

“That’s reassuring … that we’re onto something really good here.”

The RBWH Foundation has established a Coronavirus Action Fund. By Monday afternoon it had raised $30,000 of the desired $750,000 for the clinical drug trials and other related medical research.

“The trials will start as soon as funding is secured,” the fund states.

When asked why they had to put a call out money, Prof Paterson said they “want to give as many people in Australia access to this” and can’t take doctors away from their normal work.

“The reality is that doctors are going to need to be concentrating on their patients and we need to get a very strong research team across Australia that can make sure that all the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed and make sure that it is a really high-quality study so that we can be really confident in the results,” he said.

“We did this with bushfires, this is an example where we’re reaching out to the public to put the financial support behind the study so it can get underway.

“Fifty hospitals have expressed interest in participating and we expect there may even be more to come.”


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Public education is a big business in Texas. Billions of dollars flow through the agency and are distributed to our more than 1,200 school districts and charters. The agency’s finances from our legislative appropriations request to our check book register are all available for public review.

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