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Project Details

Author(s) Shima Hamidi, University of Texas at Arlington
Co-Author(s) Ahoura Zandiatashbar, University of Texas at Arlington
CTEDD Funding Year University-Industry Partnership Project
Project Status Complete


The City of Fort Worth, Texas, has requested the University of Texas at Arlington to develop a framework, capacity analysis, and strategic development plan for the Fort Worth Medical Innovation District (FW-MID). We envision this project in two phases. The first phase responds to the intent of the City to conduct a capacity analysis and develop a comprehensive framework about the FW-MID. The second phase uses this framework to develop an action plan for The Path Forward. Phase 2 includes the implementation steps, timeline, and policy and governance structure of the FW-MID.

The project funded here encompasses Phase 1 of the broader proposal.

Project Objectives:
• Identify and analyze the peer innovation districts to FW-MID, in order to collect best strategies, governance structures, policies, key drivers, and plans of action.
• Work with Fort Worth stakeholders and local key drivers to frame the FW-MID as a concept, and identify the capacities and challenges from their perspectives.
• Develop the FW-MID mission, vision, and goals.
• Provide a district overview, including an analysis of capacities and challenges to the FW-MID in terms of economic assets, physical assets, and networking assets, as well as the productive interactions of the three.
• Identify the needs, competitive advantages, and priorities for a strategic development plan.