October 4, 2022 | Main Spotlight: Para Nuestra Comunidad, For Our Community | By: Anette Landeros, President and CEO of Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce |
North Main Street in Fort Worth. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
50 years ago, our Hispanic business community in Fort Worth, TX felt we needed an avenue to grow, connect and champion each other’s businesses. A small group of business owners founded our Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
and since then we’ve been building a legacy of being a resource and advocate for our community.
As a brand-new partner in the Main Street America program, we recognize we will be on a learning journey that will allow us to leverage best practices and experiences from other communities throughout the country. We’re excited to put those resources to work but also are very proud to amplify the voice of the long-established community. As an invested neighbor, we are aware of some of the challenges that may be ahead.
Like many other economically disadvantaged communities, we hear and feel the fear of displacement. The neighborhood online discourse has highlighted that some feel that accepting unsafe living situations is the best way to protect their homes, often even discouraging efforts by those who want to report illegal activities to the city. Our hope is that by involving the community we can create a sense of place and a commercial corridor that adds to their quality of life. If business owners are relatable and invested in the community, they can also serve as a source of inspiration – a true testament to the American dream that many Hispanic families are still pursuing.