In Pursuit of Profession: Can KERNEL keep the area job scene popping?

BY MARK FADDEN
Special to the Star-Telegram

Great things can happen when organizations team up. There is no better example of this phenomenon than the new KERNEL program in Tarrant County; an initiative that utilizes an entrepreneurial approach to solving community problems. But can programs such as this one help improve our job scene?

Tarrant County’s population has skyrocketed in the past 16 years. It has grown by 25 percent since 2000 and the City of Fort Worth had the highest population growth in the entire United States from 2000 to 2013. While that kind of growth fuels the great Texas economic engine, it can also spur social challenges that can affect our community. Violence, poverty, access to affordable housing and quality education and the availability of good jobs are all serious concerns for many in Tarrant County. Fortunately, since 2000, and decades before it, members of our business community have used their considerable resources to help address these issues. They have long realized that we can’t have a thriving economy or business sector if we let our community be consumed by social problems. Area businesses, both new and old, are bringing their innovation and business savvy together with community groups to continue to make a difference.

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