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Perhaps one of the finest aspects of cultural life in Fort Worth is the celebrated Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Every four years the world’s greatest pianists gather in the city to vie for the coveted medals and engagements that launch classical music careers. Music aficionados around the globe recognize the Cliburn as one of the foremost piano competitions worldwide.
A new era dawned in Fort Worth in 1997 when the flash of a checkered flag signaled the inaugural race at Texas Motor Speedway, the second largest sports facility in America. Located only 20 miles from downtown, the 1.5-mile track at the super speedway hosts all major forms of American automobile racing. Motorsports racing is the fastest growing sport in the country.
Fort Worth, a city of half a million people, is home to some of the country’s major corporations and manufacturers, such as American Airlines, RadioShack, Pier 1 Imports, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and Bell Helicopter Textron. Fort Worth is consistently ranked as one of the top places in the nation to work, live and do business by national magazines such as Fortune, Money and Newsweek.
A chief asset of Fort Worth is the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). It is one of the world’s busiest airports, and offers service to 160 destinations around the world. Fort Worth’s central geographic locale means it can be reached from either U.S. coast within three hours.
Along with these designations, Fort Worth has twice been awarded the prestigious All-American City award by the National Civic League, in 1964 and 1993. Evidence of Fort Worth’s “Cowtown” heritage is everywhere - from the carvings of Longhorn steers on bridge pillars and public buildings to the three-story mural of the Chisholm Trail brought to life in the heart of downtown. And while Fort Worth maintains its historical ties as the city “Where the West Begins,” it also gains a reputation for urban sophistication and a celebrated connection to fine and performing arts. It all shows that in Fort Worth cowboys and culture do peacefully coexist.
The information in this report is provided courtesy of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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