Near Southside on Its Way to Becoming a Medical Innovation District
May 18, 2019
In 2017, the City of Fort Worth named the establishment of a Near Southside Medical Innovation District (MID) as one of the four primary goals of their economic development strategic plan. Since then, a leadership group has been meeting regularly to attract new investment, establish new business opportunities, and collectively help redefine Fort Worth as a nationally-competitive hub for innovation in healthcare and beyond.
In May, the Fort Worth City Council received a briefing on plans for this project, which outlined guiding principles and goals for the MID, including a focus on encouraging entrepreneurship and startups, and fostered partnership between these and established medical centers.
The Near Southside is already home to major health institutions Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Cook Children’s, JPS Health Network, Medical City Fort Worth, Texas Health Harris Methodist, and UT Southwestern’s Moncrief Cancer Institute and Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center. The concentration of these medical providers along with independent clinics such as Texas Oncology and the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, make the Near Southside a vital hub in North Texas for top quality medical care.
With the addition of mixed-use development, creative businesses, a growing number of housing options, and a popular spot for restaurants and retail, the goal would be to position the Near Southside as one of the most livable medical districts in the country.