As the governing body for the Downtown Arlington Business Improvement District (BID), our Board of Directors represents the diverse interests found within our vibrant community. Each member of our Board brings incredible insights to our planning and programming, and we're proud to serve beside them. In our new Q&A series, Nice to Meet You, we look forward to introducing you to each of our Directors.
We're launching Nice to Meet You this month by chatting with the newest Directors on our Board. Meet Brittany Carnes, Vice President and Community Leader for Frost Bank's Commercial Banking Group.
Downtown Arlington: What are the top things you like most about Downtown Arlington?
Brittany: Walkability! When I’m working at our Central Arlington Financial center, I love walking to lunch! I also really love the Levitt Pavilion. I’m a live music person, and the Levitt brings us great musicians in a comfortable, family-friendly, and intimate venue that’s accessible to all.
DA: Name a leader in our community who inspires you.
Brittany: The Honorable Jeff Williams. His enthusiasm for Arlington’s growth and development is contagious, and his ability to effectively collaborate to get any job done – big or small – is really something to be admired.
DA: What is your favorite Downtown building or place?
Brittany: Levitt Pavilion!
DA: What's your favorite thing about your job?
Brittany: My favorite thing about my job is the people. My job affords me the unique opportunity of meeting people of all kinds! I love working with customers to find solutions that help them achieve their business goals. Whether it’s a loan to finance the purchase of a new building, or connecting them with a good CPA, being a valuable resource to my customers and community members is most rewarding to me.
DA: What inspires you to build your business and clientele in Downtown Arlington?
Brittany: Downtown Arlington is a vibrant community with emerging growth. The “buzz” in Downtown Arlington is exciting and heartening. We see a lot of potential in the Downtown area and want to be a part of the revitalization of our city.
DA: Outside of your business, tell us about one of your personal interests.
Brittany: Girls Inc. of Tarrant County is an organization I devote a lot of time and energy to! Girls Inc.’s mission is to “Inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold” and serves over 20,000 girls in Tarrant County each year. Girls Inc. has a unique combination of mentoring relationships, a pro-girl culture, and researched-based programming which equips girls to be healthy, educated and empowered. We work with school districts, libraries, and other non-profit organizations across Tarrant County to serve the needs of girls in our community. I’m truly inspired by the girls we serve – they are my motivation to be Strong, Smart, and Bold every day!
DA: When you're out for drinks in Downtown, what is your favorite cocktail and where is your favorite spot to order it?
Brittany: Irish Coffee at J. Gilligan’s!
DA: When you think about a bright future for Downtown, what one thing do you think will contribute most to its long-term success?
Brittany: When an urban area feels safe and walkable, it thrives.
DA: Most important, what's your Texas Rangers walk-on song?
Brittany: Life’s Been Good by Joe Walsh. We are big Eagles fans in my family!
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About Downtown Arlington
Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington is where creativity, authenticity, and hometown pride thrive and drive what's next. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to a top tier public research university, prolific visual and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. downtownarlington.org
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