“Located in the fastest-growing metro area in the U.S., Fort Worth stands to gain millions in federal funds because of the 2020 Census — dollars that ensure the city’s booming population continues to receive the services it needs.

“But without the necessary outreach, the city is at risk of missing out on the funding. And it won’t be getting another chance until 2030…

“A fundraising goal of $1 million was set to support outreach efforts in Dallas. A $650,000 contract to help get an accurate headcount was approved in Houston. And a newly created census program manager position was formed in Austin.

“Fort Worth’s commitment so far: a committee, whose members have yet to be publicly announced.

“’We’re just a little slow to start,” said Michelle Gutt, a city spokeswoman. “We definitely should have had our complete count committee up and running sooner.’”