Your Chamber, along with the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, hosted Mayor Ivy R. Taylor at her annual State of the City Address at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center’s Stars at Night Ballroom yesterday. Addressing more than 1,300 local business leaders and elected officials, making it the largest State of the City Address in the Chamber’s history, Mayor Taylor outlined her vision for the City’s success. The Mayor repeated her vision: “A globally competitive city where each of us has the opportunity to prosper; that’s my vision for San Antonio.”
Mayor Taylor outlined her global ideology with three main priorities. First, she recognized her initial vision of “One San Antonio” from last year’s State of the City Address. Unifying the city toward a prosperous community is a part of the Mayor’s legacy within office. Her second priority is to enhance the city’s local and international economic competitiveness and visibility, and she mentioned several ways to accomplish this goal including new leadership at the Economic Development Foundation, workforce development, and restructuring the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to support focus on San Antonio’s heritage and culture. Our newly designated Spanish Missions as a World Heritage Site is also adding global visibility to our community through tourism and economic development of the area. Mayor Taylor’s third priority outlined the City’s fiscal responsibility to improving the community’s quality of life and enhancing support for cultivating industry.
In addition to outlining her vision, Mayor Taylor listed several accomplishments, including solidifying a relationship with Uber and Lyft, welcoming Google Fiber, opening parts of Hemisfair Park, securing funding for a new federal courthouse, and promising to eradicate Veteran homelessness by the end of this month.
By using personal stories to connect the audience to several local citizens, including local students Nadia Balderas, who attends Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and Noe Castro, who attends Burbank High School, both of whom introduced the Mayor during the program, Mayor Taylor’s annual address was a well-rounded and balanced declaration of the community’s positive outlook, city’s accomplishments, and goals for the future.