More than 1,000 people filled the Stars at Night ballroom last week to hear Mayor Ivy R. Taylor deliver her annual United State of the City address. Mayor Taylor shared exciting news about the city’s economic growth, workforce initiatives and redevelopment of key areas of the city. She touted accomplishments over the past year and shared details about her plans for the future of San Antonio.
Calling San Antonio “A City with Heart,” Mayor Taylor highlighted the city’s historic $850 million bond program to implement the SA Tomorrow Plan. The plan identifies 13 regional centers that will provide accessible, affordable places to live, work, and play. She touched on efforts to improve our infrastructure, create jobs, and plan for the next one million residents moving to San Antonio by 2040.
She also touched on how creativity and innovation will continue to create a path forward for San Antonio in the future and how innovative technology will be the platform for many of our community’s future jobs. She noted that while two-thirds of all American cities are shedding jobs and businesses are dying faster than start-ups can replace them, San Antonio is one of the few U.S. cities that is actually adding new jobs every year.
Mayor Taylor highlighted efforts to make San Antonio a globally competitive city, emphasizing the importance of immigration and trade relationships with Mexico. She advised that, “As our region grows and we work toward economic prosperity for all, we must come together with one voice to affirm the positive historical impact of immigrants from all over the globe to San Antonio.” Mayor Taylor challenged everyone to work with officials at the state and federal level to ensure that we don’t “undo the progress and relationships created over hundreds of years, specifically the achievement of NAFTA.”
Mayor Taylor concluded with heartfelt remarks about the community coming together to lend a helping hand during the recent tornado disaster. She said it inspired her theme for this year’s event, “A City with Heart.”