On Friday, June 16, San Antonio submitted an application to become a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) under the field of Gastronomy. This submission is a direct result of the Chamber’s Good to Great to Global (G3) initiative, implemented by our 2016 Chairman Renée Flores. G3 was developed to provide specific recommendations on community initiatives, investments, and alliances to establish San Antonio as a globally competitive city in three industry sectors: Cybersecurity, Biomedical & Healthcare, and Cultural Preservation & Celebration. Tucson is the only Creative City of Gastronomy in the U.S., receiving the recognition during the last round of applications in 2015.
Created in 2004, the UCCN claims to strengthen cooperation with and among cities that have recognized creativity as a strategic factor of sustainable development as regards economic, social, cultural and environment aspects.
The UCCN covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. All members work together toward a common mission: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of their urban development plans to make their cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, and actively cooperating at the international level through intercity partnerships.
San Antonio believes this designation will have a positive impact on the economy through tourism and sustainable urban development.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the hard work of the working group consisting of the City of San Antonio, Chefs Johnny Hernandez and Elizabeth Johnson, Angela and Freddie Covo of Edible San Antonio, and food writer Wendy Atwell.
The announcement of the Creative Cities designated in 2017 will be published on the UNESCO website on October 31, 2017.
To learn more about the UCCN, please visit http://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/.