Nearly 1,200 business and community leaders filled the beautiful Stars at Night Ballroom in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center for Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s 2018 United State of the City Address themed, “The Time has Come”.
The annual event is hosted in collaboration with our partner chambers of commerce – the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Alamo City Black Chamber of Commerce, and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The event is an opportunity for the Mayor to celebrate the success of our City and share his vision for the upcoming year.
Mayor Nirenberg began his remarks by touting all who helped organize the 2018 Final Four, an event that brought nearly 100,000 visitors to the Alamo City. He highlighted how the San Antonio economy is booming, the crime rate is down, the airport is setting passenger records every month, and our bond rating is the highest of any major city in the United States.
The Mayor touched on the 33,000 new San Antonio-area-jobs created 2017 and pledged to create 70,000 more over the next two years. To help accelerate that effort, he called for an enhancement of public-private partnerships between the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department, San Antonio’s Economic Development Foundation, the private sector, and educational institutions. Nirenberg was excited to announce the Blue Chip Jobs Council, a group of key business leaders that will work in partnership with the Mayor to help bring new businesses to San Antonio.
Mayor Nirenberg discussed how the military is a vital part of San Antonio’s economy, generating $49 million in economic impact annually. He noted that the military has been key to the growth of key economic sectors like manufacturing, healthcare, new energy, tech and cybersecurity. He encouraged further cultivation of the cybersecurity and technology sectors to help San Antonio become a “smart city.”
With an expected one million more people moving to San Antonio by 2040, Nirenberg announced the creation of ConnectSA, a nonprofit that will facilitate community input, conduct research, and build support to pave the way for citizens to vote on modern transportation for our city in 2019. He also called for a $110 million budget for street maintenance in the FY 2019 city budget.
Attendees also had the opportunity to view a video highlighting San Antonio and the great work being done all across the city. Click here to see the video.
Mayor Nirenberg concluded his remarks by urging business and community leaders in the room to be persistent and ensure San Antonio’s future remains bright.
You can see Mayor Nirenberg’s entire speech via our Facebook Live stream.