With 2019 already in full swing, we are looking ahead to a wonderful year. At the same time, we would like to take the time to reflect on the Chamber’s accomplishments during 2018. Through the leadership of our 2018 Chair Shaun Kennedy and the support of our members, the Chamber was able to tackle many issues and initiatives that resulted in an improved business climate, growth, and success for San Antonio.
We would like to thank Shaun for his outstanding leadership and his passion for our community. His commitment to our Chamber has made a huge difference in the work we accomplished this year. We would also like to thank our valued Chamber investors, who helped as we:
- Led more than 170 business and community leaders to Washington in the record-breaking 40th annual SA to DC, and secure a portion of more than $70 billion in funding through this collaborative advocacy.
- Submitted comments and testified before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Air Quality Division supporting the use of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Funds in Texas and the development of a state Beneficiary Mitigation Plan. Bexar County successfully secured a $61,585,516 allocation.
- Successfully defeated the City of San Antonio’s efforts to include a Labor Peace Agreement (LPA) requirement within the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Food, Beverage and Retail Prime Concessionaire at the San Antonio International Airport.
- Assisted in securing operational expansion from two major cyber firms: Lockheed Martin opened a Cyber Operations Center at Port San Antonio; and PWC opened a Regional Technology and Cybersecurity Delivery Center in the downtown Tech District.
- Launched the Project Ability Task Force to develop a workforce disability-inclusive hiring initiative for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); hosted the Project Ability Summit to discuss ways to increase employment opportunities for the IDD community; and formed the B2B Disability Consortium to establish ongoing engagement among employers on disability hiring initiatives.
- Led efforts to establish San Antonio as the Nation’s first Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ), designated by the US Chamber and recognized broadly as a premier example of advocacy for finding meaningful career opportunities for Military Spouses.
- Successfully advocated for the selection of Joint Base San Antonio to host the consolidation and housing of the U.S. Air Force’s Battlefield Airman Training (BAT) program. The new “Special Warfare Training Wing” will bring 135 employees to train Special Warfare Airmen and will include specialists from sports and medical backgrounds aiming to focus with a Human Performance Support Group.
- Brought in 240 new members and produced more than 90 ribbon cutting ceremonies to promote members’ businesses.