Your San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Antonio kicked off our first stakeholder engagement summit last week to develop a community-informed strategic plan to make San Antonio a welcoming city for immigrants. This effort is part of the Gateways for Growth Challenge, which is a competitive opportunity for local communities to receive tailored research, technical assistance, and matching grants from New American Economy and Welcoming America to develop concrete strategies to integrate immigrants, foster economic growth, and promote inclusion for all residents. About 70 attendees joined the Charrette exercise to discuss seven topics: City Services and Programs, Civic Engagement, Education, Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Legal Services, and Workforce Development.
Of 100 cities indexed for a study by the New American Economy, San Antonio was ranked 59th in the nation for being most welcoming city to immigrants, which leaves opportunity for improvement for the 13.5% of San Antonio’s population who are immigrants.
The Charrette was the first in a series of stakeholder engagement events planned for the year. If you would like to participate in future workshops, contact Vice President of Economic development Belinda Hartwig, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Vice President of Education and Workforce Development, Lisa Marie Gomez, at email@example.com.