Our September Board Meeting was hosted by Citi at its Customer Operations Center. Matthew Anderson, Site President at Citi, welcomed Board members to the multi-building corporate campus established 27 years ago. Citi employs 2,500 employees locally and has an established reputation for being military friendly, embracing an inclusive office culture, and championing healthy work-life balance. Citi demonstrates its commitment to the community through corporate giving campaigns and employee volunteer partnerships with more than 20 organizations, and last year Citi employees dedicated more than 10,000 hours to volunteer efforts.
In an effort to keep our Board up to date on the City’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), Doug Melnick, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of San Antonio, was invited to present on revisions to the plan. Melnick highlighted the incorporation of feedback from the business community in the revised plan, such as removing specific targets, determining constraints of each strategy, alignment with environmental impact strategies already established, and a cost-benefit analysis of implementation. Melnick emphasized the importance of community and stakeholder input throughout the process. After the presentation, Melnick departed and the Board discussed the revisions and remaining concerns. There was acknowledgement of the city’s responsiveness to the business community. However, concerns remain with the implementation of the plan. The Board supported a letter to the Mayor and Council stating this.
Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez updated the Board on the evolving paid sick leave ordinance. While there have been minor changes to the ordinance, Richard reiterated it is not substantial enough to curtail the considerable opposition among member businesses. For this reason, the Chamber remains supportive of the paid sick leave ordinance lawsuit and will continue to help raise money for the effort. Richard also informed the Board of an opportunity to engage in the 2020 U.S. Census Complete Count efforts through a train the trainer session on October 25th geared to equip businesses with the necessary information to encourage employees to ensure San Antonio fully engages with the census next year. Additionally, Richard shared the Chamber was submitting comments to the U. S. Department of Agriculture expressing concern of the proposed Revision of the Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Read more about this issue.)
Taylor Dawson, Vice President of Pape Dawson and the 2020 SA to DC Chair, announced the first planning meeting will occur on Monday, October 7 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Pape Dawson Engineers (2000 NW Loop 410), at which time he will share his vision for the trip and announce issue team chairs. Just a reminder to mark your calendars for SA to DC 2020, which will take place February 3 – 6, 2020.
Lori Stinson, Vice President of Military Affairs and Leadership Development for the Chamber, informed the Board that a site visit to San Antonio was recently conducted as the Air Force seeks a permanent basing solution for the F-16 Formal Training Unit. We will continue our advocacy to bring the training unit to San Antonio.
Amanda Keammerer, Vice President of Cybersecurity San Antonio, announced the second Executive Summit on Cybersecurity will happen on October 3. In partnership with Bank of America and Port San Antonio, this summit will feature experts in privacy, vendor management, public policy, and cybersecurity. There will also be a cyber pitch competition designed exclusively to lift up local companies working in this space.