Last week, 203 business leaders, including the Mayor, nine members of City Council, County Commissioner Kevin Wolff, and elected and appointed members of local Boards of Directors, traveled to Washington D.C. for the largest, most active, and most exciting SA to DC trip in the Chamber’s history. While in Washington, the group met with members of Congress and government officials about business, industry, military, education, and community development priorities in our region. During the morning program, attendees received real-time information on pressing issues, including workforce development, elections security, trade, economic mobility, and even the coronavirus. Additionally, attendees heard directly from our legislators, who took the time to talk to our large group about their and our legislative agendas. In the afternoon, our 13 issue teams headed to Capitol Hill to meet directly with the members of Congress and government officials to advocate for the priorities in our Federal Agenda we have identified as being important to our community.
Over the last three years, our city has drawn national attention for the exemplary way our business, community, and government leaders come together and advocate for our economic prosperity. “We are extremely fortunate to have a strong, vibrant, invested, and active business community willing to take on key issues that make a difference for the San Antonio region,” said San Antonio Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. “There is power in numbers, and this year, we brought our largest delegation ever on the SA to DC trip. Whether members are there advocating for our military, education and workforce development, infrastructure, or policies that allow businesses to flourish, our collective voice was definitely loud and was clearly heard.”
We already have a big win from our 2020 SA to DC trip. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 2020 work plan includes the final $26 million reimbursement to Bexar County for advancing a portion of the federal share of the Mission Reach project. Throughout the rest of 2020, the Chamber will continue to advocate for the remainder of the priorities in our Federal Agenda.
SA to DC began in the late 1970s, when seven members of the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee traveled to the Pentagon to offer our thanks and support for the various Department of Defense (DOD) missions located in San Antonio. This year, we had issue teams covering aerospace, cybersecurity, education/workforce development, energy, healthcare, housing, hospitality/tourism, immigration, international trade, military, small business, transportation, and water.
Special thanks to our 2020 SA to DC Chair Taylor Dawson, Vice President of Pape-Dawson Engineers, for his leadership, energy, and vision for the trip. We are also grateful to this year’s sponsors:
- Pape-Dawson Engineers
- Southwest Research Institute
- Port San Antonio
- San Antonio River Authority
- Quicken Loans
- Vulcan Materials Company
- West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Guido Companies
- The City of San Antonio Government & Public Affairs Department
- Booz Allen Hamilton
Additionally, we would like to thank our partners for their help in making each of our attendees feel welcome, as we all work tirelessly to execute a program that cannot be done without the assistance of strong community partners:
- The North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce,
- The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
- The San Antonio Mobility Coalition,
- The South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and
- The West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
To view photos of SA to DC 2020, click here.