Another major win from the Chamber’s annual SA to DC trip was just announced! Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) will receive the final installment of reimbursement for the Mission Reach Project. The final $26 million reimbursement was announced in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ FY 20 Work Plan earlier this week. Reimbursement for the Mission Reach Project has been a top federal legislative priority for the Chamber the past seven years.
“When the county decided to advance funding for the project, we never thought a reimbursement could be possible,” said San Antonio Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez. “Vision, hard work, and a strong Washington delegation proved that the idea was real. Now we can invest the $26 million back into the community.”
Bexar County advanced $61.3 million to cover part of the federal cost share of the Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration & Recreation Project. Thanks to Bexar County’s bold action, the project was completed faster and for less than the last U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) cost estimate, allowing the community to start realizing the project benefits sooner. The project has enhanced economic development, encouraged businesses to move nearby, and increased the tax base for the city. Most importantly Mission Reach has enhanced the quality of life for residents.
Since the project’s completion, the Chamber, along with the River Authority, has worked with the Bexar County federal delegation to have USACE fully reimburse Bexar County the $61.3 million it advanced. The federal reimbursements for Mission Reach that Bexar County has received have been reinvested into another significant water resource project, the restoration of San Pedro Creek in downtown San Antonio. Segment 1 of the San Pedro Creek Culture Park was opened in May 2018, and a second segment of the project is currently under construction.
The Chamber applauds Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21), Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Congressman Lloyd Doggett (TX-35) for their efforts to help Bexar County and SARA receive full reimbursement.
For more information, please contact, Stephanie Reyes, VP of Public Policy at email@example.com or by phone at 210-299-2162.