On Thursday, December 10, Chamber members convened virtually for the One City Celebration in lieu of the typical annual gala event. While large in-person events are not available, it did not stop the usual recognition of the year’s outgoing board chair and a glimpse into what our members and partners can expect in 2021.
The event began with a singing of the National Anthem by the North East School of the Arts’ sophomore musical theater majors and a blessing from Sister Kathleen Coughlin from the University of the Incarnate Word. Outgoing Chamber Chair of the Board Adam Hamilton recapped the unusual year and our list of accomplishments, both before and during COVID. Among the important items during 2020, the Chamber led a record-breaking SA to DC trip in February and emerged as a informational resource on relevant coronavirus updates in the spring through impromptu resources, like our SA Chamber Rapid Response microsite and our Log-In & Learn webinar series.
Signature events, such as Celebrate America’s Military and luncheons with federal, state, and local elected officials moved online, yet retained dependable viewership and quality. Our advocacy didn’t slow down either, as we lobbied for the expansion of PPP loans and infrastructure projects and supported local initiatives, including Pre-K 4 SA, Keeps SA Moving, and Workforce Education. We published two economic impact studies, one for nonprofits and one for the healthcare and bioscience industries in our city.
With 2020 on the way out, the focus shifts to 2021 and the One City plan, the brainchild and major agenda item of 2021 Chair Hope Andrade. At the heart of the One City initiative is revitalizing downtown San Antonio’s industries and restoring them to their pre-COVID success, including the tourism and travel industry, the River Walk, and mom and pop stores. Downtown has been the center of San Antonio’s history, culture, economy, and growth, making its recovery a boon to the entire community.
To view video clips of the One City event, click here.