ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR TODAY
1. CITY CONTRACTS
Level the playing the field for small business companies, medium sized companies, and big companies that do not “pay-to-play.”
2. SAN ANTONIO
I will take a hands-on approach to help local companies expand nationally and internationally; And, to attract new companies to invest in San Antonio.
We should look more to direct foreign investment from Mexico and promote San Antonio as a tourist destination.
In Military City USA, we need a Mayor who will continuously reach out to our military to protect the jobs that we have today, and start planting the seed for the jobs that we seek tomorrow.
Higher Education Universities are major employers in our City. We must work more effectively with our local delegations to ensure our fair share of State dollars.
6. TECH BLOC
San Antonio’s IT economy continues to grow. To date, we have 1,000 companies and 34,000 plus jobs in our emerging tech industry. We must partner up and actively participate with those in the industry promoting our local brand.
7. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
To date, our relationship with local chambers and development corporations lack true commitment, all we do is throw enough money at them to say that we did something. As Mayor, I will work closely with them to promote and attract companies to San Antonio. We have so much growth potential, especially in the BioMed and Health Care Industries.
We must compete on price and direct flights with Austin. This issue is vital so we can expand our local businesses and attract new companies. So far, infighting between the Mayor and Airport Management has led to a dysfunctional situation with no clear strategy.
As Mayor, I will be the Transportation Mayor and our signature project will be to build commuter train service from San Antonio to Austin. This $3 billion investment, financed by state and federal funds, plus private-sector resources, will get done!
10. LOCAL ENTITIES
The San Pedro Creek and Westside Creek Projects are good examples of how collaborative efforts by local governmental entities can spur Economic Development.