San Antonio business leaders have returned home optimistic after a week-long lobbying trip to Washington.
Business leaders, along with officials from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, target certain projects and issues every year as Congress starts looking at new legislation.
Mayor Julián Castro's movement to re-energize downtown is at the heart of dozens of active projects, and one of the goals of the mayor's transformation programs, SA2020, is to attract people to the city core by building 7,500 apartment units.
One of Castro's confidants is Henry Cisneros, who leads CityView, a company that works with builders to create homes priced within the range of average families.
The city of San Antonio commissioned an imaging study to see how people across the country – especially business leaders – perceive the Alamo City.
Of 102 respondents, it found that 38 percent of people in big industries like healthcare, information technology (IT) and aerospace are unfamiliar with the infrastructure, business climate, and governance offered by San Antonio.
The report said a lack of familiarity puts San Antonio at a disadvantage to key competitors, cities like San Diego, where business executives are more aware of what they can expect.