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More than 25 new businesses have opened on the East Side so far this year, District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick told East Side business leaders at a ‘State of the Eastside’ business briefing Wednesday.

“I think that’s almost 2.5 times what we did last year, year-to-date,” Warrick said.

Those businesses in Warrick’s high poverty district include a coffee shop, a career training center and new restaurants like Tony G’s and Grayze. Warrick says the new additions are attracting more people—and dollars with them.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

On Thursday President Barack Obama will announce that San Antonio is one of five promise zones that will receive additional tools to help revive struggling and impoverished neighborhoods.

The other promise zone's are: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

The announcement by the White House means that the zones will get tax incentives and grants to help places like San Antonio's Eastside build better neighborhoods, residential areas and businesses.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) has announced its first music festival will take place next month.

On Oct. 20, San Antonio's Eastside will be flooded with Jazz, R&B, Salsa, Tejano, Blues, Country and just about every other type of music.

SAGE is hosting the festival that touts itself as a celebration of diversity on the Eastside. SAGE executive director Jackie Gorman said that while recognizing culture, the festival will also be a fundraiser for the non-profit.