SAN ANTONIO – For more than 40 years, San Antonio’s business leaders have traveled to Washington DC every year to make the case for the Alamo City.
Local leaders say this is the best way to influence our members of Congress, administration officials and Pentagon leaders to shape funding decisions and policy direction – by meeting them face to face. .
One of our local leaders joined us Sunday on Leading SA from our nation’s capital to talk about the goals of the trip.
“Well, the goals are to bring resources to San Antonio. You know, San Antonio, as you well know, is the seventh largest city in the country. We have needs like any other city. We pay taxes like every other city, so we want to bring some of those resources back to San Antonio, leveraging ongoing projects to get that money going even further,” said Richard Perez, president and chief executive. from the direction of San Antonio. Chamber of Commerce, said.
One of the main topics Mr. Perez plans to talk about is our military community.
“Military affairs are always a big deal. As you know, we are Military City, USA. We have the largest military footprint of any city in the country. So making sure our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to carry out their missions, not just the person wearing the uniform, but their families. Increasingly, when the Department of Defense scores a community to see if it’s a good place to locate more military missions, it’s looking at things like child care. They look at things like health care. They’re looking at school systems for military children and these are things that are increasingly as important as any other infrastructure, if you will. So making sure that we invest money in families…We also want to tell the story of the fact that we’re doing a good job in this area,” Perez said.
Another important topic is transportation.
“The transportation is huge. And in fact, there is the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was signed by the president a few months ago. These monies are now being developed to channel to communities. And we want to tell the story of San Antonio, and that’s that we have a $1.2 billion bond that we’re all going to vote on in May. And I’m hopeful it will pass. We can use this bond to leverage additional federal dollars to come to San Antonio,” Perez said.
The fruits of SA’s journey to DC may not come overnight, but Perez is confident it will be a success, as it has been in the past.
“Slowly but surely, we continued to plead. And Senator Cornyn and Congressman Henry Cuellar were the two spearheads who helped us get that money. So if we don’t come back on Wednesday with a check in hand, I can assure you we put down a good deposit to make that check happen…” Perez said.
You can watch Perez’s full interview in the video player above.
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