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File #: 19-8114   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Economic and Workforce Development Committee
On agenda: 11/5/2019
Posting Language: A briefing and possible action on the "Metro Priority Plan", the proposed international economic development strategy for the city. [Carlos J. Contreras III, Assistant City Manager; Alejandra Lopez, Interim Director, Economic Development]
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Alejandra Lopez



An overview of the "Metro Priority Plan", San Antonio's proposed international economic development strategy as informed by the Brookings Global Cities Initiative and the Brookings Metro Prioritization Exercise.


The Economic Workforce and Development Committee will receive an overview of the City's proposed Metro Priority Plan, which describes San Antonio's international strategy (1) to focus efforts on key global markets based on data-driven research, (2) to increase San Antonio's access to the outside world through business, diplomatic, cultural and educational connections, and (3) to elevate San Antonio's reputation as a global leader through targeted tactics based on stage of market relationship.


Since 2013, the San Antonio community has made a concerted effort to better understand its assets and channel its limited resources with respect to international economic development. The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase supported these efforts as part of the Global Cities Initiative.

Between 2014 and 2015, San Antonio published its Export, Trade and Foreign Direct Investment Strategies. These reports highlighted thirteen countries as target markets.

Between 2017 and 2019, the City participated in the Brookings Market Prioritization Exercise, through which it narrowed the focus to five priority metros using a data-driven approach. During this exercise, the City took the following steps:

* Defined San Antonio's world-leading industry specializations;
* Identified markets that show potential for economic linkages with its industries;
* Assessed foreign markets based on macroeconomic, political, educational, and cultural factors;
* Compiled the data to sort priority cities by target industry; and
* Solicited industry and community feedback to validate the data.


As a result of th...

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