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File #: 20-6439   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Economic and Workforce Development Committee
On agenda: 11/3/2020
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Business Plan for July through December 2020. [Carlos J. Contreras, III; Assistant City Manager; Alejandra Lopez, Director, Economic Development]
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Alejandra Lopez


Briefing and possible action on the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation Business Plan for July through December 2020.


The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) will provide a briefing on its Business Plan and operations for July through December 2020 to achieve the City's goals for economic, global, and workforce development. The contract associated with this Business Plan was previously approved by City Council and funding is available from the FY 2021 General Fund and FY 2021 Economic Development Incentive Fund Adopted Budgets.


The partnership between EDD and SAEDF is based on recommendations of the 2009 Mayor's Corporate Retention and Recruitment Committee, which consisted of business and community members, and called for the development of a strategic plan, a process for coordination and collaboration to include a business retention and expansion (BRE) program, and improved resource utilization. In 2015, a private sector sub-committee evaluated the partnership between the City and SAEDF and confirmed the continuation of the partnership as an effective model, along with recommending the development of the Forefront SA economic development strategic plan (Forefront SA). Forefront SA is implemented by SAEDF, in collaboration with EDD and other economic development partners, with target goals to reach by 2020.

The SAEDF Economic Development Services Agreement creates public/private alignment towards long-term goals and focus on creating high-wage jobs by leveraging existing competitive advantages. This Agreement requires City Council approval of an annual Business Plan aligned with Forefront SA. After a two- year period of resource realignment integrating SA Works and the Free Trade Alliance, in 2019 SAEDF focused substantially on operational execution, securing 20 projects, creating a...

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