Mission and Vision
Southside First Economic Development Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as the voice for economic prosperity, community bridging, and responsible development for South San Antonio/Bexar County. The primary role of Southside First is to be a convener and facilitator of programs, services, and partnerships that advance the community's goals of investment, engagement, and accountability.

Southside First goals are to:

1. Encourage and promote investment including residential and commercial

2. Energize and empower businesses and residents

3. Support revitalization efforts for Southside business corridors and neighborhoods 

Established in 2017, Southside First evolved as an initiative of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Foundation and is designed to promote economic development and community leadership on San Antonio’s South Side.  
Today, Southside First focuses on creating an economic development strategy to improve the economic, educational, and social opportunities for businesses and residents in South San Antonio/Bexar County. This region is defined as the area south of U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 87 to the Bexar County line.


Southside First's board reflects a cross-section of community members, businesses, and southside institutions.

Joe Peña, Chair

Frost Bank

Juan Solis, Vice Chair

Port San Antonio and

BB&T now Truist


Rob Rodriguez, Treasurer

Verde Commercial

Commercial Real Estate

Andy Castillo

Ford Powell & Carson Inc.

Jane Gonzalez

Medwheels Inc.

Gretchen Howell

Southstar Communities

Alex Lopez

City of San Antonio

Economic Development Department

Jesse Reyes

CNG Engineering, PLLC

Cindy Taylor 

Hot Wells Conservancy/Resident

Mark Tolley

MIssion DG 

Russell Yeager



Judith A. Canales

Executive Director


Alondra Ramírez

Program and Development Coordinator


Call us:
(210) 718-8347 

Find us: 

3315 Sidney Brooks, Ste. 200, San Antonio, Texas, 78235

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