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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Southside First's board reflects a cross-section of community members, businesses, and southside institutions.
Joe Peña, Chair
Juan Solis, Vice Chair
Port San Antonio and
BB&T now Truist
Rob Rodriguez, Treasurer
Commercial Real Estate
Ford Powell & Carson Inc.
City of San Antonio
Economic Development Department
CNG Engineering, PLLC
Hot Wells Conservancy/Resident
Judith A. Canales
Program and Development Coordinator