On Monday, the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs hosted San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and leaders from San Antonio to hear about SA2020: a city-wide plan developed by city leaders and residents to set out specific goals in a number of areas including community safety, economic competitiveness, education, health & fitness, transportation and many more.
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed Mayor Castro and shared his experiences from serving as Mayor of Dallas, noting that “cities are the real laboratories for getting stuff done.” Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ron Sims also joined the presentation and discussed the importance of engaging community members to accomplish city goals.
In all, more than 40 officials from the White House and several Cabinet agencies took part in the dialogue on how the federal government can partner with cities like San Antonio to build what Mayor Castro calls “brainpower communities” that are safe, vibrant, healthy and economically competitive.
For more information on the SA2020 project, visit www.sa2020.org.
David Agnew is the Deputy Director for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.