A Record of Accomplishment

San Antonio successes under Mayor Julián Castro

  • San Antonio named one of seven “enterprising cities” in America by U.S. Chamber of Commerce for its success in building a culture of business (2013).
  • San Antonio only U.S. city with population of more than one million to have AAA bond rating from all three major rating agencies.
  • San Antonio ranked best-performing local economy in the country by prestigious Milken Institute (2011).
  • San Antonio one of five cities awarded grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies and Living Cities’ Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund to deliver free, one-on-one financial counseling on San Antonio’s East and West sides.
  • CPS Energy inks deal with OCI Solar Power to provide 400 MW of solar energy, bring several manufacturing facilities that produce solar panel components, and create 805 jobs. Project is largest in the nation among municipally owned utilities, furthering Mayor Castro`s vision to excel in the New Energy Economy.
  • Local high school graduation rate rises to 92 percent (2011), exceeding the community’s original 85-percent goal for 2020.
  • Pre-K 4 SA opens doors, providing high-quality, full-day instruction to more than 600 four-year-olds in first year (2013). Enrollment expected to increase to 1,500 in fall of 2014.
  • The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and The Rockefeller Foundation named Pre-K 4 SA one of the “Top 10 State and Metropolitan Innovations to Watch in 2013.”
  • More than 32,000 area students receive college advising and test preparation at Cafe College to help create a college-going culture in San Antonio.
  • College enrollment among graduating seniors increases from 38.1 percent to 49.7 percent.
  • More than 2,300 area students and their parents receive assistance with filling out college financial aid paperwork through Student Aid San Antonio.
  • San Antonio becomes first city in Texas to name official Poet Laureate (Carmen Tafolla).
  • San Antonio one of five cities nationwide to receive federal Promise Zone designation, building upon Promise and Choice neighborhood grants and a Byrne Justice grant to improve housing and educational opportunities on the East Side of San Antonio.
  • By the end of 2014, 2,463 housing units will rise in downtown San Antonio, sparking $349.8 million in total investment as part of Mayor Castro’s “Decade of Downtown.”
  • HemisFair Park revitalization and convention center expansion underway to restore site of 1968 world`s fair into world-class public space.
  • San Antonio’s adult obesity rate falls below state average, going from 35.1 percent to 28.5 percent between 2010 and 2012.  San Antonio’s progress means 70,000 adult men and women are no longer obese and are now at reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease and other maladies.
  • Teen birth rate declines by more than 15 percent, matching SA2020 original end-of-decade goal.
  • Through the efforts of Mayor’s Fitness Council and the YMCA, Siclovia attracted more than 73,000 participants at September 2013 event, breaking attendance record.
  • San Antonio’s B-Cycle program, the first modern bike-sharing system in Texas, expanded services to Mission Reach along the San Antonio River.