SAN ANTONIO (May 7, 2018) – Southside First Economic Development Council is bringing together Brooks CEO Leo Gomez, and Port San Antonio Interim CEO Jim Perschbauch, to discuss the economic challenges, opportunities and vision for the Southside and region.

The Inaugural Economic Exchange Luncheon, taking place on Thursday, June 7, at Texas A&M University – San Antonio’s Vista Room, brings leading voices in South Texas together in panel discussions that inspire, motivate and create action in growing and sustaining the area’s economy.

“An integral part of our mission is to be a convener of businesses, neighborhoods, schools and public entities, like Brooks and Port. This meeting provides the Southside’s most influential leaders an opportunity to brief our community, and answer questions on issues that impact our community’s overall economic development,” said Southside First Economic Development Council Executive Director Andrew M. Anguiano. “This conversation undoubtedly will foster greater collaboration and partnerships in order to further propel San Antonio economic vitality.”

Tickets and sponsorships to the Economic Exchange Luncheon are still available. Visit for more information.

In addition, Southside First has two more luncheons planned for the year and a Thriving Together Symposium occurring in fall. The Symposium will focus on development and infrastructure on the Southside.

A non-profit affiliate of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Council has been a leading voice in economic prosperity, community bridging, and responsible development for the area south of Highway 90 and Highway 87. Working with various strategic partners has led the way to conducting economic assessments, providing solutions, and creating programming that positively influences the quality of life on the Southside.


About Southside First Economic Development Council

Southside First Economic Development Council is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to be the voice of economic prosperity, community bridging and responsible development on the Southside (South San Antonio and South Bexar County). The 15-member board represents a cross-section of the Southside and has appointments from City Council Districts 3, 4 and 5, County Precincts 4 and 1, South Chamber representatives, Brooks, Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Port San Antonio and others. In 2017, the organization led many initiatives including a Symposium, Small Business Workshops, Success Series and the collection of valuable data that is being used to provide insight into the Southside economy.