Economic Development Department

Partner Agencies


Economic Development Department
City Tower
100 West Houston Street, 19th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205


Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Partner Agencies

Partner Agencies Overview

The City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department (EDD) fosters economic growth and investment in the community through the use of innovative tools and strategic partnerships. In 2012, EDD, in partnership with the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF), helped create 5,670 new and/or retained jobs in San Antonio and Bexar County, working with 23 companies.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) is a private, nonprofit organization that assists business and industry relocating or expanding into the San Antonio area. Since 1975, SAEDF has been directly responsible for bringing more than 340 companies to our city and creating more than 90,000 jobs for San Antonians. Specifically in the last five years, SAEDF has located 77 companies and brought nearly 22,000 jobs, creating a total economic impact of more than $7.8 billion.

Free Trade Alliance

The Free Trade Alliance was created in 1994, upon the passage of NAFTA, to develop San Antonio as a competitive international trading center. Since that time, the Alliance has grown to be an international economic development organization focused on assisting our region benefit from the global market and in assisting foreign companies benefit from the strength of the NAFTA region. 

San Antonio Manufacturers Association

In 1914, these manufacturers drew up a list of by-laws, secured a charter, and founded the San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA).  Manufacturing has an impact and is growing in this area.  With an improved economy to bolster our current manufacturers and new companies such as Texas Machining Enterprises and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, manufacturing in San Antonio can again be a force to be reckoned with!  SAMA will stay at the forefront protecting and promoting our members' interests.

San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce

The San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce has been serving businesses in San Antonio since 1894. Our goal is to continuously improve the business climate and build opportunities for growth for San Antonio and our region. We accomplish this through programs focused on advocacy, economic development, events and direct services to our members.

San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) has been selected as one of the best-run chambers in America. A strong advocate for Hispanic business and Hispanics in business for 80 years, the Hispanic Chamber has been officially notified of its designation as a 4-Star Accredited Chamber from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It is the first Hispanic Chamber in the United States to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the first Chamber in San Antonio to ever be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Hispanic Chamber ranks in the top 1.3% of all 7,700 Chambers of Commerce in the United States. It is rare for chambers to receive a 4-star accreditation on their first application for accreditation, and this honor will last for five years.

City Agencies

Center City Development Office (CCDO)

The mission of the Center City Development Office is to foster a downtown environment that will be an asset to our city as well as the entire region through the promotion of the development, redevelopment, and retention of commercial, retail, residential, and cultural opportunities in San Antonio's Downtown and surrounding central city neighborhoods.

Office of Military Affairs (OMA)

The Office of Military Affairs (OMA) coordinates and facilitates the community’s support for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) implementation in our community. The Office of Military Affairs will work with local community leaders, particularly the Military Transformation Task Force (MTTF), to develop a Growth Management Plan (GMP) that will address the challenges and opportunities from BRAC-related growth in San Antonio.

City Sponsored Agencies

San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE)

SAGE exists for the purpose to promote, renew, and empower the economic and cultural vitality of San Antonio’s Eastside.

Westside Development Corporation (WDC)

The mission of the Westside Development Corporation (WDC) is to foster economic development, promote the development and redevelopment of real estate within its target area, create viable urban communities, and preserve the character, culture and history of the Westside.

Small Business Service Providers

Institute for Economic Development - UTSA
Launch SA
Lift Fund
Maestro Entrepreneur Center
San Antonio SCORE
Small Business Administration - San Antonio Office