How's Business?

In San Antonio, you will hear that Business is Good. Ranked as one of the nation's most resilient economies, and growing even stronger, our region has an even brighter future.

For 118 years, there has been one organization in San Antonio that brings people, resources and energy together to plan and implement ideas that have built San Antonio into one of the nation's most promising economies. The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, made of up 1,700 business members continues to look into the future to see what opportunities lay ahead.

Hear what some of our members who have been with The Chamber for 60+ years have to say about their organization, and the important role The Chamber plays in maintaining a culture that helps businesses thrive.

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History of Greatness

"Since 1894, Chamber Members have done incredible things for San Antonio - they have been a driving force behind building this great city. As a member of The Chamber, you are a part of that rich history, and you will be forever-linked to the accomplishments the Alamo City achieves today."

Chairman of the Board
SAMUEL G. DAWSON
CEO, Pape-Dawson Engineers

Our History

2011

  • Celebrated becoming the country’s home of military medical training

2010

  • Created the Energy and Sustainability Committee

2009

  • Supported the creation of Centro San Antonio, helping downtown redevelopment
  • Developed a San Antonio Cyber Action plan
  • Secured Cyber Command (24th Air Force) for S.A.
  • Hosted “A Conversation with the Mayors,” a panel discussion with all past mayors about S.A.’s future

2008

  • Helped pass term limit reform for the S.A. City Council and Mayor
  • Helped establish asister-city agreement with Chennai, India
  • Helped pass funding for improving Municipal Auditorium, the River Walk extension, Freeman Coliseum/Rodeo Grounds and the AT&T Center and expanding amateur sports facilities

2007

  • Developed “Pathways to a Great City,” a report on improving arts, sports and parks facilities; retaining young professionals; increasing education and funding transportation improvements
  • Supported the development of nuclear and sustainable energy resources for long-term energy supply

2006

  • Supported the Linear Creekways and Parks Development plan, creating more parks along Salado Creek
  • Garnered support for the redevelopment of Main Plaza downtown
  • Initiated and supported the City’s Business Service Center, a “One Stop Shop” for efficient permitting
  • Urged the City to purchase the land for Hardberger Park

2005

  • Helped bring 10,000 new jobs and $8 billion+  in construction to local bases through BRAC
  • Helped PGA Tour secure approval for two TPC championship golf courses and a J.W. Marriott Resort
  • Launched BioMed SA, an organization promoting the growth of the health care/biomedical industry

2004

  • Helped create an Advanced Transportation District and funding for VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority

2003

  • Helped negotiate the agreement that brought Toyota Manufacturing North America to S.A.

2002

  • Formed the Alliance of Chambers
  • Served as a partner in creating the San Antonio Mobility Coalition (SAMCo)

2001

  • Partnered with SATAI to produce the inaugural South Texas Funding Forum (venture capital funding)
  • Secured legislation creating Brooks City Base

2000

  • Helped secure $1.25 million in City funding needed for infrastructure at KellyUSA/Port San Antonio

1996

  • Negotiated the agreement that formed the San Antonio Trauma Consortium

1993

  • Organized and helped host the U.S. Olympic Festival

1992

  • Visited Southwestern Bell as S.A. welcomed the largest corporate relocation in the city’s history
  • Hosted a lunch with The White House after signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement

1991

  • Created the Operation Desert Storm Support Project to assist military personnel and families

1990

  • Formed a Military Strategic Planning Task Force, strengthening S.A.’s position as “Military CIty, USA”

1989

  • Created sister-chamber agreement with the Kumamoto Chamber of Commerce (Kumamoto City, Japan)
  • Provided support for the AAU/USA Junior Olympic Games

1988

  • Created San Antonio Sports
  • Helped secure doctoral programs in engineering, biology and computer science at UTSA
  • Helped secure funding for the new hospital at  Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)

1987

  • Helped establish direct flights from San Antonio to Mexico City and Acapulco

1984

  • Secured approval/funding for Highway 151
  • Endorsed the construction of the Alamodome

1983

  • Endorsed expansion of the Alamo Community College District’s boundaries to the city limits

1975

  • Created Leadership San Antonio (LSA)
  • Helped coordinate Alamo Plaza redevelopment

1974

  • Created the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (EDF)

1973

  • Led efforts to protect Kelly AFB and Randolph AFB by limiting urban encroachment around runways

1972

  • Supported construction of the McAllister Freeway – US 281
  • Authorized $25,000 for economic feasibility study on sports in S.A.

1970

  • Raised $12,000 to help pay for an Air Transportation Study to expand the airport

1969

  • Supported $675,000 of road bonds for FM 1604, a 95-mile loop around S.A.
  • Funded a $25,000 feasibility study of HemisFair Plaza

1968

  • Hosted HemisFair
  • Lobbied for creation of UTSA and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

1958

  • Initiated a river development program, leading to the creation of the River Walk

1951

  • Coordinated the Produce Terminal Market, the first major produce terminal in the U.S. built by private capital

1950

  • Created and started the San Antonio Livestock Exposition

1948

  • Developed a master highway plan for the city/county and presented it to the Texas Highway Commission as the basis of our local highway system 

1946

  • Formed the South Texas Medical Foundation, which developed the South Texas Medical Center

1944

  • Created a Farm and Ranch Committee, which developed the Freeman Coliseum complex

1942

  • Negotiated moving Trinity University from Waxahachie to S.A.

1927

  • Developed/executed plans to purchase land for Randolph AFB

1917

  • Assembled 8,000 acres of land, helping create Kelly AFB (now Port San Antonio)
  • Assembled 873 acres of land, helping create Brooks AFB (now Brooks City Base)

1911

  • Created the Fiesta Association

1894

  • The Greater Chamber opened as Business Mens Club of S.A.