An Economic Renaissance on the Eastside
At the midpoint of the first decade of the new century, San Antonio began to experience an economic renaissance. While development and growth was taking place, there was, and continues to be, an overwhelming concern that something equitable needed to be done to include the Eastside Community in the growing prosperity. There was consensus that the area needed a credible economic development organization (EDO) to formulate a plan of action that would include all facets of the Eastside.
After recognizing the disparity in community economic development services being delivered to San Antonio’s Eastside, Councilman Mario Marcel Salas worked closely with District 2 residents and created the inception of what is now SAGE, previously called Community Economic Revitalization Agency Inc. (CERA). One of CERA’s many successful projects was the creation of TIRZ number 11.
A commercial tax increment reinvestment zone (TIRZ number 11) was established by City Council vote in December 2000 and established the East Side TIRZ board to further advance public-improvement projects within the zone. The TIRZ Board was championed by CERA and community leaders such as Rev. Claude W. Black, Rev. E. Thurman Walker, and Tommy Calvert, Sr.
In 2008, CERA was renamed to San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) and continued with its purpose of championing the revitalization of the Eastside community, promoting economic development, and carrying out the vision of the TIRZ Board.
As a standalone 501(c)3, SAGE receives funding from both public and private sources, including the City of San Antonio. SAGE identifies the needs of the Eastside businesses and non-profit community and delivers direct assistance to those located within the commercial corridor.
Advocate for efficient, sustainable growth for
San Antonio’s Eastside
Advance small business development
Maintain and promote the area’s history
Provide innovative, progressive solutions to Eastside challenges
SAGE champions investments that improves the quality of life for individuals, families, neighborhoods and businesses on San Antonio’s Eastside.