The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) is a private, nonprofit organization that assists business and industry in locating and expanding into the San Antonio area. SAEDF is supported by its partners (City of San Antonio, Bexar County, CPS Energy, SAWS) and more than 160 Board Members. SAEDF is governed by an Executive Committeerepresented by the business and corporate leadership of San Antonio. Since 1975, SAEDF has assisted over 400 companies with their location and/or expansion plans, creating more than 100,000 jobs for San Antonians.  Specifically in the last five years, SAEDF has assisted 114 companies resulting in 25,200 new jobs and creating a total economic impact of more than $5.5 billion.

SAEDF is leading the Economic Competitiveness cause area of SA2020, the city’s community vision to improve San Antonio by the year 2020. A strong economic base and a skilled workforce create the resources required for San Antonio to achieve its potential as a world-class city. SAEDF focuses on San Antonio’s economic competitiveness and works alongside lead partners in other vision areas such as downtown development and education to catalyze change through collective impact.

At SAEDF, we provide businesses with information to assist in the analysis of establishing or relocating a facility in San Antonio. Professional assistance with relocation analysis is handled with confidentiality and at no cost to our clients.

SAEDF services include

  • Analyze labor market
  • Arrange community briefing and custom city tours
  • Introduce / meet with community partners
  • Identify and package all local / state incentives applicable to your business
  • Organize any specialized market research
  • Follow through with the development process

Recent SAEDF locations include

Company Jobs Service
Halliburton 1,500 Oil & Gas Services
Maruchan 600 Food Manufacturing
Nexolon 404 Solar Energy Production / Energy Sector
Centene 289 Professional Service Operation / Healthcare Industry
Bergstrom Industries 140 New Energy
Ercam Trackers 130 Manufacturing / New Energy
NBTY 100 Manufacturing / Healthcare
Vanguard Health 85 Information Technology / Back Office Operations

 

Mission

The mission of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation is to lead the development and diversification of the San Antonio regional economy through the recruitment and expansion of quality employers and job producing investments.

Staff

An energetic, committed staff and the synergism derived from the diverse talents of an active Board of Directors and Executive Committee have seen SAEDF emerge as a respected leader in the highly competitive business recruitment process.

Mario Hernandez

Mario Hernandez / President

Mario Hernandez serves as president of the Foundation and is responsible for recruiting new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Hernandez has worked in the economic development field for more than 30 years in San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. Before joining SAEDF, he served as manager of business development for the Texas Economic Development Commission.

A Texas A&M-Kingsville graduate, Mr. Hernandez has served as president of the Foundation since 1990. During this time, he has overseen the location of such companies as PETCO, Nationwide, Medtronic, Microsoft, Accenture, Toyota, Chase, Texas Cryptologic Center, Citigroup, The Capital Group, Johnson Controls, Maxim and Boeing.

In 2003 Hernandez was named National Economic Developer of the Year by the World Economic Development Alliance, and in 2008 he was named one of the top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

Tom Long
Email
(210) 802-4901

Tom Long / Executive Vice President of Business Recruitment

Tom Long joined SAEDF in November 2012 as Executive Vice President of Business Recruitment. With 30 years in economic development, Tom has worked in both the private and public sectors for local governments, utilities, chambers of commerce and private economic development organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Long leads the team that recruits new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Tom is also the Foundation’s subject matter expert in IT/IS/Cyber. With 12 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Tom was instrumental in securing the San Antonio data center operations of Microsoft, Texas Cryptologic Center, Chevron, and American Funds/Capital Group, to name a few.

Mr. Long earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s Degree in Economic Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2001, Tom earned the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He is an active member of IEDC, the Industrial Asset Management Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Texas Economic Development Council.

Michelle Boggs
Email
(210) 802-4911

Michele Boggs / Vice President Business Retention & Expansion

Michele Boggs is responsible for leading the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program, which is designed to help retain and grow local companies in the San Antonio metropolitan area. Prior to joining SAEDF, Boggs worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. There she was a contributing author and researcher on various studies including the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) and the Texas in Focus series, which analyzed factors affecting the state of Texas’ economy and economic development issues unique to the various regions of the state.

Boggs holds a Master’s of Arts Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University.

Reynaldo Cano
Email
(210) 802-4919

Reynaldo Cano / Vice President of International & Business Recruitment

Reynaldo Cano serves as Vice President of International and Business Recruitment, focusing on SAEDF’s international recruitment efforts. Prior to joining SAEDF, Cano worked as the International Business Manager for the City of San Antonio Economic Development Department. With the City, Cano worked to attract foreign direct investment to San Antonio and provided support to City officials on international trade and foreign direct investment issues. Cano collaborated with SelectUSA traveling on investment promotion missions to India, China, Spain, Japan, Canada, Germany and Mexico. He was a member of the team that founded innovative programs like the Casa San Antonio and the Export Leaders program. In 2004, Cano received the designation of Certified Global Business Professional from the North American Small Business International Trade Educators.

Born in Mexico City, Cano grew up in San Antonio and attended The University of Texas at San Antonio where he received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and his Masters of Business Administration in International Business.

John E. Ellis
Email
(210) 802-4896

John E. Ellis / Vice President of Communication & Membership

John Ellis serves as Vice President of Communication & Membership and is responsible for the public relations, advertising, membership, and research efforts of SAEDF. Ellis has more than 25 years of marketing experience working for the San Antonio Express-News and most recently at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV).

At UHV, as the Director of Marketing, Ellis contributed to the efforts that transitioned this former upper-level institution into a traditional four-year university. He led the university’s rebranding efforts, identified new market opportunities and championed the advertising campaigns that led to consistent double-digit enrollment growth during his four-year tenure. Ellis is a native of San Antonio and a graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word.

Tracey Campos
Email
(210) 802-4913

Tracey Campos / Assistant Vice President Special Projects/Business Retention & Expansion

Tracey Campos joined SAEDF in March 2014 as Project Manager and was promoted to Assistant Vice President in May 2015. She is responsible for supporting local business through the Business Retention and Expansion program. Campos also serves as Project Manager for the San Antonio Strategic Plan for Economic Development. Prior to joining SAEDF, Tracey worked as Project Associate for MTS Technologies in Training and Development supporting Military, Federal and Commercial projects. She also brings Sales and Business Management experience from USAA.

Tracey graduated from Northeastern University with a Masters in Project Management and Organizational Communication. She has a BA in Business Management.

Kanika Singh
Email
(210) 802-4864

Kanika Singh / Research Analyst

Kanika Singh joined SAEDF in September 2013 as Research Associate. She is responsible for gathering data, reviewing changes in economic activity, and conducting general research. Prior to joining SAEDF, she was a Trinity/Mellon summer fellow in SA2020’s economic competitiveness cause area.

Kanika graduated from Trinity University in May 2013 with a BA in Economics and Urban Studies.

Bobbi Lutz
Email
(210) 802- 4889

Bobbi Lutz / Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the President

Elsie Brooks
Email
(210) 802-4863

Elsie Brooks / Accounting & Executive Assistant

Ruth Trevino
Email
(210) 802-4857

Ruth Trevino / Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator

bloodsworth
Email
(210) 802-4865

Jamie Bloodsworth / Communication and Membership Project Assistant