In front of hundreds of city and business leaders, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff delivered his annual State of the County address Monday.
Wolff began his address by pointing out some of the county’s recent achievements.
“This budget year, (for) the first time in five years, we have seeing improvements in revenue and we were able to give a 3 percent raise to employees,” Wolff said.
He also highlighted the opening of the nation’s first bookless library: the Bexar Bibliotech.
“Because we did not have to store physical books, we were able to create a library at one-third of the cost of a traditional branch library,” he said. “Our greatest reach to break down the barriers to reading will be through the virtual world.”
Wolff said commissioners have their eye on the future.
He wants to use the city’s large military community to help recruit companies like Boeing and Lockheed Martin to San Antonio.
Wolff also envisions San Antonio hosting a large music festival to rival South by Southwest and Austin City Limits.
“You’ve got to be able to have the living circumstances where somebody wants to come to San Antonio or stay in San Antonio, so they’re kind of linked together,” Wolff said.
The county’s largest project on the horizon is the San Pedro Creek Project.
“The project envisions continuous walkways, lush landscaping and six distinct character areas along the 4-mile stretch of the creek from near Fox Tech High School downstream to the confluence with the San Antonio River near Mission Concepcion,” Wolff said.
The Bexar County Commissioner’s Court has approved $125 million for the project, and Wolff said he’ll look to the city and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to help make the project a reality,
”We're trying to attract more people to live downtown and it’s an amenity,” said Richard Perez, president and CEO of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “Who wouldn’t want to live on a waterway where you look out and its beautiful, you can walk, jog, and just take a stroll with your loved one. Our resources are limited so we need to focus them on projects that have a maximum impact on the community.”