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SA mayor attends State of the Union address

SAN ANTONIO – Mayor Julián Castro attended Tuesday's State of the Union address by President Obama as one of a handful of special guests of First Lady Michelle Obama.

Castro said in a prepared statement that it will be an honor to be in the First Lady's box for the President's annual address to both chambers of Congress.

"(On Tuesday night,) President Obama will address the urgent need to create more jobs and invest in the infrastructure and energy needs of the future," Castro said in the statement. "I'm proud to represent San Antonio, a city that is emerging on the national landscape with a growing economy, low unemployment rate and community leadership that is unafraid to make bold investments in 21st century industries."

According to a statement from the city's Office of Communication and public affairs, last month, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio as the best-performing economy in the nation for 2011.

"In San Antonio, we have found the sweet spot at the intersection of job creation and environmental stewardship, while remaining focused on becoming a brainpower community with a workforce that is ready to compete in the global economy," Castro said in his statement. "We are proving that those goals are not mutually exclusive."