The City of San Antonio wants community members to help shape a new workforce development initiative approved by voters in November.
San Antonians can submit their input on the direction of SA Ready to Work, a sales-tax-funded program designed to train and educate as many as 40,000 residents, through 4 p.m. on March 17.
A survey from the City’s Economic Development Department asks respondents what groups of people should be targeted by the workforce development initiative, what support services should be offered, and what industries should be prioritized in the program.
The SA Ready to Work program, which is scheduled to begin enrollment in September, is a four-year, $154 million program aimed at workers who either lost their jobs or are underemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The program also intends to address generational poverty in San Antonio. Voters approved the program last November.
City Council recently approved nine advisory board members who will provide feedback on the implementation of the SA Ready to Work program, including “wraparound services” such as child care and housing assistance. Now, the City is asking members of the public to give input on what the program should prioritize and who to accept into the program. For example, the online survey asks, “Should unemployed or underemployed residents who have already earned associate degrees qualify for the program?”
Those interested in providing feedback can do so via the online survey, email, or mail. Find the English-language survey here and the Spanish-language survey here. Emailed feedback should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SA Ready to Work Public Comment.”
People submitting written comments on paper can mail or drop off their feedback to:
City of San Antonio Economic Development Department
100 West Houston Street, Suite 1900
San Antonio, Texas 78205
Attention SA Ready to Work Program Comment