Meet our DMO of the Month
If San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julián Castro isn't yet on your radar screen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, he should be. Castro rose from the ranks of the San Antonio City Council and was elected Mayor of the seventh largest city in the United States at the age of 34.
This Harvard educated lawyer has been invited to the White House to advise President Obama on jobs and immigration, and has been drawing national media attention, including a feature article in the New York Times Magazine.
His twin brother Joaquín serves in the Texas state legislature and his mother, Rosie Castro is a civil rights leader well-known in Texas politics and beyond. Julián and Joaquín grew up in political circles, so while they may be young, they are far from inexperienced.
Mayor Castro is positioning San Antonio as the city of the future, where a majority minority city can thrive and where residents of diverse backgrounds and socio-ecomomic status can come together to improve the quality of life in their city.
Wanting to ensure an educated workforce will be available to meet the growing job demands in his city, Mayor Castro proudly opened "Cafécollege". Cafécollege, located in a city-owned building renovated with many green elements,will offer free guidance counseling to students preparing for higher education. A companion website, cafécollege.org offers virtual assistance.
With a diverse economy andburgeoning bioscience sector, San Antonio is proving it has staying power even in tough economic times, boasting far lower unemployment rates than the national average. Last year the Brookings Institution named San Antonio the most recession-proof city in the U.S.
In his recent State of the City Address, Mayor Julián Castro asked his community to "be bold" in investing in the revitalization of the city's urban core, in education, and in infrastructure.They are listening. And so are we.
Called the "Latino Obama from Texas" by the BBC, Mayor Julián Castro is a DMO to watch, and Democratic Municipal Officials proudly names him our April 2011 DMO of the Month.