Championing his three priorities of transportation, economic development and infrastructure, Mayor Ron Nierenberg has partnered with AARP in supporting making San Antonio more age-friendly.
Speaking at a Texas Tribune event in Austin last Friday, Nirenberg expressed a renewed committed to this shared vision and agreed to sign a letter showing his support. Following the event, the mayor met briefly with AARP volunteers and staff.
With the goal of improving the wellbeing of older Americans, San Antonio local government will focus on several top priorities: transportation; respect and social inclusion; and civic participation; and employment.
To increase employment in San Antonio, Nierenberg said the city will compete for Amazon’s new facility that promises 50,000 employees “if it meets our objectives.” The mayor acknowledged that direct flights from San Antonio to other key cities is still an issue that must be addressed, and he said that San Antonio has other important assets to make up for it.
The mayor expressed the importance of building a mass transit system, possibly a light commuter rail, as a top priority. “We’re still a one-mode kind of town,” he said. Transportation is another key focus of some cities in the Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Lisa Rodriguez, who helps lead AARP’s work in San Antonio, is excited for the partnership, particularly regarding the positive impacts that could be felt by San Antonio’s population.
“Recommitting the city to be an Age-Friendly city is very exciting,” she says.
“The mayor’s agenda items, from housing to transportation, align well with the four priority ‘domains of livability’ that San Antonians age 50+ identified in a survey conducted by AARP Research. Given that, AARP and the mayor hope to make strides in improving the quality of life for all San Antonians.”
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