About Us

Our History

Westside Development Corporation (WDC), founded in 2006 by the City of San Antonio Council and Mayor, addresses long-term economic development concerns in the inner Westside of San Antonio, including blight, gaps in goods and available services, high unemployment rate, and low per capita income for an area where 93% of the population is Hispanic and/or Latino. WDC operates solely in the Westside in the WDC Empowerment Zone, serving the most vulnerable in San Antonio’s communities. The WDC Empowerment Zone has a population of 103,944 that encompasses several neighborhoods and census tracts in a historically underserved Westside community of San Antonio. As one becomes familiar with the WDC Empowerment Zone and its demographics, clearly Hispanic heritage and culture has a large imprint on the Westside economy.

The organization is committed to implementing planning and economic development initiatives that protect and preserve the culture and history but also create a viable, sustainable and thriving urban community. Through WDC’s core small business programs and revitalization efforts we work toward our mission of economic stability for the Westside.

WDC operates as a 501(c)(3) and city delegate agency, receiving funds from the City of San Antonio, financial institutions, private foundations and individual donors to carry out its mission.

Our MISSION AND VISION

The mission of the Westside Development Corporation (WDC) is to foster economic development, promote the development and redevelopment of real estate within its target area, create viable urban communities, and preserve the character, culture and history of the Westside.

The vision is a vibrant Westside community where people want to live, work, and visit.

Board of Directors

The WDC is governed by a 14 member board comprised of representatives from a cross-section of local stakeholders including small and large businesses, neighborhood residents, educational institutions, non-profit, health, and housing organizations.

Joe Carreon

Chairman
President

Dan Yoxall

Treasurer
Education: Our Lady of the Lake

Donald “Mac” Rattan

Small business: M & M Weatherization

Cynthia Test

Community At-large

Mary Jordan Vexler

Mark Hernandez

Vice-chair
Small business: True Flavors Culinary

Chris Martinez

Small business: Central Electric

Jessie Zapata

Megan Nicole Legacy

Hazel L. Davis

Financial Institution: Jefferson Bank

Theresa De La Haya

Secretary
Health: University Health System (UHS)

Stephen O’Donnell

Large business: Hill Country Bakery

Dr. Emilio Castro

Education: Edgewood ISD

Lauro De Leon

Resident

Leona Pallansch

Ex-officio members

Roberto Trevino

Shirley Gonzales

Greg Brockhouse

WDC Staff

At this time the Westside Development Corporation is not recruiting for staff positions.

Leonard Rodriguez

Judy Gomez

Office Manager
judy@westsidedevcorp.com

Dawn Hanson

Development & Policy Director
dawn@westsidedevcorp.com

Roger Lee Covin

Mario Chalico, Jr.

Operations Manager
mario@westsidedevcorp.com

Annual Reports

Westside Development Corporation has published the following annual reports:

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