In 2006, the San Antonio City Council established the Westside Development Corporation (WDC) to address long-term economic development concerns in the inner Westside of San Antonio. These concerns included blight, gaps in goods and available services, high unemployment rate, and low per capita income for an area where 73% of the residents are Hispanic and/or Latino according to the U.S. Census. The Westside community still has a long way to go in creating lasting economic impact as the community whose average median income is 60% or below the city-wide median income of $45,772 according to the 2009-2013 Economic Census.
Today, The WDC operates as a 501 (c)(3) and delegate agency of the City of San Antonio. Through the WDC’s core programs, the WDC plays a number of economic and community roles including liaison, consultant, development financier, marketer, advocate, researcher and coalition partner to achieve the organizations mission.