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San Antonio, General Land Office to sign cooperative agreement

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City of San Antonio and GLO to Sign Cooperative Agreement with Alamo Endowment to Develop Joint Master Plan for the Alamo Historic District and the Alamo Complex

SAN ANTONIO The City of San Antonio and the Texas General Land Office will enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Alamo Endowment to fund and oversee the development of a Joint Master Plan and the implementation of that plan for the Alamo Historic District and Alamo Complex. The agreement will be voted on by the San Antonio City Council on Oct. 15 and signed by representatives from each organization at a formal ceremony at the Alamo later that day. The master planning process will be managed by the GLO and the Endowment, in coordination with the City, and will benefit by a huge infusion of capital including $17 million previously approved by the City Council, $31 million approved by the State Legislature, and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars raised privately by the Endowment.

"A new dawn is rising at the Alamo and it is one rooted in collaboration and historical appreciation," Commissioner Bush said. "I am energized by the relationship that is developing among state and local leaders, and with the community that surrounds, supports, and loves the Alamo. The members of the committees and advisory groups that are coming together under this Alamo Cooperative Agreement have demonstrated a steadfast and selfless dedication to preserving our sacred Shrine of Texas Liberty. This is a proud day for San Antonio residents, all Texans, and for all who remember the Alamo."

The Texas Land Commissioner and Mayor of San Antonio will serve as the Executive Committee, providing executive management oversight for the master plan. The Executive Committee will be advised by the Alamo Management Committee, which will consist of two representatives each from the city of San Antonio, the GLO and the Alamo Endowment. The Alamo Management Committee will receive input and advice from the Alamo Advisory Group, comprised of state and local elected officials and representatives, and by a Citizens Advisory Group, comprised of 26 people appointed by the Mayor, City Council and the GLO. The Citizens Advisory Group may meet bi-monthly and all meetings will be open to the public.

The City of San Antonio has worked tirelessly over the past several years to bring the Alamo Complex and the San Antonio Missions to the forefront, said San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor. We won a huge victory by securing the World Heritage Designation this summer, and this agreement is evidence that we've now completely succeeded in bringing together the powerhouse fundraising and management of the Endowment and the oversight of the GLO. I'm pleased and proud to work closely with Commissioner Bush and all the citizens of San Antonio to create something exceptional here that honors our collective history.

The Alamo Endowment is a nonprofit organized to assist the GLO in preservation, management, operation and restoration of the Alamo Complex. It is led by a board of directors, chaired by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, and comprised of local and state business community leaders committed to a world class planning and redevelopment process, and to fundraising to the level required to achieve the results that the Alamo and all the Missions so richly deserve.

The World Heritage Designation is evidence that the scope of this project should go far beyond the Alamo. As the scope has grown dramatically, the management and fundraising efforts will have to grow to match the broader scope and goals, said Chairman of the Alamo Endowment's 'Remember the Alamo Foundation' Gene Powell. The good news is that the UNESCO designation opens up international fundraising opportunities, which will make it possible to raise the funds necessary to implement this new master plan and tell the wonderful story of all five Missions.

Although the city and the GLO have directed a master planning process for the Alamo Complex since April, several laws enacted by the Texas Legislature during the 2015 session regarding oversight of the Alamo Complex, and the San Antonio Missions designation as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in July significantly changed and broadened the scope of the effort.

"As a licensed architect and avid historian, I am thrilled by the opportunities we now have with this expanded scope and the means to hire the best professionals in their field to develop a master plan," said Councilman Roberto Treviño. "By entering into this agreement, we've essentially removed all the limits we were facing geographically and financially. The pieces are now in place to do this the right way and to create something we can be proud of for generations."

Although the Alamo is best-known for the Battle of 1836, the global community views the Alamo's historical significance in a much broader context," said Alamo Director Becky Dinnin. "By engaging the Alamo Endowment and working in partnership with the city, we can develop a plan that honors those that sacrificed their lives at the Battle of the Alamo and the history of all the Missions collectively."
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