Businessmen and civic organizations present proposals to improve the city
Text and photos by Antonio De Jesús Aguado
On Tuesday, May 15, local businessmen and members of civic organizations gathered to present the document “A vision for the future of San Miguel de Allende,” which points out areas needing improvement in the city such as security, ecology and the environment, economics, and urban and social development, among others. In order to improve the quality of life of sanmiguelenses, they presented some proposals addressed to Mayor Luz María Núñez and the candidates running for mayor.
Arturo Morales from the organization Salvando San Miguel said before presenting their proposals, they conducted surveys of citizens, residents and tourists and also held meetings with nonprofit organizations, opinion leaders, residents involved in cultural endeavors and expats. Their findings show that “30 percent of those questioned think that in San Miguel there is a lack of opportunity for personal development and that prices are very high.” According to Juan José Álvarez Brunel, the president of the CCESMA who presented the document on behalf the signatories, from this research they developed several proposals.
One of these proposals is to promote San Miguel as a national and international educational and cultural center, as well as to improve the city’s infrastructure to be able to host important arts-related events. The document also states that “other people think that the lack of employment could be overcome through industrial and technological developments that have a low impact on the environment and water supply. Others proposed the consolidation of ecotourism complemented with the city’s historical and architectural heritage.”
Another proposal is to improve some public offices, such as the Tourism Council. They suggest it could be converted into a conference and events bureau and offer training to those involved in tourism services in order to provide first-class service. They also agreed that a convention center should be built, making it clear that this will not be possible without private and public investment.
The businessmen also proposed drafting a 30-year development plan for the city and asked Mayor Núñez to take their proposals into account when making decisions during the remainder of her term (until October 9). The document was signed by representatives of Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, Asociación Mexicana de Hoteles y Establecimientos de Hospedaje, CANIRAC, CANACO, Salvando San Miguel, Pro Juventud Sanmiguelense, AMPI, Asociación de Organizadores y Recintos para Eventos, Asociación Ganadera, Amigos de la Aviación and Centro de las Artes Contemporáneas, among others.
Cristóbal Franyuti, candidate for mayor for the PAN-PANAL parties, was the first mayoral candidate to show his support for considering these proposals in his development scheme for San Miguel.