SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio city mayor on Monday asked Gov.
Greg Abbott to send her a $10 million donation for a new truck rental service that could reduce fuel prices and boost the economy.
City Council President Lorie Haysfield called Abbott’s proposal a “huge opportunity” for the city and said the company would create jobs in the state.
The company, Enterprise Rentals, plans to bring the truck rental business into the city with the help of local truck drivers.
The startup will also be helping other communities expand the business, she said.
“We have an opportunity to do this in San Antonio,” Haysfields said at a news conference Monday.
“The truck rental industry needs a strong economy.
We need a strong truck rental market.
And the people who are in truck rental in San Antonians need it as well.”
The mayor’s proposal to Abbott comes amid growing interest in truck rentals, a booming industry that has helped boost the state economy.
According to a recent study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, San Antonio’s truck rental economy added 1,700 jobs between 2012 and 2019, the most recent year for which data is available.
The city has been struggling to bring truck rental jobs back to its downtown area after decades of outsourcing the business.
Haysfields is one of the few elected officials who have been willing to publicly criticize truck rentals.
But the mayor has remained relatively silent on the topic, even as her city has experienced a drop in property taxes, which have fallen dramatically in recent years as the economy has improved.
Last month, the city released a report that found a decline in truck renting jobs in San Angelo since 2014, a trend that the mayor said is indicative of the need for a truck rental-based economy.
Hanesfield said she hopes the governor will help boost the economic recovery and ensure the jobs are available.
She said she’s excited to be working with Enterprise Renters, which she said has been working in the city since its inception in 2008.
“This is a huge opportunity to bring people together in our community and to make sure that our economic boom continues,” Hanesfield told reporters Monday.
“It’s not just about the drivers, it’s about bringing in businesses and doing the right thing for our citizens.”