The St. Mary’s Gateway District Street Sign Initiative will celebrate passing the halfway mark to its goal of raising funds for 322 new street signs for the neighborhood around St. Mary’s University.

On Thursday, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m., District 7 Councilman Cris Medina and representatives from Wells Fargo will each present $5,000 checks toward the project. The event will be in room 108 of the AT&T Center for Information Technology on the St. Mary’s campus. Media is welcome.

The Street Sign Initiative allows businesses and individuals to purchase special street signs demarcating the St. Mary’s University Gateway District, which borders the campus. The signs are available for purchase by individuals or businesses at $100 each, with a portion of the funds supporting scholarships. The signs will replace standard street signs in the area, and the project is a partnership of the St. Mary’s Neighborhood Revitalization Project, Wells Fargo, Councilman Medina, and the city of San Antonio.

“St. Mary’s is a vital part of District 7 and San Antonio,” said Medina. “This small commitment from the city serves to reinforce our partnership and improve the quality of life and near-campus experience for students, faculty, visitors, and residents alike.”

“We’re particularly pleased to partner with St. Mary’s University and the City of San Antonio on this project because it involves two areas Wells Fargo is most passionate: education and neighborhood revitalization,” said Wells Fargo Area President for San Antonio Steve Arnold. “The addition of the new street signs in the St. Mary’s Gateway District is one of several phases of this project designed to improve the quality of life in our community.”

The St. Mary’s University Neighborhood Revitalization Project began in 2007 in partnership with the city of San Antonio as a community-based effort to revitalize the areas surrounding the University. The project’s 50-plus members make up the Revitalization Task Force, which focuses on commercial transformation, housing rehabilitation, education, infrastructure and quality of life improvements in the area.

For information on how to purchase a street sign for this project, contact Cheyenna Villarreal at 210-431-8035 or or

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