Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Precinct 4
Tommy Calvert was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and has traveled and lived throughout the world. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in 2002.
Calvert was elected the Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner in 2015 and is one of five chief executives of county government. He is the youngest and first African-American County Commissioner in Bexar County. In 2018, Commissioner Calvert ran unopposed and started his second term in January 2019.
He represents over 500,000 residents in Precinct 4 of the 1.8 million who call Bexar County home. Precinct 4 stretches from Cibolo in the northeast, south to Elmendorf, downtown to IH-10 and Hildebrand, and the entire eastern portion of the county.
Commissioner Calvert has distinguished himself by building and developing areas in the county that have historically been neglected; ushering a rebirth for Precinct 4 residents.
Major accomplishments include (partial list):
Randolph AFB—Saving Bexar County’s 6th largest Employer and Protecting Its Mission
As Chair of the Randolph Joint Land Use Study, Commissioner Calvert negotiated consensus between the Air Force, property owners, political leaders, and developers to stop the encroachment of housing around Randolph. Working in collaboration with Randolph AFB, Bexar County applied and for and was granted $4.7 million from the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAGG) from the Office of the
Governor and the Texas Military Preparedness Commission in the amount of $4.7 million.
This grant money is to be used to help further the training missions of the base and will be used to purchase properties in and around its parameter to help increase the amount of undevelopable land to mitigate the liability in case of an accident. In total Commissioner Calvert has secured nearly $10 million to purchase land around Randolph AFB to protect its mission.
51 Acres along Loop 1604 and Rocket Lane
The Bexar County acquired 51-acre property will not only help further protect the mission of Randolph AFB, but will also include a future County Annex Campus with tax collection, Office for the Justice of the Peace, Constable, and Commissioner Satellite office.
Commissioner Calvert for FY 2017-2018 secured $500,000 for the Master Development Plan of the property and an additional $500,000 for the Bexar County Precinct 4 Facility—Design. Future University Health System Northeast Facility for family medicine and urgent care is also being planned. The FY 2018-19 Proposed Budget provides funding in the amount of $11,475,000 to construct the facility. The total estimated cost of this project is $11,975,000. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office substation, an $8 million, 13,500-square-foot facility will opened in November 2018.
In 2016, initiated a $150,000 flood study of Salado Creek in a project called, River East to protect Ft. Sam Houston from major weather events and flooding aimed at protecting Army North and South commands, expand Ft. Sam Houston's ability to take additional defense mission after the quadrennial defense review, and protect the headquarters of Bexar County and the City of San Antonio's emergency response center, which is located across from Ft. Sam Houston at the AT&T Center/Coliseum grounds.
Due to the severity of the recent rainfall and hurricanes, there is still a risk of another gulf coast hurricane or major flood event, potentially damaging Army North and South along Salado Creek and preventing road passage along IH-35 to these critical homeland security areas for the federal, state, and local government.
He was honored to serve as the Honorary Civilian Commander for the 12th Flying Wing, a national military recognition from 2015 to 2017.
In 2019, he was inducted into the JBSA Lackland 433rd Airlift Wing.
Growing Bexar County and San Antonio to Tier I IT Incubator Community with an Innovation Fund of $1 Million. All beneficiary tech companies of the Innovation Fund are located in Precinct 4, over 200 jobs created.
Co-chaired and founded Bexar County IT and Cyber Workforce Initiative, to help Bexar County schools have ready-to-implement curriculum and internship opportunities to grow the pipeline of local information technology talent in Bexar County
Inner City Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) funding to redevelop the Merchant Ice Building in the Dignowity Hill Neighborhood. The Texas Research & Technology Foundation will use its recent purchase of the historic Merchants Ice Complex just east of downtown to start an innovation center focused on bioscience, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies.
Calvert serves on twenty plus boards and commissions representing Bexar County.
He serves as a fellow of the Chinese and U.S. Young Leaders Forum.
For his service, he has received many accolades including being recognized as a “40 Under 40” Rising Star by the San Antonio Business Journal.
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