At the midpoint of the first decade of the new century, San Antonio began to experience an economic renaissance. While development and growth was taking place, there was and continues to be an overwhelming concern that something equitable needs to be done to include the Eastside Community in the growing prosperity. There was consensus that the area needed a credible economic development organization (EDO) to formulate a plan of action that would include all facets of the Eastside.
There was at that time an organization called the Community Economic Revitalization Agency (CERA) that was in the process of disintegrating. It was decided that CERA needed to be revised or a new EDO was needed to fulfill promises from the past and chart a new mission for the future. With a new name, governance structure, and purpose, the new EDO was named San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) and emerged in 2008.