The King William Association Charter was submitted to the State of Texas on July 28, 1967. The purpose of a Charter is to proclaim an organization’s purpose and intent. Seven purposes are listed in the King William Charter. This article is about the fifth purpose.

5. The corporation shall foster and promote the cooperation and support of individuals, business groups, civic groups, and governmental units in developing tourist attractions in the general area and in strengthening the economic and cultural life of the surrounding area.

Three tourist attractions sponsored by the King William Association are the King William Fair, which is an officially recognized Fiesta event, our Home Tour and the King William Walking Tour brochure. Another way the Association supports our area’s economic and cultural life is by providing grants. Past recipients have included local schools and cultural art groups such as Jump Start, SAY Si, Gemini Ink and Classic Theatre, to name a few.
In past years, the Association has worked with City officials to create ordinances for bed and breakfast businesses and tour bus regulation. The Association is currently working with the City on a joint sidewalk repair program and reducing charity runs in the neighborhood, plus continuing to work on First Friday issues.

Staff would like to thank those neighbors who participated in the Lone Star Community Plan, attended meetings on HemisFair, VIA’s streetcar, Blue Star Phase 2, Historic Design and Review Commission, Planning Commission, and many more meetings which have happened and which will continue to occur as the vision for Downtown 2020 is implemented. Thank you for your support in these matters and communicating with the staff and board about concerns and opportunities affecting our community.

- Cherise Bell