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Local Business
12:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Construction Industry Struggling To Fill Growing Number Of Job Openings

Joe Aguilar, who says he has worked only about a month for the painting contractor for the Alamo Stadium project, paints the walls of the stadium days before the facility's grand re-opening.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

An announcement earlier this year that the number of construction jobs has increased was good news, heralding a recovering economy. But the news is a double-edged sword for contractors who have to try harder to find good workers.

Soon there will be bands playing and football players running the length of the field at Alamo Stadium. After 18 months of construction, the 2010 San Antonio ISD bond project was completed this week.

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City Ordinances
3:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

No Clear Way Forward For Ride-Share Services In San Antonio

A city council public safety meeting in May to discuss the ride-share issue.
Credit Ryan Loyd / Texas Public Radio

Iowa is now the 20th state to issue a warning to its residents about ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber, cautioning of hidden risks such as devastating financial losses due to non-covered claims.

While Texas has not done so, cities like San Antonio are still trying to move forward with integration of the transportation companies. So far it has been slow going.

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Agriculture
10:16 am
Mon July 7, 2014

AgriLife Extension Says Texas Pecan Yield Recovering From Drought

Pecan orchard. Image URL: bit.ly/1jgO6yT
Credit Flickr user Judy Baxter / cc

Agriculture forecasters at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are predicting a medium-size pecan crop for the state in 2014. Experts say this year’s production will be better than the last three, but still under capacity.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates farmers will produce between 50 million and 55 million pounds of pecans in 2014.

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Local Business
4:30 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Shirley Gonzales Expands Family Business, Encourages Others To Make Investments

Shirley Gonzales' new building along West Commerce has been in the works since 2009.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

As city council members push for redevelopment across town, one member in particular is doing that with her personal business.

District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales dedicated her family's pawn shop business along West Commerce, encouraging other business leaders to do the same to revitalize the area.

Gonzales said it's been a long time in the making. Since 2009, Gonzales said she's worked toward opening the new Bill's Pawn and Jewelry, adjacent from the old location.

Now the 10,000 square foot building is a reality.

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Local Business
10:29 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Frost Bank Office Tower Concept Would Change Downtown Skyline

The current Frost Bank Tower is at 100 W. Houston Street.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Downtown San Antonio may be changing with the construction of the first office tower built there since the late 1980s.

A plan by Frost Bank, Weston Urban and the city of San Antonio is in the works in a public-private partnership to build an "iconic" office tower catty-corner to the current Frost Bank Tower on Houston Street.

In explaining the concept, Mayor Julián Castro said Thursday it's nothing but momentum that resulted in this complex deal. City leaders say that it will be cost-neutral to the taxpayers of San Antonio.

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Local Business
4:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Codeup, The Code Training Company With 90% Job Placement

Codeup classes meet at Geekdom's Weston Center location.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Web coding is all the craze these days, and for developers-to-be there is an education solution in San Antonio.

Codeup founder Michael Girdley noticed the lack of talented coders for new tech startups in the Alamo City. His first class is now out in the workforce and the second full class is now in session.

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Oil & Gas
10:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

UTSA Report: West Texas Counties Need To Prepare For Gas Boom Population Growth

Credit UTSA Institute for Economic Development

A new study by UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development shows a rapidly-rising economy is in store for the West Texas oil and gas play.

The largest oil production in Texas has always been in the Permian Basin, but with new hydraulic fracking technologies, more of the shale plays around the state are starting to get a piece of the pie. 

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CPS Energy
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Study Gives CPS Energy High Marks For Job Creation, Growing Local Economy

Dr. Steve Nivin, economist with St. Mary's University
Credit Eileen Pace

CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy is earning praise for fueling dramatic increases in local job growth.

An economic impact study found the energy company’s contributions are “unique” in the industry.

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation commissioned the study by St. Mary’s University Economist Dr. Steve Nivin, who specializes in industry impact research around the San Antonio area.

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Local Business
1:14 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Council Approves Utility Loan Pilot Program For Blanco Road Businesses

Cheesy Janes food trucks help fill the gap of lost sales while the Broadway construction project continues.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

A new city pilot program is helping businesses along the Blanco Road construction corridor that are taking a financial hit due to the work. But what about other businesses in the city also affected by construction?

The 20-month Broadway and Hildebrand project began in January 2013 and will be completed this summer. But when Jon Lindskog, the brains behind Cheesy Janes Burgers, approached the city for help with lost sales, the city told him there's nothing they could do.

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Local Business
10:24 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Global Solar Equipment Manufacturer Relocates North American Headquarters To San Antonio

Joey Palacios TPR News

KACO New Energy will complete the move of its corporate staff from Grass Valley, California, to San Antonio sometime in June, doubling the number of employees it has at its existing plant here.

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