Business

Southside Business
11:35 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Brooks City Base Chooses CEO Finalist To Lead Development

Artist rendering of the Nexolon solar panel plant.
Courtesy Nexolon

The Brooks Development Authority board voted to enter into contract negotiations for its next chief executive officer, but leaders are not ready to divulge his or her identity.

Manny Pelaez, chairman of the Brooks Development Authority, said the board interviewed 402 viable candidates out of the 6,000 applicants.

Last week the field of applicants for the next CEO of Brooks was narrowed to only five, and Wednesday the board chose one to take Brooks into the future.

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Eagle Ford Shale
12:55 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

SARA Helping South Texas Counties Manage Water Needs Within Eagle Ford Shale

Couties affected by the Eagle Ford Shale boom at working on ways to best manage natural resources.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The San Antonio River Authority has been conducting workshops throughout the San Antonio River Watershed area and is working on a holistic watershed master plan for Wilson, Karnes and Goliad counties. 

SARA officials said its new best practices handbook is another element in providing residents and community leaders with ideas that have worked for other communities going through sudden and rapid growth associated with oil and gas exploration.

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Local Business & The Drought
12:25 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Landscapers May Be Worried About Water, But Other Businesses Will Be OK

Lavendar, a low-water use plant recommended for San Antonio landscapes
Eileen Pace TPR

Businesses in agriculture are paying close attention to the water situation over the next few weeks as warmer temperatures approach, but other businesses with lesser water demands have little to worry about.

The overwhelming approval Wednesday of a bill setting aside state funding for water projects sparked conversation about water restrictions in metro areas. Some lawmakers argued that the money would benefit only rural communities.

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Fiesta 2013
5:52 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Convention And Visitors Bureau Campaigning To Fill Hotels For Fiesta Week

Eileen Pace TPR

The San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau is kicking off a new campaign to increase occupancy at area hotels during Fiesta week.

Krystal Jones, senior brand manager for the bureau, said locals often don’t try to book hotels, thinking they’re booked up long in advance.

"Fiesta, of course, is a busy time, and a lot of locals come and enjoy Fiesta. And automatically you think there might not be room at the hotels but we do have availability. We sit at about 70 percent," she said.

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Local Business
5:05 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Port San Antonio Launches Food Truck Court

Spice Sea food truck is in rotation at Port San Antonio
Eileen Pace TPR

Even though thousands of workers file into different businesses at Port San Antonio every day, there have been relatively few places for them to go for lunch.

As of early March, gourmet foods, burgers and ethnic specialties are offered at the Port in the form of the newest food truck court. Each Tuesday and Thursday at the corner of General Hudnell and Billy Mitchell Boulevard the trucks park for lunch.

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Economy & Jobs
3:48 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Local Economists Say San Antonio Has Bounced Back From Recession

The increase in housing development, like the one at the former Birdsong Peanut Factory on the West Side is helping San Antonio continue to recover economically.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio economists told members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that San Antonio recovered from the recession faster because it didn’t suffer as great an impact as the rest of the nation, or even Texas.

Keith Phillips with the local branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said metropolitan statistical area's in Texas have recovered all of the jobs lost in the recession, and San Antonio suffered the least:

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Construction
12:56 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

San Antonio And Texas Lead Nation In Construction Job Growth

Texas A&M University-San Antonio is one example of continued construction success in San Antonio through the recession
Eileen Pace TPR

The Associated General Contractors of America reports that Texas leads the nation in the increase of construction jobs.

It's a sign of an economic comeback for the state, and one local construction executive believes San Antonio’s commercial building industry is outpacing the rest of the state.

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Business
12:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Chamber Members/Business Leaders Back From SA To D.C. Trip

Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

San Antonio business leaders have returned home optimistic after a week-long lobbying trip to Washington.

Business leaders, along with officials from the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, target certain projects and issues every year as Congress starts looking at new legislation.

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Texas Business
3:57 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Unemployment Slightly Up In Texas, But Still Lower Than A Year Ago

Construction workers install pilings for solar trusses at OCI's newest location in San Antonio. OCI pledged to bring more than 800 new clean energy jobs to San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR

Unemployment figures released Friday had bad news and good news for Texas. 

The good news is that over the past year, unemployment in the state has declined almost a full percentage point and remains below the national rate of 7.9 percent for January.

The bad news is that unemployment rose slightly in Texas for the month of January to 6.3 percent; prior to January, the jobless rate had been declining for six months.

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Downtown Development
2:51 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Inner-City Reinvestment Progress Report From Henry Cisneros

Broadway is in the midst of revitalization and events like Síclovía get residents out to enjoy the downtown area.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Mayor Julián Castro's movement to re-energize downtown is at the heart of dozens of active projects, and one of the goals of the mayor's transformation programs, SA2020, is to attract people to the city core by building 7,500 apartment units.

One of Castro's confidants is Henry Cisneros, who leads CityView, a company that works with builders to create homes priced within the range of average families.

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