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Susan Snow

The City of San Antonio and Bexar County have received word that the International Council on Monuments and Sites — or ICOMOS — has recommended to the World Heritage Committee this week that the San Antonio Missions should receive a World Heritage Designation.

An ICOMOS evaluator had come to San Antonio last fall to inspect the Missions’ site for authenticity and integrity. San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said she learned of the recommendation just before the announcement became official on Monday.

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Recommendations have been made to the City Council to preserve neighborhood character and longtime residents. Those recommendations, the product of a year-long effort by the Mayor's Task Force on Preserving Dynamic & Diverse Neighborhoods, were presented last week.  They include creating a housing commission, creating a displacement assistance fund, and further study on how city programs affect gentrification.

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The 2014 Ebola outbreak terrorized Africa and shocked the world. But how did it happen? What made it different from other outbreaks and what finally stopped it? 

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San Antonio has been selected to host a stop on the Small Business Administration’s tour of U.S. cities as part of National Small Business Week. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will lead a discussion on access to capital for small business development in the Central Texas Corridor.

Robert McKinley, who leads UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development, said that the San Antonio area was unique for a variety of reasons — and is a hot market both for businesses that want to locate here and for organic growth. “Demographically we are a young market. We have a high Latino population. It is said that San Antonio’s profile demographically looks like the United States in 2040.”

Contreras-Sweet, a member of President Obama’s cabinet, will be joined by former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Henry Cisneros, also a former San Antonio mayor, and the Austin-based Congressman, Lloyd Doggett, for the panel discussion.

Bexar County Appraisal District

As Bexar County homeowners open their annual appraisals, many are surprised at the jump in their property values.

Coming on the heels of last year's seven percent rise is this another hike of 11 percent. It has a lot of people talking and has even become a political talking point for candidates wrapping up this year's Mayoral race.

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