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10:58 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Breast Cancer Symposium Puts San Antonio On Global Map

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium held each December has grown to represent one of the largest conferences in San Antonio. Since 1977 the meeting has grown to become the largest gathering of breast cancer experts in the world.

This year’s symposium drew more than 7,400 oncologists, nurses, researchers and breast cancer advocates from around the globe whose visit translated to more than $9 million in economic impact for the city. Add exhibitors, sponsors and staff and the number of attendees grows to 7,625. 

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The Source - April 22, 2014
2:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: San Antonio's Bid For Tesla

Joseph Thorton (Flickr user: jtjdt) cc

It was a secret meeting that every one heard about: Big wheels from Tesla having a sit down with local leaders. The topic: The "gigafactory" that everyone wants.

Private entreaties from CPS Energy also made public, the city may pull out all the stops to land the estimated $5 billion-$6 billion deal. 

Do we really have a shot at Tesla's "gigafactory"?

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Immigration
3:35 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Texas Business Groups Oppose Path To Citizenship, Support Work Program For Immigrants

A range of business associations in Texas came together today in Austin, hoping to catch the attention of Texas lawmakers in Washington, D.C., about the topic of immigration reform.

The group, which doesn't support amnesty or a pathway to citizenship, said they are running out of their unskilled labor force.

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Local Business
9:45 am
Mon March 31, 2014

San Antonio Returns To Pre-Recession Job Growth In March Economic Report

The unemployment rate decreased to 5.3% in January, which is right at the average unemployment since 1990.
The SABÉR Research Institute

The San Antonio Economic Outlook for 2014 that came out Friday shows more optimism than caution for the next year.

San Antonio’s employment growth is back on track following the recession, thanks to the recovery of some key local industries. More people are getting back to work in certain industries like construction, hospitality, retail, government and health services.  

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The Source - March 25, 2014
12:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

The Source: Robots And Your Job

The Sandia Hand addresses challenges that have prevented widespread adoption of other robotic hands, including cost, durability, dexterity and modularity.
Sandia Labs (Flikr User: Sandialabs)

250 years ago the world was turned upside down by the industrial revolution. Many are saying that a new industrial revolution, a robotic revolution, is already upon us.

Bill Gates of the American Enterprise Institute predicts that in 20 years there will be a completely different employment landscape in the country and that the demand for labor will be much less, especially in low-skill jobs.

"Technology, over time, will reduce the demand for jobs, particularly at the lower end of the skillset." - Bill Gates, March 13, 2014

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Local Business
12:21 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

UTSA VP Joins Statewide Small Business Taskforce

UTSA'S International Center for Economic Development recently trained a group of directors for Peru's new SBDC models.
UTSA

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Robert McKinley, associate vice president for economic development at UTSA, to serve on a statewide taskforce that advises the state’s elected officials on issues related to small business.

Since 2003, McKinley has led the UTSA Small Business Development Center in creating an international network of SBDC offices. Those centers are in 15 countries so far in this hemisphere -- with Tunisia on the radar – and help foreign small businesses get off the ground.

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The Source - March 20, 2014
11:35 am
Thu March 20, 2014

The Source: The Breakdown Employing Youth

Brookings Institution

The last decade was a disaster in terms of American employment. The people that have suffered the most though are a group of people not often considered -- the nation's youth. Basic job skills, employment socialization and other skills are all having to be learned later in life because the ability for a young adult to get a job has fallen off a cliff.

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Local Business
10:44 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Training Opportunity Gets Military Cyber Security Specialists Help Toward Entrepreneurship

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Military cyber security specialists are becoming a welcome part of the civilian workforce, and now there's a training opportunity in San Antonio for veterans and military members who may be headed in an entrepreneurial direction.

It wasn’t so long ago that few had heard about cyber security, but it suddenly rocketed into reality for a broad cross section of shoppers after the recent data breach at Target stores.

But military cyber security specialists have done this work for decades, and their high level of expertise is highly marketable once they become veterans.

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The Source - March 18, 2014
11:18 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Source: Financial Meltdowns Aplenty

  Economic busts role through the centuries debilitating states along with them. The Roman Empire of Emperor Severus in the third century collapsed in no small part due to economic depression. The United States has experiences several busts from its inception to the 2008 financial meltdown.  Speculation drives bubbles or financial fevers -- until the bottom falls out.

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The Source - March 18, 2014
10:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

The Source: Tesla In Texas

Elon Musk lobbied the legislature last year to allow Tesla to sell direct.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Tesla's model S has been called the best car built in the United States by Motor Trend, Consumer Reports and others, but you can't buy a Tesla in Texas. 

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