Henry Cisneros

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San Antonio’s airport director told city council members Wednesday that a net 300,000 passengers who used to fly out of the San Antonio International Airport are now driving to Austin for flights.

It’s another bit of data that adds fuel to concerns that San Antonio’s airport may have lost its competitive edge to Austin. 

As part of our project, Growing Pains, Texas Public Radio continues our report on the San Antonio Airport, with the results of what an analyst found when we asked him to compare its ticket prices with that of other cities. 

Shelley Kofler / Texas Public Radio

The U.S. Census Bureau recently named San Antonio as one of the 10 fastest growing, big cities in the country.  Area planners estimate one million more people will move to Bexar County in the next 25 years.

Texas Public Radio will be taking a deeper look at the opportunities and hurdles that come with that growth in our project, “Growing Pains.”

We begin by looking at whether San Antonio International Airport is competitive enough to help attract the cutting-edge businesses area leaders would like to attract.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 Some energy companies and top Texas officials are threatening court action to block President Obama’s plan for deeper cuts in carbon dioxide emissions. Opponents of the cuts say they will be so costly companies will have to eliminate jobs.

The policy clash comes as San Antonio’s Henry Cisneros and other national business leaders are highlighting research that warns of deeper economic costs if the current level of greenhouse emissions continue.  

SBA

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.

Eileen Pace

 On Tuesday, March 18, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and former Mayor Henry Cisneros met on the campus of St. Mary's University for a public discussion about “San Antonio Politics: Recent History and the Future.”  In the above audio, the duo explores recent progress that now annually puts the city near the top of the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities rankings. They also analyze how San Antonio might benefit from current improvement efforts. The conversation is moderated by Henry Flores, Ph.D., St.

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