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U.S.-Mexico Economy
10:45 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Mexican Nationals Make Retail Pilgrimage For Semana Santa

A family of shoppers from Mexico takes a break in San Antonio’s Shops at La Cantera. During high travel times the mall attracts many people from across the border to shop.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

This week is Semana Santa (Holy Week), and it's a big week in Mexico - schools cancel classes and businesses take a holiday. It is also a big week for retailers in the Southwest United States because Mexican shoppers cross the border in droves.

For San Antonio it’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for retail sales, and retailers have high hopes for this year’s Semana Santa spending spree because of a powerful peso.

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Urban Revitalization
4:35 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Balancing The Needs Of Families In Center City Redevelopment

As areas like Mahncke Park continue to make a comeback, stakeholders hope to attract more young families closer to the center of the city.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Stakeholders of center city development got together today to talk about balancing the needs of young urban professionals with growing families as the revitalization of downtown moves forward.

About 200 members of the Urban Land Institute heard different perspectives from school officials, business partners and real estate gurus about the development of downtown for family residences.

A focus group of real estate agents revealed that many don’t think of showing downtown homes to their clients with families.

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Arts & Culture
2:32 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

'America's Got Talent' Showcases City And Local Production Talent

Crowds line the Riverwalk to see Howie Mandell on the first barge of America's Got Talent mini river parade, piloted by Elizabeth Taylor of Rio San Antonio Cruises
Drew Mayer-Oakes San Antonio Film Commission

NBC’s "America’s Got Talent" wrapped up a week’s stay in San Antonio on Friday for the taping of the popular TV show, and the city's contributions to the show are being hailed as a success.

The show auditioned 100 competitors from all over the country, not just San Antonio.

Drew Mayer-Oakes with the San Antonio Film Commission said the show brought dozens of its own producers and staffers, but hired some local talent as well.

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Platic Bag Ban
5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Is San Antonio Ready For A Plastic Bag Ban?

It is not uncommon to see a plastic bag stuck in a tree.
Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

Plastic bags are as much a part of the retail and grocery store experience as the milk and bread they carry, but recently, cities across Texas have been taking a journey down the road less traveled.

Brownsville, Laguna Vista, South Padre Island and now Austin are part of a growing movement to ban plastic bags.

Local shoppers seem to agree with the sentiment.

"I wouldn't mind banning something as long as there's an alternate to it," said H-E-B shopper John Saldaña.

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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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Scooter Store
2:24 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Scooter Store Employees Looking For Answers About Unemployment Benefits

The Scooter Store has an empty parking lot since 1,200+ employees were laid off March 8
Josh Pace

Scooter Store employees have plenty of questions about their furloughs late last week.

Scooter Store CEO Marty Landon reportedly sent out a blanket email at the end of the day last Friday that told all employees not to come back to work unless they received further instructions.

Employees were left dazed and confused, entering their spring break not knowing where their next paycheck would come from.

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Eagle Ford Shale
2:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

The Face Of The Eagle Ford Shale In San Antonio

STEER President Omar Garcia was previously employed by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation before joining the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable
Joey Palacios TPR

San Antonio is now the hub for providing resources to the Eagle Ford Shale Project. The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable opened its doors at the Pearl Brewery this week.

It’s been in existence for about five months, created by the 11 major oil and gas operators working on the shale project including Conoco Phillips and Lewis Energy.

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