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.
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.
The city of San Antonio commissioned an imaging study to see how people across the country – especially business leaders – perceive the Alamo City.
Of 102 respondents, it found that 38 percent of people in big industries like healthcare, information technology (IT) and aerospace are unfamiliar with the infrastructure, business climate, and governance offered by San Antonio.
The report said a lack of familiarity puts San Antonio at a disadvantage to key competitors, cities like San Diego, where business executives are more aware of what they can expect.
Today CPS Energy and city officials joined OCI Solar Power executives in a toast to the first phase of construction on a mega solar power agreement that promises 800 jobs for the city over several solar farm locations.
Officials made a ceremonial first dig with shovels at the site of Alamo I, the first solar farm location, to symbolize the massive construction project that has already begun.
South of Loop 410 and IH-37, Alamo I will soon be buzzing with hundreds of solar panels that will generate 41 megawatts.
This year’s SA-to-DC trip is underway this week, with representatives from San Antonio chambers of commerce joining together with city leaders to advocate for issues important to the community.
The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has been making this trip for 35 years as a way to represent the whole community before Congress and military leadership.
Of ten committees, the Hispanic Chamber is most interested in making contacts for small business, immigration and trade. President Ramiro Cavazos said there are many good arguments for comprehensive immigration reform:
The City of New Braunfels is about to get a lot bigger thanks to last week's city council approval of a master-planned community moving in over the next decade.
The project that will be known as Veramendi exists today as a 2,400-acre private ranch that remains as just about the only undeveloped land on Loop 337 between Hwy. 46 and the Guadalupe River. There’s only one driveway into the property off the Loop, which is just down the road from New Braunfels High School.
Economists have long been aware that retail spending by Mexican nationals shopping in the U.S. adds significant dollars to local economies, but a new study seeks to expand those numbers for a broader view of the impact of Mexican dollars on San Antonio.