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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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Business
12:47 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Chamber Members/Business Leaders Back From SA To D.C. Trip

Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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.

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Texas Business
3:57 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Unemployment Slightly Up In Texas, But Still Lower Than A Year Ago

Construction workers install pilings for solar trusses at OCI's newest location in San Antonio. OCI pledged to bring more than 800 new clean energy jobs to San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR

Unemployment figures released Friday had bad news and good news for Texas. 

The good news is that over the past year, unemployment in the state has declined almost a full percentage point and remains below the national rate of 7.9 percent for January.

The bad news is that unemployment rose slightly in Texas for the month of January to 6.3 percent; prior to January, the jobless rate had been declining for six months.

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Downtown Development
2:51 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Inner-City Reinvestment Progress Report From Henry Cisneros

Broadway is in the midst of revitalization and events like Síclovía get residents out to enjoy the downtown area.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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Community
5:45 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

San Antonio Needs Work To Improve Business Perception, Attract Companies

Though the city does well promoting San Antonio's culture and attractions, businesses are unfamiliar with the city's infrastructure and business climate.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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Solar Power
4:26 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

First OCI Solar Farm Under Construction, Finished By Year End

Officials break ground at the site of Alamo I. When all the OCI facilities are finished in 2016, they will employ 800 workers and generate 400 megawatts of power.
Eileen Pace TPR

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.  

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Business
3:43 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Hispanic Chamber Joins Greater San Antonio Chamber To Advocate In Washington

The annual SA-to-DC trip is underway this week with local leaders advocating for San Antonio
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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:

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New Braunfels
8:56 am
Mon March 4, 2013

New Development Bringing University To New Braunfels

Illustrated master plan.
Veramendi

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.

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San Antonio Economy
9:48 am
Fri March 1, 2013

New Study Seeking Insight Into Economic Impact Of Mexican Nationals In U.S.

Flickr user freefotouk (Ian Britton) cc

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.

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