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8:05 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Walmart Groundbreaking Signals Another Reason South Side Is Still Alive

Ground breaking for the new Walmart on the city's South Side
Ryan Loyd TPR

City leaders, area chamber presidents and Walmart officials officially broke ground at the site of a new store to be built on the city’s south side. The 180,000 foot store will be located at I-35 and Palo Alto Road, where Palo Alto meets Patron Street.

Daniel Morales with Walmart said opening stores in communities often sparks economic growth.

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Vocational Training
9:43 am
Fri January 25, 2013

$3 Million Training Facility Boosts Vocational Education In San Antonio

The newest Cats are sophisticated GPS-equipped machines that require specialized training to operate.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Holt Cat opened the new training facility on Thursday as part of the company’s two-pronged approach to develop more skilled workers for high-tech industries.

San Antonio has a share of specialized vocational schools that feed into local industries, such as the cooperative program between the Alamo Colleges and the aerospace industry, but some say that overall, a college-oriented culture has pushed vocational training in public schools aside.

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Community
7:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Reinvestment Zones Expand To Include More Areas Of Town

W. Southcross between Quintana Road and Dwight Middle School is now included in the city's reinvestment policy program.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The City of San Antonio’s Inner City Reinvestment/Infill Policy for several years has focused on reinvesting in neighborhoods, businesses and properties, particularly in urban areas that have gone untouched for decades.

But now the program is expanding, and District 5 Councilman David Medina couldn’t be more excited.

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Eagle Ford Shale
9:03 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Frio County Plans For More Growth As Eagle Ford Booms

UTSA

The Eagle Ford Shale project is expected to be the world’s largest natural gas exploration project in the next three years, so Frio County Commissioners are working toward a master plan for economic development needed by the community.

Dr. Tom Tunstall, with the Institute for Economic Development at UTSA, is working with Frio County. He said Frio County is looking at all of the impacts of the fracking boom on its supply chains, such as food and housing, as well as schools, roads, power systems, and other infrastructure.

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Craft Brewers
1:13 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Branchline Brewing Company Introduced To San Antonio Beer Scene

(From Left to Right) Jason Ard, head brewer Les Locke and employee JC Norris all pose inside the brewery where Branchline beer will be made.
Laura Ard

Craft brewing companies have provided plenty of fun to beer fans, and according to a report by University of Texas at San Antonio economics professor Scott Metzger (who also happens to run his very own brewery, Freetail Brewing Company) have generated $608 million in the Lone Star State.

Metzger estimates that by 2020, the industry will generate $5.6 billion, a figure he calls conservative.

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Community Giving
12:48 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

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City Council
10:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

City Council Developing Diversity Action Plan For Contracts

The City of San Antonio has been working on a diversity action plan when concerns arose at previous city council meetings that leaders were not selecting enough African-American or other minority firms for contracting jobs.

The jobs are for upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and other public infrastructure that voters approved in the 2012-2017 city bond program; 140 projects worth $596 million. Members of the community stepped forward to ask why minority candidates seemed to have been passed over, and Mayor Julián Castro has requested an action plan.

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Utility Management App
5:09 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

CPS First To Get Smartphone App For Home Manager System

CPS Energy

CPS customers will be the first in the nation to get a new mobile phone app to run their air-conditioning and electrical systems when it rolls out in February. San Antonio-based Consert, Inc. unveiled its new tablet device earlier this month at a utility company in Tennessee.

Consert Vice-president Jeff Ebihara said although customers have been able to access their Home Managers using their mobile devices, the new app makes the system more portable.

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Eagle Ford Shale
4:31 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Report: Entrepeneur Opportunities Limitless For Eagle Ford Shale

UTSA

Although San Antonio isn't directly a part of drilling and extraction activities of the Eagle Ford Shale, it is one of the many communities benefiting from the  injection of economic power.

According to a new report by the San Antonio Economic Foundation, road damage caused by trucks traveling to and from the Eagle Ford Shale drilling sites is a big challenge for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. The report recommends infrastructure planning during the next legislative session.

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4:41 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Texas Wind Power Considers Future Of Fewer Tax Breaks

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At the American Wind Energy Association Conference last week, Jimmy Glotfelty, co-founder of Clean Line Energy, said that government incentives are still needed at least for five more years to foster development of wind projects.
The federal tax credit that helped make Texas the leader in wind power expires at the end of year. Some people in the wind energy industry seem resigned to the possibility that even if Congress renews the credit, the days of such breaks are nearing an

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