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Downtown
11:28 am
Fri January 24, 2014

With Downtown Building Vacancy Rate "Too High," Leaders Push To Make Progress

Murphy's Deli downtown relies on foot traffic for its business. The owner says filling vacant buildings nextdoor would greatly increase business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio's downtown building vacancy rate is too high. The statement didn't meet with any arguments during a recent interview with Pat DiGiovanni, the former executive who worked as deputy San Antonio city manager and is now the president and CEO of Centro San Antonio.

In his new role, DiGiovanni leads the collaboration of initiatives aimed at making downtown San Antonio and the central business district more desirable, active and filled with people.

He said there is a 29 percent downtown building vacancy rate, and the challenge remains clear.

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Charitable Giving
9:36 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Dress For Success Needs Donations Of Suits And Business Attire

Job Placement Manager, Nelson Fernandini, in the men's suits area at Career Gear San Antonio
Eileen Pace

A local organization is asking for donations of clothing this month to help men and women find jobs.

Dress for Success and Career Gear San Antonio are asking for donations of suits and business attire that can be worn for job interviews. Dress for Success San Antonio was founded to offer economic, social, and professional services to help women get back on their feet. It provides computer classes, help with resume preparation, financial planning education and clothing for getting back to work.

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Bexar County
4:41 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

County Commissioners Examining Foreign Travel Expenses For Economic Development

Bexar Co. Commissioners Court Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The county’s policy covering international travel for economic development is under the microscope. Bexar County Commissioners will be taking a closer look at the county’s policies for approving trips to Japan, China, Germany, Mexico and other foreign destinations.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson brought up the issue at this week’s commissioners court meeting because the item didn’t get on the agenda last week as he had requested.

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Alamo Heights
12:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Divisive Development In Alamo Heights Gets Limited Go Ahead

Overland Partners rendering of the proposed development at Broadway and Austin Highway. The approved permit would allow only a smaller building.
Overland Partners Architects

Last night the City of Alamo Heights met to discuss what one city councilor called the largest and most divisive project to come before their city council in years.

The developer, Alamo Manhattan, proposed to redevelop the tract of land at the crossroads of Broadway and Austin highway in what is to be called the Alamo Heights Gateway Complex.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Beacon Hill Neighbors Recommend Zoning Change Request For Controversial Art Gallery

Residents cast their ballot on whether or not to recommend approval of a zoning change request. They overwhelmingly supported the request.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In an overwhelming vote in favor of a well-publicized zoning case in Beacon Hill, residents of the community just north of downtown gave their approval for an art gallery and design business.

The neighborhood vote Monday night is just another step in the process of re-zoning French & Michigan, which takes its name from the intersection at which it is located. The building is currently zoned as residential, but its legacy has been mostly as a commercial structure located just off Fredericksburg Road.

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New Braunfels
12:32 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New Braunfels May Implement Tubing Fee For Non-Residents

Tubers on the Comal River in New Braunfels.
Flickr user Jeff Gunn cc

Floating the Comal River could cost non-New Braunfels residents a $5 fee if its city council votes in favor of a new proposal.

When tubing the Comal River you can either rent a tube from an outfitter and use their entry point, or use your own tube and enter from one of the city’s parks.

"We spend pretty close to $1 million per year in all of the river maintenance, clean-up, and police and fire," said New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil. "So we were looking at a way to try to bring in some revenue to help us to keep the river and keep the services provided for our visitors."

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Fronteras Desk
12:16 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Texas Attempts To Lure Sriracha Factory To Lone Star State

Shipments of Sriracha are on hold in California following a partial factory shutdown.
Tracy Greer Fronteras

As shipments of the popular spicy Asian condiment Sriracha remain on hold following a partial shutdown of its factory in California, a state representative from Texas is trying to lure the maker of the sauce away from the West Cost and into the Lone Star State.

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Texas Politics
3:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills

The Texas Future Business Alliance is hoping to get Republican candidates through the primary who support funding urgent state needs like water, roads and education, all hot topics in the last legislative session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some of Texas’ biggest trade and business associations are looking to counter anti-big government groups like the tea party that have crowded recent Republican primaries -- the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.

The Texas Future Business Alliance is made up of ten business groups that are supporting Republican candidates who have supported water infrastructure bills and transportation and education funding in the past.

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Government
3:59 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Texas Architects Now Required To Be Fingerprinted Under New Law

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A new law that took effect Jan. 1 adds architects to the number of professionals in Texas that are required to be fingerprinted when renewing or applying for their license.

That information will be stored with the Department of Public Safety and Federal Bureau of Investigation's criminal background database.

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Government
3:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Thanks To New Law, You Will Be Paying More For Mixed Drinks In Texas

Flickr user Joel Olives cc

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, the state will lower how much they charge bars and restaurants with the Texas Mixed Beverage Tax, which decreased from 14 percent down to 7 percent, but those purchasing a mixed drink will face a new surcharge of 8.25 percent, the same tax that is charged for the sale of beer and wine.

Austin businessman Bob Woody, who owns a restaurant, five brewpubs and a bar, said the new law will greatly benefit lounges and restaurants because the bill directly shows the new surcharge, but it may be problematic for high-volume bars.

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