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Bexar County
9:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MPO Seeking Additional Public Input For Bexar-Comal-Guadalupe-Kendall Transportation Plan

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking public input from residents in Kendall, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties before regional transportation planning gets underway.

As of the 2010 census, New Braunfels is designated as part of the San Antonio urban metro area, and officials say the law requires that New Braunfels be incorporated into the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO.

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Local Business
1:11 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Old Kelly AFB Airplane Hangars Get New Life At Port San Antonio

Modular luxury cabin unit built by Knight Aerospace as it is loaded into the hold of a military cargo aircraft.
Courtesy Port San Antonio

Four abandoned Air Force hangars at the old Kelly Air Force Base have made it possible for a local aerospace company to complete a major custom project on time, all on-site at Port San Antonio.

Knight Aerospace, which has specialized in making custom kits that can quickly transform the interior of military cargo planes, used one of the hangars to outfit a brand new Lockheed Martin aircraft with two custom-designed kits that the company manufactured at its nearby Acme Road facility.

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Local Business
9:52 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Port San Antonio Street Expansion Opens 400 Acres For Aerospace Development

Local and state officials wave trucks through on the new section of 36th Street at Port San Antonio.
Eileen Pace TPR News

State and local officials gathered at Port San Antonio Tuesday to celebrate the extension of 36th Street through the former Kelly Air Force Base. 

State Rep. Philip Cortez, D-San Antonio, said the road’s extension is critical to the growth of San Antonio’s aerospace industry.

“When I see this extension and I see everything’s that happening here at Port San Antonio I think of one thing," Cortez said, "and that’s jobs."

Cortez said the extension is expected to add as many as 8,000 new jobs and ultimately will extend two more miles to access Military Drive and I-35.

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Local Business
3:30 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New Braunfels Starting To Fill Void Left By Scooter Store Collapse

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The gaping hole left by the Scooter Store in New Braunfels will soon be filled with a new employer.

IBEX Global will put hundreds of people to work in New Braunfels when it opens a call center operation in November, moving into the multi-story office building vacated by the Scooter Store in April.

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Local Business
1:34 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Local Delegation Hopeful Spain Will Move More Business To San Antonio

"Now Open" sign outside a business in downtown San Antonio
Ryan Loyd TPR News

About 20 local business leaders have  lot to look forward to after their business-development trip to Spain in September. Some of Spain’s business owners came away from the conferences with a desire to visit companies in San Antonio.

Jose Manual Soria Lopez, the Spanish minister of industry, energy and tourism, met with members of the San Antonio delegation and told the group he wanted to get a group of his country’s businesses leaders to come to San Antonio next year.

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Local Business
9:17 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Holt Cat Announces Largest Expansion In 80-Year History

Eileen Pace TPR News

One of San Antonio’s oldest companies, Holt Cat’s main shop was built in 1957 and was due for a replacement. Howard Hicks, vice president of public affairs, said the new $11 million facility will make work more comfortable for its employees, 17 percent of whom are veterans.

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Texas Business
11:29 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Abbott Reverses Stance On American Airlines Merger, Pauken Pounces

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In what was a rare move, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott initially teamed up with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to oppose the merger involving Fort Worth-based American Airlines, but he has now reversed course.

Abbot’s said the new deal with American Airlines and U.S. Airways satisfies his concern that the merger would negatively impact services to some of Texas’ smaller airports.

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Community
2:34 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Re-Imagining Payday Lending In San Antonio

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal has led the payday lending reform charge in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

  Faith-based organization Together for the City is about to launch a new alternative to payday lending that the group hopes will help financially-strapped families get back on their feet. The one-year-old group also plans to carve out a variety ways to serve the community.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Linda Hardberger asked the group to help Green Spaces Alliance promote and build more community gardens throughout the city.

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Education & Employment
3:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Alamo Colleges & Workforce Solutions Launch Digital Career Center

A screen grab of the digital career center. Users can move around in a 3D enviroment.
www.myalamocareer.org

The Alamo Colleges have launched the first completely virtual career center in the state for people looking for a new job or educational path.

Taking a page from the realm of virtual reality and games like Second Life, those in and around Bexar County interested in another career can wander a digital replica of a career center.

“We’re using a 3D gaming environment to connect them to jobs, education, training, and employment opportunities,” said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo.

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Local Business
8:48 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Hispanic Chamber Delegation Seeking To Attract Jobs On Spain Trip

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual trip to Spain is to maintain strong ties and perhaps attract some new business.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce headed to Spain this weekend with a large delegation to talk about the business sense of San Antonio.

The 2013 Spain Trade Mission delegation includes two city council members, the Bexar County manager, the honorary consul of Spain in San Antonio, and 20 other business leaders including the vice-president of corporate banking of BBVA Compass bank.

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