Technology & Entrepreneurship

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Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

It's a windy morning at the Bandera Gun Club and its sprawling grass fields dotted with shooting stations on the outskirts of the tiny Texas town.

Gunshots echo along the rolling hills as more than 20 groups of men prepare their booths of technological wares for the security minded. F-350s sit with massive mast-like poles sprouting from their beds. A temporary structure holds banks of computer monitors that stream video from the 80-foot trailer-mounted tower outside.

"Can an individual border agent on the ground get this image?" Congressman Will Hurd, R-Texas, asked.

 

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Last year, Donald Trump’s election promise to build a wall had companies working in border security riding a high.  

 

“With his emphasis on border security, I think the people in this industry got a little excited,” said Mike Beltrani, a vice president at Telephonics Corporation.


Paul Flahive / Texas Public Radio

Margaret Leeds has lived in the King William for 20 years. She’s seen once crumbling, bygone era homes returned to their former glory, restaurants and bars flourish, and the area transform.


Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio City Council member Greg Brockhouse walked out of Thursday’s health and equity committee hearing in frustration.

“It’s a total waste of time,” he said afterwards.

Brockhouse said he was frustrated with the decision to send a package of short-term rental regulations to B session for discussion, rather than voting on whether or not it should go to council. Short-term rentals are room or home rentals that take place on online platforms like Airbnb, Homeaway, and VRBO.


Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Seven city departments are vying for a chance to collaborate with outside startups to deliver services better.

The hope is that entrepreneurs will apply for the CivTechSA program to work with city departments.


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