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Old Posted Jan 27, 2007, 1:57 PM
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Hardberger sees 'golden years' for S.A.


In an address laced with bold statements about his vision for the city's future, Mayor Phil Hardberger on Thursday called the coming year "a time for doing" and vowed to lead San Antonio into unprecedented growth and prosperity.

Addressing a downtown hotel ballroom packed with city, county and business leaders, Hardberger struck a relentlessly optimistic tone in his State of the City speech, promising big changes in the coming year, with more to come thereafter.

The changes this year include $550 million in new public spending he plans to put before voters in May as well as an assortment of public and private investments planned around the city in the coming months.

In a 25-minute speech interrupted a half-dozen times by applause, Hardberger said 2006, his first full year in office, had been a time for planning.

The current year, he said, "will be a year to make good on the promise of our dreams, and a year to see a new San Antonio rise before our eyes."


He said the effort is well under way to "rebuild the foundation of our city ... that will allow our city to prosper not just for the next decade, but for the next century."Hardberger, who has announced his intention to seek a second two-year term, said the May 12 bond election — in which the city hopes to win voters' approval for $550 million worth of major street paving and storm drainage projects as well as park improvements — will be a key element to lead San Antonio's "emergence into its golden years."

"The importance of (the bond's) successful passage cannot be overstressed," he said. "A bond election is a city's vote of confidence in itself. It means that San Antonio's citizens have optimism about their city and their future" and that "they trust their government to deliver."

Despite the size of the bond proposal — the largest in the city's history — Hardberger stressed there wouldn't be a tax increase.

That drew applause at the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon.

He said the bond package, while unprecedented in size, "is also historic for the manner in which it will be spent."

The proposal would provide $300 million for street paving and sidewalk improvements, $150 million for drainage projects, $50 million for acquisition of parklands and upgrades to existing parks and $50 million for community initiative projects to be split evenly among the 10 City Council districts.

Hardberger said City Manager Sheryl Sculley, whom he hired, is "the finest city manager in the United States."

The hard-driving manager created the citizens bond panels that will guide the allocation of the funds.

Four 32-member panels have headed the different bond initiatives. They have, for the most part, endorsed spending proposals developed by city staff. The panels' outlines of how to spend the bond funds will be presented to the City Council next week.

The mayor highlighted unprecedented business growth and said the developments of the coming year will be the foundation from which business and public/private ventures flourish.

He said a host of business growth would contribute to the city's national prominence, including AT&T's local construction of the largest voice and data network in the world; the decision by Tesoro, a Fortune 500 firm, to build a new facility on 122 acres on the North Side; the opening of a $24 million, 258,000 square-foot research and development lab at Brooks City-Base; and the planned construction of a $550 million data center by Microsoft.

The mayor also noted that Fort Sam Houston is set to spend $1.6 billion for new construction.

Hardberger said that within the next three months, three major public-private ventures will be launched including a new homeless shelter, the redevelopment of Main Plaza and the Museum Reach of the River Improvement Project.

Hardberger spoke of the foresight of Walter Mathis, who developed the once-seedy, now-trendy King William neighborhood, as the blueprint for his own vision of park development.

Key to that vision will be the $36 million in bonds that will be used to purchase the Voelcker Ranch.

A Hardberger favorite, the 204-acre property that he predicted will become "one of the finest urban parks in the United States," is virgin land he termed "a breathtaking expanse of urban landscape" containing centuries-old trees.

"To walk among those trees — many older than the heroes of the Alamo, older than the Alamo itself — is to know our history," he said, drawing sustained applause from the overflow crowd.
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Old Posted Jan 27, 2007, 5:31 PM
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Aren't State of the City speeches fun? Everyone gets so pumped up.
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Old Posted Jan 28, 2007, 7:20 AM
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Corporate year-in-review all-hands meetings are the same.

The thing that's really crazy is 2 year terms and 2 term "term limits". That's almost no time to get anything done. Especially when you consider that term limits have always been in place, but they have generally been referred to as elections. Anyway...

In this case I can understand the mayor's enthusiasm. There are a lot things happening that could really impact future economic development for the city. I think the real benefits may not happen until long after he leaves office, but here's to getting pumped up
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Aren't State of the City speeches fun? Everyone gets so pumped up.
He has to be upbeat....what's he supposed to say "this sucks, that sucks, we suck, they suck everything sucks!!"
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From mysa.com:

The Kohl's department store chain will open an operations center in San Antonio that's expected to employ more than 1,000 people within about three years.

Kohl's planned expansion follows Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.'s announcement in October that it would create 838 jobs at a new regional corporate campus to be built in the Westover Hills area. It already employs more than 900 locally.


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The city is a finalist to land an aerospace project that would bring 5,000 jobs that have an average salary of $100,000. The overall economic impact would be 28.5 billion over tens years or 2.8 billion a year. There would also be over an over 1 billion dollar facility built for manufacturing and R&D.

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Old Posted Feb 21, 2013, 5:23 AM
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wow! Imagine the footprint this would have on the south side and then the entire city. Let's hope SA gets this.
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Old Posted Apr 27, 2013, 10:07 AM
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Chinese fashion company making San Antonio their North American headquarters.


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Looking for new markets and seeking sources of new garment designs, the Haiyang Sweater Industry Association in China announced Monday that it is opening a sales office in San Antonio as its North American headquarters.

The new company, Shantex Group LLC, also signed an agreement with San Antonio's University of the Incarnate Word in which students in UIW's fashion program will supply new designs for the North American market to the Chinese garment makers and, in return, obtain internships in the industry.

County Commissioner Kevin Wolff and county Economic Development Executive Director David Marquez said the Shantex Group will begin with a sales staff of only two or three people. As Shantex establishes its connections to retailers selling its clothing products, a showroom, warehousing and even San Antonio-area manufacturing could follow, Wolff and Marquez said.
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Old Posted Apr 27, 2013, 12:14 PM
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Czech Republic energy company establishes HQ in San Antonio.

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A Czech Republic company says it has found an abundant, long-term source of energy in South Texas to help European utilities produce electricity.

The energy source has nothing to do with the Eagle Ford Shale.
The source is the hated mesquite wood.

“We looked all over the world for a stable and big source of biomass. We found the source in Texas,” Zdenek Mayer said. He's business director and CEO for GreenHeart Energy LLC, the Texas division of GreenHeart Energy, based in Duchcov, Czech Republic.

GreenHeart Energy LLC has selected San Antonio for its Texas company's headquarters — for legal, banking and accounting purposes — but most of its activities will occur near and in Corpus Christi.
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Did we get those 5000 jobs.
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Old Posted Sep 17, 2013, 11:14 AM
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Post news articles or columns that wouldn't validate creating a thread for and also do not belong in the downtown development thread, metro development thread or transportation thread.

Basically, any and all miscellaneous news and information pertaining to San Antonio or the metro area that doesn't belong anywhere else.

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Average home price in San Antonio for August jumped to $210,000


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As of August 2013, the average price of a home stood at $209,672 — a seven percent increase from the average price of $195,693 posted last August.
More buyers of luxury/higher-end homes is said to be the reason.

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A major factor in the median-price rise — an increase in the number of higher-end homes sold, observes Steven Gragg, 2013 Chairman of the Board for SABOR.

“Since February, homes priced over $500,000 have edged close to or gone over four percent of total homes sold,” he says. “Usually that number is closer to three percent.”

In August, homes priced over $500,000 accounted for 3.9 percent of units sold in the San Antonio MSA, SABOR reports. Homes priced from $200,000 to $500,000 accounted for 36.6 percent of sales. Homes priced below $200,000 accounted for 59.3 percent of home sales in greater San Antonio.
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This is a great idea, Sir.
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Wizard World bringing Comic Con to San Antonio beginning in 2014.


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The tour has expanded to include the following new shows: Sacramento, Calif. (March 7-9, Sacramento Convention Center); Louisville, Ky. (March 28-30, Kentucky International Convention Center); Minneapolis (May 2-4, Minneapolis Convention Center); Atlanta (May 30-June 1, Georgia World Congress Center); San Antonio (Aug. 1-3, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center); Richmond, Va. (Sept. 12-14, Greater Richmond Convention Center) and Tulsa, Okla. (Nov., 7-9, Cox Business Center).
Funny enough, this announcement comes on the heels of the first annual Alamo City Comic Con taking place in a couple of weeks at the convention center.

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Household income up, uninsured population down in San Antonio


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The San Antonio metropolitan area’s median household income increased, the poverty rate was not statistically different and the uninsured rate decreased from the year before.

That’s according to results from the 2012 American Community Survey. It found that the median household income in the San Antonio area was $51,486 in 2012. That’s up from $49,599 in 2011. In addition, 17.3 percent of people in the area were impoverished in 2012, up from 16.6 percent in 2011.

In 2012, 18.9 percent of the area’s population lacked health insurance coverage, a decrease from 19.9 percent in 2011.
San Antonio had the largest income gain percentage wise of the top 25 metros!


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As expected, San Antonio will be battling some stiff competition for the 2017 College Football National Championship Game.

The playoff organizing group released six finalists for the Jan. 9, 2017 game.

Among those in the mix include:

San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium)
Minneapolis (Vikings Stadium)
San Antonio (Alamodome)
South Florida (Sun Life Stadium)
Jacksonville (EverBank Field)
Tampa Bay (Raymond James Stadium)

It’s a tough bidding group, as every one of the finalists has either hosted or attracted a Super Bowl game in previous years.
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The Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre Company has announced it will open a new drive-in theatre here in New Braunfels next summer.

Once open, the Drive-In will be open year-round, showing digital first-run double-features nightly. Two of the screen towers will measure over 90 feet wide, making them the largest movie screens in Texas.

Company officials say that the drive-in theatre will be located on 30 acres of land close to the intersection of FM 1101 and Kroesche Lane, about a mile from Freiheit Country Store.

Moviegoers will be able to enjoy watching from inside the comfort of their own car or outside in lawn chairs, and because the drive-in has always been more than just a movie going experience, Stars & Stripes will serve food from their 50’s Cafe and guests can also enjoy the patio and playground areas.

Again, the Stars & Stripes Drive-in will open in New Braunfels in the summer of 2014, and, according to the company, it will be the only drive-in theatre within a 150-miles.
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KCI, LifeCell Corp and Systagenix to merge
Headquarters will be in San Antonio

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San Antonio-based KCI, along with LifeCell Corp. and Systagenix, will become one globally diversified company focused on wound care, biologics and regenerative medicine.

It’s not immediately clear if the combined companies will operate under the KCI name or under a new moniker. However, a spokesman for KCI, Mike Barger, says the new entity will have its headquarters in San Antonio.

“The combination of these businesses will form a leading medical technology company with over $2 billion in revenue and a very important position within the health care system,” says Buddy Gumina, chairman of the board of directors of the parent company of KCI and New Jersey-based LifeCell Corp. “The new company, under the proven leadership of Joe Woody, will amplify existing capabilities, open the door for new growth opportunities and improve the lives of patients around the world.”

KCI and LifeCell Corp. will immediately begin operating as one company.

Once KCI closes on its acquisition of U.K.-based Systagenix, that company will be folded into the new entity as well. KCI officials announced in July that the company had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Systagenix, a provider of advanced wound care products, for $485 million.
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The Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) has released its 2013 Texas Relocation Report, based on data from the National Association of Realtors and U-Haul.

Among demographic markets statewide, Bexar County posted the largest net inflow of households — a total of 5,601 families in 2012. Nationally, Bexar County experienced the fourth largest net gain of residents, according to the TAR report.
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One of the city’s newest and most prestigious hotels has joined an elite group of iconic properties under one of Marriott International’s upscale brands.

The Éilan Hotel, Resort & Spa is officially the newest addition to Marriott’s Autograph Collection.

Founded in 2010, the Autograph Collection is “an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels,” explains Marriott. The portfolio is made up of unique, iconic hotels from around the world — including the Boscolo Palace Roma in Rome; The Algonquin Resort in New Brunswick, Canada; and The Lexington in New York City.
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