City of San Antonio Annual Report
The City of San Antonio released its 2012 Annual Report entitled “San Antonio: Local Focus, Global Vision” today. There’s a great section in the report about San Antonio’s economic growth over the last year, highlighting some of our department’s major projects:
- San Antonio’s business-friendly climate has welcomed new company relocations, expansions and start-up ventures. The Economic Development Department (EDD) helped ensure that the City of San Antonio created more jobs and brought new investments to the city. There were 5,670 total new and/or retained jobs and $809 million in investments in fiscal year 2012. In addition, the City was recognized with an A+ rating for small businesses by the Kauffman Foundation; has been named one of the happiest cities for young professionals by Forbes; and has an unemployment rate lower than the national and state average, which continues to fall.
- Southwest Airlines expanded its presence in San Antonio to retain 478 jobs, created an additional 322 jobs, and made an investment of $4 million in a new customer service center.
- San Antonio welcomed Xenex Healthcare Services, Inc. to its growing bioscience and healthcare community. Xenex is a manufacturer of a patented mobile disinfection machine that decontaminates patient care environments. Xenex relocated its headquarters from Austin to San Antonio and created 27 new jobs.
- NBTY, Inc., the largest vertically integrated vitamin manufacturer in the United States, is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 2013. NBTY will create 65 jobs and invest $6 million in the Eastside of San Antonio.
- A collaboration between the EDD and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation resulted in a successful expansion of the Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program in San Antonio. There were 61 BRE visits completed in the last year alone. These visits were made to companies that represented SA2020 targeted industries, such as cybersecurity and information technology, aerospace, bioscience and healthcare, and manufacturing.
- The EDD also continued the implementation of the Small Business Economic Development Advocacy (SBEDA) Ordinance, which leverages the City’s purchasing power to encourage the use of small, minority and women-owned businesses.
- Further empowering the business community, the EDD also launched the Mentor Protégé and Bonding Assistance Programs in March 2012 in collaboration with the Alamo Colleges. Programs include seminars and individual counseling, in addition to the mentor-protégé matching component. As of September 2012, 48 small businesses had participated in the program and nine were already matched with a mentor.
- There were 4,361 vendors reached as of June 2012 by the Centralized Vendor Registry used by the EDD. In October 2011, the Small Business Office hosted a city-wide registration event to inform the small, minority and women-owned business community of this new resource.