City of San Antonio Economic Development

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Why Choose San Antonio? Simply Look at Our Workforce

For the 11th year in a row, Chief Executive Magazine has named Texas the number one place to do business in the nation and is projected to continue to be so for 2016.

According to the magazine, “Texas continued to lead America in job growth in January 2015, adding 20,100 jobs” bringing the state’s net job total to a staggering 1.2 million since 2007. Texas also “nudged its unemployment rate down to 4.4 percent from 4.6 percent in December 2014.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently sat with CNBC’s Squawkbox to discuss this ranking. In the interview, Gov. Abbott said that he recently met with a top executive of Amazon who stated that the reason the company chose to build their fulfillment center close to San Antonio is because of “the quality of workforce” in our state.

Not a surprise that this would come from an executive discussing the workforce in and around the city of San Antonio, particularly with the workforce preparation initiatives that economic partners such as the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and all of the 15 locally based colleges and universities have put in place within the past few years.

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), for example, has the number one ranking cybersecurity program in the nation, while the Alamo Colleges have training programs like the award-winning Alamo Academies. Funded by an Interlocal Agreement with the City of San Antonio, the Alamo Academies utilizes contextualized industry-driven curricula, resulting in 95 percent of the graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in industries like: Aerospace, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Health and Heavy Equipment.

Amazon chose to build their fulfillment center close to San Antonio is because of “the quality of workforce” in Texas, according to Gov. Abbott.

The City of San Antonio invests more than $2 million to seven delegate agency partners who focus

  • Targeting populations most in need of education/training
  • Assisting clientele who are intimidated by the thought of reentering education, reentering workforce, literacy, among other topics
  • Developing strategic alliances with business, industry, and academia

One of these agencies, Project QUEST, provides long-term occupational training and wrap-around services for in-demand training/certifications and associate degrees. In fiscal year 2014, Project QUEST had 193 participants receive their certifications and recently they were chosen to be San Antonio’s lead liaison for a White House initiative called TechHire. Through this initiative, Project QUEST is teaming up with the number one managed cloud company and locally-headquarted company Rackspace and their Open Cloud Academy Program.

With these examples in mind, among many others not listed, why not choose Texas?

Or more precisely, why would you not choose San Antonio?

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