Mayor Taylor to GiveFamous Japanese Mascot “Honorary Citizenship” during City Council

WHAT:           Mayor Ivy R. Taylor will utilize a point of personal privilege at City Council to welcome Kumamon, the mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, where San Antonio’s sister city of Kumamoto is located. Mayor Taylor will present Kumamonwith an “Honorary Citizenship” to San Antonio during the Council visit.

 Since debuting in 2010, Kumamon has lectured at Harvard, walked the red carpet at Cannes, appeared on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, danced for the Japanese Emperor and this Thursday, he’ll meet our very own San Antonio Spurs Coyote!The Bank of Japan has estimated the economic impact of Kumamon-related products at $1.2 billion over the past two years.      

WHO:             -Mayor Taylor and City Council

– Kumamon, Mascot of KumamotoPrefecture

– San Antonio Spurs Coyote

– Mr. Yoshimasa Hashimoto, AssistantDeputy Director oftheBrand
PromotionDivision,Kumamoto PrefectureGovernment

– SiyonJin and WoonhakChung,artistsfromGwangju, Korea

 WHEN:          Thursday,Oct.22, 2015, 9:00 a.m.

 WHERE:       City CouncilChambers

                        114 W. Commerce St.

 MORE:           The visit of Kumamon, the official mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, is part of the ongoing cultural, educational and economic exchanges with San Antonio’s Japanese sister city Kumamoto, the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture. During his stay, Kumamon will visit the San Antonio Missions, board a river barge and even join the Spurs Coyote during City Council and a Spurs game.

 The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)will host Kumamon on Friday, October 23, as part of their “Kumamoto Day,”and the Japan America Society of San Antonio (JASSA) is inviting the public to meet Kumamon at the Japanese Fall Festival, Akimatsuri, on Sunday, October 25, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Japanese Tea Garden.

In a second point of personal privilege, Mayor Taylor will recognize two visiting artists from San Antonio’s Korean sister city Gwangju, whose light and video installationswill be on display at this year’s Luminaria on Oct. 23 and 24.

City on the Rise: San Antonio

San Antonio is a city on the rise for the new face of America—a diverse, progressive and globally competitive city with a solid vision for national and international economic development. The City of San Antonio maintains a strong financial position with a “AAA” general obligation bond rating from all three major rating agencies. In 2014, Forbes labeled San Antonio the “Best City in the Southwest” for adults ages 18-34 for its dynamic economy, employment opportunities and affordable living. As the seventh-largest city in the United States, San Antonio is experiencing solid economic growth in 21st century industries such as bioscience, aerospace, cybersecurity and healthcare, which contribute billions to the local economy. San Antonio has also positioned itself at the forefront of the New Energy Economy in the United States, committed to investing and creating employment opportunities in green industries. San Antonio continues to experience the addition of missions at its several military commands, further fostering a significant relationship spanning more than 200 years. Thirty-one million visitors come to San Antonio every year, generating more than $13.4 billion annually and making the travel industry a vital asset to the city’s economic health. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

Economic Development Highlights in Fiscal Year 2016

The Economic Development Department had another successful year and we are proud to present our achievements. These accomplishments are driven by vision and leadership from our Mayor and City Council.

The report below reflects the hard work of the staff in our department, as it presents a year-end summary and highlights of our accomplishments for Fiscal Year 2016 throughout our four strategic areas of Industry Development, International Relations, Workforce Development and Small Business Development.

Some recruitment projects included bringing Indo-MIM to the renewed area of Port San Antonio and General Motors Financial Company which is a supplement to AmeriCredit Financial Services to our city. There was also a focus to help grow the Tech District downtown through projects like relocating the headquarter of Easy Expunctions, the expansions of Dialpad and Liquid Web and also having SAEDC invest in Parlevel Systems and Help Social.

San Antonio, along with Austin and other cities in Central Texas, were able to secure the seventh Americas Competitiveness Exchange Program that will be held in April 2017, making it a priority to work together with our regional partners to ensure greater future economic success.

Some international highlights include our international relationship building efforts in countries such as Germany, Mexico, Japan, India, and Spain, which included a few major trade missions, a celebration of the signing of an economic development cooperation agreement with Mexico City and the 20th Anniversary of our CASA San Antonio office, signing a new Friendship City agreement with Darmstadt, Germany and helping two Sister Cities (Chennai and Kumamoto) in their time of need.

There was also a lot of work to integrate workforce development initiatives through SA Works and we renovated our small business development efforts through carefully listening to outside allies.

We hope you find FY 2016 Year-End Summary and Highlights to be an informative review of the Economic Development Department’s most significant activities and accomplishments.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in 2017 as we improve on the past, focus on the present and plan for the future!

CAFÉ COMMERCE HAS BEEN REBRANDED TOLAUNCH SA

 

CAFÉ COMMERCE HAS BEEN REBRANDED TOLAUNCH SA

SAN ANTONIO (Nov.18, 2016)— Mayor Ivy Taylor, alongside representatives from the City of San Antonio and LiftFund,announced that Café Commerce, the city’s small business and entrepreneurship resource center,will now operate under a new brand — Launch SA.

Local Ad Agency, MarketVision, helped to develop the LaunchSA brand, which reflects a new era of growth and economic development in San Antonio, and echoes the center’s capacity to launch entrepreneur’s new ideas and the growth of existing small businesses.Heavy Heavy, a localweb designing company, has built the new websiteplacing emphasis on the specialized programs Launch SA has developed over the past two years.

“Over the past two years, Café Commerce has helped local entrepreneurs turn their business ideas into action, but we want to reach more people,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “Changing the name and brand to Launch SA better describes exactly what the organization is about and the impact it’s having – launching businesses, careers and jobs.”

Located in San Antonio’s Central Library, Launch SA allows traditional and non-traditional entrepreneurs and small business owners to collaborate, support and navigate new entrepreneurial paths, or take their business to the next level.

San Antonio was recently named the tenth best performing city in the nation for entrepreneurial growth, especially for small businesses. Launch SA provides these small businesses with unique educational programs and networking opportunities, with the majority of the programs at no cost.

“Our new name, Launch SA, fulfills our new vision, to fuel and support new and existing businesses on their path to success,” said Nadia Auch, President of Launch SA. “Our programs are customized to support individuals from any industry, any stage. As we look to the future, we will continue to integrate themes of social enterprise and sustainability, which are the keys to lasting, positive change in San Antonio.”

Entrepreneurs can find mentorship opportunities through Launch SA. Established mentors like Jody Newman, ownerof The Friendly Spot and Launch SA Board Member,share their real world experiences and helpful resources with entrepreneurs.

“Successfully running a small business is difficult, especially for first-time business owners,” said Newman. “Launch SA has become an essential part of the city’s small business ecosystem and an invaluable resource.”

For more information about Launch SA’s programs visit: http://launchsa.org/.

ABOUT LAUNCHSA

LaunchSA is a fueling station for San Antonio idea creators, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who seek advice on the road to success.  Through a partnership with LiftFund and the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department, Launch SA offers valuable information, resources, one-on-one support, workshops, networking opportunities and a variety of tailored programs such as: 1 Million Cups, Break Fast & Launch, and Venture Challenge SA.

 ABOUT LIFTFUND

Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund is a financial and business-support service organization that helps entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. LiftFund has the nation’s largest microlender portfolio and is committed to providing capital to entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources. Since its inception, LiftFund has made over 18,000 loans totaling more than $228 million. LiftFund operates in 13 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about LiftFund visit www.liftfund.com.

ONE SAN ANTONIO

Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. In 2016, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. We are “Military City USA,” home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 32.5 million visitors annually who inject $13.4 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO recently designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

Café Commerce to Reveal New Brand During Culmination of Entrepreneurship Week

WHAT:           Café Commerce, the city’s small business and entrepreneurship resource center,will announce their new name and brand.

WHO:

  • Ivy R. Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas
  • Nadia Auch, President of Café Commerce
  • Janie Barrera, President and CEO of LiftFund
  • Jody Newman, owner of The Friendly Spot, Hills and Dales Icehouse, and Alamo Street Eat Bar;
  • Jane Phipps, Former President of Fresh from Texas, Founder of the Master Leadership Program;

WHEN:          Friday, Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m.

 WHERE:       Café Commerce

                        600 Soledad St.

San Antonio, TX 78205

 MORE:           Located in San Antonio’s Central Library, Café Commerceallows traditional and non-traditional entrepreneurs and small business owners to collaborate, support and navigate new entrepreneurial paths, or take their business to the next level.

During the past two years, Café Commerce has assisted more than 11,000 local entrepreneurs and small business owners.

 About Cafe Commerce

Café Commerce is the first stop for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses.  Through a partnership with the City of San Antonio Economic Development Department and LiftFund, Café Commerce offers valuable information, resources, one-on- one support, workshops, networking opportunities and a variety of tailored programs such as: 1 Million Cups, Break Fast & Launch, and Venture Challenge SA.

 ABOUT LIFTFUND

Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund is a financial and business-support service organization that helps entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. LiftFund has the nation’s largest microlender portfolio and is committed to providing capital to entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources. Since its inception, LiftFund has made over 18,000 loans totaling more than $228 million. LiftFund operates in 13 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about LiftFund visit www.liftfund.com.

 ONE SAN ANTONIO

Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. In 2016, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. We are “Military City USA,” home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 32.5 million visitors annually who inject $13.4 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO recently designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

 

Councilman Ron Nirenberg signs San Antonio economic agreement with Nanjing, China

Councilman Ron Nirenberg signs San Antonio economic agreement with Nanjing, China

SAN ANTONIO (November 4, 2016)  ̶  By signing a Letter of Intent with Vice Mayor Xie Zhicheng, District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg established a formal economic partnership between the City of San Antonio and the City of Nanjing, China on Friday. The agreement seeks to deepen economic exchange between the two cities in industries that include healthcare, biosciences, information technology and sustainable and renewable energy.

“We know that when we forge diplomatic relationships that cross borders, we create paths for better understanding and economic partnership,” Nirenberg said. “Both of our cities have already benefited from investment and knowledge sharing, and our friendship will continue to strengthen the platform to increase business opportunities that benefit all citizens.”

Nanjing, the capital of China’s Jiangsu region, has a population of 8.2 million people and is situated in a metropolitan area of almost 30 million residents. In 2013, Nanjing’s GDP ranked 12th among cities in mainland China. It also shares many common features with San Antonio, including urban waterways, World Heritage status and burgeoning modern industries.

“The signing of the LOI is just the beginning,” Vice Mayor Zhicheng said. “What matters more is the follow up. We will be organizing delegations to visit San Antonio and look for ways to collaborate in our important sectors.”

Nirenberg, Vice Chairman of Sister Cities International, led a delegation of city representatives to China for the 8th Annual Wuxi Sister City Forum, where he delivered a keynote speech on the importance of sustainable solutions to water security challenges amid rapid urbanization. In addition, he met with business and government officials seeking to invest in San Antonio from Shanghai, Wuxi and Nanjing.

James Andrews, principal at Overland Partners, who accompanied the delegation and is collaborating on waterfront projects along the Yangtze River, said “the relationships that have been built over the years are keen to see more companies engage, share ideas and do business.”

“San Antonio now has the platform to engage in more detailed business discussions that will not only mean more foreign investment opportunities for San Antonio but will strengthen our image as a truly international city,” Andrews added.

Along with Wuxi, China, San Antonio has nine other official Sister Cities relationships: Monterrey, Mexico; Guadalajara, Mexico; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Gwangju, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Kumamoto, Japan; Chennai, India; and Windhoek, Namibia. For more information on San Antonio’s international relationships, visit www.sainternationalrelations.org.

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One San Antonio

Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. In 2016, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. We are “Military City USA,” home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 32.5 million visitors annually who inject $13.4 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO recently designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

 

Councilwoman Viagran speaks at World Historical & Cultural Cities Expo on Sustainable Development of Historical and Cultural Cities, Signs Letter of Intent

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 1, 2016) – District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca J. Viagran attended the 2016 World Historical & Cultural Cities Expo (WHCCE) Oct. 23-26 in Nanjing, China at the invitation of the City of Nanjing. The expo included mayors, elected officials and other representatives from World Heritage cities such as Nanjing, China; Yaroslav, Russia; Malacca, Malaysia; Florence, Italy; Paris, France; and York, United Kingdom. Councilwoman Viagran presented on balancing development and preserving cultural diversity and heritage at the Forum on the Sustainable Development of Historical and Cultural Cities. Councilwoman Viagran was joined by Colleen Swain, director of the City’s World Heritage Office.

The WHCCE in Nanjing is a biennial, international cultural event that has been successfully held six times. WHCCE is a UNESCO-sponsored international, institutionalized and highly distinctive platform for the cooperation and exchange among historical and cultural cities.

“San Antonio has already gained national attention and, in many ways, has become a model for other cities seeking a World Heritage designation. Over the past week, I met with leaders from around the world and toured other World Heritage sites in an effort to find creative solutions to common challenges and explore best practices that can be applied universally,” said Councilwoman Viagran. “We must continue to protect and preserve both our tangible and intangible cultural heritage in San Antonio. The World Heritage designation presents an amazing opportunity. I will continue working toward a balance of development and preservation within our World Heritage Area that will bring long-awaited investment to the Southside while respecting the dignity and character of the neighborhoods and community.”

At the end of the Expo, Councilwoman Viagran joined other world leaders in signing the “Nanjing Declaration,” which called on cities around the world to “protect built cultural heritage in cities including monuments, sites, groups of buildings and entire urban landscapes… whether these have been inscribed as World Heritage or not.”

In addition to attending the WHCCE, Councilwoman Viagran and Swain met with the Mayor of Nanjing, signing a Letter of Intent expressing intentions for both cities to explore exchange and collaborative opportunities on the topics of heritage tourism and travel, cultural and educational exchange.

The two also visited Suzhou, China to tour the Humble Administrator’s and Master of Nets Gardens, two of the nine World Heritage-designated Classical Gardens of Suzhou, to exchange ideas and share best practices related to how these World Heritage sites operate through on-site meetings with the Vice Directors of Suzhou People’s Congress, the Suzhou Foreign Affairs Office and the Cultural and Gardening Bureau.

San Antonio has three established Friendship City relationships with Suzhou, China; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Darmstadt, Germany. Additionally, San Antonio has ten official Sister Cities relationships: Monterrey Mexico; Guadalajara, Mexico; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Gwangju, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Kumamoto, Japan; Chennai, India; Wuxi, China and Windhoek, Namibia. For more information on San Antonio’s international relationships, visit www.sainternationalrelations.org.

Photos and video from the WHCCE and Suzhou have been shared via the social media pages of Councilwoman Viagran and the City of San Antonio International Relations Office.

Windhoek becomes first San Antonio Sister City in Africa, 10th total

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 27, 2016) – A few signatures made it official. Yesterday, on Oct. 26, 2016, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and Mayor Muesee Kazapua signed a Sister City Agreement between their respective cities – San Antonio and Windhoek, Namibia. Joining them for the ceremony was Martin Andjaba, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the U.S., Thomas Daughton, U.S. Ambassador, and representatives from both cities, including San Antonio City Councilmen Alan Warrick (D2) and Ray Lopez (D6). Photos of the ceremony and gift exchange can be found at www.facebook.com/IvyRTaylorSA/.

“The signing was such a momentous occasion,” Mayor Taylor said. “Not only did it mark our 10th such MOU, but it was our first with an African city. Windhoek is home to nearly all Namibian corporate headquarters, governmental bodies, and educational and cultural institutions. It is my hope that this Trade Mission will lead to great partnerships and business ventures.”

Friendly exchanges between San Antonio and Namibia date back to the early 1990s, including annual visits from the Namibian ambassadors for the past decade. The President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, visited the Alamo City last year to encourage trade, investment and tourism.

Namibia is one of Africa’s most stable countries, with a robust economy and multi-party democracy. It is also the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution, and Windhoek is the only city on the African continent that recycles water. Windhoek has approximately 230,000 inhabitants, making up more than 12 percent of the country’s total population of 1.8 million.

Beyond Windhoek, San Antonio has nine other official Sister City relationships: Monterrey, Mexico; Guadalajara, Mexico; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Gwangju, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain; Kumamoto, Japan; Chennai, India; and Wuxi, China. Friendship Cities include Suzhou, China; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Darmstadt, Germany.

Namibia became one of San Antonio’s Friendship Cities in 2015. Tel Aviv, Israel and Suzhou, China remain Friendship Cities.

LIQUID WEB AIMS TO DEVELOP IN DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO

WEB AIMS TO DEVELOP IN DOWNTOWN SAN ANTONIO

-Company Plans to Add 100 Employees –

SAN ANTONIO (September 22, 2016) –Liquid Web, a rapidly growing web hosting and cloud services provider devoted to delighting customers, recently acquired the Cloud Sites business unit from Rackspace and is looking to establish a presence in downtown San Antonio.Both the San Antonio City Council and Bexar County Commissioners Court will consider granting Liquid Web incentives to assist in the company’s expansion within San Antonio’s developing downtown tech district.

“We are pleased that Liquid Web selected San Antonio as the best place to grow the business unit it recently acquired from homegrown company Rackspace,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “The company’s decision is a testament to San Antonio’s strengthening downtown tech district and to our developing, robust tech ecosystem.”

On September 29, City Council is scheduled to consider an up to $225,000 Economic Development Incentive Fund (EDIF) grant if Liquid Web hits its committed job milestones, which entails relocating and creating up to 100 jobs over the next four year sat their new downtown location.

“We welcome and encourage Liquid Web to grow in San Antonio,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. “The average annual salary is estimated to beover $65,000 a year. This is a great addition to the high-wage job opportunities available in our community.”

In addition, Bexar County Commissioners Court will consider granting Liquid Web $150,000 from the Bexar County Innovation Fund on October 4. The proposed County agreement would require Liquid Web to create a minimum of 43new jobs, retain 55, and remain in Bexar County for at least three years.

“Our community is committed to growing a robust and flourishing tech ecosystem,“ said Jenna Saucedo-Herrera, President & CEO at San Antonio Economic Development Foundation. “The collaboration demonstrated by our City and County leaders is sending a strong message to tech communities around the world that San Antonio welcomes growth, innovation, and technology.”

“Through our community’s economic development strategic plan, Forefront SA and our SA Tomorrow planning efforts, we work diligently to meet the long-term goals of talent attraction, entrepreneurial development, and high-wage and targeted industries growth,” added City Manager Sheryl Sculley. “This project with the associated high-wage jobs coming to downtown is a great example of that commitment.”

Founded in 1997, Liquid Web has maintained consistent growth as a leader in managed web hosting and cloud services, appearing on Inc. Magazine’s list of the 5,000 fastest growing privately-owned US businesses ten consecutive years (2007-present); a feat only eclipsed by fifteen total businesses. The company’s full suite of products ranges from virtual private servers (VPS), to dedicated bare metal cloud servers, to managed WordPress, among a variety of additional dedicated server solutions and customizable cloud and hosting services.

Its proprietary support model, Heroic Support®, has attracted customers across a large variety of sizes and needs with its reputation for providing excellent, always available service and delivering industry-leading third-party customer satisfaction metrics.

“We are excited to contribute to the vibrant tech community in San Antonio,” said Jim Geiger, CEO at Liquid Web. “We intend to earn a preferred tech employer reputation with our civic involvement, training and benefits, and strong customer-centric culture.”

“There is clearly something special happening in San Antonio, as it continues to evolve and grow its tech district,” Geiger added. “We came to realize that San Antonio would provide our company with the most ideal environment to stimulate the continued growth of Cloud Sites.”

About Liquid Web

Liquid Web is a $100 million web hosting and cloud services provider devoted to delighting customers. Liquid Web delivers reliable, highly-available, secure and hassle-free hosting fueled by our Heroic Support®. The company empowers its employees to go above and beyond to make life easier for professionals who create the content and commerce on the ever-changing web – so they can focus on the work they love.

Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose their own adventure whether it is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own data centers providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers.

With over 30,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service* with a 98 percent satisfaction rating, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for the last ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit http://www.liquidweb.com, follow us on Twitter @LiquidWeb, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog.

*Q2 Net Promoter Score of 74

About the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation is a private, non-profit organization leading San Antonio transformative economic growth through business recruitment, business retention & expansion and workforce development through SA Works. The organization is responsible for assisting over 450 companies locate or expand in the area that collectively employ more than 110,000 San Antonians. For more information on SAEDF, visit SanAntonioEDF.com, Facebook.com/SanAntonioEDF or follow us on Twitter @SanAntonioEDF.

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210.802.4896                                                       210.227.1999

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U.S. GOVERNMENT SELECTS CENTRAL TEXAS TO HOST EXCLUSIVE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EVENT

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams today announced that Central Texas cities of Austin, College Station, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, San Antonio and San Marcos, were selected to host the seventh Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) on April 2-7, 2017. The announcement was made during an event in New Braunfels with Mayor Barron Casteel (New Braunfels); Councilman Joseph Krier (San Antonio); and Economic Development Department Director Kevin Johns (Austin).

The ACE program — hosted by the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce, in coordination with the Government of Mexico, as Chair Pro Tempore ofthe Inter-American Competitiveness Network, or RIAC, 2016-2018; and the Organization of American States (OAS) — brings together decision-makers from the Western Hemisphere and other nations to explore global and regional partnerships and economic development opportunities that will strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship.

“ACE recognizes that we live during a time of unprecedented opportunity for our citizens to take part in the 21st century economy — an economy characterized by innovation, research and development, value-added production, exports, and emerging sectors such as advanced manufacturing,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary Williams.“We are pleased to have the ACE tour in Central Texas to highlight the innovation happening in the southwest and are excited to leverage Department of Commerce resources to facilitate trade and investment.”

During the past year, the Central Texas region worked with the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce on their proposal before the federal government presented their application to a global committee of experts headed by the Organization of American States.

“For all the Member States of the OAS, the Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a valuable regional platform that facilitates long-term partnerships which contribute to the promotion of social inclusion and sustainable economic development through innovation, technology, quality education and a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem,” said Ambassador Neil Parsan, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Organization of American States.

The six-day ACE tour will bring together high-level representatives from around the world to showcase advanced technology centers, innovation hubs, public-private partnerships, and strategic investments.The itinerary will include sites that feature agricultural, advanced manufacturing, medical, viticulture, advanced energy, arts, information and communication technology clusters, as well as every major university in the Central Texas region.

“Texas is honored to host the 2017 Americas Competitive Exchange Program and bring together worldwide leaders in economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott.“The week long tour will be a unique opportunity to showcase urban and rural economic strengths throughout Central and South Texas, featuring business incubators, rural production sites, research centers and new energy initiatives. I am proud to welcome ACE to the Lone Star State for the first time and look forward to building international partnerships that will help keep Texas the home of innovation.”

“San Antonio is a strong anchor within a globally competitive region, one of the fastest growing regions in the nation,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “We are proud to host ACE VII Central Texas to showcase our economic assets to an international audience and to attract the kind of positive attention that leads to new investment, businesses and start-ups, and we are pleased to work with the Department of Commerce and of course with our partners such as the City of Austin.”

About the Economic Development Administration 

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. To learn more about EDA, visit www.eda.gov.

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Japanese Counsel General Welcomed in San Antonio

WHAT:     San Antonio community partners will host a reception to welcome the Honorable Tetsuro Amano, the Consul General of Japan for five U.S. states, including Texas, to San Antonio.  He plans to convey the appreciation of the Japanese government to San Antonio’s corporate and community organizations for their support in raising funds for the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Effort.

WHO:             –    Mayor Ivy R. Taylor

  • Honorable Tetsuro Amano, Consul General of Japan in Houston
  • Alvin Wallace, Interim President, Japan-America Society of San Antonio
  • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation

 WHEN:          Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

 WHERE:       Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – Mayor Cockrell Room

                        900 E. Market Street

 MORE:           One-on-one interviews with the Consul General are available before the reception. Reserve a spot by emailing Jeannette.Garcia@SanAntonio.gov.

Over 30 Japanese companies, in a variety of industries, have expanded into San Antonio to contribute to its overall economic vitality. This reception will serve as Consul Amano’s official welcome to San Antonio and a chance for the Japanese government to formally acknowledge the ongoing support Japanese companies receive from San Antonio’s corporate and community organizations.

In the wake of the tragic earthquakes that struck our sister city of Kumamoto, Japan, 24 local business, civic and public organizations came together spontaneously to raise funds for recovery efforts. To date, over $55,000 of the $100,000 goal has been raised for donation to the City of Kumamoto to support the victims of the earthquake and the reconstruction of Kumamoto Castle.

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One San Antonio

 Diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, San Antonio has a vibrant culture and economy and is consistently ranked among the fastest-growing cities in the United States. America’s seventh-largest city offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and transportation manufacturing to healthcare. In 2016, San Antonio was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. We are “Military City USA,” home to crucial military commands supported by a patriotic citizenry. We welcome 32.5 million visitors annually who inject $13.4 billion annually into our economy, and UNESCO recently designated the city’s Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site. Celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2018, San Antonio is a city with a storied past and an even brighter future. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.