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Old Posted Mar 27, 2014, 2:08 PM
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Needless to say, this would be a HUGE win for San Antonio.
Agreed, it would be like Toyota on steroids.

I don't think we should read too much into this meeting, however. They're meeting with a lot of different places it sounds like, and SA still has a lot of things working against it. CPS would be a good partner for them for a lot of reasons, but we still suffer from a relatively low-skill labor force, which is doubtlessly a very important need for a high tech factory like this.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2014, 2:44 PM
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Agreed, it would be like Toyota on steroids.

I don't think we should read too much into this meeting, however. They're meeting with a lot of different places it sounds like, and SA still has a lot of things working against it. CPS would be a good partner for them for a lot of reasons, but we still suffer from a relatively low-skill labor force, which is doubtlessly a very important need for a high tech factory like this.
I haven't read or seen any reports of other cities who have offered proposals being visited.

Also, it has been said that Tesla will do considerable training. Also, if you thought Toyota brought in people from across the country to apply for jobs, the Tesla application process will be insane.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2014, 4:53 PM
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I haven't read or seen any reports of other cities who have offered proposals being visited.

Also, it has been said that Tesla will do considerable training. Also, if you thought Toyota brought in people from across the country to apply for jobs, the Tesla application process will be insane.
Fair enough, but I see a factory of this caliber needing a lot of highly qualified technical/engineering personnel. Tesla's preference will probably be a place (like Dallas or Austin) that already has a large qualified labor pool. Companies (Like Rackspace) seem to continually cite the difficulty of attracting talent to San Antonio as one of the negatives of doing business here. That said, it looks like San Antonio is definitely a contender for this (otherwise those two executives would not have made the trip here). Hopefully we'll hear some more good news soon, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2014, 5:07 PM
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Fair enough, but I see a factory of this caliber needing a lot of highly qualified technical/engineering personnel. Tesla's preference will probably be a place (like Dallas or Austin) that already has a large qualified labor pool. Companies (Like Rackspace) seem to continually cite the difficulty of attracting talent to San Antonio as one of the negatives of doing business here. That said, it looks like San Antonio is definitely a contender for this (otherwise those two executives would not have made the trip here). Hopefully we'll hear some more good news soon, but I'm not holding my breath.
I don't think either of use really know the true qualifications a labor force will need or what Tesla will seek. So any speculation us just that, pure speculation.

However, if a large tech savvy workforce were really as important you assume, it's awfully odd that the four states vying for the plant are Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.

You would think California and Washington would be in play.
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I haven't read or seen any reports of other cities who have offered proposals being visited.
That is because the local economic development community is terrible at keeping secrets and the Express-News doesn't help. Often times projects of this size and caliber are worked confidentially until a final site is selected. Take a look at Google Fiber as an example of one that worked and that Japanese aerospace project as one that crashed and burned.


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Also, it has been said that Tesla will do considerable training. Also, if you thought Toyota brought in people from across the country to apply for jobs, the Tesla application process will be insane.
That is very true. But importing talent is never as good as having a ready supply. If you know your business needs Xtalent you want to be near a place that already produces a steady supply.


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However, if a large tech savvy workforce were really as important you assume, it's awfully odd that the four states vying for the plant are Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.
Fair point. There are a lot of moving parts in this one, so labor shortage could be trumped by more important items. There are some things you can't change like geography. I believe for this one they need a very large flat tract of land for the plant and where they can also produce renewable energy (solar or wind). On top of that it needs to have direct transport access to their car production facility in Norther Cali. Those geographic needs point pretty well at the Southwest.


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You would think California and Washington would be in play.
It's been well reported that regulatory issues in CA have removed it from the list. I have no idea if WA could be a contender.

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Here's hoping SA lands the Tesla plant.
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Fair enough, but I see a factory of this caliber needing a lot of highly qualified technical/engineering personnel. Tesla's preference will probably be a place (like Dallas or Austin) that already has a large qualified labor pool. Companies (Like Rackspace) seem to continually cite the difficulty of attracting talent to San Antonio as one of the negatives of doing business here. That said, it looks like San Antonio is definitely a contender for this (otherwise those two executives would not have made the trip here). Hopefully we'll hear some more good news soon, but I'm not holding my breath.

Not too sure about Dallas, but reports say over 100 people move to Austin each day. I am guessing it is the hope of getting a high paying tech job that brings them. In short, the same reason will bring them to San Antonio.
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Old Posted Mar 28, 2014, 5:55 AM
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Not too sure about Dallas, but reports say over 100 people move to Austin each day. I am guessing it is the hope of getting a high paying tech job that brings them. In short, the same reason will bring them to San Antonio.
As per the latest census figures for San Antonio, as of July 2013, some 117 people a day move to San Antonio.

295 people a day move to the DFW area and 378 people a day move to Houston.
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As per the latest census figures for San Antonio, as of July 2013, some 117 people a day move to San Antonio.

295 people a day move to the DFW area and 378 people a day move to Houston.
Pretty impressive. San Antonio is no slough when it comes to population growth and it's still remains that 7 more people actually move to The Alamo City than to Austin each day.
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Regarding the $5B Tesla plant...a recent Business Journal report indicated the Reno area was the place to beat. Looks like the State of Nevada is rolling out the red carpet of incentives to secure the deal.

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According to other sources, New Mexico is the sure lock.

There's too much speculation to even get a real handle of the situation.
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According to other sources, New Mexico is the sure lock.

There's too much speculation to even get a real handle of the situation.
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San Antonio will soon be home to a major solar manufacturer.

Mayor Julian Castro announced Monday night that KACO, a Germany based solar company, is moving their North American headquarters to San Antonio.

They are currently located in California, but city officials said they will make the move to the Alamo City by midsummer.

In addition to relocating 40 employees from California to Texas, KACO is expected to hire as many as 25 more employees.
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AT&T Eyeing San Antonio for High Speed Internet Known as Gigapower



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Less than two months after Google announced it was considering San Antonio as a location for it's new super fast 'Google fiber' internet service, 1200 WOAI news has learned that AT&T is also eyeing San Antonio for it's 'U-Verse With GigaPower' fiber service, which would provide similarly fast service.

"With the leadership of Mayor Castro, San Antonio is a testament to what is possible when policies encourage investment in technology," AT&T Regional Vice President Renee Flores told 1200 WOAI news.

At next week's City Council meeting, council will consider granting AT&T the same deal that Google was granted last month, the right to use city property, mainly exiting police and fire stations and libraries, to erect 'prefabricated communications equipment shelters' and to string fiber along existing city rights of way.
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Huge gaming and convention news!


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Penny Arcade is expanding PAX to Texas with PAX South in San Antonio, co-founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins announced today during their "Make A Strip" panel at PAX East 2014.

The inaugural PAX South will take place from Jan. 23-25, 2015; a press release from Penny Arcade did not mention a specific venue. Robert Khoo, Penny Arcade's president, teased a new PAX earlier this month on Twitter.

Prior to today's announcement, Penny Arcade ran three PAX conventions around the world: PAX Prime in Seattle, which began in 2004; PAX East in Boston, which began in 2010; and PAX Australia in Melbourne, which began in 2013. The organization also holds the developer-only event PAX Dev in Seattle just before PAX Prime.
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It was predictable. Now, AT&T has moved to protect some turf in the wake of Google Fiber’s pursuit of potential expansion to San Antonio.

AT&T has reached a master lease agreement with the City of San Antonio that would allow the company to establish a series of network huts on municipal property that could help facilitate deployment of a fiber network that would provide communications and technology services to Alamo City residents and businesses.

City Council unanimously approved the deal on Thursday.

“I applaud AT&T for responding to the call for greater competition in the San Antonio market,” says Mayor Julian Castro. “The big winners will be local consumers who will have greater access to super fast Internet speeds that can spur innovation and drive entrepreneurialism.”

If all of this sounds familiar, it should. In March, I reported that City Council approved a 20-year master-lease contract with Google Fiber Texas LLC that allows that company to rent space for network huts that would support expansion of its ultra-high-speed fiber-optic network to the Alamo City.

San Antonio is one of nine metro areas that could enter the Google Fiberhood.
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The University of Texas at San Antonio took a big step forward into the world of advanced energy research Wednesday morning as it joined with tech giant Microsoft to announce the establishment of a “three-year agreement to research and develop sustainable technologies to make data centers more energy efficient and economically viable.”

Microsoft is lending more than its name and support to the project. A a company executive announced a $1 million gift to UTSA’s Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, established in 2010 to accelerate and expand energy, water and sustainability research projects at the university.

Microsoft has undertaken a $250 million expansion of its existing data center in San Antonio, built in 2008, a project that will expand the 427,000 square foot facility by adding a companion 256,000 square foot data center next door. Energy supply and costs are key factors of data center management, and UTSA’s new mission will be to find ways to gain greater efficiency while not sacrificing reliability, especially in times of peak load demand when the state grid comes under the greatest pressure.
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Oracle, the computer technology company headed by tech heavyweight Larry Ellison is setting up an operations center in San Antonio and will add 200 new tech jobs to the city's growing high tech work force, 1200 WOAI news reports.

The Redwood City, California based firm says it plans to use the operations center to provide technical support to clients in North America and Latin America, as well as provide financial services.
I'm hearing average salary will be in the $75k a year range.
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I hope Austin is paying attention to this. We have a chance to not copy the riverwalk in Austin, but to create a few similar elements of it with Waller Creek.

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SAN ANTONIO -- According to a report recently released by the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Visitors Bureau, the Riverwalk brings in a total of $3.1 billion to the San Antonio economy.

"The growth that we've seen in new housing, apartments, restaurants, all types of amenities for locals along that stretch of the Museum Reach, as well as visitors," said Steven Schauer of the San Antonio River Authority.

Out of the 11 million people who descend on the Riverwalk annually, about one-fifth are from Bexar County, according to the river authority.
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Expanding the Riverwalk two miles to the north (River North) and turning it into a linear park to the south for 8 miles (Mission Reach) is the best public investments the city could have ever made. You open up urban development I'm a river North.and the Pearl. You open up the Mission Reach to hikers, bikers, runners, kayakers, canoeing, etc.

Now they're investing $175 million to basically transform/"Riverwalk" San Pedro Creek in the west end of downtown.

That'll be a big time public investment as well.
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