Regional News

Apr 2023

SATX360 Newsletter | Authentically San Antonio

Staff Reports

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A 360-degree view from the Greater SATX Region

Thriving economies rely on a skilled workforce. Here in San Antonio, our workforce strategy focuses on building our people from within to directly support the needs of regional employers that provide high-wage, high-growth jobs. In partnership with our corporate community, we supplement that core strategy with talent retention and attraction programs as well.

We believe that when we invest in our people and place, we will continue to grow more jobs for San Antonians. Ultimately, we see this strategy not only as a way to attract more jobs, but a way to empower greater economic mobility for our community. 

This month, we continued work on our Talent Pipeline Management initiative, as well as kicked off recruitment for two of our ongoing workforce development programs, Alamo Fellows and Summer Internships.

Alamo Fellows is a talent retention initiative, focused on connecting local first-generation college students in STEM majors to career opportunities in SATX. Major employers from across the region including H-E-B, Spurs Sports & Entertainment, Bank of America, Joeris, and SWBC have leaned in to support the program, paving the pathway for these students to grow their professional networks and see themselves building careers in San Antonio after graduation. We are now recruiting the second cohort of college juniors to join the program.

One of our foundational school-to-career programs to build awareness about potential career paths, Summer Internships, will soon kick off its eighth season bringing paid internships to high school students. This summer, employers like USAA and Southwest Research Institute have committed to hiring paid high school interns. We’re working to recruit additional employers to participate in hiring this key group of students to start building their career experience before high school graduation.

Our regional economic competitiveness is directly aligned with the availability of a readily skilled workforce. These programs are successful because of the direct engagement from our regional employers.

There are many things that San Antonio does extremely well. At the top of that list, it’s collaborative action. When our community comes together, great things happen. These investments in our workforce continue to strengthen our community for those residents here today and those we will welcome here in the future.

Regional Updates

Fiesta San Antonio – A Party with a Purpose

San Antonio’s iconic Fiesta is an 11-day community-wide festival full of parades, carnivals, and great food. Beginning with the first Battle of Flowers event in 1891, Fiesta San Antonio has grown to more than 100 events that generate more than $340 million for nonprofits across the region.

State of Aviation in Greater SATX

Today, the San Antonio International Airport (SAT) generates an annual economic impact of $5.2 billion. With the City’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure investments and the regional Air Service Development Fund, leaders from across the region seek to increase South Texas’ direct connectivity to underserved markets globally.

In the News

The U.S. Census Bureau put Bexar County at the No. 9 spot among the top 10 places with the largest numeric growth in estimated population in the nation. 

The announcement comes ahead of the busy summer travel season, which the airport is expecting to be their busiest to date, and a few weeks after SAT said it was adding nonstop flights to Baltimore and Fort Lauderdale through Spirit Airlines. The flights included in this lineup stretch from coast to coast and can also take travelers to international destinations in Mexico.

Since the pandemic began, the independent San Antonio nonprofit has expanded its reputation with government and within the private sector, namely the pharmaceutical industry.

The decision by Tesla Inc. to expand its automotive manufacturing with the construction of a Gigafactory near Monterrey, Mexico, could deliver an economic windfall for the Alamo City and the larger San Antonio-Austin megaregion.

SA WORX Internship Experience

What’s it like to hire high school interns? Internship programs strengthen your organization’s talent pipeline by creating mentorship and leadership development opportunities for your current employees. Through internships, your future workforce gains professional skills and an affinity for your organization.

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