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San Antonio gets A+ in Small Business Friendliness

Survey by Lucas Puente, Lead Economist at Thumbtack

Survey by Lucas Puente, Lead Economist at Thumbtack

San Antonio received an A+ ranking from Thumbtack’s Small Business Friendliness Survey covering small business perceptions of government policy in the United States. This study surveys thousands of entrepreneurs on the state and local public policies that affect their ability to start, operate, and grow a business.

In 2018, more than 7,500 U.S. small business owners participated in the study, collectively grading 56 other cities along with San Antonio. These professionals vary in occupations, such as electricians, music teachers, wedding planners, wellness professionals, among others.

Click here to read the entire survey: 2018 Small Business Friendliness Survey (Puente, Lucas, Thumbtack, Aug. 14, 2018)

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City approves proposal to encourage economic development around the missions

A view of the area around Mission San Jose Thursday July 16, 2015.

A view of the area around Mission San Jose Thursday July 16, 2015.

City council favored a proposal which intends to encourage economic development around the missions. This proposal aims to clean up the area and clear way for new development to include retail businesses like coffee shops, restaurants and bookstores in need by South Side residents.

The city is raising the zoning designations of some properties to encourage greater density. The South Side is seeing significant new development with the 2015 World Heritage designation and the completion of the Mission Reach section of the River Walk.

The initiative is part of the city’s broader effort to entice tourists to spend more time and money on the South Side. Along with building the Mission Reach, the city has created overlay districts around the missions to control new development. Its most recent bond package included $13 million to rehabilitate Roosevelt into a landscaped corridor friendly to pedestrians and cyclists, as well as $5 million for Presa.

Click here to read the full article: City approves controversial plan to downzone South Side businesses near missions (San Antonio Express News, Aug. 2, 2018)

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Eagle Ford Shale Sale

texas_eagle_ford-oil-rigIrving-based Pioneer Natural Resources is selling part of its Eagle Ford Shale land holdings for $102 million. Denver-based Sundance Energy Inc. will buy the 10,200 acres that are valued at roughly $10,000 an acre.

The land is located in Atascosa, La Salle, Live Oak and McMullen counties in the western portion of Pioneer’s Eagle Ford Shale holdings. …Read Entire Post

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Registration open for 2018 Outlook for Texas Land Markets conference

The Real Estate Center’s 28th Annual Outlook for Texas Land Markets conference will be April 26-27. Registration is now open.

Experts will cover a variety of legal, economic, social, and natural resources issues influencing current land market dynamics. An optional TREC Legal Update 1 will be offered immediately following the conference.

The conference will be at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade at 9821 Colonnade Blvd. Registration is $230 through March 26. With the optional legal update, the conference costs $250. After March 26, the price goes up by $20.

Click here for more information:28th Annual Outlook for Texas Land Markets (Real Estate Center, 2/26/18)

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Texas manufacturing continues to expand

two 3d humans keep gears in handsTexas manufacturing continued to expand in July with production picking up and optimism about the future rising to its highest level since 2010, according to new data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Texas manufacturers made more goods this month and factories are using more of their capacity, according to the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey, which polled 113 manufacturers in the state. …Read Entire Post

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City Council to consider incentives for $150 million distribution center

fb_icon_sliceNext week, the San Antonio City Council will consider incentives for a proposed 1.5 million-square-foot distribution facility for retailer T.J. Maxx.

The facility would be the company’s sixth center nationwide and its largest. San Antonio is competing against other sites in Texas and in Louisiana. TJK, the brand’s parent company, is eyeing a 200-acre site on FM 1937 — South Flores Road — south of I-410 and east of Highway 281. …Read Entire Post

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Pizza Patron moving HQ to San Antonio

The pizza chain with more than 90 locations and approximately 20 more under development nationwide is moving its headquarters to San Antonio. The headquarters will be moved from Dallas to San Antonio. …Read Entire Post

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More retailers jumping on the sale-leaseback train with SA locations

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Academy, one of the retailers participating in recent “sale-leaseback” transactions.

There are two questions a retailer faces before opening a new location — to own or to lease — but an increasing number of them are making a new choice once those locations are up and running.

Across San Antonio, retailers such as Academy Sports + Outdoors, CVS, Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO), Walgreens and Gold’s Gym are making sale-leaseback transactions that take certain properties off their books and into the hands of single-tenant investors. …Read Entire Post

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Texas employment jumped 38,300 in September

increase_valueTexas added 38,300 net new jobs in September, leading the nation in job growth, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate edged up to 4.8 percent in September from 4.7 percent in August. The national unemployment rate for September is 5 percent.

Texas led the nation with a 38,300 boost to payrolls, followed by a 30,000 advance in California, Bloomberg News reported, citing figures from the Labor Department. The tourism industry statewide had the largest gains with 17,900 new jobs. Professional and business services employment rose by 6,000 jobs last month. Construction employment went up for the third straight month by adding 3,400 jobs. …Read Entire Post

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City targets to annex more than 1,200 acres

Along with developers and those working in real estate, the city of San Antonio is targeting high-growth areas as part of its plan to annex more than 1,220 acres of unincorporated territory.

Starting with the U.S. Highway 281 North commercial corridor the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday is slated to discuss the annexation of 1,224 acres along the arterial highway beginning south of Marshall Road and Northwind Boulevard in Bexar County and continuing north along Highway 281 to about 1,800 feet shy of Ancestral Trail in Comal County.

The city of San Antonio is proceeding with plans to target the annexation of five high-growth areas, which have the potential to add millions of dollars to the city’s tax base. …Read Entire Post

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