Seguin Talent Pipeline Project
Addressing the workforce needs of Seguin's Healthcare Industry 

Healthcare is one of the largest industry sectors in the City of Seguin and the San Antonio region, with a vast number of establishments employing over 164,000 professionals in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. This cluster makes up a significant amount of our employment, and continues to grow.  That's great news when it comes to economic development and job creation, but it also presents an enormous challenge for our local healthcare employers. Where are they going to find the talented professionals to support their current and future workforce needs?

In order to address our regional healthcare workforce needs, the Seguin Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), the Seguin Chamber of Commerce, and the Alamo Colleges-Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) partnered to host the Talent Pipeline Project-Healthcare Workforce Summit. On March 9th from 11 AM to 1 PM, nearly 30 representatives from the healthcare and education sectors came to discuss our regional workforce needs and see how we can work together to build a stronger employee pipeline within the region. In addition to the discussion on workforce, the event also provided attendees with information on grant opportunities available through the Texas Workforce Commission.

"We were very pleased with the turnout and level of engagement that we had at the Healthcare Workforce Summit held on March 9th. Representatives from Healthcare and Education industries had a very productive discussion that lasted over an hour. Members of the healthcare industry elaborated on the different skillsets and certifications that they seek in a prospective work, while representatives from our local school districts provided information on the healthcare related CTE programs that are currently in place. The summit was perfect forum to bring the two industries together so that we can improve collaboration with the ultimate goal of creating a stronger talent pipeline within our region," said Economic Development Director, Josh Schneuker. 

Today, the strength of the American economy faces great challenges. The skills gap is hindering the growth and competitiveness of our healthcare sector, and shortcomings in our education and workforce development systems continue to widen the gap. With a growing number of students who are struggling to manage their transition to employment and businesses that are desperate for new workers, employers and our education systems can and must lead the way to stem the tide and close the skills gap. The time to act is now.

The healthcare workforce summit was an important first step in examining the need for a demand-driven system. The SEDC, Seguin Chamber of Commerce, the CTTC and our representatives from the healthcare and education sectors will continue to work together and move to the next step in building a stronger workforce by collectively addressing the common skills that employers need. The success of these initiatives will play a critical role in the development of a talent pipeline to support the future healthcare workforce needs in Seguin, Texas.

Monthly Business Highlight
Rave Gears plays huge role in Daytona 500
Seven of the top ten cars in NASCAR Race equipped with "Rave Gears" 

When the fans start screaming at the Daytona 500, they're cheering for their favorite driver. Only a die-hard racing fan can appreciate the gearing and engineering that goes into each racecar. The technical aspects, though, keep many gear companies working at a rapid pace. This is proven as an understatement for our very own local high tech manufacturer, Rave Gears. 

"Working in the fast paced Racing Market requires constant improvement in design and efficiencies in order to maintain our competitive edge against our Competition, Ravegears is in a "race" of its own to make sure to provide the best most efficient Gears to the teams," said Rave Gears President, Thomas Alaniva.  

Rave Gears supplied the driveline "ring and pinion," to Approx. 75 percent of the cars in the Daytona 500 race that took place on February 26th, 2017. The ring and pinion gear set is made up of a ring gear with gear teeth, that are connected to the axles of the rear wheels and a pinion shaft that is basically the rear end of the driveshaft. The mechanics of ring and pinion gears allow the rear-wheel drive feature to work correctly.

The first car to race with a Rave Gear ring and pinion was at the 2014 AAA Texas 500 race, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on November 2, 2014, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

Since that time, Ravegears has constantly improved the design durability and efficiency and is now up to a fifth Generation design. Each Generation slightly better then the last one.

The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar.

"I Seldom watched Nascar before we began supplying parts to the racecars, but now it's personal," said Alaniva who designs the winning ring and pinions.

Today, Rave Gears produces high-quality, precision CNC machining, prototyping, reverse engineering, and supply of gears and gear shafts.

With our current success in the NASCAR racing series we are branching out into different racing markets such as NHRA drag racing.

Monthly Economic Update

Joshua Schneuker
Director of Economic Development

Ashlynn Tovar
Business Retention Specialist

Stay Connected
     211 N. River Street,Seguin,TX 78155