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The North San Antonio Chamber Board of Directors held its first ever virtual Board Retreat to plan for 2021. Needless to say, it was the culmination of several months of doing business virtually. We had hoped to meet in person and welcome our new 2021 Board Members, but have adapted to pivoting quickly when needed. We look forward to announcing our 2021 Board Members and sharing our plans for 2021 soon.

As we head into the final month of 2020, we are looking back and planning for the future. We are looking back at the challenges that came about for our Member businesses and the corresponding data and trends provided by institutional experts and partners, such as San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF), National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), The Perryman Group, and others.

We are planning for the future recognizing that the short-term data does not necessarily define the long-term outcomes. The challenges we faced pre-COVID-19, such as the high demand for a skilled workforce within key industries and limiting government overreach on businesses, will likely be the same issues we'll face in the coming year. Therefore, we will be responsive to the immediate needs of our Members and the business community, but we remain focused on the long-term outlook which continues to be promising as long as we stay the course.

What I’m looking at this week:

SAEDF: San Antonio At-A-Glance (see chart below)

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Stay Safe and Healthy.

Sincerely,
SAEDF's San Antonio-at-a-Glance: Market Data for the San Antonio region.
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Re-Open San Antonio | Local Updates
November 4 | City’s Recovery and Resiliency Plan and Voter-Approved Ready to Work SA Workforce Program is Praised by Moody's Investor Service

"More positive news out of San Antonio: The City’s voter-approved “Ready to Work SA Program” has garnered a credit positive notice from Moody’s Investors Service. The program will allocate a 1/8th cent sales tax to provide funding of $38.5 million annually for job training and education programs for thousands of San Antonio residents. The program was approved by 77% of voters." Jenna Saucedo-Herrera. Read more here.
Re-Open Texas | State Updates

Governor Abbott Encourages Texans To Participate In Small Business Saturday on Nov 28 to shop small, shop local, and help support businesses in their community throughout the holiday season—safely, in-person or online.  When shopping in-person, Texans are urged to protect themselves and loved ones from spreading COVID-19 by wearing a face covering, sanitizing their hands, and social distancing. Read More.
The Government Affairs Council serves as an advocate for Member businesses and their employees before municipal, county, state, and federal officials on political policy issues impacting the economic growth, quality of life, and financial health of local industries. The Council informs and educates Members on proposed initiatives, policies, and legislation which may affect the way business in San Antonio is conducted.
December 1 | Government Affairs Council Meeting

Nov 3 | The Government Affairs Council meeting had a full agenda with discussion topics regarding 2020 November Election, local/state/federal updates, 2021 87th Texas Legislative Session, and more.

Members interested in joining the Government Affairs and/or Workforce Councils may contact the NSAC team at Membership@northsachamber.com.
November 12 | City of San Antonio, 87th State Legislative Program

City Council approved the City's 87th State Legislative Program. The City will actively support or oppose the priorities identified through the drafting of legislation and amendments, finding bill sponsor(s), providing testimony, and/or actively pursuing legislative action. City staff provided a presentation to City Council B Session for discussion.
November 19 | Department of the Air Force selects Port San Antonio as candidate location for U.S. Space Command Headquarters

The Department of the Air Force announced Port San Antonio as a candidate location for the U.S. Space Command Headquarters. San Antonio was among 50 U.S. cities across 24 states evaluated by the Department of the Air Force during the rigorous selection process for candidate locations. Read More from the City of San Antonio.
November 24 | Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar Announces Transfer of $2.3 Billion to State Highway and Rainy Day Funds

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he recently completed the transfer of $2.27 billion into the State Highway Fund (SHF) and the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF; commonly known as the “Rainy Day Fund”). Each fund received more than $1.13 billion, or 50 percent of the total transfer.

The economic contraction associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and recent volatility in oil prices contributed to the transfer amounts being lower than the $1.66 billion each fund received in fiscal 2020. Read More.
The Infrastructure Council serves as a resource and strategic advocate for San Antonio regional infrastructure planning and development to improve the quality of life for our members and stakeholders.
December 9 | Infrastructure Council Meeting

Nov 11—John Dickson, Denim Group, Principal and Chairman for the City’s Airport System Development Committee was our guest speaker in November where he provided an update on the Committee's next steps to updating the Airport Plan.     

Members interested in joining the Infrastructure Council may contact the NSAC team at Membership@northsachamber.com.
Say NOPE! | SA Stands United for CPS Energy & SAWS

Did You Know? One of San Antonio’s strengths is having our publicly owned electric, gas, water and water waste utilities committed to helping us succeed with confidence today and into the distant future.

San Antonio's well-run utilities and their boards of directors work hand in hand with the City of San Antonio and Mayor Ron Nirenberg with full transparency for our citizens.

Together, they are committed to investing in innovative conservation and environment protection programs and delivering affordability and reliability for you, the owners of our city’s utilities.
CPS Board of Trustees Meeting, CEO Report - Paula Gold-Williams
CPS Energy's CEO, Paula Gold Williams, discusses value pillars, customer billing, and the overall cost & rates landscape. Watch below.

The City is seeking applicants to fill five positions on the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority Board of Trustees, two of the appointees will serve terms of office to expire Dec. 31, 2021; one must be a representative of the transportation disadvantaged and one must be a union representative. Read More.

The City of San Antonio pushed forward more than a dozen public infrastructure and building projects to provide work to local contractors and suppliers as the Covid-19 pandemic slowed the stream of opportunities in private development.

The Workforce Development Council serves in an advisory role to assess, research, and design strategies that address workforce development challenges and opportunities. North San Antonio Chamber members are kept abreast on local workforce trends and demands, creating programs through collaborative partnerships to address workforce shortages.
November 16 | Industry Workforce Meeting with Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA)

The North SA Chamber Workforce Council hosted a virtual meeting for employers with high-need industry workforce. Our efforts are focused on helping to support businesses in accessing a skilled, well-trained, and readily available labor force to meet their workforce needs. To do this, we want to be sure that our Members are well-connected and informed about the employer business services provided by our partners at Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA). WSA brings business and job seekers together and with services that help businesses save money, improve productivity, and provide a competitive edge, such as recruitment / screening services, information on tax incentive programs and labor market, training, and more. Watch a replay of the meeting below.

Members interested in joining the Workforce Council may contact the NSAC team at Membership@northsachamber.com.
San Antonio Water System (SAWS) | Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Disparity Study
The study is to ensure that minority and women-owned businesses have equal access to contracting opportunities, and that SAWS’ current programs remain legally defensible and administratively successful. More information is available here.
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2021 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
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November | Principle Auto is adding Principle Karma to their already impressive list of luxury dealerships in San Antonio.

Karma Automotive, Irvine, CA, announced the opening of the latest addition to its Texas dealer network: Principle Karma at San Antonio, Texas.
Principle Karma serves the greater San Antonio metropolitan area, and its opening supports the company’s continuing expansion of its dealer network into key urban and rural markets. Read More.
Pape-Dawson Engineers | Celebrates 55 Years
November 1 | Goodwill San Antonio CEO Announces Plans for Retirement
The Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of San Antonio announce the retirement of Kevin Bergner as the nonprofit’s CEO, effective March 7, 2021. Read More.
City of San Antonio | Bidding & Contracting Opportunities and High Profile Solicitations

City's Bidding & Contracting Opportunities for all supplies, materials, equipment, goods, and services needed for delivering municipal services.

Bexar County |Purchasing & Procurement Opportunities

Bexar County Purchasing & Procurement provides procurement services for the Bexar County departments and offices.

VIA | Request for Proposal (RFP): Commercial Real Estate Broker Services

SAWS | Business Opportunities

Request for Proposal (RFP) | CPS
 
CPS Energy announces development of a new Supplier Management System for online access to solicitations, submission of bids and maintaining your supplier account. 
CPS Energy will transition to this new, web-based software system on November 30.

PPP and EIDL: Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

The NFIB Small Business Legal Center (SBLC) has received thousands of questions in recent months regarding the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.
Through webinars, email responses, and returned phone calls, the SBLC aims to help small businesses by directly answering your questions here.
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