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North San Antonio Chamber Members and Partners,

The North San Antonio Chamber has been working diligently to advocate on behalf of our Members. Even as we begin to see the unemployment rate gradually improve and job opportunities open, we will remain in recovery mode from the COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout well into 2021 and beyond that for some industries.
 
We remain focused on current local legislative issues and are also preparing for the upcoming Texas 87th Legislative Session, when we’ll be monitoring and advocating for business on important legislation that our elected officials are moving on, and helping to inform policy makers on the business and economic impact of their decisions.
 
After many discussions held with our Executive Council and Government Affairs and Infrastructure Councils, we took action on the following local issues: 


 
What I’m reading this week:

"Americans unemployed for more than 27+ weeks. While the economic recession looks like it ended in April, rising long-term unemployment acts as a drag on the broader economy. Without new stimulus, the number of jobless could end up being almost as bad as the Great Recession."

Maria Haggerty, CEO, Dotcom Distribution
" Covid-19 has changed business. How you measure success must change too . This year has probably changed the way you do business. Time to change how you measure success, too."

Juan Pablo Garnham and Stacy Fernandez
"While Denton County is moving forward, Dallas and Harris counties officials almost immediately declined the offer to allow bars to reopen. Many others are taking a wait-and-see approach."

Stay Safe and Healthy.

Sincerely,
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Re-Open San Antonio |Local Updates
September 22 | City of San Antonio announces reopening of several public-facing services
With the COVID-19 indicators currently showing the lowest risk level (“Safe”) for transmission of the coronavirus, City Manager Erik Walsh announced timelines for the reopening of several City services today, including parks, senior centers and convention facilities, with many operating at reduced capacities. Read More.
Re-Open Texas | State Updates
October 1, 2020 | Governor Abbott Issues Statement Of Support For Senator John Cornyn’s ‘Eliminate The Digital Divide Act’ Broadband Legislation
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement of support for Senator John Cornyn's 'Eliminate the Digital Divide Act.' This legislation would expand broadband access across the country by sending federal dollars to the states for the purpose of developing programs that fund broadband projects in under-served areas. Read More.
Governor's Texas Economic Update: August Snapshot

  • Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
  • Workforce: 14.38 million
  • Exports: 7% Increase
  • Total Jobs Added: 106,800
  • Professional & Business Services: +33,200 Jobs 
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities: +28,800 Jobs
  • Government Sector: +25,000 Jobs 

For the full snapshot, visit the Texas Economic Update webpage here.
Federal Update | Congressional Actions
October 1, 2020 | House Passes Updated Health & Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES Act), addresses needs that have developed since the earlier passed iteration and formalizes House Democrats’ proffer in ongoing negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. 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.
2020 November Elections | Important Election Dates

  • Monday, October 19, 2020 First Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

  • Friday, October 23, 2020 Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 Last Day of Early Voting by Personal Appearance

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) and Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
October 6 | Meeting of the Government Affairs Council
Representative Barbara Gervin-Hawkins and Senator José Menéndez joined the Government Affairs Council this week for a great discussion on the upcoming Texas Legislative Session, particularly response and recovery efforts for Texas.

Next Government Affairs Council meeting is scheduled for November 3, 2020. Members interested in joining the Government Affairs and/or Workforce Councils may contact the NSAC team at Membership@northsachamber.com.
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.
October 14 | Infrastructure Council Meeting
Vic Boyer, CEO & President, San Antonio Mobility Coalition, will join us for next month's Infrastructure Council meeting to provide us the latest updates on the region's planned projects and SAMCo's plans for the upcoming Texas Legislative Session.

Members interested in joining the Infrastructure Council may contact the NSAC team at Membership@northsachamber.com.
September 30 | The 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST), was scheduled to expire on September 30.
Congress passed and the President signed the Continuing Resolution Appropriations Act last week to prevent a government shutdown to continue federal program funding at current levels through December 11, which also extends the FAST Act for one year and ensures the federal Highway Trust Fund's Mass Transit Account remains funded.

The extension provides at least $12.6B for public transit investment, prevents a $6B in cuts to public transit agencies, and $3.2B to the Mass Transit Account. Take action and learn more here.

"Two northbound lanes of U.S. 281 from Loop 1604 to Evans Road opened in June, and southbound direct connectors from U.S. 281 to Loop 1604 opened in August, several weeks earlier than expected, Jorge said. And flyover lanes on U.S. 281 over Evans Road opened over the weekend; new ramps provide access on and off U.S. 281 just north of the intersection."

San Antonio will add four free high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between now and 2021 to help with growing traffic. When complete, the region will have 28 miles of lanes to help encourage carpooling. VIA will oversee management of the lanes.

Eastbound I-10 HOV lane between La Cantera Parkway and FM 3351 (Ralph Fair Road) opened on September 27 and the I-10 westbound lane on the same roads will open later this fall. In 2022, the Texas Department of Transportation will add two more high-occupancy lanes, on U.S. Highway 281, from Loop 1604 to north of Stone Oak Parkway.
October 1 | Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) unanimously approved Call for Projects.

This year’s Call for Projects introduces Environmental Justice and Equity into scoring criteria for the first time in the history of the agency. Councilwoman Sandoval issued the following statement:

“Under the leadership of State Rep. Ray Lopez and Commissioner Kevin Wolff and many others, our MPO has made huge strides in transportation infrastructure. Today’s action marks a seminal advancement for transportation investment in our community."
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.
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)

October 29 | Application Deadline for Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP), a grant through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Texas small businesses currently exporting or interested in exporting their products and services are encouraged to learn more about this program. 

STEP provides post-completion reimbursements to eligible small businesses for specific export-related expenses, up to $10,000. Read More.
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 on the Disparity Study itself is available at here.
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UT Health San Antonio | Excelencia in Education

President Taylor Eighmy bestowed the Excelencia in Education certification on University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Excelencia in Education, the nation’s premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education, announced five institutions earned the 2020 Seal of Excelencia certification. Ceremony can be viewed below. 
NEW* Tax Academy Series

Learn partnership tax preparation skills from an experienced tax CPA. 
No tax experience required. 3 sessions: 

November 2nd, 9th, and 16th
Monday nights 6pm-9pm

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.

Request for Proposal (RFP) | Commercial Real Estate Broker Services
VIA CONTRACT #20-415
 
Proposals must be received by 4:45 PM, November 17, 2020. Solicitation Documents available at https://via.diversitycompliance.com or VIA Procurement Department | 800 W. Myrtle, Suite 203 | San Antonio, Texas 78212.
Technology Bootcamps | Digital Creative Institute (DCI) is accepting applications for 8-week Bootcamps for occupations below.
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