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North San Antonio Chamber Members and Partners,
The North San Antonio Chamber and the Executive Council have been working diligently to bring you some great new programs and initiatives in 2021. We've also been focused on finalizing our 2021 Board of Directors; setting our 2021 Strategic Plan, which drives our programming for the year, and preparing our agenda for the upcoming Texas 87th Legislative Session. 2021 will be a very different but hopeful year for all of us and your North SA Chamber will continue to contribute to the success of our Members and our San Antonio community.
Our efforts are focused on helping to support businesses and help build a strong workforce that is skilled, well-trained, and readily available to meet the workforce demands of our Member businesses. To do this, it is vital for our Chamber as well as our Members to stay informed of the latest and most up-to-date economic data and research available to help guide important decisions.
We are here to help; and in the coming year, we are creating opportunities to share valuable economic data and information through our partnership with Texas 2036 and nationally renowned economic experts. Some examples of these partnership efforts are listed below. We are also excited to announce our upcoming Featured Event, the North SA Chamber's 37th Annual Economic Outlook, featuring Dr. Ray Perryman on December 3rd. Details are below.

What I’m watching and reading this week: 
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas | Texas Employment Forecast

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Re-Open San Antonio |Local Updates

The City's Economic Workforce Development Committee (EWDC), chaired by Councilwoman Viagran, received an update on the Workforce Development "Train for Jobs SA" program indicating that nearly 1,393 residents completed a preliminary intake for the program, with 900 of those residents being referred to partnering agencies and of those referrals, 244 residents successfully enrolled in training courses. The end of month goal is to increase this number to 550 residents. Read more here.
October 15 | Bexar County Announces Reopening of Bars
An executive order from Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff declares that bars are officially free to reopen as of noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Read More.
Re-Open Texas | State Updates
October 14 | Governor Abbott Executive Order to Open Bars

Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges are able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Executive Order also increases occupancy levels to 75% for all other business establishments. 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

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) and Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
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.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce| Election Fact Sheet and Toolkit

  • Election Fact Sheet: Fast facts, recent history, a post-election timeline, and recommendations about identifying disinformation from the U.S. FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). U.S. Chamber Election Fact Sheet.

  • Election Facts Toolkit: Sample social copy, social media graphics, and other resources for you to share through social media, websites, and other channels using hashtag #ElectionFacts. U.S. Chamber Election Facts Toolkit.

Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB) Strategic Fiscal Review (SFR) is a comprehensive budget analysis of selected state agencies and programs used to inform Legislators when making decisions on appropriate and efficient means of funding state operations.

Senate Bill 68, 86th Legislature, 2019, formalized and expanded the SFR process and applied it to the agencies currently subject to Sunset Advisory Commission (SAC) review, with some exceptions. 
October 31 | City of San Antonio, Renters’ Commission Survey Deadline Extended

The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department (NHSD) extended the Renters’ Commission Survey to October 31 to gather more input.
NHSD is charged with implementing the Housing Policy Framework (HPF) that serves as a guide to addressing San Antonio’s local housing needs. The HPF shows that for those households renting or owning, approximately one out of every two renter households is cost-burdened (48%) compared to one out of every five owner households (21%). In June 2019, Councilmember Treviño, District 1, issued a Council Consideration Request to create a Renters’ Commission. The survey is available here.
November 3 | Meeting of the Government Affairs Council

Oct 6 | 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.
Nov 3 | Next Government Affairs Council meeting has 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
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 1 | Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) 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."
November 2 | TxDOT Unified Transportation Program (UTP) Public Meeting Notice

Information will be provided on TxDOT’s UTP 10-year plan additions, which is TXDOT's guide to funding Texas projects.

Virtual Public Meeting | 2021 Unified Transportation Program Addition
Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 9 a.m.
Watch Livestream | Dial-In: I-800-581-5838 Passcode: 413277#

Comment period Nov 6 - Dec 7, 2020. For more information and how to submit comments and the virtual public hearing, visit the UTP Public Involvement.
November 11 | Infrastructure Council Meeting
Oct 14— Vic Boyer, SAMCO—provided updates regarding plans 2021 Legislative Session
Nov 11—Next Meeting with Guest Speaker: John Dickson, Denim Group, Principal and Chairman for the City’s Airport System Development Committee        

Members interested in joining the Infrastructure Council may contact the NSAC team at
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 will be hosting a virtual meeting for employers with high-need industry workforce. Stay tuned for more details.

Members interested in joining the Workforce Council may contact the NSAC team at
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 here.
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Goodwill San Antonio | Good Careers Academy

Affordable, short-term, certified vocational training programs in high demand industries such as – healthcare, administrative assistance, and truck driving; dedicated to success through:

Sponsorship Opportunities | Small Classroom Size | Hands-on Learning |
One-on-One Instructor | Consultation | Work Study Program

Novel rationale for COVID-19 drug design – blocking a molecular “scissor” that the virus uses for a virus production and to disable human proteins crucial to the immune response. Dr. Olsen, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Structural Biology with UT Health San Antonio explains more below in the full article
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.

November 17 | VIA Metropolitan Transit, Request for Proposals

  • Nov 17 | VIA Contract #20-415: Commercial Real Estate Broker Services
  • Dec 20 | VIA Contract #21-012: Scobey Storage Complex Development

Solicitation Documents available at Diversity Compliance Vendor Registration & Reporting System or at VIA Procurement Department | 800 W. Myrtle, Suite 203 | San Antonio, TX
Technology Bootcamps | Digital Creative Institute (DCI) is accepting applications for 8-week Bootcamps for occupations below.
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