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North SA Chamber Members and Partners,

In the year 2036, Texas will celebrate its bicentennial. It was in San Antonio that a pivotal moment in history commenced Texas’ path to independence. So, it seems fitting that we start here, today … and ask ourselves—Is San Antonio ready for What’s Next?

With the onset of COVID, we are experiencing many hardships and this pandemic has shed light on our deepest challenges … particularly in education, workforce, and infrastructure… just to name a few. To be the best place to live and work for the next generation of Texans, the San Antonio region will need to come together to think strategically and plan for the right path forward as we recover economically from this pandemic.

We were honored to help kick-off the efforts of Texas 2036 with our many local partners here in San Antonio… Check out the live poll results and video below to learn more.

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
September 17 | Governor Abbott Expands Capacity For Certain Services In Texas
Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Orders expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exercise facilities and classes, museums, and libraries, and re-authorizing elective surgeries for most of Texas. Read More.
The following entities may operate at up to 75% capacity, if the business is located in service areas with low COVID-19 hospitalization rates:
Federal Update | Congressional Actions
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) | The FAST Act signed into law in 2015, expires on September 30 and is pending Congressional Action. Take action and learn more here.

August 10 | HEALS Act, Senate Republicans released several bills that comprise the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act, proposed relief measure to begin negotiations with the Democrat-led House of Representatives. Draft legislation includes:
 
Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act | To establish the Paycheck Protection Program Second Draw Loan and amend the 7(a) loan guaranty program for recovery sector business concerns, and for other purposes | Senators Marco Rubio and Susan Collins.

Safeguarding America’s Frontline Employees To Offer Work Opportunities Required to Kickstart the Economy Act’’ or Safe to Work Act | To lessen the burdens on interstate commerce by discouraging insubstantial lawsuits relating to COVID–19 while preserving the ability of individuals and businesses that have suffered real injury to obtain complete relief. | Senators John Cornyn for Mitch McConnell
 
American Workers, Families, and Employers Assistance 6 Act aka CARES 2.0 | To provide assistance to American workers, families, and employers during the COVID–19 pandemic | Senator Chuck Grassley
 
Supporting Americas Restaurant Workers Act | amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to temporarily expand the deduction for business meals provided at a restaurant | Senator Tim Scott
For further details and Other proposed Provisions, read more here.

Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Enhancement Act |
H.R.7894 - Would require the SBA Administrator to establish a program to provide certain borrowers with a second loan under the PPP, to modify the eligibility and forgiveness requirement of the program, and for other purposes. 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.
Sep 22 | City of San Antonio Alamo Plan Update
The North SA Chamber submitted a letter and provided the following statement supporting the Alamo Master Plan, ". . . Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you on behalf of the North San Antonio Chamber representing more than a thousand Member businesses and partners within the San Antonio region. We support the City of San Antonio’s Alamo Plan, preserving and enhancing funding to implement the Alamo Master Plan, which includes redevelopment of the Alamo complex and Alamo historic district and specifically the City’s proposed permit for the repair and relocation of the Alamo Cenotaph.

The impact of the coronavirus on San Antonio has been devastating. When implemented, the Alamo Plan will play an important role in how we revive our economy, specifically tourism – hospitality and convention business – which is a major driver of our local economy.

As you review and consider the Historic Building and Structure Permit request, we ask that you also consider the positive long-term financial impact on San Antonio as a result of this restoration. We urge the Commission to support the City of San Antonio’s Alamo Plan."

Read the Texas Historical Commission's statement regarding the City of San Antonio Permit Request.
October 6 | Meeting of the Government Affairs Council
Representative Lyle Larson and Senator Jose Menendez have been invited to speak to the Government Affairs Council . The focus of their comments and discussion is expected to be on the upcoming Texas Legislative Session.
 
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.
City of San Antonio | Bidding & Contracting Opportunities and High Profile Solicitations
The Purchasing Division is responsible for City Bidding & Contracting Opportunities for all supplies, materials, equipment, goods, and services needed for delivering municipal services. Current open solicitations can be found here and high profile solicitations can be found here.
Amplify the San Antonio Story to Attract
U.S. Space Command Operations
SAEDF Digital Campaign to bring U.S. Space Command operations to SA

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation launched a digital campaign in the Bay Area and D.C. aimed specifically at attracting headquarters operations.
These initiatives, along with targeted social media efforts create a solid surround sound effect for our messaging. We’ll share a summary of our activity and preliminary results later this month. Read SAEN: Don’t smirk — San Antonio has a shot at landing U.S. Space Command.

How you can help: We need to amplify the San Antonio story, and our Member's influence is a critical part of our success.
  • Share our content in your own social feeds and professional networks
  • Use this content to create your own posts | SAEDF's new website is loaded with data, photos, graphics, and key messages that are easy to pull and use
  • Tag SAEDF team in your posts

Thank you for your continued support and the San Antonio story!
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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Digital Creative Institute (DCI) is accepting applications for 8-week Bootcamps for the following occupations below. Tap on images to download PDF and/or tap on the links below.
I am pleased to announce our 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is set for October 16th benefiting SJRC.  St. Jude’s Ranch For Children offers healing and hope to children and families affected by abuse, abandonment or neglect for Bexar and Comal County. They care for about 200 kids every day in our community. For more information, please visit their website at www.sjrctexas.org  
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