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Texans stake their claim and stand for Texas independence at the battle of the Alamo.
St. Mary’s University was founded and is the oldest Catholic university in Texas. Today, it is ranked among the top colleges in the west for best value and academic reputation by U.S. News and World Report.
The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is founded as a Catholic university by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
San Antonio became the birthplace of military aviation in the United States when Lt. Benjamin Foulois flew the first aircraft owned by the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston.
San Antonio Manufacturers Association is founded and to this day promotes the healthy growth of San Antonio’s strong manufacturing industry.
Kelly Air Force Base established. Today, the former Kelly Air Force Base is the site of Port San Antonio, a master planned redevelopment focused on serving the businesses in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, defense, cybersecurity, global logistics and energy sectors.
USAA, San Antonio’s largest Fortune 500 headquartered company, is founded when 25 Army officers come together and decide to insure each other's automobiles.
San Antonio College is established. Today, the Alamo Colleges encompasses 5 colleges with an average annual economic impact of $3.2 billion.
Milam building in San Antonio becomes the first U.S. air-conditioned high-rise office building.
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) establishes their headquarters in San Antonio.
Computer Terminal Corporation (later known as Datapoint Corporation) established in San Antonio. The company is largely credited with creating technology that led to the personal computer and camera phone we know today.
The University of Texas at San Antonio was established and today serves nearly 30,000 students at its main and downtown San Antonio campuses.
The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation is established with the purpose of securing job producing investments for San Antonio.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing selects San Antonio as the site of their Tundra and Tacoma plant.
Texas A&M San Antonio is established as a stand-alone university. Today, Texas A&M San Antonio is an accredited 4-year university serving nearly 4,500 students.
CPS Energy forms the New Energy Economy (NEE) initiative that includes investing in clean energy and innovative technologies like solar power, LED lighting, clean coal and smart grid infrastructure. Today, San Antonio ranks #7 in the nation and #1 in Texas for installed solar power with 500 MW.
The Henry B. González Convention Center’s $325 million transformation is completed to meet the needs of our evolving industry with innovative design, flexible space and advanced technology.
The origins of San Antonio’s commerce dates back to its history as a trading post and settlement of its five Spanish missions that are now designated a World Heritage site. On the cusp of celebrating our city’s 300th Anniversary, San Antonio’s economy over the years has evolved into a stable, diverse economy through its evolving industry sectors: advanced manufacturing, bioscience, financial services, logistics/distribution, new energy, IT/cybersecurity, military/defense. Leading companies such as USAA, NuStar Energy, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Valero Energy, HoltCat, Tesoro, Zachry, Frost, Rackspace, Medtronic, H-E-B and many others successfully operate in San Antonio. Since the establishment of the SAEDF over 40 years ago, San Antonio has seen a period of dramatic and diverse industry growth.
San Antonio builds upon its rich history and today is a center of activity and growth, attracting companies and young professionals defining an era of limitless opportunity.