President POV

Taking Control of San Antonio’s Future Growth
by Jenna Saucedo-Herrera

As we enter into the last two months of our Tricentennial year, I know we will soon be reflecting on a tremendous year of growth. Our community is not only primed to take on the large-scale population growth we are projected to experience, we are taking control of our destiny and growing smartly for the benefit of all San Antonians.

It was just last week that Texas Governor Greg Abbot joined Team San Antonio to announce the newest company that will join a base of corporate headquarters in San Antonio. OKIN BPS, a Czech-based comprehensive business services provider, chose Brooks on San Antonio’s south side for the location of its new U.S. headquarters that will add over 1,400 new jobs.

The announcement on its own is a significant win for our city: a foreign company establishing its U.S. headquarters and adding good paying jobs on the city’s south side. This checks every box for an ideal SAEDF project. In the broader picture of our city’s growth, this is the culmination of momentum that has been building for some time and exemplifies how our community has chosen to grow for the betterment of our future.

At any given time, there are approximately 100 projects in SAEDF’s pipeline of companies we are courting to locate or expand in our San Antonio community. Currently, over half of those projects are in the advanced manufacturing and information technology sectors. We’re seeing the returns of a targeted industry approach that relies on building upon San Antonio’s strengths and we’re realizing greater success in recruiting globally competitive companies to further build out our tech, manufacturing and bioscience ecosystems. It’s only through the continued support of over 160 investors that SAEDF is able to fulfill its vision and propel San Antonio to an economically healthy and prosperous future.

While workforce remains the top priority for companies looking to relocate or expand, companies like EY, The Hut Group and now OKIN BPS chose San Antonio because we can support the hiring of hundreds and even thousands of skilled professionals as their local operations grow. Our community’s strategic workforce development efforts led by SA Works are positioning San Antonio to support companies today and in the future with a sustainable workforce pipeline. Local college and university leaders are working with industry better than ever before to ensure that the nearly 120,000 higher education students within our city limits are prepared to take on these new job opportunities.

Our Tricentennial year is not over yet, but San Antonio has set a more aggressive pace for our next 300 years. We are ready to become the nation’s 5th largest city, but we will do it on our terms. We’re attracting world-class employers, industries of the future, and good-paying jobs that promote economic mobility for all San Antonians.