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San Antonio continues to focus on its long-term community development as a means to win competitive projects. Most recently, investment in building the region’s tech and manufacturing ecosystems will pay dividends as H-E-B expands and Toyota considers further growth in San Antonio.

H-E-B is one of San Antonio’s largest employers and the company’s planned investment will add 500 new tech jobs and consolidate 500 more in a new facility at the company’s downtown headquarters. It’s a significant win for the San Antonio region and sends a strong signal to other top tier employers.

When H-E-B announced its East Austin tech hub last year, San Antonio leaders knew the company could expand its San Antonio tech workforce in the future if the community continued to invest in talent development, infrastructure, and quality of life. The region’s collective efforts to align industry and education, invest in tech workforce development, and build an environment where tech workers want to live is paying off. In the past 5 years, San Antonio has grown its tech completions by 35% and continues to add new programs through UTSA, Alamo Colleges, Texas A&M San Antonio, Codeup and others to support a sustainable tech workforce pipeline.

While H-E-B expands its tech workforce, Toyota is considering a significant investment in its South San Antonio manufacturing facility. The $400 million investment would result in highly efficient, flexible, multi-vehicle production capabilities and have a ripple effect among suppliers, putting more San Antonians to work. Aisin AW, a Japanese manufacturer, recently purchased land in the City of Cibolo, just northeast of San Antonio. They are considering a new North American facility to manufacture automatic transmissions used by the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. The early stages of development could mean more than $400 million in investment and approximately 900 new jobs. This will be the company’s second plant in the U.S., the first located in North Carolina. Overall, this represents a tremendous win for the San Antonio region.

“Nothing is ever certain in economic development, but we remain positive about our opportunities with Toyota and expect to know more before the end of the quarter. Whether it’s Toyota, Aisin or another global manufacturer, we’re preparing for the long game in our region, which means further building the ecosystem of suppliers, distributors, and workforce,” said SAEDF Chief Development Officer Tom Long.

Competition is fierce for jobs and investment, but San Antonio’s focus on long-term, smart growth set the stage for H-E-B, Toyota, and others to thrive in San Antonio. The message is clear: The San Antonio region is open for business and ready to fuel large-scale growth.