As a former Chairman of both the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Economic Development has been a cornerstone of my administration. By cultivating relationships with the City and the State, we have been able to grow steadily the number of jobs in Bexar County by attracting some of the largest names in business while providing an affordable and business friendly environment.
County Judge Nelson has an unmatched record of creating jobs in Bexar County. The results are clear—33,000 new jobs created in Bexar County in 2017, making the unemployment rate in Bexar 3.5% lower than across Texas.
Many companies are growing their presence in Bexar County. Notably, Boeing and StandardAero recently announced huge expansions that will create thousands of jobs. The Economic Development Foundation and Bexar County continue to attract high-paying jobs. Ernst and Young announced last November that they will bring 600 high-paying jobs to Bexar County. The Hut Group, a British e-commerce company, announced in June that they will bring 165 jobs to the center city.
Nelson Wolff is always looking for the next opportunity to expand our economic opportunities. Bexar County recently modified its economic development incentive policy to focus on workforce development, which is a growing priority for employers nationwide.
“San Antonio is a city of innovation. We are always looking to meet the next challenge.”—County Judge Nelson Wolff (CAN WE USE THIS PULL QUOTE SOMEWHERE?)
Military Transition Center
A recent study demonstrated that 35% of veterans do not have a job after leaving the Service. As a service to our veterans and local businesses, Bexar County is partnering with the Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) and the North San Antonio Chamber to create the country’s first Military Transition Center.
The Center will have a presence inside of and outside of Fort Sam, serving the 4000 members transitioning out of the military into civilian life. In addition to job training, the Center will offer wraparound services such as locating housing. The goal is to retain the commitment and talent of Armed Service members here in San Antonio.
Leading the Way in Cyber Security
Under the leadership of County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio continues to lead the country in cyber security jobs and innovation. Since 2011, the University of Texas at San Antonio has secured more than $100 million in research awards for cyber security projects. The institution already boasts 2,000 undergraduate students in cyber security and related fields, a ten-fold increase in five years. Now, UTSA is partnering with Bexar County to create a National Security Collaboration Center. In this new five-story building near the Downtown Campus, companies like Raytheon and Noblis and others will converge to work with students on research and applied projects.
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