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training campus,â&#x20AC;? says Randy Holman, who is spokesperson for the Joint Program office. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dormitories are under way, as is the administration facility, and the single-largest dining facility in the Department of Defense inventory is coming out of the ground,â&#x20AC;? he says.

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That 80,000-square-foot dining hall can accommodate 4,800 individuals over three seatings for each meal, or 1,600 per seating. That scale is indicative of the size and scope of the entire BRAC project, and is a clear indicator of how much the influx of people is going to affect the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the end of fiscal 2008, we had awarded one-third of our contracts to contractors that have headquarters or regional offices in San Antonio,â&#x20AC;? Holman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One-fifth of those had a small-business designation, which weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reasonably proud of. And the companies that are coming into town to do the work are leaning heavily on the local and regional companies to help deliver on these projects, so the entire regional market is benefiting.â&#x20AC;? A major component of the BRACrelated work will revolve around medical facilities. The two largest projects are the San Antonio Military Medical Center and the 1.9 millionsquare-foot Medical Education and Training Campus, which will train all medical enlisted personnel and be one of the largest facilities of its type in the world. Then thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Joint Center of Excellence for Battlefield Health and Trauma Research, which will focus on improving the delivery of combat care, and other facilities that will, in all likelihood, spur private-sector development in the health sector. As an early indicator of BRACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effect on the region, Holman points to the Toyota vehicle-assembly plant that opened in the area in 2003. That $1.2 billion investment, about half of the BRAC figure, created about 2,000 jobs. The Toyota project, says Holman, â&#x20AC;&#x153;was, and is, a huge boon to the area, but the result of this program will produce facilities and housing to bring in about 12,000 people. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s six times the amount of growth from an employment standpoint. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a lot going on here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joe Morris

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building boom is under way that promises to refashion several of the Alamo Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hospitals with larger facilities and the latest technologies and treatments. By 2014, more than $500 million will be spent on capital improvement projects at hospitals serving everyone from children to veterans. The price tag could climb even higher if University Hospital in San Antonio receives upgrades. Taken together, these changes will bolster the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already robust healthcare sector at a time of increased population growth for the Alamo Area. Among those with shovels in the ground is Methodist Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in San Antonio, which opened in 1998 as the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first pediatric hospital. The hospital, which offers emergency care, neonatal intensive care and surgery, has already outgrown its space. Although the ER was designed for 12,000 patients a year, five times that number flocks to the hospital. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite this high volume, our staff has maintained high patient and family satisfaction ratings. This is a true testament to the commitment of our nurses, doctors, technicians and support staff to treating each child as if he or she were their very own,â&#x20AC;? says Mark McLoone, CEO of Methodist Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. The hospital is at work on a new emergency department that will be the


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260,000 square feet. Even the state and federal government are spending heavily in efforts to improve the care at updated facilities. Construction is under way to create a new clinical practice home for the University of Texas Health Science Center. When completed in summer 2009, the 356,000-square-foot medical arts research center will offer patient care that includes primary care, specialty care, diagnostic therapeutics and interventional services. The center will operate an electronic medical record system, making appointments easier for patients. Meanwhile, the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, a Veterans Administration facility in San Antonio, is shelling out more than $100 million on a project that will improve inpatient care and rehabilitation while offering transitional housing. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Roy Moore






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onstruction is nearing completion on the Floresville Early College, whose opening will be a major step toward making high school graduates and the workforce more competitive throughout the Alamo Area. Students will soon have the opportunity to take dualcredit classes through a partnership among the Floresville Independent School District, Floresville Economic Development Corp. and Alamo Community College District in Wilson County. A similar program has been operating in New Braunfels in Comal County. The unique educational opportunity will offer certifications in business, aerospace manufacturing, nursing, media broadcasting, culinary arts and information technology. Students will gain insight into specific fields of study beginning in their junior year. Voters approved a $63 million bond for the school district and a number of backers, including Alamo Community College District, Congressman Henry Cuellar and the Floresville City Council, have supported the effort. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program addresses the education attainment level of our workforce and population as a whole,â&#x20AC;? says Col. Jesse M. Perez, executive director of the Floresville Economic Development Corp. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will help efforts to attract new business and industry to our city and county. The new high school and Early College will be an impetus to our high school students to continue their education and transform our community.â&#x20AC;? Previously, high school graduates would receive a standard diploma. Under the new program, students will receive a diploma and possibly an associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree or other certification. Programs will also be available for adults. Additionally, the Early College facility can offer space as a training facility to an industry moving into the area, providing


the community another competitive tool for attracting new business. Dr. David Vinson, Floresville school superintendent, says that the program will decrease dropout rates and increase student focus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like to say that at Floresville, your last two years of high school are your first two years of college. At the core of this strategy is the opportunity to improve the educational and skill level of our workforce,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once that is accomplished, imagine how marketable we will be.â&#x20AC;?

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ith retirements grounding many of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commercial pilots, the folks who operate Wright Flyers Academy say there has never been a better time to earn your wings. The Alamo Area flight school is certainly getting ready to fill the void, planning a major international academy at Hondo Municipal Airport, 30 miles west of San Antonio. By 2013, the school should feature more than 40 planes, 200 students and 42,000 square feet of hanger space. The anticipated $7 million investment is just one of the ways the former Air Force field is awakening from decades of slumber to become a major force for economic development. Hondo officials are marketing the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space, capacity and interconnectedness as a future Port San Antonio, the industrial-and-transportation giant that likewise rose from an old military base. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our object over the next 10 to 20 years is to turn into a small version of Port San Antonio,â&#x20AC;? says Tim Fousse, Hondoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s airport manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are the next best option.â&#x20AC;? Like Port San Antonio, Hondo is accessible by a variety of transportation modes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw from Texas Highway 173. It offers direct rail access serviced by the Union Pacific Railroad and Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railroads. And it has five runways. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not too many people are walking


around with five runways and three of them over 6,000 feet,â&#x20AC;? Fousse says. And the airport has 1,400 acres of commercial and industrial property. But for decades, the facility was marked by untapped potential, with not even a consistent fuel supply â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a situation Fousse likens to running a hotel without beds. Local and state officials have focused on reviving the sprawling facility with millions of dollars in capital improvements. A new spur brings rail service closer; a $640,000 terminal greets pilots who can fill up at a $220,000, 24-hour fueling station; and the main runway is scheduled for a $7.7 million resurfacing in 2009. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It says the city is serious about being in the aviation business,â&#x20AC;? Fousse says. Rand Goldstein, the president of Wright Flyers, says the number of runways, the room for growth and the supportive community coupled with ideal weather made Hondo a perfect location for expanding. Besides Wright Flyers, Air Evac Lifeteam, a national air ambulance service based in Missouri, has opened a Hondo base to serve hospitals and communities within a 70-mile radius. The business is expected to add $1.3 million to the tax base and 13 jobs. And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just the beginning, says Fousse, who expects the number of general aviation aircraft berthed at the airport to double within five years. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sam Scott

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the former Windsor Park Mall, a facility that will eventually house up to 1,200 employees. By late 2006, Smith says, the company was growing so fast â&#x20AC;&#x153;it was becoming abundantly clear we needed new space.â&#x20AC;? He and other Rackspace officials didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t move far. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all wanted to stay in the area,â&#x20AC;? he says, despite conducting a national search for space and checking out more traditional high-tech communities, including Austin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were never going to leave entirely. We saw a very concerted effort by local government leadership,â&#x20AC;? Smith says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local government made a commitment and an investment in Rackspace.â&#x20AC;? Running close behind a business-friendly government in high-tech appeal are great connectivity, the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abundant natural resources and low utility costs. Coakley says his company is interested in green technology, and one of his requirements is an area in which he can minimize environmental impact through efficient use of natural resources. Electric power, he points out, is about half the price in Westover Hills as it is in Dallas, no small factor for buildings that use about 50 megawatts of power per day. Being so close to companies with a similar mindset also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt, Coakley says, lauding local government officialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; success in landing Microsoft. Smith points out the Alamo Area may not historically be a high-tech market, but landing such household names is making it one. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are getting there,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are reaching that critical mass.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; J. Holly McCall





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will be twice the length of the northern expansion and will bring the River Walk near missions Espada, San Jose, San Juan Capistrano and Concepcion. Planners expect the extension to attract corporate headquarters, retail development and recreation such as bicycling and canoeing. The Mission Reach project will bring the river back from a straight drainage channel to a natural, meandering course lined with cobblestones. The result should help restore habitat for Guadalupe bass, blue gill and other native species and reintroduce native trees, grass and plants along the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bank, including Texas bluebonnets, buttonbush shrubs, and pecan and wild olive trees that will feed wildlife. Cities, such as Los Angeles, have looked at the project as a way to revive urban ecosystems, Schauer says. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sam Scott





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substantial expansion is transforming Albany Engineered Compositesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; facility in Boerne. The plant is a subsidiary of Albany International Corp., the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest producer of engineered fabric used in the paper industry, with 31 manufacturing facilities in 14 countries. AEC produces advanced-composite parts for a variety of industries. The expansion, announced in early 2008 by the Kendall County Economic Development Corp., is the largest capital investment and job creation by one company in the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Once completed, the $41.6 million project will double the size of the facility to 150,000 square feet and add 330 jobs over the next 10 years. Six states were in competition for the project, says Susan Siegler, director of corporate communications for Albany Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Albany Engineered Composites realized how much it was going to have to expand,â&#x20AC;? Siegler says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we did a comprehensive site-selection process, including other locations where we had facilities.â&#x20AC;? The project is a true success story for an economic development group that is less than three years old. Dan Rogers, president/CEO of the Kendall County Economic Development Corp., assembled a team that included city, county and state representatives


from several offices, including the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, Alamo Community College and the Texas Workforce Commission, to create a package. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They gave us their full support with a package that would spur economic development in the area and encouraged us to stay in the region,â&#x20AC;? Siegler says. In the end, it was the commitment of the community and the way officials worked together that kept Albany Engineered Composites in Boerne. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One thing that we were asked to do from the outset was to help bring quality business into the area and to work with existing and expanding business in the area,â&#x20AC;? Rogers says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our community is

pretty fast growing on the residential side. Part of our goal is to change the dynamic so that the tax burden is not so heavily on the residential side, but for there to be a better mix of tax burden shared with business and industry.â&#x20AC;? The team sweetened the deal with a personal touch, sending a dozen gourmet pies from Boerneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Tootie Pie Co. along with their proposal to Albany Internationalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was not a pie-in-the-sky offer and we were serious about them staying,â&#x20AC;? Rogers says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like to think it had something to do with their decision to stay in Boerne.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Claire Ratliff-Sears






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xtreme weather conditions in the growing Alamo Area necessitate careful management of water resources. Fortunately, several local agencies and municipalities have worked creatively to develop plans that are vital to economic development efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a cosmopolitan area,â&#x20AC;? says Calvin Finch, water resources director for the San Antonio Water System. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Businesses want to have water available for their business, but also for their workers, and if they are selling products locally, they want a growing population that has access to water.â&#x20AC;? David Welsch, executive manager of business development and resource management for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, says providing the right quality of life provides challenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We live in an area that has become high growth, regardless of water supplies,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This same area has a history of drought and flood.â&#x20AC;? The Guada lupe-Bla nco R iver Authority, a water conservation and reclamation district created in 1933, oversees a basin of 10 counties, with three â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Guadalupe, Comal and Kendall â&#x20AC;&#x201C; located in the Alamo Area. The San Antonio Water System services most of the city of San Antonio, several suburban municipalities and part of adjacent Bexar County. Welsch notes his agency has worked with forward-thinking municipalities, such as Schertz and Seguin, about 30 minutes west of San Antonio, to develop â&#x20AC;&#x153;firm-waterâ&#x20AC;? supplies. Firm water refers to water that is available even in drought conditions. Welsch and Finch are among those charged with ensuring businesses

locating in the area and the thousands of employees moving with them have sufficient water supplies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re aggressively seeking new water resources, even as per-capita water use has been cut by 40 percent since the early 1980s,â&#x20AC;? Finch says. The Guadalupe-Blanco authority built Canyon Reservoir on the Guadalupe River into a firm-water supply that will help sustain the local economy, while the San Antonio Water System relies on underground reservoirs for emergencies. Finch says his agency partners with smaller, surrounding communities to work on water-resource measures that are reviewed and revised at least every five years to ensure plans still meet the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and fit state and national regulatory requirements. San Antonio has a 50-year water plan, and, Finch says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to imagine a city that is growing that wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a plan.â&#x20AC;? Finding new resources is only half the equation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You really have to look at both ends of the issue,â&#x20AC;? Welsch says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Business development also means a resourceprotection strategy and an examination of the discharge.â&#x20AC;? Like the Guadalupe-Blanco authority, the San Antonio Water System is concerned with protecting existing resources and has crafted a water-recycling effort to maximize supplies. Talk of reservoirs and aquifers, resource plans and drought contingencies sounds technical, but Finch says everything comes down to a simple principle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to make sure we are investing in our community,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; J. Holly McCall

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ther places may boast they are Cowboy Capital of the World, but what city slicker is going to debate Banderaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claim to the title? Just 50 miles northwest of San Antonio, Bandera has slightly more than 1,000 residents and seemingly as many rodeos, dude ranches, western-wear stores and honkytonks. In the 1870s, Bandera formed the staging area for the Great Western Cattle Trail, where cowboys herded millions of cattle from the Texas Hill Country to the railroads in Dodge City, Kan. That heritage remains as plain today as the bronze monument on the courthouse lawn honoring Banderaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rodeo champions or as the Cowboys on Main events that takes place each Saturday in warm-weather months.

The free downtown extravaganza brings out storytellers, musicians and trick ropers like Banderaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own Kevin Fitzpatrick, who has performed around the world. Fitzpatrick combines a Will Rogers wit with an arsenal of tricks like the Wedding Ring, the Cowboy Hopscotch and the Texas Skip, a combination of skills he describes modestly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I show off,â&#x20AC;? he says. Bandera boasts a range of familyowed dude ranches, which started out as a way to make money in tough times and now have a worldwide reputation. The Dixie Dude Ranch, for example, has been a tradition since 1937. Its 725-acre spread provides the space for horseback riding, fishing, campfires, hayrides and other Western activities. The Twin Elm Guest Ranch hosts

weekly rodeos from April to Labor Day that are free to Twin Elm guests. And when in Bandera, rodeo is the thing to do. The city breathes the sport. Rodeos take place Friday and Saturday nights in the summer, including a winter bull-riding season, and peak with the Cowboy Capital Rodeo at the end of May. For locals, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a spectacle; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something to do, says Patricia Moore, head of the Bandera County Convention and Visitors Bureau. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You see family members videoing the performance of other family members just like you video someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golf swing or someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tennis match to see what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing wrong,â&#x20AC;? Moore says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rodeo is very much alive as a family affair here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sam Scott







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