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Statewide Conference to Encourage Rural Economic Development

Attracting hundreds of attendees from 90+ Texas cities, the Texas Rural Challenge bridges state and federal resources with rural community leaders. (San Antonio, June 7, 2018) – The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development will launch its 9th annual Texas Rural Challenge conference in New Braunfels, Texas on July 16 -17. This year’s conference theme, “Forging Our Future,” will focus on trending themes among today’s rural communities including technology, trade and regionalism. The conference will also promote best practices and offer collaborative opportunities to spur ideas and professional relationships that can help Texas rural communities thrive. Keynote speakers will include Texas Secretary of State Rolando B. Pablos, TV personality Chet Garner of The Daytripper and industry experts representing the Governor’s Office, U.S. Economic Development Administration, Texas

UTSA Institute for Economic Development completes study on impact of San Antonio EDF in 2014

According to a study conducted by the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) assisted 28 companies that generated $1.1 billion in economic impact. The SAEDF report focuses on businesses that were attracted to the San Antonio area or that expanded in 2014. The companies represent a variety of industry sectors including information technology, manufacturing, distribution and energy. The information technology sector, including business process outsourcing and information security operations, demonstrated the strongest growth with over 3,000 new jobs, representing about 60 percent of all growth for the year. In 2013, manufacturing jobs accounted for the largest growth with 70 percent. “These numbers show that San Antonio’s economy is experiencing a growth trend that is dually propelled by recruitment, as well as business retention and

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