University of Texas at San Antonio-Downtown,Buena Vista Theater
Moderator: John Quiñones, ABC News Correspondent
This forum is intended to create a discussion on the divergent sectors that
make up the Westside Urban Gateway.
The free event is open to the public and parking is available in Lot D3.
Pictured are the 2013 Westside Honorees (From Left to Right): Former Congressman Charlie Gonzalez, Lucy Hall, Thomas Uribe, DDS and Steve Saldana-Posthumously
The WDC is accepting nominations for the 2014 Westside Honors award. Deadline for submission is Friday, December 20, 2013.
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On Saturday, September 25, visitors and residents participated in the inaugural Go! Historic SA Guided Tour of the Westside. Through a successful collaboration between the WDC, Office of Historic Preservation, District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, Mexican American Unity Council, Westside Preservation Alliance, and the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, the guided walking tour promoted the history, architecture, and stories that make this area unique.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 3, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — NALCAB—National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, today launched a National Fair Housing Media Campaign, to engage and inform African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islanders and other communities about discriminatory housing practices, their rights under the federal Fair Housing Act, and HUD resources. This cutting-edge media campaign will engage people through a comprehensive national media effort as well as grassroots outreach.
SAHA and the NRP Group recently closed on a $31 million transaction that moves forward the work on the third and final phase of the San Juan redevelopment on the City’s Westside.
It is with mixed emotions that the WDC bids farewell to it’s Founding Executive Director , Ramon “Ray” Flores. Ray recently accepted a position at Port San Antonio as Vice President of Real Estate Development.
The Westside Development Corporation (WDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Cabanilla-Cruz as Interim President. Cabanilla-Cruz is leading the organization after the departure of Ramon “Ray” Flores, who has taken a position at Port San Antonio as Vice President of Real Estate Development. For the past six years Flores has led the WDC as Executive Director. Cabanilla-Cruz will continue her primary duties of fundraising, strategic marketing, and external affairs while assuming Flores' duties.
Prior to her new position, Cabanilla-Cruz served the organization as External Relations and Development Officer. She has played a role in growing the WDC’s capacity through her consulting company, Cruz Enterprises. Prior to starting her own business, Cabanilla-Cruz worked for the Women’s Sports Foundation and two City of San Antonio Councilmembers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University and an MPA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Taking his first date to Cool Crest Miniature Golf, Dr. James Andry always had a special place in his heart for the Westside landmark…so when it came available for purchase, he knew he needed to own it – and restore it back to its original grandeur.
Dating back to 1929, Cool Crest is a designated historic landmark (by the City of San Antonio) and remains one of the most beloved and architecturally notable miniature golf courses in the city. With a total of 8,000sf and nearly two inner city acres, the site is nestled quietly back in the tropical greenery – save its iconic sign. Set to open June 30, locals will have the chance to play the beloved miniature golf course.
A most sincere thank you to our sponsors and all of the individuals that contributed to making the fourth annual Westside Honors: Exitos en Nuestro Barrio such a success! Lucy Hall, Dr. Thomas Uribe, Congressman Charlie Gonzalez and Steve Saldana (posthumously), were among the 2013 Honorees and Joaquin Castro was elected for recognition as Honorary Chair.
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San Antonio's first student housing cooperative (CoOp) complex is underway for development at 511 El Paso (just off Frio Street), which is located just south of the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus. Developer Michael Spencer announced the 12,000-square-foot warehouse will house approximately 40 students and more by fall 2013 if all goes well.
As the largest home-delivered meal program in Bexar County, Meals on Wheels of San Antonio prepares, packages, and delivers over 900,000 meals annually to homebound seniors in our community. The program is fortunate to manage staff and a small fleet of trucks to deliver meals, but almost half of the deliveries are performed by volunteers.
On a rotating basis each weekday, volunteers throughout the county donate their lunch hour to deliver meals in close proximity to where they work or live. Civic groups, churches, and corporations are now signing up to be official meal delivery partners of the program in where employees (members) take ownership of a delivery route nearby so that elderly neighbors don’t go hungry during the lunch hour.
Join Our Lady of the Lake University in celebrating Best of the West Fiesta 2013, this Sunday, April 21 from 1-9PM. Visit www.ollusa.edu/Fiesta for more information.
The WDC hosted its first Look West Breakfast of the year at Silver Eagle Distributors last Wednesday, March 27 2013.
- Write a business plan.
- Get a business loan.
- Research your industry and your competitors.
- Get certified to do business with local, state, and federal government.
- Conduct market research.
- Determine your SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats).
Last quarter, the WDC welcomed a new addition to our team, Roy Pachecano, AIA. Roy will serve as the WDC’s Grow West Program Officer. As a licensed architect, he brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector, experience in sustainable development, as well as an appreciation and expertise as it relates to historic redevelopment.
The WDC is now offering expanded services through the Grow West Business and Attraction Program to include professional services such as real estate redevelopment, master planning, market analysis, investment pro-forma analysis, and architectural renderings.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is encouraging businesses located in Empowerment Zones to take advantage of unused tax credits. These credits are only available to businesses having worksites located in federally designated areas and that have hired employees residing in designated areas. The application of the tenure requirements means that the employment credits are available for both part-time and full-time employees as long as they have been employed by the employer for at least 90 days. Download the attachment below to learn more.
State/District Small Business Person of the Year & Champion Awards
The SBA San Antonio District Office is now accepting nominations for next year’s Small Business Week!
In the photo, from L-R are Danny Osborne (Capital One Bank), Jennifer Spickler (Capital One Bank), Jordana Barton (Capital One Bank), Ray Flores (WDC), Andrea Nocito (U.T.S.A. Small Business Development Office), and Rudy Garza (C.P.S. Energy).
The WDC, in partnership with C.P.S. Energy and U.T.S.A. Institute for Economic Development Small Business Development Center, held our bi-annual Look West Breakfast Series on November 15, 2012, focusing on energy sustainability and efficiency. Speaking at the business education event was Chair of Build San Antonio Green, Commissioner Tommy Adkisso of Pct. 4, Andrea Nocito of U.T.S.A. Small Business Development Center, and Rudy Garza, Vice President of External Affairs at C.P.S. Energy.
Join us November 15 at 7:30AM to discuss the lastest developments in energy. To RSVP, click here.
TexStar National Bank has implemented a plan to reduce fossil-fuel consumption at the lender’s San Antonio area office buildings. Bank officials say they are working to support the City of San Antonio area goals of becoming a clean-energy city and have already noticed an approximately 30% savings in overall energy costs. On Sunday, October 7, a “Green” ribbon cutting event was held at TexStar’s Downtown Westside Branch, located at 803 W. Commerce Street.
The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has collected public feedback on the Potential Westside Landmark properties that were identified over the past year as part of the Westside Cultural Resource Survey. Based on community feedback and eligibility, the OHP will identify a select number of properties to move forward with historic landmark designation to ensure the protection of these significant Westside resources. The OHP will work with property owners over the next month and will host a public meeting for owners of the selected properties.
With a hot rod procession, a royal crowning, a feast, live music, and an art auction, San Anto Cultural Arts (SACA) kicks off its Huevos Rancheros Quinceañera Celebration, marking the organization’s 15th Annual Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Gala and Silent Art Auction. The celebration, which benefits SACA community arts programs, will take place at Plaza Guadalupe, located at 1327 Guadalupe St., on Saturday October 6th, 2012 from 9am – 12pm.
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