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San Antonio Business Friendly

July 5, 2013

San Antonio has been listed as #4 on CNN’s – “8 most business-friendly cities”. The article reports that the slower pace and lower costs of living are a huge part of the city’s appeal. Other Texas cities that could be found on this “business-friendly list” were – Houston, Austin and Dallas. For the complete list: […]

Bureau of Labor Statistics Announces a Real Earnings Rate Decrease

June 20, 2013

Each month the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates the average amount employees make per hour in the United States in order to determine if interest rates should be lowered or raised. The Labor Department has reported this week that in May the consumer price index went up 0.1 % after a 2 month decline. This […]

Eagle Ford Shale’s impact

April 2, 2013

“In 2008, we saw very little activity in the Eagle Ford shale. Today, it has become one of the most significant oil-and-gas plays in the country and has generated a tremendous amount of wealth for Texas,” says Thomas Tunstall, director of the UTSA Center for Business and Community Research, and the study’s principal investigator. “Over the […]

New Eagle Ford Shale industry group taps San Antonio EDF executive as its CEO

October 5, 2012

Omar Garcia, a vice president at the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, is leaving the post to head up a nonprofit that will serve as the public face for some of the largest oil-and-gas exploration companies working in the Eagle Ford Shale, according to a person familiar with the hiring decision. As the Business Journal reported […]

Texas economy approaching pre-recession levels

September 26, 2012

Texas’ economy activity ticked up slightly in July to an index level to 99.0, according to the Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index. The index is baselined to 2008, indicating that a reading of 100.0 points means that the Texas economy is performing at early recession levels. “The Texas economy reversed its June dip, growing […]

Everything is bigger in Texas

September 15, 2012

Sometimes it is important to have some light reading … Everything is bigger in Texas… since Arch “Beaver” Aplin opened his most humongous Buc-ee’s pit stop yet this year, some rivals and bemused travelers are saying that even in the Lone Star State, there may be such a thing as too big. Billed as the world’s […]

As energy companies continue to invest in shale resources, transportation companies rush to keep crude flowing out

August 23, 2012

Oil and gas producers show no signs of slowing down drilling activity in shale formations across the country. However, without pipeline infrastructure in place to quickly transport those resources to refineries, companies have turned to a more traditional mode of transportation — rail. Most of the country’s shale plays are located in remote areas, including […]

Mexico investing billions to tap into Eagle Ford Shale

The Mexican government is planning to invest $8 billion to expand its natural gas pipeline system to accept shipments from the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas,UPI.com reported. Mexico already purchases large quantities of natural gas from the United States. The U.S. Energy Department data shows that natural gas exports from the United States […]

Eyes on Bexar County

June 6, 2012

Lots of buildings here used to be something else.   Now everything from a former hunting lodge to a closed-down feed store is filled with oil field services and supply companies working in the Eagle Ford Shale. “Every structure in town that was vacant and run down has been occupied and revamped,” said Garrett Ruple of Ruple Properties. He’s developing […]

Texas No. 1 in U.S. for biggest 5-year job gains

January 4, 2012

Texas added far more jobs than any other state in the country in the past five years. Nationwide, only six of the 50 states have more retail jobs today than they did at the end of 2006. That’s according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics by On Numbers, a […]

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