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  • San Antonio added 24,208 people between July 2016 and July 2017, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. San Antonio, Texas, tops the list with the largest population gain with an increase of over 24,200 people, an average of 66 people per day between 2016 and 2017. Photo: Pixabay Eight of the 15 cities or towns with the largest population gains were located in the South in 2017, with three of the top five in Texas, according to new population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. “San Antonio, Texas, tops the list with the largest population gain with an increase of over 24,200 people, an average of 66 people per day between 2016 and 2017,” said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Population Division of the Census Bureau. “That’s a growth rate of 1.6%. This growth was enough to push San Antonio's population above the 1.5 million mark.” Some of the other cities with the largest population gains were Phoenix, Ariz. (24,000); Dallas, Texas (18,900); Fort Worth, Texas (18,700); Los Angeles, Calif. (18,600); Seattle, Washington (17,500); and Charlotte, N.C. (15,600). Regarding percentage change in population, 10 of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were located in the South, with seven in Texas. Between 2016 and 2017, Frisco, Texas (near Dallas), was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) at 8.2%, making its growth rate more than 11 times faster than the nation’s growth rate of 0.7%. Fort Worth, Texas, surpassed Indianapolis, Ind., becoming the 15th largest city in the United States with a population of 874,168. Indianapolis has a population of 863,002. The 14 largest U.S.cities have not changed since 2016. While the main focus of this release has been on the 3.9% of cities with populations of 50,000 or more, the United States is a nation of...
  • Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. LTD debuted its new San Antonio plant during a Monday afternoon event. The Japanese plastic injected molding machine maker welcomed customers, suppliers, public officials and other guests at the South Side plant for tours and an open house. The company's Los Angeles-based subsidiary Nissei America Inc. invested $21 million to build a 115,000-square-foot plant off Lyster Road at Brooks. Operating under the name Nissei Plastic Machinery America Inc., the San Antonio facility will be used to make medium to large-scale hybrid plastic injection molding machines for a variety of manufacturers. Now marking his ninth trip to the Alamo City, Nissei Plastic Industrial Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Sumio Tanaka told the Business Journal that the plant represents an important step for the company's plans to increase its presence in the Americas. "San Antonio is the center of the United States," Tanaka said. "It's not only the center of the United States — it's North America and South America. We can send our machines anywhere in the American continent." In a process that takes eight days to one month, the company's San Antonio plant is able to make up to five plastic injected molding machines at a time. The plant currently has nine employees. That number is expected to grow to 20 by the end of the year and up to 60 employees in three years. The new plant includes offices, a learning center, a showroom for customers and a service center. Brooks President and CEO Leo Gomez was part of the original September 2014 trade mission that brought the plant to San Antonio. The event, he said, fulfills the company's plans to meet demand in a growing sector in the manufacturing industry. "It's a real source of pride for the leadership of Nissei plastics," Gomez...
  • bankrx/iStock Once you find your dream house and your purchase offer is accepted, you need to get through one more step before you move in: mortgage closing. The time it takes to close on a home will vary from one person to the next. When everything goes right, loan closings can be completed in as little as 21 to 28 days, says Atlanta-based real estate agent Bruce Ailion. Currently, Ellie Mae reports that the average closing time for home loans is 44 days. “Factors like the type of home loan or last-minute changes and requests will affect the amount of time it takes before a house becomes yours. But typically, a lender can close on a mortgage in about a month,” states Andrina Valdes, the division president at Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. in San Antonio, TX. However, not everything always goes according to plan. Issues can arise that can keep you from settling into your new place for weeks and sometimes months longer than you expected. Here are some of the most common snafus that can delay the mortgage closing process. 1. Expensive purchases for your new home A word of advice: Don't make any pricey purchases with your credit card before closing on your house. "This could actually put buyers out of qualifying for their new home,” says Texas real estate agent Jeff Peterson. After an offer on a house is accepted, some people may be tempted to buy a new sofa, dining set, or another expensive piece of furniture. But real estate experts warn that this could be disastrous. Right before closing, the mortgage lender will pull the buyer’s credit to make sure nothing has changed. A big purchase will show up, which could become an issue, because it means that the buyer is taking on more debt....
  • Roughnecks and hunters have been replaced by herds of antelopes, Cape buffalo and wildebeest at a ranch just south of the Eagle Ford Shale town of Kenedy. That's where San Antonio-based Wildlife Partners LLC transformed an oil field worker housing site and hunting ranch off FM 743 into the company's second exotic game breeding facility. Wildlife Partners bought the 1,750-acre ranch in a $6.5 million deal in November 2016 and has since made more than $1 million in improvements to the property and transformed a former oil field man camp there into a lodge and visitors center. Click the slideshow to tour the Wildlife Partners facility in Kenedy. "Seeing a ranch go from being a venue for strictly hunting into a property used for wildlife conservation — one where some species could be returned to their native ranges — is very rewarding," Wildlife Partners co-founder and Chairman Brian Gilroy told the Business Journal. Wildlife Partners raises money from private investors to buy, breed, house and sell exotic animals. Investors own individual animals, which are housed and bred on company property. Offspring are sold with a pre-determined percentage of the profits going to the investor. The original Wildlife Partners ranch near the Hill Country town of Mountain Home houses 750 animals, while the new South Texas ranch is home to 1,500 and has room to hold many more, Gilroy said. "We have a $500,000 feed bill between the two ranches, but the new one has more grass and browse vegetation," Gilroy said. "The feed bill is lower here. There is much more natural foliage. The animals love it." Over the two past years, the company reported selling more than 5,000 animals, and it is projected to have have more than $10 million in sales this year. Gilroy said the company has...
  • The SaaS Sales Method creators launch sixth global office through the acquisition of Executive Answers MENLO PARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE) Winning By Design has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Austin, Texas-based Executive Answers to support continued growth. As part of this acquisition Executive Answers founder and CEO Ryan Cahill will be joining Winning By Design as a Partner and lead the Austin, Texas office. “We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our team and launch our Austin office. His passion for SaaS sales and revenue strategy will be a great asset to our clients.” said Jacco van Der Kooij, founder of Winning By Design. “I am honored to be joining the Winning By Design team who I believe to be the top firm in the SaaS sales world. Sales is becoming a science and requires a new methodology. That method for me is the SaaS Sales Method and the team is Winning by Design,” said Cahill. The SaaS Sales Method is a science-based approach to building out revenue teams that spans Sales Development Representatives, Account Executives, and Customer Success Managers. With it, Winning By Design is able to impact revenue and implement company-wide change in process, behavior, technology, and strategy. With this acquisition, Winning By Design continues its rapid growth in the area of SaaS sales strategy and organizational transformation. As most sectors of the economy begin adopting the systems-based go-to-market approach of SaaS sales, Winning By Design is positioning itself as the premier option for forward-looking sales organizations. “Winning By Design has over 150 SaaS sales clients and is rapidly growing, which has been the driver for this deal. We are also thrilled to make an investment in the Austin market,” said Dominique Levin, Managing Partner of Winning by Design. About Winning By Design Winning by Design is...
  • AP/Eric GayEmergency vehicles sit in front of a FedEx distribution center where a package exploded, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Schertz, Texas. Authorities believe the package bomb is linked to the recent string of Austin bombings. A package headed for Austin exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, just northeast of San Antonio, early Tuesday morning, injuring one employee. Federal authorities say they believe the incident is related to the string of four bombs that have rocked Austin this month. MAJOR INCIDENT SCHERTZ TEXAS AREA. This is what we have gathered unofficially: Shortly after 12 midnight, a package destined for Austin, Tx detonated at the FedEx distribution facility located at 9935 Doerr Lane. The package was said to have contained nails and shrapnel. The package blew up inside the facility’s sorting area at about 12:30 a.m., according to the Schertz Police Department. Details are pretty scarce right now, but FBI agent Michelle Lee told the Associated Press that “it would be silly for us not to admit that we suspect it’s related” to the four Austin bombings that have left two dead and four injured in March. Austin mayor Steve Adler told Spectrum News that he believes the incident seems to be related to the Austin bombings after talking with investigators, and Austin police chief Brian Manley said in a statement Tuesday morning that his department “is aware of the incident” in Schertz and “is working closely on the investigation” with federal authorities. “I want to continue to remind our community to pay close attention to any suspicious device whether it be a package, a bag, a backpack or anything that looks out of place, do not approach it,” Manley said. “Call 911 immediately.” Mayor Adler: After speaking with officials, this one in #Schertz seems to be related/hopefully it'll provide...
  • The Latest on primary day in Texas (all times CST): 12 a.m. A businessman will face a former chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the runoff for the Republican nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith in a hotly contested San Antonio district. Matt McCall moved on Tuesday to the May 22 runoff. He will face former Cruz staffer Chip Roy. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for unlimited digital access to our website, apps, the digital newspaper and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW More than 15 Republicans entered the race to replace Smith, who announced in November he would retire from a seat he's held since 1987. Smith is currently the chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee and is a noted skeptic of climate change. He is one of eight Texas congressmen not seeking re-election this year. ___ 11:45 p.m. Texas state Rep. Kevin Roberts has advanced to the Republican primary runoff to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Ted Poe. Roberts has served one term in the state Legislature. His opponent in the May runoff was not immediately clear as votes were still being counted. Poe is stepping down after six terms in Congress. He's one of eight Texas congressmen not seeking re-election this year. ___ 11:40 p.m. The seven-way Democratic primary in Dallas for the right to challenge longtime U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions is headed to a runoff. Leading the pack is Colin Allred, a former linebacker for the NFL's Tennessee Titans and a civil rights attorney. Allred's opponent in the May runoff wasn't immediately clear as votes were still being counted. The winner will face Sessions in November. Sessions was first elected to Congress in 2002 and his district includes Dallas enclaves north of downtown, such as upscale Highland Park and...
  • The local housing market is finally showing signs of cooling after growing at a rapid clip over the last five years. Last month, 2,427 homes were sold in the San Antonio area, a decline of 2.2 percent from April the year before, according to data released Thursday by the San Antonio Board of Realtors. It was only the third month since spring 2011 in which sales declined. Home sales increased by more than 7 percent for most months in 2016, but they rose only 1 percent in March and 3.4 percent in February. “The market is probably slowing down a little bit,” said Jim Gaines, chief economist at the Texas A&M Real Estate Center. “Last year was phenomenally good. You’re still seeing a good market, just not phenomenally good.” San Antonio’s housing market is still on track to break a sales record in 2017. So far this year, 8,592 homes have been sold, up 2.2 percent from the 8,408 sold at this time in 2016. The market set a sales record last year, with 29,536 homes sold. The median home price in San Antonio surged by 8.4 percent in April, to a record high of $215,500, according to SABOR’s data. That’s one of the highest price increases over the last few years. Home sales declined by 0.2 percent in Texas as a whole, by 2.1 percent in Austin’s Travis County and by 5.7 percent in Dallas County, the data show. In Houston’s Harris County, sales increased by 2.8 percent. It’s no surprise that sales are down from last year’s unusually strong numbers, Gaines said. Also, the pent-up demand from the housing crisis, when potential homebuyers delayed their plans because of the lousy economy, has finally been relieved, he said. April’s holidays, including Easter and Fiesta, might have also depressed sales,...
  • Source: Thinkstock February 05, 2018 - Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the state’s health information exchange (HIE) HASA are partnering to launch a pilot project for linking social determinants of health data to patient EHRs. The two San Antonio-based organizations will enable providers to use a more comprehensive picture of a patient’s health for complete care delivery. As part of the partnership, Methodist Healthcare Ministries award HASA a $175,000 grant to expand its services to include social determinants of health data that may influence patient health. Using the grant, HASA will integrate social determinant data into its clinical data repository through a cloud-based app. HASA Medical Director and University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine Vince Fonseca, MD, will spearhead the program. “We have heard from many physicians that HASA’s ability to provide clinical and up-to-date patient information at the time a patient needs care in an emergency room has become more mainstream,” HASA Executive Director Gijs van Oort told San Antonio Business Journal. “At the same time, research shows that the reasons people seek medical care are not limited to physical or emotional concerns but are more affected by social conditions such as housing, transportation and the ability to eat regularly,” he continued. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), social determinants of health include the conditions of the places where people live, learn, work, and play. These conditions can affect a variety of health risks and outcomes. Unstable housing, low income, unsafe neighborhoods, and substandard education are some of the major factors that can influence patient health. Incorporating social determinants of health data into patient EHRs may improve individual and population health management. The pilot program aims to give physicians a more holistic view of patient health that includes any clinical,...
  • TX Austin/San Antonio TX Zone Forecast for Monday, January 22, 2018 _____ 366 FPUS54 KEWX 222039 ZFPEWX Zone Forecast Product for South Central Texas National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio TX 239 PM CST Mon Jan 22 2018 TXZ192-230945- Travis- Including the city of Austin 239 PM CST Mon Jan 22 2018 .TONIGHT...Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. .TUESDAY...Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northwest winds 5 mph shifting to the northeast in the afternoon. .TUESDAY NIGHT...Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. North winds 5 mph. .WEDNESDAY...Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. .WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Clear. Lows in the upper 30s. East winds 5 mph. .THURSDAY...Mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s. .THURSDAY NIGHT...Partly cloudy before midnight then becoming cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 40s. .FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT...Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s. Lows in the mid 50s. .SATURDAY...Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly cloudy. Chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s. Chance of rain 40 percent. .SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 40s. Highs in the lower 60s. .SUNDAY NIGHT...Clear. Lows in the upper 30s. .MONDAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. $$ TXZ205-230945- Bexar- Including the city of San Antonio 239 PM CST Mon Jan 22 2018 .TONIGHT...Clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph. .TUESDAY...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. North winds 5 mph shifting to the east in the afternoon. .TUESDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 5 mph. .WEDNESDAY...Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. .WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s....