By Johnny Hernandez
SAN ANTONIO — “This is about as good as it gets right now,” said former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who delivered the keynote address at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 39th Annual Economic Outlook Conference (EOC) held last month.
The EOC served as an opportunity for members of the local business community to share the latest information about various industry developments within San Antonio.
According to the Chamber’s quarterly report, local job growth has seen better days, but could very well turn around come this fall.
“Healthcare and bioscience is the number one industry in San Antonio,” said Richard Perez, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. “One of every seven jobs in San Antonio is in the healthcare or bioscience sector.”
About 30 or 40 years ago, San Antonio’s economy relied solely on tourism and the military. Today, it is a much more diversified economy. (Courtesy photo)
Perez is not only talking about doctors, nurses and x-ray techs, but also those who teach people how to be doctors, nurses and others of the like. In addition, there are also plenty of research jobs and facilities available to make a huge impact on the future of San Antonio’s economy.
With a $16-$17 billion economic impact from that sector each year, it is no wonder why the Alamo City has not been hit hard by the nation’s recession. Instead, S.A. seems to be on the right track, according to keynote speaker Giuliani, but with much more room for growth.
“I’m going to give you some advice, and the advice is this,” said Giuliani. “You need to continue to invest in your infrastructure.”
By infrastructure, the former New York City mayor did not only discuss roads, transportation and sewage, but also focused on infrastructure within people and communities through education and job training for future generations.
For high school students who do not have the means readily available to pursue higher education, and want to make a seamless transition from high school to college and/or the work force, Perez mentioned The Alamo Academies (www.accd.edu/academies) as a good source for doing so.