San Antonio Regulations—Manufacturers Eye Surrounding Cities for Expansion
While manufacturing continues to be strong in the San Antonio area, manufacturers are not looking to expand inside the city limits. With the continued increase in regulations, city council policy proposals and an increase in property taxes, it has become harder to be competitive while maintaining a profitable bottom line. For example, Mona Helmy, Owner of Helmy Associates & Co., Inc. stated, “my property taxes in 2013 were $12,000. Today, 2018, they are $33,000. Every year I have to hire an attorney to protest them. In addition to the increase in taxes, it is very expensive to fight the tax office.” I also appreciate SAMA taking an active role in contacting my City Council Member, Dist. 7, and asking for assistance in this matter. To date, there has not been a response. Is there an anti-business sentiment in San Antonio?
New Braunfels, Schertz, and Seguin Economic Development Corporations are actively recruiting manufacturers because they all know how important manufacturing is to their cities. Manufacturing helps to drive employment, improve wages, bring economic impact to the city as well as the local businesses. Manufacturing diversity brings stability to their economies. Many of these local manufacturers export a substantial share of their goods outside their local economy.
All three of these cities have recognized the need to support the manufacturers with an educated workforce. Together, they have partnered with local high schools, the Alamo Colleges and the Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) to train students in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. Students with Advance Manufacturing Training typically start careers at a higher wage earned by many four-year college graduates.
As manufacturing continues to grow outside of San Antonio, SAMA recognizes the importance of supporting these communities as well. SAMA will continue its’ efforts to expand its footprint beyond the city limits to ensure manufacturing continues to grow in the San Antonio metropolitan surrounding area.
—Jim Caldwell,Manufacturing Professional, Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center