Our quarterly NEC Business Development Breakfast kicked off with a welcome from District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher and featured a full agenda with much for NEC stakeholders to be excited about. The breakfast meeting was held Friday, July 10th at the ITT Tech East San Antonio Campus, located at NE Loop 410 and Perrin Beitel Rd. We extend a big “thank you” to Campus Director Barry Bailey and staff for hosting the crowd of NEC-area business operators and property owners.
NEC Revitalization Manager Michael Taylor provided a summary of the Corridor’s most recent successes, highlighting the increase of investment in the NEC. New businesses such as Tip Top Café, Pollo Tropical, and Family Dollar have contributed over $26 million in private investment to the NEC since the revitalization initiative began in 2012. Taylor also discussed the SATommorrow Comprehensive Plan and the potential for the NEC to capitalize on the City’s expected growth in population, employment, and housing over the next twenty-five years.
Business development is a principle goal of the NEC revitalization effort. Guest speakerPeter French gave a presentation on business development resources available through Café Commerce to assist new and existing business owners in the NEC. Café Commerce is a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs, startups and small-business owners can get personal support, information, resources, market data and guidance to start and maintain their businesses. Click here to view the Café Commerce website.
Another exciting update brings a bit of history into the NEC. The section of Nacogdoches Road that was a part of the original route of the El Camino Real, or “King’s Highway” will be marked with official National Park Service signage. The historic markers celebrate the critical role this early route played in the settlement of Texas.
The meeting concluded with an announcement of the NEC Enhancement Matching Grant recipients. Congratulations to all! We are looking forward to seeing the these projects take shape.
If you were unable to join us for the meeting, click this link to view the PowerPoint presentation: Business Development Meeting PowerPoint