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Shift in Port San Antonio Strategic Approach Yields Close to 3,000 New Jobs
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Shift in Port San Antonio Strategic Approach Yields Close to 3,000 New Jobs

Port San Antonio's new strategic course launched 18 months ago has paid off with close to 3,000 new jobs in cybersecurity, aerospace, and other advanced technologies, Port president and CEO Jim Perschbach said in Friday's State of the Port address. Organized by the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the annual year in review emphasized how bold decisions have paid off so far in economic development and new opportunities for innovation at the Port. Of the 2,757 jobs created since the start of fiscal year 2018 to date, only 50 were a result of economic incentives offered by the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Pershbach said.  The Port is home to significant cybersecurity operations, including 1,000 personnel employed by the 16th Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) headquarters...
Plus One Robotics Expands to New 10,500-Square-Foot Facility at Port San Antonio
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Plus One Robotics Expands to New 10,500-Square-Foot Facility at Port San Antonio

Despite the gloomy weather, onlookers eagerly lined up to tour the new Plus One Robotics facility at Port San Antonio Tuesday. Co-founders Shaun Edwards, Paul Hvass, and Erik Nieves have combined several advanced technologies in order to automate warehouse operations for e-commerce companies. The robotics startup developed innovative software that trains three-dimensional camera-equipped robots using machine learning to teach them how to see and pick up items on an assembly line. The advanced vision capabilities and high-performance manipulators are parts of the company's PickOne system, an automated, mixed parcel sorting and picking (or singulation) system. The company also offers Yonder, a remote robot management service for enterprises, and CheckOne, an automated quality assurance...
Port San Antonio To Present Plan for New Innovation Hub Nov. 30
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Port San Antonio To Present Plan for New Innovation Hub Nov. 30

Last week, a group of Texas State Legislature Representatives visited Port San Antonio to learn about its ambitious plans for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) innovation campus in San Antonio. Many eagerly anticipate the Port's proposed development concept which Port board members should receive by November 30, said Port president and CEO Jim Perschbach. In February, Port board members approved a pre-development agreement with American Triple I Partners, an infrastructure private equity firm focused on transportation, information technology, and smart city investments, to build the innovation center. The 120-day agreement has been extended to November 30, when the Port's Board members will review and vote to approve the development plan. The proposed innovation ...
Knight Aerospace Expands Operations to Port San Antonio
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Knight Aerospace Expands Operations to Port San Antonio

San Antonio-based Knight Aerospace, a company that manufactures customized kits to transform the interior of military cargo planes quickly for other uses, is expanding its operations to Port San Antonio. Later this year Knight Aerospace will move to 3604 SW 36th Street where the company will have about 80,000 square feet for fabrication, design, research and development, and office spaces in its new facility at the Port. Launched in 1992, the company is recognized globally for its design and fabrication of specialized self-contained units — modular, palletized systems that can be loaded easily onto an aircraft to transform its functionality in a matter of hours. The U.S. Air Force uses Knight’s airplane modules on its C-130, C-17, C-27J, C-235, and C-77J/G222 aircraft, among other...
Port San Antonio Delegation at Global Aerospace Conference Highlights Advanced Tech
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Port San Antonio Delegation at Global Aerospace Conference Highlights Advanced Tech

At this week's Aviation Week MRO Americas in Atlanta, Georgia, decision-makers from the aviation industry gathered to learn about the latest technology solutions to business challenges. Its expansive exhibit hall floor affords attendees the ability to connect with the people behind emerging innovations across the globe. The expansive 800 square feet exhibit showcasing San Antonio’s technologies captured the attention of many at the MRO conference who were unaware of the city's talents in advanced aviation, robotics, cybersecurity, and virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Port San Antonio headed a delegation of businesses and partner organizations to participate in the international conference April 9 and 10 to connect with the industries that support the maintenance, repair, and over...
Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio
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Lockheed Martin Launches New Cyber Facility at Port San Antonio

Lockheed Martin has opened its development center in Port San Antonio's new cybersecurity-centric building known as Project Tech. The largest U.S. defense contractor is leasing 15,000 square feet in the 90,000-square-foot cybersecurity-focused facility located on the Port’s campus across the street from the 24th Air Force’s cyber command. The first tenant to sign a lease in the Project Tech building, Lockheed Martin has designed the space to serve as laboratories for the exploratory work they do for clients such as the 24th and 25th Air Force in San Antonio and the National Security Agency (NSA) location in Texas, according to Lockheed Martin vice president of spectrum convergence, Deon Viergutz. His division is one of two (the other being cyber solutions) teams that will work at the ne...
Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities
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Port San Antonio Approves Pre-Development Agreement for Innovation Center, Cyber Facilities

Plans for an ambitious innovation campus at Port San Antonio have gotten one step closer to realization. Port board members voted Wednesday afternoon to approve a pre-development 120-day agreement with American Triple I Partners, LLC. The memorandum of understanding outlines how the Port will work with American Triple I Partners to build the innovation center on the 1,900-acre campus first proposed in 2018. Sundt Infrastructure Development will support Triple I during the pre-development phase. American Triple I Partners is an infrastructure private equity firm that focuses on transportation, information technology, and smart city investments. The same partners will also work on the concept development for a second facility as part of the Port’s Project Tech complex. The new build...
SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP
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SA Chamber’s Will Garrett to Join Port San Antonio as New Cybersecurity Development VP

Port San Antonio has scored a strategic hire to catapult its cybersecurity business development. Will Garrett joins the Port Tuesday as its new vice president and director of cybersecurity development.  Garrett comes to the Port from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce where he was the executive director of the Chamber's Cybersecurity San Antonio for almost four years. His portfolio at the Chamber focused on the growth and development of the local cybersecurity industry and advocacy for legislative issues impacting the sector. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has promoted deputy Amanda Keammerer to acting director of Cybersecurity San Antonio. Previously, Garrett led the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department where he managed federal and state advocacy e...
San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’
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San Antonio: Moving from a Cybersecurity City to ‘Cyber City, USA’

“Cybersecurity as an industry is still in its infancy, and San Antonio is among the elite locations poised for growth," a Deloitte report found. What are the next steps for San Antonio as the city leverages its strengths in cybersecurity? Natalie Wilson is a senior associate in the Cybersecurity, Data Protection, and Privacy Practice Group in the San Antonio office of Langley & Banack, Inc. Her colleague, Lui Chambers, recently moderated a multidisciplinary panel discussing San Antonio’s cybersecurity future. Hosted by the Association for Corporate Growth, the Oct. 30 discussion included panelists Jim Perschbach, Port San Antonio CEO and president, Bret Piatt, Jungle Disk CEO, Dr. Greg White, director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at UTSA, and Michael ...
Startup Companies DC Industries and Ractive Develop Cybersecurity VR Training
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Startup Companies DC Industries and Ractive Develop Cybersecurity VR Training

Cybersecurity training provider DC Industries is incorporating virtual reality (VR)-based scenarios from Ractive, a Geekdom-based startup, into their training programs. The two San Antonio startups have been collaborating on developing customized cybersecurity VR training over the past two months. DCI will launch its new VR cybersecurity training with the Threat Actor Targeting and Exploitation – Cyber Espionage course scheduled to start Sept. 24 and again Dec. 10. The Cyber Incident Response VR class will begin Jan. 14, 2019. DCI’s full training schedule is online. Based at Port San Antonio, DCI provides targeted training for veterans transitioning into a cybersecurity career and plans to incorporate virtual reality into every technical training course in its curriculum, DCI founder...