Senior Vice President and Texas District Manager
With San Antonio continuing to show strong population growth, there continues to be a need for new infrastructure in both Bexar and Comal counties, Hedlund says. New office buildings, hotels and residential and recreation areas are being built as the demand to live downtown increases.
“The new downtown expansion plans for the University of Texas at San Antonio have put the downtown area into overdrive,” Hedlund says. UTSA President Taylor Eighmy’s “transformative” vision for the downtown campus will turn the area into a tech corridor with a new National Security Collaboration Center and a School of Data Science. “It will give our community and business leaders access to thousands of well-educated workers,” Hedlund says.
He also sees the university funding gap leading to more public-private partnership projects in the area. “An example of this is the proposed innovation center at the Port of San Antonio, which would showcase new technologies developed in San Antonio and provide a platform to market them to buyers throughout the nation and around the world,” he says.