THE ROAD AHEAD

The Port has established an ambitious goal to create 5,000 new jobs by 2020.

As the organization looks at this upcoming milestone and the years beyond, it is also taking into account the history that allowed the property and generations of people who worked here to succeed:
Remain flexible and be quick to adapt.

The Port, with its large spaces and unique logistics assets, is especially well-equipped to connect people with opportunities that arise around the corner, across our nation or on the other side of the globe.

Specifically, the Port's plans are focused on continuing to be strategic partners to the industries that are thriving here.

 

Aerospace

Since the dawn of aviation, San Antonians have built incredible expertise in aircraft maintenance, repairs and modifications. And that is the hallmark of much of the work that takes place at the Port. Thousands of talented men and women on our campus exemplify that breadth of experience. They ensure the preparedness of iconic platforms that are the backbone of today’s military aviation—from the steadfast B-52 and C-17 to today’s most advanced commercial airliners, including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 air cargo freighter. The Port works hand-in-hand with its customers to capture those important opportunities in global aerospace growth, as the global fleet of commercial aircraft is projected to more than double in less than 20 years.

 

Advanced Manufacturing

Strong logistics connections, the site’s foreign-trade zone designation, a robust workforce and training partners and an array of logistics specialists are among the key elements that make the Port a durable foundation for making great things. In addition to a large aerospace community, the organization welcomed manufacturers in recent years who have specialized in the following: assembly within a foreign-trade zone; manufacturing of HVAC units used in trucks and other heavy equipment in the U.S. and Mexico; and, most recently, an India-based firm that is opening its first North American plant at the Port—an ideal location for its manufacturing of high precision components for the medical, aerospace and automotive industries.

 

Cybersecurity

San Antonio is home to the second-largest concentration of cybersecurity experts in the U.S. outside of Washington, D.C. And a big number of them—over 1,000, in fact—are housed at Port San Antonio. Here, many of them support the Air Force Cyber Command. This large community has created an important center of gravity on the Port campus. Starting in 2015, four private-sector firms established operations at the Port both to support the Department of Defense but also to serve the non-military market—regional and global industries for whom securing data and IT infrastructure is paramount. These include the aerospace, manufacturing, banking and the medical sectors, among many others. The Port’s near-term plans include adding a new office complex that is tailor-made to support the needs of cybersecurity and other advanced technology operations.

 

Global Logistics

The Port's position on the heart the NAFTA Highway, strong multi-modal connections and the region’s large market and dynamic economy make the entity an ideal location for several specialized logistics service providers. They support many of our existing customers and also serve growing industries throughout South Texas, including energy, manufacturing and retail.

 

DEFENSE

Over half of the 12,000 workers at the Port are Air Force personnel—mostly professionals, including cybersecurity specialists, architects, engineers, and attorneys—who work for a growing number of agency headquarters on the campus. Furthermore, as additional missions relocate to the region, Port San Antonio has emerged as a leader in helping the Air Force meet pressing needs for highly specialized facilities.

 

MIXED-USE

About 400 acres in the heart of the campus comprise a mix of historic and new buildings to support an array of customers and grow amenities for thousands of people who already work here. There are several offices—including state-of-the-art spaced built to top sustainability standards—that house defense, cybersecurity, business services and other administrative functions. There are also nearly 400 housing units that are leased to the general public. And, increasingly, the Port is working to bring more restaurant and dining options to the growing number of workers on-site and the surrounding community.


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