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UTSA trade assistance center hosts manufacturers symposium


At symposium are (from left) Robert Velasquez (SWTAAC), Berto Guerra (Avanzar Interior Technologies) and Rep. Francisco Canseco

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(May 15, 2012) -- The Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SWTAAC), part of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, last month presented its first Manufacturers Symposium. Local manufacturers gathered at the Avanazar Interior Technologies to learn the latest manufacturing industry news and legislation from Capitol Hill from Texas Rep. Francisco Canseco, 23rd district.

The symposium was hosted by the UTSA Southwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (SWTAAC) in partnership with Avanzar Technologies and the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center South Central Office.

Agenda items included a safety presentation, legislative update, panel discussion on energy, exporting and manufacturing grants, and Toyota plant tours. Manufacturing is currently a $100 billion industry in Bexar County.

"It is important for industry leaders to work together to advance the manufacturing industry, and we were pleased to have this opportunity to speak with Congressman Canseco via a private roundtable to discuss important issues impacting manufacturers," said Robert Velasquez, SWTAAC director. "Through this process of sharing information, our hope is to promote manufacturing in Texas so we might improve our economic impact on the region and the state."

SWTAAC helps qualified manufacturers and service firms with federal grants to implement improvement projects. The San Antonio regional office serves Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Plans are underway to have other symposiums in Texas and Oklahoma.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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