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Old Posted Oct 24, 2018, 8:17 PM
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Go to the company’s website. It doesn’t really say anything. They have a News link and the page is empty.

Glassdoor says the company has less than a 1000 employees now, And their employees rate the company at just over 2 stars. It seems like they provide customer support as a third party (Verizon was mentioned in the reviews). It doesn’t sound like a great win, and I would be surprised if they get to that 1400 number. It almost feels like a con.

We’ll see; I guess it beats a Siracha plant?
So BPO is Business Process Outsourcing - which is essentially a call center. I interviewed for a management position with a different BPO provider a couple of years ago in SA. As you mentioned it basically allows large companies to outsource their basic customer service to be run by the BPO. Turnover is pretty high so some of these BPOs will hire contractors to man the call centers and not have to deal with all the paperwork that goes with that turnover. I have no doubt that they'll bring 1,400 jobs to the area, I just don't think they'll be full time OKIN jobs, but who knows. It's their US headquarters so you'd have to assume they'll have at least a few good, non-call center jobs there.

Either way, it's economic development and investment in an area of town that hasn't traditionally attracted large employers. I know it's not a brand name employer but it's still better than no jobs or development and it's something the city can point to in the future as showing it can attract international firms to the city. I admit I'm taking a "glass half full" approach, but I think it's overall a positive things for the city.
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Old Posted Oct 24, 2018, 10:28 PM
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About the company-

OKIN has been providing information technology services such as project management, multilingual customer support, and cloud and and security expertise. Operating mostly in Europe, the company is ranked among the biggest and fastest growing Czech Republic-based service providers on the global market and has been expanding worldwide

https://therivardreport.com/czech-co...ers-at-brooks/
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So BPO is Business Process Outsourcing - which is essentially a call center. I interviewed for a management position with a different BPO provider a couple of years ago in SA. As you mentioned it basically allows large companies to outsource their basic customer service to be run by the BPO. Turnover is pretty high so some of these BPOs will hire contractors to man the call centers and not have to deal with all the paperwork that goes with that turnover. I have no doubt that they'll bring 1,400 jobs to the area, I just don't think they'll be full time OKIN jobs, but who knows. It's their US headquarters so you'd have to assume they'll have at least a few good, non-call center jobs there.

Either way, it's economic development and investment in an area of town that hasn't traditionally attracted large employers. I know it's not a brand name employer but it's still better than no jobs or development and it's something the city can point to in the future as showing it can attract international firms to the city. I admit I'm taking a "glass half full" approach, but I think it's overall a positive things for the city.
Good take.
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New data released Friday indicates that the hospitality industry’s economic impact on the Alamo City reached $15.2 billion in 2017, a $1.6 billion increase from 2015.

Those figures are part of a new study produced by Trinity University professors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl. According to the new study, 37 million people visited San Antonio in 2017, an increase of 7.3 million visitors since 2015.

San Antonio’s escalated recruitment of more airlines and flights has contributed to the spike in visitation as improved air access has made the city a more appealing destination. Butler and Stefl say the new data proves that tourism remains a vibrant sector and continues to become a more critical part of the city’s economy.
https://www.bizjournals.com/sananton...surpasses.html
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2018, 12:59 AM
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From mysa.com:

The Kohl's department store chain will open an operations center in San Antonio that's expected to employ more than 1,000 people within about three years.

Kohl's planned expansion follows Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.'s announcement in October that it would create 838 jobs at a new regional corporate campus to be built in the Westover Hills area. It already employs more than 900 locally.


http://www.mysanantonio.com/business...wFullArticle=y
Does anyone know if this thing ever got built and if it did was it as good as expected?
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2018, 1:53 AM
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Does anyone know if this thing ever got built and if it did was it as good as expected?

Not sure about Kohl's but here's the info on Nationwide

https://www.nationwide.com/about-us/...an-antonio.jsp
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Old Posted Dec 20, 2018, 5:42 AM
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The reason I asked is my daughter started working at a store in Ft.Worth and they say everything in Texas and the southwest goes thru the regional operations center in DFW not in SA. Got my hometown pride up in arms just a little....
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There is a Kohl's call center out on the west side, I don't know how many they have though.
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Does anyone know if this thing ever got built and if it did was it as good as expected?
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Sa...!4d-98.4568128

https://www.google.com/maps/@29.4722...7i13312!8i6656
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Wow, what a sprawling parking lot with lots of paved surface and nowhere for workers to go without getting into their cars. A great example of un-great urban planning.
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Wow, what a sprawling parking lot with lots of paved surface and nowhere for workers to go without getting into their cars. A great example of un-great urban planning.
That Citigroup/American Funds building is pretty cool. The parking, for the employees, is underground.

Not sure that takes cars off the road, but it is a better use of the land. And, they have a top notch kitchen that offers meals without having to leave the campus. And I mean top notch. The Food Network kitchen might be smaller.

It smelled delicious the times I was there.
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PenFed plans to open regional financial center creating 600 new jobs.

From: The Rivard Report

“This project illustrates the community’s continued commitment to attracting innovative employers to our city and the creation of skilled, high-wage jobs,” City Manager Sheryl Sculley said.


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Old Posted Jan 27, 2019, 8:15 AM
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Wow, what a sprawling parking lot with lots of paved surface and nowhere for workers to go without getting into their cars. A great example of un-great urban planning.
It is 15 miles from downtown in a very suburban setting. All city’s have this. If this was Kohl’s corporate headquarters I’d agree. It is not.
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It is 15 miles from downtown in a very suburban setting. All city’s have this. If this was Kohl’s corporate headquarters I’d agree. It is not.
One could infer from your statement that only downtowns should have walkable areas with amenities for people. I'd rather have a couple nearby lunch choices every day than the company cafeteria. I assume that's not entirely what you meant, so please expand on your thought if you like.

We all know how hot cars get in San Antonio. A typical summer day at lunch time is over 90º. That means it's about 110º or more in your car. It takes a few minutes just to get your car to the point where you can get in it to drive to your lunch spot down the highway, then find a parking spot, then wait for a table, then do the whole hot car thing in reverse to get back to work in less than an hour. I'd much rather walk around the corner for lunch.

This looks like yet another 70s/80s style suburban office wasteland. Planners need to plan.

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500 Tech Jobs Promised as Accenture Expands in San Antonio

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Looks like if the Missions want a new stadium, they will have to pay for it.

https://woai.iheart.com/content/2019...DbQEmiGJwUucOE

"Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the idea of building a new, taxpayer funded baseball stadium to house the San Antonio Missions as they make the move this season from AA to AAA level baseball is 'pretty much dead,' News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Former Mayor Ivy Taylor had proposed a purpose-built AAA baseball stadium downtown, specifically in an area of the newly renovated Hemisfair, across I-37 from the Alamodome.

While the owner of the Missions is pushing for a new stadium, Wolff told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board there is no support for it on the city or county levels, and the key now is the upgrade Wolff Stadium to meet AAA standards."
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Looks like if the Missions want a new stadium, they will have to pay for it.

https://woai.iheart.com/content/2019...DbQEmiGJwUucOE

"Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff says the idea of building a new, taxpayer funded baseball stadium to house the San Antonio Missions as they make the move this season from AA to AAA level baseball is 'pretty much dead,' News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Former Mayor Ivy Taylor had proposed a purpose-built AAA baseball stadium downtown, specifically in an area of the newly renovated Hemisfair, across I-37 from the Alamodome.

While the owner of the Missions is pushing for a new stadium, Wolff told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board there is no support for it on the city or county levels, and the key now is the upgrade Wolff Stadium to meet AAA standards."
A politician saying taxpayers shouldn't pay to build a new stadium for a private corporation that would move the team from a stadium with his name on it? Nothing interesting to see here. Move along.
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A politician saying taxpayers shouldn't pay to build a new stadium for a private corporation that would move the team from a stadium with his name on it? Nothing interesting to see here. Move along.
His name or not, personally I agree with him. Public funds should not be used to build a new stadium for a private team, especially when it's only for a AAA team.

Major League team, we can talk. Minors, no way.
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I Would be okay with a 50/50. Deal.
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His name or not, personally I agree with him. Public funds should not be used to build a new stadium for a private team, especially when it's only for a AAA team.

Major League team, we can talk. Minors, no way.
I also agree that public funds shouldn't be used for corporate profit. I didn't make that clear. My bad. I was only stating that while it may legally and therefore justifiably be his place to make such a statement (with which I happen to agree) there is also a conflict of interest. It's a gray area situation. But yes, I do agree with him... and you.


I imagine most people on this forum aren't old enough to remember the Alamodome funding brewhaha. City figures (including Henry Cisneros, Red McCombs and Nelson Wolff) and many other corporate figures alike all pushed for an increase in the Via (bus) tax to finance the Alamodome with the promise that it would help land an NFL team in San Antonio. Citizens voted in favor of the tax increase instead of asking an NFL that might be interested to pay for the construction themselves. Well, the dome got built, no team came to San Antonio and while the stadium has been used in many ways, it certainly didn't hold up to the promise that people made when they pushed for the public to finance what should have been a private venture. Maybe Wolff is thinking back to that in deciding his opinion about the baseball stadium. Who knows?
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