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Alamo City Music Hall on East Side Closes

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A local East Side favorite is closing after nearly a decade of hosting live music to make way for a new technology and research center.

Sylvia Fernandez, owner of Alamo City Music Hall at E. Houston and N. Cherry streets, posted on the venue’s Facebook page that:

“It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I must say goodbye to Alamo City Music Hall. Pete (her late husband) and I opened this venue in March of 2010 wanting to bring the live music scene to a new level. Through hard work, dedication and help from all of the fans, promoters and long time staff who have all been with us since the inception, we were able to make Backstage Live /Alamo City Music Hall known as THE live music venue in San Antonio,”

Texas Research and Technology Foundation purchased the Merchant’s Ice complex, a former industrial site, about two years ago, and soon became the landlord for the music venue. The city of San Antonio recently approved an incentive package for the foundation to begin a massive redevelopment of the Merchant’s Ice complex to include business startups, a research component, a hotel, and more.

“All of us at Alamo City Music Hall can’t thank the community enough for your support over the years and to the bands and promoters, we are eternally grateful you chose our venue.,” Fernandez said. We will carry the memories with us forever. I will have updated information regarding a new venture for concerts in the near future.

To read more about the redevelopment, go here.

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Amazon’s Pledge

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Amazon Pledges to Upskill 100,000 U.S. Employees for In-Demand Jobs by 2025

Amazon will invest over $700 million to provide upskilling training programs for one in three of its employees across the U.S.

Programs will help Amazonians from all backgrounds access training to move into highly skilled technical and non-technical roles across the company’s corporate offices, tech hubs, fulfillment centers, retail stores, and transportation network, or pursue career paths outside of Amazon

Based on a review of its workforce and analysis of U.S. hiring, Amazon’s fastest growing highly skilled jobs over the last five years include data mapping specialist, data scientist, solutions architect and business analyst, as well as logistics coordinator, process improvement manager and transportation specialist within our customer fulfillment network

Employee upskilling investment builds on Amazon’s $15 minimum wage and comprehensive benefits including medical insurance, 401k savings plan, and generous parental leave

Amazon’s Upskilling 2025 pledge invests in a range of new upskilling programs to serve employees from all backgrounds and Amazon locations. Programs include Amazon Technical Academy, which equips non-technical Amazon employees with the essential skills to transition into, and thrive in, software engineering careers; Associate2Tech, which trains fulfillment center associates to move into technical roles regardless of their previous IT experience; Machine Learning University, offering employees with technical backgrounds the opportunity to access machine learning skills via an on-site training program; AmazonCareer Choice, a pre-paid tuition program designed to train fulfillment center associates in high-demand occupations of their choice; Amazon Apprenticeship, a Department of Labor certified program that offers paid intensive classroom training and on-the-job apprenticeships with Amazon; and AWS Training and Certification, which provide employees with courses to build practical AWS Cloud knowledge that is essential to operating in a technical field.

“Through our continued investment in local communities in more than 40 states across the country, we have created tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. in the past year alone,” said Beth Galetti, Senior Vice President, HR. “For us, creating these opportunities is just the beginning. While many of our employees want to build their careers here, for others it might be a stepping stone to different aspirations. We think it’s important to invest in our employees, and to help them gain new skills and create more professional options for themselves. With this pledge, we’re committing to support 100,000 Amazonians in getting the skills to make the next step in their careers.”

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Subcontractors Opportunity

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ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE IS THE HOST SITE OF A JOB INFORMATION SESSION FOR POTENTIAL SUBCONTRACTORS IN A HALF-BILLION-DOLLAR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT—A 12-STORY UHS HOSPITAL SERVING CHILDREN AND WOMEN

SAN ANTONIO (June 26, 2019)–––St. Philip’s College is the host site of an information session for potential subcontractors in a half-billion-dollar construction project with a bevy of jobs to fill.

A capital improvement at University Hospital’s main campus in the South Texas Medical Center includes a 12-story hospital serving children and women.

The subcontractor job information session for the $500 million project is June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s 600-seat Watson Fine Arts Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. Parking and admission are both free. Guests should look for event parking in front of the college’s large blue Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award signage on the auditorium exterior that is visible from Martin Luther King Drive.

The project is by far the largest single project the college has supported as a facility-leasing community partner for an emerging job opportunity. Guests should also note that St. Philip’s College operates the city’s most advanced community college-level training facilities for most of the construction subcontractor—and medical technology—job opportunities related to this project with a November 2019 groundbreaking date and a 2022 completion date. 

For subcontractor details on the June 29 information session, contact UHS director of supply diversity Edward Cruz, Jr., at (210) 358-9112,edward.cruzjr@uhs-sa.com. For leasing details at the SPC Watson Fine Arts Center, contact college technical director-auditorium manager Russell Calder at (210) 486-2706, rcalder@alamo.edu. Find details for St. Philip’s College education in the types of professions related to this $500 million project at alamo.edu/spc.

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1st African American USAA Chairman to Retire

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Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles has announced the next USAA’s membership meeting in August will be the last as chairman.
Since 2004 General Lyles has been on USAA’s board of directors. He told members that he deeply appreciates their trust and thanked them “for your loyalty through the years” in a recent letter that was part of the annual membership report.

Born April 20, 1946 General Lyles is a former United States Air Force general, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, and Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. After retirement from the Air Force in 2003, he became a company director for General Dynamics, DPL Inc., KBR Incorporated, Precision Castparts Corp., MTC Technologies, Battelle Memorial Institute and USAA. Lyles is also a Trustee of Analytic Services and a Managing Partner of Four Seasons Ventures, LLC.

In 2017, Lyles earned $461,034 from his role as board chairman, up from $449,910 in 2016. In 2018, Lyles earned $458,499 in salary for the role, records show.

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