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File #: 19-1911   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Economic and Workforce Development Committee
On agenda: 2/12/2019
Posting Language: Briefing and update from Tech Bloc's Chief Technology & Recruitment Officer [Carlos J. Contreras III, Assistant City Manager; Rene Dominguez, Director, Economic Development]
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DEPARTMENT: Economic Development



SUBJECT: Update from Tech Bloc's Chief Technology Recruitment Officer (CTRO) Update


Tech Bloc's Chief Talent Recruitment Officer (CTRO) is a unique initiative that provides a resource to both IT businesses and individuals looking for IT jobs by providing a single point of contact and coordination for workers, employers, and educators. Funds for this initiative have already been approved and appropriated. This presentation will provide the framework and initial plan by the recently hired CTRO, Dax Moreno.


The IT industry in San Antonio is one of the targeted industries for economic and workforce development. This industry provides good jobs and good career pathways for San Antonio residents. To maintain the growth of the IT industry, it is important to understand what the industry needs. One of these needs, communicated through Tech Bloc, is the need to improve the recruitment cycle locally in the IT industry.

There are approximately 1,000 IT-related companies/institutions employing close to 35,000 IT workers in San Antonio. Large employers such as USAA and Rackspace have dedicated talent recruitment and hiring professionals on staff. However, the great majority of small-to-mid-sized technology companies lack access to these types of professional recruitment resources, relying instead on personal/professional networks, job boards, and/or expensive, one-off headhunter type services. Meanwhile, regional IT workers or those interested in access to IT-related career fields lack a central location for job listings, placement services, and/or training and scholarship opportunities. The internet is an inefficient or un-optimized labor education, recruitment and placement market in San Antonio.

To create a healthy ecosystem for IT talent, San Antonio will need to grow its current labor market through training and recruitment, while fosterin...

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