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Shareholders of Round Rock-based Dell Technologies voted Tuesday to take the company public after operating for five years as a private company. The closing of the roughly $23 billion move will happen at the end of the month.

A free program to teach digital skills to San Antonio veterans launched by two tech non-profits began accepting applications Friday.

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The technology industry is one of the most in-demand fields in the U.S., and one of the most in-demand jobs in that industry is a software developer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of software developers will have to grow 31 percent by 2026 to keep up with demand.

“You could probably put that advertisement up and leave it out there for a year and not find one qualified candidate,” said Bryan Rider, vice president of business development at Tri-Starr Group, a staffing company.

But it isn't just software developers that are in demand, it’s all tech-related workers — and San Antonio and Bexar County aim to change that. Last year, the city and county budgeted $300,000 for a one-of-a-kind position to address the gap: chief talent and recruitment officer, or CTRO.


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Tech Bloc, a tech industry advocacy organization, was given $300,000 last year to create the position of chief technology and recruitment officer. This person would recruit in-demand technology workers, connect locals with technology jobs and maintain a database of open positions in the city.

Tech Bloc announced Wednesday it hired Dax Moreno for the position. 

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Georgetown, located north of Austin, was the first in Texas to go 100 percent renewable energy in 2017. Now, the city of nearly 70,000 thousand people wants to generate power locally in a move staff say could change how neighborhoods are designed in the future.


San Antonio’s share of a state fund to address pollution shrunk more than $12 million.

In an earlier draft of the deal, Bexar County was allotted $73.6 million as part of a settlement with Volkswagen for violating the Clean Air Act. The total was reduced to $61 million after pushback from other Texas communities. Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It's Sunday, Nov. 4. Fredericksburg's Hannah Stone had attended church and had breakfast with her two kids, before dropping off her 14-year-old daughter Lauren to wait for a couple of friends on Main Street.

"The last thing I saw was her walking 10, 15 feet into the ice cream shop," she said.

Stone hadn't driven two blocks when her phone rang. It was a strange number, but she knew her daughter's cell phone was dead so she picked it up.

She heard a girl scream "mom" and the sounds of a struggle.

The competition for Amazon's second headquarters is over. Amazon announced Tuesday it would split its 50,000 jobs between Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, which is in the Washington D.C. area — and many are crying foul.

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A local electric scooter company is hoping to take the company national.

Blue Duck, which was valued at $75 million last week, has collected a $15 million loan to expand and hire more employees, said company officials.

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San Antonio homeowners who rent out their properties on online vacation platforms like HomeAway and Airbnb have 90 days to register and start paying hotel occupancy taxes to the city. It’s all part of a suite of regulations and amendments to codes passed by City Council.