AFCEA International Chapter News
ALAMO CHAPTER CHAPTER - Apr 07, 2020

Developing Homegrown Talent in San Antonio

The Port San Antonio technological community leads in producing the brightest minds in cybersecurity and advancing technology. Its 1,900-acre platform is located just southwest of downtown San Antonio and is home to the aerospace, defense, global logistics, manufacturing, energy, cybersecurity and education industries. During a virtual streaming event held in April, Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio, let the chapter membership and audience know that having homegrown talent within San Antonio is the Port's number one priority. There are over 3,100 jobs stemming from the Port. "We are clearly doing something right and clearly we have the right talent." It's the goal of Port San Antonio to bring in 150,000 young, talented people per year. Perschbach reminded the virtual audience that combining talent and technology equals success. "We need to grow the new level of talent, and it's the most important thing to increase that threshold of recruitable talent." The Port has initiatives such as mobile classrooms and campuses to assist economically challenged schools. They are reconfiguring the schools and focusing the kids on opportunities. STEM programs are being funded and initiated for the younger kids. "We are inspiring, training and recruiting all while adding a bit of excitement to the defense industrial base. They are hands-on and have no idea that they're even learning about cyber."

Event Photographs:

A chapter member participates in the chapter's first live streaming event with guest speaker, Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio. The chapter has quickly identified a way to continue to reach chapter members and participants amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.
A chapter member participates in the chapter's first live streaming event with guest speaker, Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio. The chapter has quickly identified a way to continue to reach chapter members and participants amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.

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