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San Antonio will soon be home to two major four year universities with A&M planning to open a campus by 2009. With UTSA expanding at such a rapid rate, there are concerns about the two schools stepping on each others feet.

“UTSA will remain the flagship university of San Antonio,” said district eight Councilman Art Hall.

According to Hall, the battle for funds will be fought at the Texas house, not city hall. District eight starts at the intersection of 410 and IH-10 between NW Military and Babcock and extends northwest to The Dominion and is home to UTSA’s 1604 campus.

Hall has served one term as district eight’s representative and is running for a second term. If reelected, Hall plans on improving streets, and UTSA Blvd. is on the list for expansion due to the university’s growth. The date for construction is still a ways off.

Currently underway, however, is the PGA project. “The present agreement is probably the best project that meets both needs,” Hall said about the balance between environmental and business interests. Because the project adds more tourism to the already tourism-based economy of San Antonio, Hall feels the PGA is a smart move on a national level and will receive wide interest.

Along with the PGA Village and the Toyota plant, San Antonio could possibly see a financial resource center from Washington Mutual. This means UTSA graduates may have more options as the city council tries to bring finance and manufacturing interest to San Antonio.

“I will continue working on bringing the Chicago stock exchange to San Antonio,” Hall said. “And expect the ground-breaking of a senior resource center sometime in May.”

Hall is concentrating on his race for council and in the future has not ruled out a bid for state representative.

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