AACOG HQ AACOG has selected2700 NE Interstate Loop 410 as the location for its newheadquarters.

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SAN ANTONIO—The Alamo Area Council of Governments has beenlocated at 8700 Tesoro Dr. since August 2000, occupyingapproximately 52,000 square feet of office space. But now, AACOGhas selected 2700 NE Interstate Loop 410 as the location for itsnew headquarters. AACOG has leased approximately 58,000 square feetof space with the right to purchase the building in the near futurefrom landlord, Berridge Investments.

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"This relocation will be great for both the AACOG staff and itsclients," said Amber Austin, vice president at CBRE in San Antonio."It gives AACOG the opportunity to become more efficient with theiroperations while also providing a more accessible location for thecommunities they serve."

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AACOG, a political subdivision of Texas established in 1968, isa voluntary association of local governments and organizations thatserves its members through planning, information and coordinationactivities. AACOG services the Alamo Area State Planning region 18,which spans 13 counties, 12,582 miles and approximately 2.5 millionTexans. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life of allresidents of the Alamo region in partnership with elected andappointed officials, funders, community partners andbeneficiaries.

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"After a long negotiation, both parties reached a successfulagreement allowing AACOG the ability to be flexible inaccommodating its needs and the needs of their clients," saidChristi Griggs, first vice president with CBRE in San Antonio."They are a wonderful addition to the tenant mix of thebuilding."

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Austin and Griggs represented the landlord, BerridgeInvestments, in the lease. Phillip Price, Scott Lewis and NealGolden with Newmark Knight Frank represented AACOG.

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"AACOG is essential to the infrastructure and continued growthof San Antonio. We were excited to partner with AACOG and work ontheir behalf to ensure their goals for this project wereaccomplished," says Lewis. "With this relocation and fresh start,AACOG is well-equipped to continue its mission of enhancing thequality of life for the communities it serves."

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With plans to re-brand the property and add new AACOG signage tothe exterior, this building will offer greater visibility for theorganization from the location on Loop 410 with close proximity tothe Interstate 35 corridor.

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"We are delighted about our decision to relocate," said DianeRath, executive director for AACOG. "This space will allow us to bemuch more accessible for our clients, member governments andcommunity partners. Not only is the location more visible, theextra office space and increased parking will afford us theopportunity to offer more resources, more classes and moreeducational workshops for the communities and partners weserve."

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John Clamp, AACOG chief financial officer, echoed Rath'senthusiasm.

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"We are fortunate enough to have capitalized on this opportunitythat will allow the agency to expand, while also offering somespace for community partners who may also be looking for a newhome," he says.

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AACOG tells GlobeSt.com that it is working toward making itsservices available to clients on the first floor which will be moreconvenient for its service population. The team is also hoping toexpand training space in the building.

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"AACOG's tenancy will naturally provide a boost to the nearbyretail and restaurants as employees utilize those businesses, notto mention the impact of AACOG's visitors," Austin tellsGlobeSt.com. "There is still approximately 12,000 square feet ofcontiguous space on the top floor of the building as well as up to22,000 square feet available at the Plaza Building, a single storysister building. AACOG looks forward to utilizing the incrediblevisibility of the building to their advantage."

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Recent solid job growth and a lower unemployment rate suggestscontinued growth in the San Antonio economy, according to a reportby NAI Partners. In 2019, San Antonio's labor force expanded 2.1%,slightly above 2018's 2%. Job growth in the fourth quarter showedconstruction posting strong gains at 15.2% or 2,160 net jobs.

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Leisure and hospitality registered at 12.5% or 4,190 jobs, andmanufacturing listed an increase of 9.6 % or 1,200 jobs. InDecember, the metro unemployment rate dropped to 3%, while thestate jobless rate ticked up to 3.5%, and the nation remained at3.5%.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.