The city skyline as Frost Bank Tower continues to rise.
Real estate development contributed $35.7 billion to San Antonio's economic activity in 2017. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

A new study commissioned by a broad cross-section of those involved in the real estate development industry confirms what has already been widely reported in recent years: That section of the San Antonio economy is booming, infusing jobs and tax dollars into the community.

Real estate development contributes $35.7 billion in annual economic activity, a 10 percent jump from 2015 to 2017, according to the study. The sector also is home to 133,500 jobs, the study found.

The Responsible Growth Alliance (RGA), a group of entities such as the Real Estate Council of San Antonio, San Antonio Apartment Association, Associated Builders & Contractors, Professional Engineers in Private Practice, The Greater San Antonio Builders Association and the American Council of Engineering Companies hired Austin-based public policy consulting firm TXP to do the study.

It is the fifth time the study has been done, according to RGA spokesman Eric Whittington.

“It’s easy to see all the new buildings and development in every corner of our city,” said RGA President Scott Farrimond, a local attorney who grew up in San Antonio. “What you might not always see are the tens of thousands of your neighbors whose work is behind each new project – the concrete contractors, electricians, architects, bankers, engineers, plumbers, and so many more whose skills are vital to San Antonio’s thriving economy.”

Income for employees in the real estate development sector jumped from $5.9 billion in 2015 to $6.6 billion in 2017, according to the study. The study also found the industry produced $232.8 million in local tax revenue in 2017, a 13.3 percent jump from two years earlier.

The study estimates the City of San Antonio received $90 million in tax revenue from sales and property taxes, and Bexar County took in approximately $10 million.

Credit: Courtesy / Responsible Growth Alliance
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Kyle Ringo

Kyle Ringo is a freelance journalist based in San Antonio. He has covered business, college athletics, the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball for numerous publications and websites.