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New $5 million cybersecurity hub plugs into Port San Antonio

New $5 million cybersecurity hub plugs into Port San Antonio

TxMx Hub
The TxMx Hub will be located near Port San Antonio's planned Innovation Center. Courtesy of Port San Antonio/RVK Architects

A $5 million facility that will train cybersecurity workers is coming to Port San Antonio. 

The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or CyManII, is establishing the Texas Manufacturing x Transformation Hub, also known as the TxMx Hub, at Port San Antonio. The hub hopes to train 1 million workers by 2026 in sectors like aerospace, hardware, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and auto manufacturing.

Port San Antonio is providing the 14,500-square-foot facility to CyManII on a rent-free basis for up to 18 years.

UTSA launched the $111 million CyManII in 2020 with backing from the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Through CyManII, we are evolving, elevating, and transforming digital manufacturing in the U.S.,” UTSA president Taylor Eighmy says in a news release. “At the same time, because we’re doing this work in San Antonio, we’re contributing to the creation of a highly diverse workforce to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure. That mission is very important to our university and to our city.”

San Antonio is home to the country’s largest cybersecurity community outside Washington, D.C. Port San Antonio’s 1,900-acre campus is home to a number of cybersecurity employers, including the military’s 16th Air Force cybersecurity unit.

“Port San Antonio will provide CyManII and its partners a platform and a unique community to advance work that is critically important to the future of our state and our nation,” says Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio. “In our increasingly connected world, we have some tremendous opportunities ahead to increase the efficiency and productivity of leading industries like manufacturing. To deliver on that promise, it is essential that we safeguard those assets and transportation channels and ensure their resiliency.”