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San Antonio, Texas, will be the location for a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training July 13-17, 2009. When you complete the training, you will be confident that you have learned the tools and skills needed to effectively use the TapRooT® System to lead an investigation team to the real, fixable causes that are at the root of a problem. You will be able to help find causes that your investigations would have previously missed. You will learn how to find root causes without the negative finger-pointing and blame that hinders effective investigation.

This course is especially valuable for people interested in analyzing the causes of human error. You’ll learn rules and theories to help you improve human performance, including how to improve procedures, training, communications, human engineering, supervision, and management systems. You’ll also learn ways to improve your company’s investigation processes and procedures. For more information and to register for the course visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=703&l=1.

Whether you want to “remember the Alamo,” stroll along the famous River Walk, shop, dine, or enjoy the great outdoors, San Antonio has it all! The city is a cultural and geographical gateway into the American Southwest and has much to offer. Here are a few itinerary suggestions:

The Alamo

The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, now a museum. The compound, which originally comprised a sanctuary and surrounding buildings, was built by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century for the education of local Native Americans after their conversion to Christianity. In 1793, the mission was secularized and soon abandoned. Ten years later, it became a fortress housing the Mexican Army group the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras, who likely gave the mission the name “Alamo.”

(Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlamoMissioninSanAntonio)

The River Walk

The River Walk is located 20 feet below street level and is just steps from the Alamo. Along the banks of the meandering San Antonio River, you’ll see stone pathways that connect shops, restaurants, hotels, and museums. You’ll hear mariachis serenading diners and watch river taxis carrying guests across the spring-fed river.

San Pedro Park

San Pedro Park is San Antonio’s oldest park and the second oldest park in the United States behind Boston Common. The park provides a beautiful and historic setting where you can take a swim in a lake shaded by cypress trees or stroll the grounds for a little R&R.

San Antonio Dining

San Antonio cuisine is some of the finest in the world. While Tex-Mex food is a favorite and a specialty here, the city features an array of restaurants—from Italian, French, Greek, and Asian, to the traditional Texas roadhouses where you can get the best steaks around. More than fifty restaurants line the River Walk alone, and you can dine alfresco at many of them.

Ácenar offers cutting-edge Texas regional Mexican cuisine.

Alamo Café offers Tex-Mex dishes like Tilapia Vera, CruzChimichangas, Chicken Laredo, and Chicken Ranchero.

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q has been a favorite for more than 50 years, offering only the choicest of meats, all cooked to perfection over a fire of 100% Texas Hill Country Live Oak in a brick pit.

CowCatchers Steaks Restaurant is an authentic Texas-style San Antonio Steakhouse serving up true Texas tradition.

Ciao Lavendaria serves traditional Italian cuisine in the upscale Olmos Park neighborhood of San Antonio. Enjoy dishes like ciopinni, paninis, osso bucco and gourmet pizzas straight from the wood-burning oven.

Demo’s will wow you with their Greek menu, complete with Gyro’s, souvlaki, feta, mousaka, baklava, and spanakopita.

Outdoor Fun in San Antonio

San Antonio is perfect for outdoor fun. Mild temperatures and nearly 300 days of sunshine annually have made this fine city a major destination for those who enjoy golf and other outdoor activities.

Golfing in San Antonio

Alamo Golf Club

Alsatian Golf Course

Blossom Golf Center

Briggs Ranch Golf Club

Canyon Lake Golf Club

Other Nearby Adventures

Cowboy for a Day in Bandera

Enjoy the wild, wild West with a day on a dude ranch. All summer long, the town of Bandera offers daily horseback riding and hiking trails.

Vineyards of Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg is dubbed “The City Surrounded by Lavender” because of its exquisite beauty. It is the perfect place to enjoy several notable wineries.

Water Adventures in San Marcos

Take on a watery adventure in San Marcos and gear up for trout fishing at the Guadalupe River. Go rafting, tubing or wading at one of Canyon Lake’s eight parks. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Aquarena Texas Rivers Center and take a glass-bottom boat tour. You can also enjoy the Aquarena Wetlands Boardwalk where you can view a variety of plants and wildlife in a picturesque atmosphere. And check out WonderWorld Park, an earthquake-formed cave, for some real adventure.

For more information and to register for the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=703&l=1.