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San Antonio, Texas, will be the location for a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training October 19-23, 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.

For more information and to register for the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in San Antonio, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=708&l=1.

San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and the seventh largest city in the United States. The city is characteristic of other Southwest urban centers in which there is a low density rate and sparsely populated areas outside of the city. It was the fourth fastest-growing large city in the nation from 2000-2006 and has a population of 2,031,445 (based on the 2008 U.S. Census estimate). The city is the seat of Bexar County with a population of 1,622,899. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Antonio)

The city is also home to one of the largest military concentrations in the United States. Located here are Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, with Camp Bullis and Camp Stanley just outside the city.

san-antonio-river-walkWhether 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 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 see river taxis carrying guests across the beautiful spring-fed river.

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/Alamo_Mission_in_San_Antonio)

Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot-tall tower that offers visitors the most spectacular view of the “Alamo City.” Be sure to dine at the Tower’s revolving restaurant for great food with a great view!

SeaWorld San Antonio is a 250-acre marine life theme park located in the Westover Hills area of the city. The largest of the three parks in the SeaWorld chain, SeaWorld San Antonio is home to an array of marine life including sharks, whales, dolphins, penguins, sea lions and more!

Six Flags Fiesta Texas is located on 200 acres of land and treats thrill-seekers to the rides of their lives! In addition to their famous roller coasters and water park, several shows are presented throughout the day —and Six Flags Fiesta Texas won “Best Theme Park Shows in the Country” for ten consecutive years.

Golfing in San Antonio:

golf-cart-on-course1San Antonio has some of the most spectacular golf courses in the country. With its mild climate and pleasing location, the city begs you to enjoy the outdoors. So whether you’re a novice or a pro, pick up your clubs and hit the links!

There are many courses to choose from but here are a few suggestions:

Alamo Golf Club

Alsatian Golf Course

Briggs Ranch Golf Club

Canyon Lake Golf Club

Historic Brackenridge Park Golf Course

San Antonio Dining:

restaurant-in-san-antonioSan 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.

Biga on the Banks is located on the famous River Walk and treats diners to a relaxed atmosphere and tantalizing cuisine. Sit along the beautiful San Antonio River and enjoy such favorites as Seared Red Grouper with Chipotle Grits or Mustard-Crusted Australian Lamb Rack with Parmesan Scallion Polenta Cake.

Achiote River Café on the River Walk features regional specialties from Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and more. Try their Puerto Rican Garbanzo Bean and Spicy Sausage Stew or Spanish Ham and Cheese Croquettes while enjoying a spectacular view of the river and the sounds of live Latin Jazz.

Mi Tierra Café never closes! Open year round, 24-7, this Texas tradition has been around since 1941. With strolling musicians to liven up the crowd, patrons can enjoy some of the best Tex-Mex food in the country. “A little loco and a lot of fun,” Mi Tierra promises great food, great times, and the coldest beer around.steak-and-lobster1

Morton’s The Steakhouse has been serving up the best steaks around for more than 30 years. They pride themselves on serving only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and mouth-watering desserts.

Blue Star Brewing Company crafts fine beers such as Pale Ale, Amber Lager, Golden Ale, Stout, and King William Ale. Kick back with a cold brew and enjoy their enticing menu selection with great appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and more!

Bistro Vatel is arguably San Antonio’s favorite French restaurant. Locals frequent the bistro, praising its unparalleled food, service, and atmosphere. While Texas may be known for its Tex-Mex and BBQ, don’t miss out on the culinary experience at Bistro Vatel.

For more information and to register for the 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training in San Antonio, visit http://www.taproot.com/courses.php?d=708&l=1.