SA2020

Community
2:25 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

SA2020 Asks San Antonio To Make A Resolution

Aside from commitments made by local residents and community leaders, SA2020 wants San Antonians to resolve to do something for themselves and others this year to make the city better.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

For the second time leaders with SA2020 are asking San Antonio residents to make resolutions to make the city a greater place to live and work.

Nineteen local leaders are hopping on the resolution bandwagon with personal resolutions to impact their city. Mayor Julián Castro wants to make a difference with mom and pop restaurants.

"What I'm going to be doing this year is going to at least 25 new restaurants that I have never eaten at before that are small, locally owned restaurants in our city to try and support small businesses. That's my resolution," he said Tuesday.

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Community
10:13 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Coming Soon: Where Kids Can Play Downtown

Construction for the Playscape at Hemisfair Park is expected to begin in May 2014.
Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation

The city's Historic and Design Review Commission has passed the schematic design for the Playscape slated for Hemisfair Park.

The Playscape is the first phase of the overall redevelopment for the park, and will be located at the southwest corner of Cesar Chavez and S. Alamo. Wednesday, the commission reviewed and passed the design, and citizens got the chance to view the plans during a public event at the Magik Theater.

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Downtown Development
3:00 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Centro San Antonio Restructures For Downtown Revitalization Push

Only two people at the Centro San Antonio luncheon said they attended the Diwali Festival of Lights downtown last weekend.
Murali Subramaniam

During a luncheon Monday at the Westin Riverwalk to talk about the new structure of Centro San Antonio, Inc., a startling revelation swept across the crowd of about 200 downtown stakeholders.

"How many of you had the opportunity this weekend to participate in the Diwali Festival downtown?" asked SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

A long pause followed.

"OK, well that's very disappointing and embarrassing," said Byrd. "There are two people over there."

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SA2020
3:59 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

SA2020 To Outline New Goals

SA2020

The benchmarks of San Antonio’s program to transform the city are changing, or at least continuing to evolve.

SA2020’s report card was released in June, detailing the progress of 65 metrics in eleven visionary areas, including but not limited to health and well-being, education, and teen pregnancy.

The report showed that San Antonio is making improvements in graduation rates, that it had met or exceeded a reduction in the rate of teen pregnancies, but that San Antonio still struggled in civic engagement when it came time to cast ballots.

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The Source - June 10, 2013
2:01 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Source: SA2020 Progress | EN Special Report: A Child Unprotected

SA2020

In the first segment:

How is San Antonio doing on SA2020? They released a study last week charting their progress and today CEO Darryl Byrd joins us to explain it.

Also included is an interview with Brookings Researcher Jonathan Rothwell, whose study, "The Hidden STEM Economy," pegs San Antonio as lagging behind its other cities in attracting high-wage, high-tech jobs.

In the second segment:

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SA2020
3:40 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Progress And Setback In First SA2020 Report Card

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro signs his name on the "education" board to show his commitment for that area included in SA2020's larger plan.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The first report card for San Antonio's goal-setting and transformation program, known as SA2020, has been released and city leaders will be pleased that many areas are making progress, but there is still work to be done.

The report ranked progress on each line item with one of five marks:

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Higher Education
4:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

College Week Aims To Remove Barricades From Higher Learning

Mayor Julian Castro, SA2020 president Darryl Byrd, and Mark Vargas, chair of the Youth Commission, pose for a picture after the Destination College/College Week Kick-Off
GenTX San Antonio

The city is in the middle of a week-long list of events to motivate residents of all ages - from elementary to high school and beyond - to go to college.

On Monday, Mayor Julián Castro reminded people on the steps of City Hall about the city’s commitment to education.

"San Antonians set a bold goal," he said. "That goal was to make the biggest turnaround in educational achievement any big city has seen in a decade."

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City Government
11:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Mayor Castro Outlines Progress In State Of The City Address

Mayor Julian Castro talks to supporters following his annual State of the City address.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Standing on a stage inside Ballroom A of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center downtown, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro began his annual State of the City address by joking that people should pick up a copy of Vogue.

The mayor and his brother, Congressman Joaquín Castro, are featured in the March edition of the trendy fashion magazine.

Before long Castro was into a list of items he and the city council have taken up over the last year:

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Downtown Development
2:38 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Student Housing Included In West Side Downtown Loft Development

The old Birdsong Peanut Factory will feature 98 loft spaces, 30-50 percent of which will be for students.
Ryan Loyd TPR

San Antonio is adding yet another urban living project in the downtown area, but this time a significant number of units will be designated for students.

The project, located at the old Birdsong Peanut Factory site on S. Frio on the near West Side, will have 98 lofts., with 30-50 percent of them for student housing.

The official groundbreaking on Wednesday marked the beginning of a 19,000 square foot facility. Mayor Julián Castro, who has pushed for urban living and has said this is the "decade of downtown," said he was surprised by a peanut factory in San Antonio.

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Community Giving
9:19 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Volunteers Needed To Help SA2020 Progress

Mayor Julian Castro signs a commitment to education at SA2020 kick-off event
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Since the formation of the SA2020 organization nearly a year ago, workers have been focusing on setting up volunteer areas for the community to help the city achieve major goals.

Under the direction of Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020, 11 categories ranging from education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and neighborhoods were identified as interests to attract volunteers. Partner agencies like Rackspace and AT&T will lead the causes, and currently only half have a lead agency.

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