SA2020 draft report hails San Antonio community spirit and participation

Submitted by Joe Ruiz on February 13, 2011 - 10:22am

After months of public forums, surveys and input from people who care about San Antonio, a draft report of the SA 2020 plan was released Sunday morning by the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.

"The enthusiasm and community spirit of the citizens of San Antonio was extraordinary and levels of participation eclipsed anything we have seen in 35 years of facilitating such work," wrote JCCI Executive Director Charles R. Cramer in the report's cover letter to Mayor Julian Castro.

From that community input, the draft report distilled vision statements in 11 areas, identified by residents:

  • Arts and Culture: In 2020, San Antonio leads the world as a creative community.
  • Community Safety: In 2020, San Antonio is the safest big city in the United States.
  • Downtown Development: In 2020, San Antonio’s downtown is the genuine heart of the community and
serves as everyone’s neighborhood.
  • Economic Competitiveness: In 2020, San Antonio is synonymous with economic innovation.
  • Education: By 2020, San Antonio has orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in education in the United States.
  • Family Well-Being: In 2020, San Antonio is known as a harmonious place where families thrive.
  • Government Accountability and Civic Engagement: In 2020, San Antonio residents are deeply engaged in making the city great.
  • Health and Fitness: In 2020, San Antonio residents are healthy and fit.
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability: In 2020, San Antonio is recognized as a respectful steward of its natural resources.
  • Neighborhoods and Growth Management: In 2020, San Antonio is known for its cohesive neighborhoods.
  • Transportation: In 2020, San Antonio’s transportation systems will be focused on moving people and commerce efficiently.

Here's the draft final report, available in a PDF.

The SA2020 process, initiated by Castro's office, was designed to set a vision for San Antonio in the year 2020. JCCI was hired to facilitate the process that included monthly community meetings, from September to January. The work was guided by a Steering Committee of 22 people representing the public, private, and non-profit
sectors and three Tri-Chairs: Rackspace Hosting Chairman and CEP Graham Weston; Pearl Brewery CEO Darryl Bird, and Sonia Rodriguez, an attorney and Chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women in San Antonio.

Between 800 and 1,000 people attended the meetings in person. NOWCastSA provided an hours-long Webcast of each meeting, and about 1,000 different people participated live online, according to our Google Analytics. Hundreds of people watched video of the meetings after the event.

You can see all of the video from the SA2020, along with our interviews with Byrd, Weston, Rodriguez and SA2020 facilitotor Ben Warner.

Let us know what you think of the report in the comments section next to this article.