The Data Dashboard
In 2010, we started with a question: “In the year 2020, what do you want our city to look like?” Through eleven Causes that ranged from education to arts & culture, transportation to sustainability, we held ourselves accountable to 59 measures of success. SA2020, the nonprofit, continues to track and ultimately seeks to affect those indicators. Jump to cause areas and indicators »
We believe that each of the 59 indicators plays an important role in the future of our city, but if looked at in isolation, they are merely points on a graph. Instead, we prefer to talk about community change in a cycle.
We know present conditions produce future communities. Strengthening the city today ensures progress for tomorrow. In order to achieve our vision, we have to have a plan of action. The results we expect to see as part of that vision are not narrow, isolated changes. Neither is there one straightforward path to achieving those results.
Community change is cyclical, composed of many parts that continually influence one another. These complex issues require multiple approaches and strategies. Because each piece directly or indirectly impacts other areas, focused efforts on any area pay immediate and future dividends.
With no clear cycle beginning, this way of looking at our environment offers multiple entry points to intervene and potentially turn the curve.
The mission of SA2020 is to catalyze the entire San Antonio community into passionate, focused, and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in eleven key vision areas.
SA2020 works collaboratively on strategies and programs to align organizations and individuals towards outcomes – outcomes you can see, touch, hear, and feel. With more than 200 partners, we connect the community for a stronger San Antonio.
When reviewing the data, know that this dashboard gives a snapshot of where we currently stand on our community vision. We need everyone, including you, to act. Use the data as a starting point – to see the areas that need the most help. Then, volunteer more, give more, get more involved.
Thank you to our data partner, CI:Now!
Arts & Culture
Geography can place a city on a map, but the identity of a city is expressed through its arts and culture. Fostering creativity also leads to critical and innovative thinking, a key component of the 21st century knowledge-based economy that will keep our best and brightest home and expand our creative class.
The story of San Antonio cannot be told without its robust history of civic engagement. But like many other American cities, voter turnout and charitable giving remain a work in progress. Strong leaders – elected or not – and committed volunteers are key to achieving the SA2020 vision. We are stronger together.
Safe communities are productive communities, and productive communities thrive. Not all of us can be police officers or firefighters, but we can become aware and engaged with our surroundings in a more profound way.
A great city has a great downtown. Ours has a rich and unique history, but much of that history is yet to be written. Projects big and small are changing the face of the area in amazing ways. With renewed purpose, downtown can truly become everyone’s neighborhood.
San Antonio may dream big, but without a strong economic base and a trained workforce our full potential won't be realized. Innovative companies have started setting up shop in San Antonio, and we know that building a skilled workforce will attract more 21st century jobs that support a better quality of life.
Education is the cornerstone of any great city’s success, providing the foundation for building a competitive workforce, attracting world-class companies and fueling economic growth. Students need to enter and leave our school systems ready to succeed.
A major 21st Century challenge is finding the balance between rapid economic growth and sustaining the environment. Promoting sustainability can also promote innovative job growth and positively impact the health of our community.
When families in every sector of the city are productive and strong, all of the other systems - schools to government to neighborhoods - are stronger. Strong families are the glue of our community, but many San Antonio families today still struggle with cycles that are generational, expensive and hard to break.
Health & Fitness
San Antonio has taken the first steps in turning the corner to transform the health and wellness of its residents, and it's paying off. As we implement changes to make it easier for San Antonians to become healthy and fit, we're seeing progress across the board in all health indicators!
More people walking, recreating and connecting with neighbors means more eyes on the streets, more opportunities for small business and more civic pride. Neighborhoods are the building blocks of San Antonio, which is why it's so important to ensure that each one is vibrant, livable and connected.
When a city grows as explosively as San Antonio in recent decades, there are many good reasons why -- our economy is strong and our quality of life is attractive. This also puts pressure on infrastructure to keep up with that tremendous growth, and we still have many strides to make.
Indicator Status Rating
If you explore any of the Causes above, you’ll see these icons next to the indicators – these help us provide an overview of our city’s progress toward each goal.
Met & Exceeded
The SA2020 target has already been reached! (Perhaps we should set an even crazier goal?)
We’re making progress at a pace that will lead us to achieve the SA2020 target!
We’re moving in the right direction, but not moving rapidly enough to achieve the SA2020 target.
We’re seeing no progress, and in some cases even moving in the wrong direction.
Some indicators need a bit of work – we’re working on finding or developing the best way to measure these goals.
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