The Data Dashboard
Together, we dreamed of a greater San Antonio. And together, we can build that dream by 2020.
We all know that puzzles are easier when you can look at a picture, and stories need a start to get to the end. To create a picture of our city, we’re following the progress of each of the eleven Causes that make up the SA2020 vision, collecting data on many indicators, or measures of success. These data help us begin to piece together the story of where San Antonio is, where we’ve been, and where we’re going.
Follow the stories of the eleven Causes below to see our progress as a community.
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.
Every year SA2020 releases a Progress Report, which provides a snapshot of where our community stands on our 2020 goals and can become a guide for working strategies. You can view our latest data online through each of the Causes, or click the icon above to download the latest report, released Sept. 25th 2014.
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.
CEOs for Cities Dividends Report
The SA2020 vision provides a north star for San Antonio – a list of goals our city is striving to achieve by 2020. Bold and complex, these goals, when achieved, will see an entire city succeed. A City Dividend ™ is the economic benefit resulting from investing resources to successfully achieve a measurable, actionable goal toward a city’s and metro region’s economic progress. The objective of City Dividends, created by CEOs for Cities, is to provide quantitative estimates of the economic gains and/or saving that metropolitan regions and cities could achieve by improving their performance on specific priority issues.
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