The Data Dashboard
Arts & Culture
Great cities are those that inspire and nurture a robust artistic and cultural community. The cities that artists find inspiring are also those that lead the way in economic competitiveness and growth. The arts create an educational fabric that helps turn today’s students into tomorrow’s critical thinkers and creative leaders. Furthermore, arts have been linked to multiple health benefits and neighborhood connectivity.
Civic Engagement has the potential to impact every other area. Through volunteerism, voting, community leadership, and philanthropic giving, an individual has an opportunity to help families, education, city infrastructure, arts, sustainability, transportation, and health outcomes.
Safe communities are productive communities, and productive communities thrive. Perhaps this explains the strong relationship between community safety and family well-being. Without safe communities in which to live, work, and play, the well-being of families is placed at risk. Those impacts ripple throughout the fabric of the community, affecting areas like education, economic competitiveness, and health and fitness.
Great cities have great downtowns. Great downtowns offer culture, convenience, and a variety of transportation options for getting in and out of center cities. Additionally, economic growth, visitor and local spending, and talent attraction and retention are benefits to having a thriving downtown.
Economic competitiveness is the engine of prosperity for San Antonio, and as such is interrelated to many other Cause Areas. For example, it will become increasingly difficult for San Antonio to deliver impactful educational opportunities to its residents without a thriving economic environment from which to draw resources both in terms of capital and ideas. Likewise, investing in education and preparing our workforce of the future will allow San Antonio to compete globally for new employers and investments.
Education is the cornerstone to any great city’s success, providing the foundation for building a competitive workforce, attracting world-class companies and fueling economic growth. But great education is not just about great schools. Great education requires the support of strong and stable families, safe and connected neighborhoods, and a high degree of community involvement.
Promoting environmental sustainability can help foster economic competitiveness and growth by expanding green jobs through innovation in clean technology. In addition, sustainability policies can also enhance education by providing green jobs training and programs. Finally, promoting environmental sustainability can positively impact health and fitness by reducing air pollution levels that cause asthma and other ailments.
Strong families are the cornerstone of community progress. They promote education, drive civic engagement, and make economic progress possible. Additionally, families unburdened by health concerns are generally happier, more connected, and more productive.
Health & Fitness
Improving the health and fitness of San Antonio is not only essential to promoting a robust quality of life, but is integral to the success of efforts to improve education and promote economic competitiveness. Improving nutrition and increasing physical activity in schools bolsters academic performance and test scores. Enhancing health and fitness also promotes economic competitiveness by lowering health care costs, promoting a healthy workforce, and attracting creative class workers.
Our neighborhoods are the building blocks of San Antonio, which is why it is so important to ensure that each and every one is vibrant, livable and above all safe. So it’s not surprising that there is such a strong relationship between neighborhoods and community safety. Effective community safety efforts provide environments where families can come together to build strong ties, a shared sense of purpose, and a unique character.
An efficient and effective transportation system is critical to many areas of city life, including the flow of commerce, the ability of residents to get to and from work and air quality, and even health and fitness. And this impact has a reciprocal affect, as healthy and fit residents with a variety of inviting transportation options are more likely to choose to walk or ride a bicycle as opposed to driving a car or riding a bus. This makes for a cleaner environment and less strain on the transportation system.
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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