The Future of Transportation in San Antonio

Would you believe me if I told you that the days of driving were behind us? If you recoil at the thought and your first instinct is to throw a bottle of beer at me, I don’t blame you. Everything is bigger in Texas, right? So we should have bigger cars, bigger gas bills and more miles driven than those hippies in all those other cities. Well, please allow me to burst your bubble…

Grant Could Jumpstart Downtown Retailers

SAN ANTONIO — Even as more retailers bid farewell to downtown San Antonio, the 80/20 Foundation hopes a new grant for entrepreneurs will spur commercial development in the urban core. The nonprofit investment group — a brainchild of Rackspace Hosting Inc. co-founder Graham Weston — on Friday will announce its award of $250,000 to microlender Acción Texas Inc. to help small businesses open shop in the inner city…

Accion Texas Wins Grant from Graham Weston’s 80/20 Foundation

The 80/20 Foundation has formed a new partnership with Accion Texas to help accelerate business development in downtown San Antonio.
In addition, the foundation is furnishing a $250,000 matching grant…

San Antonio Under Construction Project by Project

Would you like to see what the San Antonio of the future will look like? I can actually show you. How you ask? Well to answer that question, let me tell you a short story. Just over a year ago I was introduced to a firm called Duarte. They are who some would call the world’s leader in storytelling. I began to work with them…

Code for America Brings CodeAcross to San Antonio

CfA Fellows Maya Benari, David Leonard, and Amy Mok are already hard at work with City staff, including Chief Technology Officer Hugh Miller and Kevin Goodwin, assistant director of the City’s Information Technology Services Department, learning about city services and systems and listening to ideas for making things better…

Code for America Fellows Connecting Citizens and City Hall

If some of the nation’s sharpest young minds spent a year working together to find a technological answer to a real and specific problem facing San Antonio, what might be accomplished?…

San Antonio: A City on the Rise

How do you tell your story or sell your idea in seven words or less? In the start-up world the ability to distill your idea into one sentence is an art that takes almost NBA-level practice at the free throw line…

The Brain Gain: The Rise of San Antonio’s Talent Economy

Jim Russell is an economic geographer. The job description of an economic geographer is not exactly part of the mainstream lexicon – economic geographers study the relationship between the economy and the movement of people. In San Antonio, economic geography means…

Code for America Coming to San Antonio

The City of San Antonio is now one of only 10 U.S. city governments chosen for the national Code for America program. Its status as a fellowship city was announced…

Inner City School Success: San Antonio’s Best-Kept Secret

Nine out of 10 seniors in the inner city’s largest school district in San Antonio are projected to graduate from high school this academic year. The dropout rate for the Class of 2013 is projected to fall to less than 10%…