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Nirenberg Wants City To Become More Nimble In Tech Policy

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Ron Nirenberg City Council District 8
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San Antonio Councilman Ron Nirenberg says city policy needs to be nimble enough to quickly utilize innovation that can provide benefits to the community.

He said Uber’s arrival in San Antonio presented a “wake-up call” for the city, which took a year to develop a policy that would accommodate the new business model based on app technology.

Nirenberg hopes residents from across the city will take part in the conversation about advancing technology policy.

“And our policy should be embracing of innovations as they arrive, some of which we can’t even anticipate yet. And I’m thinking of things such as autonomous cars. What sounded like a science-fiction novel four years ago is now actually a well-developed technology that’s beginning to be piloted on streets 90 miles from here in Austin.”

Nirenberg says the technology coming to San Antonio could mean smart infrastructure to make traffic signals more efficient or better emergency preparedness systems. 

What: Tech and Innovation Town Hall Info: 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 Where: Big Bob's Burgers, Loop 1604

He’s scheduled a citizens’ Town Hall next Thursday evening to get citizen input and to provide information from experts on what the tech community has accomplished and where we can expect to go in 2016.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.