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The Source: How Can San Antonio Be A Better 'Smart City?'

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Named a "smart city" by the non-profit Envision America 2017, the City of San Antonio joined nine nationwide communities last week for an interactive workshop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

With the hope of creating more efficient and user-friendly systems for citizens, the Smart City initiative helps municipal governments integrate technology into city programs and routines, focusing on a range of topics, from energy, air quality and waste management.

“We’ve implemented some projects through the City’s Transportation and Capital Improvements (TCI) department, the Office of Sustainability, my Digital Inclusion Initiative and SA Tomorrow plans, and we look forward to sharing our models and learning what other cities are doing,” Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a statement.

What does it mean to be a "smart city"? Moving forward, what specific initiatives and projects will help San Antonio maintain "smart city" status?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.