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SA2020: Can Investing In Education And The Arts Help Boost San Antonio's Economy?

Courtesy Vanessa Velazquez
The La Villita Historic Arts Village is home to artisan shops which highlight San Antonio's distinct culture.

Local nonprofit SA2020 recently released its 2017 impact report, tracking the city's progress in various cause areas to improve conditions within San Antonio communities. 

Targeting eleven cause areas, the report uses local data to measure whether goals have been met or are on track to be met by 2020. Of the 61 primary indicators, 70 percent are seeing progress, according to the report. 

The organization and their data partners CI:Now also look at the status of guidelines that are not seeing progress or may be getting worse.  

In this third episode of "The Source" SA2020 impact report series, we look at three target areas: education, economic competitiveness and arts & culture.

How can San Antonio grow its creative industries over the next two years? Is supporting the creative community a priority for residents?

Is the city fostering innovation and entrepreneurship to its full capacity? Can San Antonio achieve status as a leader in the global economy by 2020?

What's being done to bridge the learning gap and create a more informed public? How will investing in education help San Antonio become more economically competitive?

View the full 2017 SA2020 Impact Report here


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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.