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San Antonio Should Celebrate Progress While Continuing to Aim Higher
by Jenna Saucedo-Herrera

San Antonio has steadily grown over the last 300 years, evolving from a farming community into a military-driven economy, and today is a rapidly growing city powered by a diverse mix of tech, cybersecurity, manufacturing, life science and healthcare, military, financial services, and tourism sectors.

Our community’s progress is humbling to reflect on, but I’m invigorated by the work ahead. San Antonio has reason to celebrate and work still to do.

Today, San Antonio is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. with a population projected to grow by 1 million in the next two decades. It’s home to 14 colleges and universities educating over 160,000 students, and an emerging entertainment, arts and culinary scene that is attracting migrating young professionals.

San Antonio is globally recognized for cybersecurity and currently boasts the second largest concentration of security professionals outside of the national capital region. Over 10 companies have located security operations in our community in the past two years and there are even more prospects on the horizon. San Antonio is also a national model for innovative education and workforce development programs like Pre-K 4 SA that offers free Pre-K education for San Antonio’s youngest learners and has quickly demonstrated its value as students who participate in the program show advanced progress through their elementary education. Simply put, we have a lot to be proud of in San Antonio.

Those who have experienced San Antonio understand it. When you’re living and working here, whether you’re a student, blue collar or white collar professional, you can take part in the great quality of life the city offers today, while helping build our city’s future. It’s a dynamic that no other U.S. city of its size can replicate.

All of this said, there are also challenges ahead and significant efforts underway to better position San Antonio. Plans to improve transportation, nonstop air service, public art, mixed-use development, downtown housing, industry development, and workforce - all to ensure that as San Antonio continues on its positive trajectory, our community is growing strategically into a top tier city. Not just great for San Antonio, but great by any standard.

Companies across the globe are chasing talent and investing in communities that are attracting and growing a skilled workforce. San Antonio is a wonderful city today, but at SAEDF we aspire to be a true community of preference and the top choice for talent and companies to locate. San Antonians can’t shy away from the work that still needs to be done to achieve our goals, but we should be proud of our collective community progress. I sure am. 

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