Message from Mayor Ron Nirenberg
Building the city we deserve requires that we dream big and face our challenges head on. With 1.1 million new residents expected to be living in our city by 2040, both the opportunities and challenges facing our city will grow. Thanks to the SA Tomorrow Plan, a blueprint for our city’s future, city leaders are working to figure out how we can grow responsibly and sustainably. The plan also offers an opportunity for us to educate and engage our K-12 students. What ideas do they have to help us tackle our future challenges?
Working with local non-profits, educators, and community leaders, for the fourth year we will sponsor SA Smart: The Mayor’s K-12 Smart City Challenge. In the 2021 challenge, students will propose ways to drastically reduce food insecurity in our city. Many of you have heard me speak about the 120,000 people who sought food assistance after the onset of COVID-19, and about the 60,000 who required assistance before the pandemic...an unacceptable state of affairs that we cannot return to!
As students pursue the challenge, they will learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content through STEM and STEAM (STEM+Arts) experiences. They’ll learn how to critically analyze problems, work with mentors and peers, and communicate findings—all critical skills in the 21st century economy. It will be my privilege to award the winning student team the fourth Mayor’s Smart City Cup.
The city we deserve is one that encourages our children to learn, work, play and live in San Antonio, free of wondering where their next meal will come from. This program is one more step toward building that city! I encourage you to join us.