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 fifth year we will sponsor SA Smart: The Mayor’s K-12 Smart City Challenge. In the 2022 challenge, students will propose ways to responsibly use and manage the water resources available to our city. I hope you'll take a moment to read the 2014 article I wrote for The Rivard Report (now San Antonio Report) about Guarding San Antonio’s Eternal Water Future. Today, we understand more clearly that this is not only about resources, but about equity and justice in the use of our resources for all our citizens.
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 fifth Mayor’s Smart City Cup.
The city we deserve is one that encourages our children to learn, work, play and live in San Antonio. This program is one more step toward building that city! I encourage you to join us.