2022 Schedule

Tuesday, October 4

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.  The Future of Downtown: How development and remote work will shape the urban core. Moderated by A.J. Rodriguez

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Coming on the heels of San Antonio’s “decade of downtown,” the global pandemic put the years-long creation of a downtown tech district in jeopardy. The resulting departure of much of the business crowd has put a pinch on local businesses, workers and developers, and has led to concerns about safety. We’ll ask stakeholders in the downtown business and development community what the next stage of downtown growth looks like.


  • Jenna Saucedo-Herrera – President and Chief Executive Officer, greater: SATX
  • Randy Smith – Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer,  Weston Urban
  • Matt Brown – President and Chief Executive Officer, Centro San Antonio
  • Tommie Gonzalez – Owner of Puro Handsome Barbershop
  • Lori Houston – Assistant City Manager, City of San Antonio


6 p.m. – 8 p.m.   CityFest Happy Hour Kickoffat Jaime’s Place: Celebrating San Antonio’s Westside

Community members and San Antonio Report supporters will gather with newsroom staffers at the Westside watering hole Jaime’s Place for drinks to kick off 2022 CityFest. Mix, mingle and celebrate on San Antonio’s historic West Side and get a preview of the week’s events.

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Wednesday, October 5

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.* The Exit Interview: A Look Back at Nelson Wolff’s Five Decades in Public Service Tobin Center for the Performing ArtsModerated by Robert Rivard

* Check-in will start at 11:00 a.m.

Our keynote luncheon titled “The Exit Interview” will be a conversation with County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Report co-founder Robert Rivard at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

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6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Across Cultures: A conversation about the immigrant experience in San Antonio Moderated by Raquel Torres

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Join us for a virtual conversation featuring a group of immigrants and immigration advocates talking across cultures about their experiences. We’ll ask what it has been like coming to San Antonio, what resources refugees and immigrants have available to them, how welcoming the community has been, what they’ve learned since coming to the U.S. and what advice they have for immigrants coming here today.


  • Yuliana Martinez, Colombian entrepreneur
  • Nadia Mavrakis, Culturingua
  • Riga Tarin, Culturingua
  • Jessica Azua, Texas Organizing Project
  • Mayra Montero, City of San Antonio

Thursday, October 6 

 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. The Future of Housing in San Antonio: How equity, affordability and infill can solve the sprawl

San Antonio saw the largest increase in population of any major city from 2020 to 2021, and millions more are expected to move to this city and its surrounding communities by 2050. Amid a national housing shortage and rising housing costs, how will San Antonio strategically position itself to add residents, while also protecting affordability for homeowners and renters who are already here? We will also talk in this virtual discussion about the worsening problem of homelessness in San Antonio
Moderated by Iris Dimmick 

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  • Antonio Petrov – Founder, Urban Future Lab
  • Mark Carmona – Chief Housing Officer, City of San Antonio
  • Rich Acosta – President, My City is My Home
  • Debra Guerrero – Vice President of Government Affairs, NRP Group
  • Kim Jefferies – President and CEO, Haven for Hope

6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Debate Between Bexar County Judge Candidates Peter Sakai and Trish DeBerry

McAllister Auditorium  Moderated by Leigh Munsil

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Friday, October 7 

 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. San Antonio’s Emerging Changemakers: Meet the city’s up-and-coming movers, shakers and future-makers

Presented by:

As San Antonio looks to the future, who will be the leaders shaping the city’s business, philanthropic, development, arts and public policy landscapes? In this virtual panel wrapping up our CityFest conversations, we’ll hear from a new group of voices about the future of our communities: where we’re headed — and how we’ll get there.

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  • Ina Minjarez – Texas House of Representatives
  • Sarah Carabias Rush – Chief Economic Development Officer, greater: SATX
  • Jordan Ghawi – Director of Strategic Initiatives, South Texas Regional Advisory Council
  • Will Garrett – Vice President Talent and Technology Development and Integration, Port San Antonio
  • Kimiya Denise Factory – Executive Director, Black Freedom Factory      


6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Downtown Block Party! Featuring the Launch of “Live Like a Local” at Legacy Park

We’ll wrap up CityFest with a final community-wide event, featuring live entertainment, food trucks, and a chance to connect reporters on their coverage of your community. We will celebrate the launch of our new digital offering, “Live Like a Local,” which brings the depth you love from the San Antonio Report to evergreen lifestyle content. You’ll get to mark your own favorite San Antonio destinations on a giant “Live Local” map, as well as learn fun facts about San Antonio’s history — and we’ll help connect you with civic engagement opportunities in your community.

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