2021 Schedule

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Wednesday, October 13

💻 The Texas Challenge: Leading Cities Safely Through the Pandemic – 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Register for your free virtual pass here

Our kickoff CityFest event invites Texas mayors to discuss the challenge of leading cities through the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic, the reliability of our electric grid as we head into another potentially record-breaking winter, and the continuing challenges to home rule from state elected leaders and the Texas Legislature. The panel, moderated by Reporter Jackie Wang, invites audience questions and will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook. Panelists include: 

  • Mayor Ron Nirenberg, City of San Antonio
  • Mayor Steve Adler, City of Austin  
  • Mayor Oscar Leeser, City of El Paso
  • Mayor Mattie Parker, City of Fort Worth

💻 Federal Pandemic Relief: the Once-in-a-Lifetime Investment Opportunity – Noon to 1:15 p.m.
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Hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars are following into San Antonio and Bexar County to be allocated and spent over the next five years. How will city and county leaders deploy those resources? Will citizens have any say in those decisions? How will local leaders invest more than $1.5 billion in city and county bonds to make a lasting difference as the community emerges from the pandemic? This and more will be the subject of discussion in a 75-minute virtual program moderated by Editor Robert Rivard featuring panelists: 

  • City Manager Erik Walsh, City of San Antonio
  • Judge Nelson Wolff, Bexar County 

An additional virtual program on public safety and mental health to be announced soon.

💻 The Thin New Line: Policing and Public Health – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

In the wake of civil unrest following the murder of George Floyd, cities across the country are re-evaluating how law enforcement interacts — or doesn’t interact with residents. In San Antonio, police and sheriff departments are collaborating on initiatives with health departments and health care workers. This program will explore those initiatives that take new approaches to domestic violence, mental health calls, and more. We’ll also find out what other areas of health and policing could benefit from more collaboration during this 60 minute virtual program moderated by Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick featuring panelists:

  • Eric Estrada, President & Executive Director of SA Clubhouse
  • Jenny Hixon, Public Health Administrator at Violence Prevention Metro Health 
  • Mike Lozito, Director of the Bexar County Office of Criminal Justice
  • Jesse Salame, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief of Staff at San Antonio Police Department 

Thursday, October 14

⭐️ San Antonio CityFest: What’s Next Keynote Luncheon – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon tickets available here. | $99 General Admission, $85 San Antonio Report Members  

We’re bringing back our hallmark CityFest keynote luncheon safely at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This year’s program will feature former Trinity University professor Char Miller,  author of the provocative new book West Side Rising: How San Antonio’s 1921 Flood Devastated a City and Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement. He will be joined onstage by former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros for a conversation about the book and the persistence of social injustice in San Antonio. Editor Robert Rivard will serve as emcee for the luncheon program. 

This event will be livestreamed on the San Antonio Report’s YouTube channel after the event. 

Friday, October 15

💻 CityFest x SA Startup Week Collab: the Future of Innovation, Technology and Journalism – 10 to 11 a.m.
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The San Antonio Report and SA Startup Week present a partnership program looking ahead towards what’s next in innovation, technology, and journalism. The 60-minute livestreamed event will be moderated by Dax Moreno featuring panelists: 

  • Angie Mock, San Antonio Report Publisher & CEO
  • Charles Woodin, Geekdom CEO 

💻 Future of Work in San Antonio – Noon to 1 p.m.
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As communities across the nation struggle to get past the pandemic and back to full employment, we invite three local experts to talk about the Future of Work in San Antonio. We want to learn what opportunities exist for safer, better-paying and more equitable work environments. How can our physical work environments bolster mental health? The livestreamed panel discussion welcomes questions from our audience and will be moderated by Story Editor Tracy Idell Hamilton. Panelists include: 

  • Dr. Afamia Elnakat, Infrastructure & Environmental Health Director at Noctuam LLC
  • Michael Ramsey, Executive Director of Workforce Development at the City of San Antonio
  • Dr. Teresa Harrison, Associate Professor of Management at the University of the Incarnate Word 

🎼 CityFest in the Park –  6:30 to 9 p.m.
Free and open to all – RSVP here.

The pandemic brought many San Antonians face-to-face with glaring inequities that have long afflicted our city. From access to health care and affordable housing to unemployment and food insecurity, the challenges of living through a pandemic also inspired reflection for many local artists. The poets of 2nd Verse, accompanied by a full band, will take the CityFest stage at Legacy Park to share some of their reflections and spark conversation with attendees. Entertainment will begin at 7 p.m.. Guests are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy food, drinks, music and poetry in harmony at Legacy Park. Featured poets and musicians:

Saturday, October 16

🚴‍♂️ VIP Event: The Trailist Tour 8 to 10 a.m
Purchase your VIP ticket here.

Join us Saturday morning for a exclusive VIP bike tour led by Senior Reporter Brendan Gibbons and Editor Robert Rivard on the Westside trails of San Antonio. The round-trip bike ride will begin and conclude at Confluence Park, stopping at various locations along the way. All riders will receive a San Antonio Report branded drawstring bag complete with ride map, water and snacks

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