Civic Engagement


In 2020, San Antonio’s citizens are deeply engaged as elected leaders, business leaders, volunteers, and voters in the process of making government more responsive and accountable to San Antonians.

Vibrant grassroots movements, civic organizations, business leaders, city staff, and selfless citizens actively and effectively collaborate in all areas of city operations and governance. Elected officials and city staff take ownership of issues and are accountable for results. City, county and state branches of government coordinate their work to eliminate waste brought about by duplication of effort. The city cultivates inspired and effective leaders in selfless service to the community and is recognized for delivering transparency in government.

Overview

Civic Engagement underlies the entire process and purpose of SA2020. It is the foundation necessary for our community to turn the bold SA2020 vision into a reality. It requires an active community who engages in real outcomes by voting, giving, volunteering, and leading.

Support

Corporations are another important part of our cycle of community change. Visionworks, a leading national eye care provider, is based in downtown San Antonio and commits both time and resources to increasing Civic Engagement in our community. Visionworks understands the value of an engaged, aware workforce and to that end strongly supports Leadership San Antonio (LSA). Some of Visionworks’ own leadership were members of LSA classes, which provides a forum for leaders across San Antonio to come together and discuss the issues, challenges, and problems facing our community—and then assume leadership roles to try to solve them. In addition to encouraging employees to participate in programs like this, Visionworks also promotes service and philanthropy within the company. In 2016, Visionworks served SA2020 Partners Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio, SAMMinistries, and San Antonio Food Bank. An impressive 75% of employees participated in the company’s volunteer program in 2016. We’re so glad to have a successful company like Visionworks helping to cultivate inspired and effective leaders in San Antonio.

INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT 

  On Track

Small, but positive, gains in municipal voter turnout are encouraging against one of the most difficult-to-shift numbers in a community. In fact, we are on track to achieve our 2020 goal, nearly doubling turnout between 2013 and 2015, albeit to only 12.43%. To be clear, municipal elections included are general elections. Special, run-off, etc. are not included in this measure. It is worth noting that early voter turnout in Bexar County during the 2016 national election broke a record from 2008 and turnout overall was just over 57%. The momentum from our national election could carry us beyond our 2020 goal in the municipal election in May 2017. 

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Updated December 2016

 
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