San Antonians love talking about San Antonio. There’s something about this place that has residents passionate about both our rich heritage and vibrant future.

In one of the nation’s largest cities, San Antonio’s central business district is being molded today into a welcoming center for locals, visitors, students and corporate executives. New developments are coming online in 2021 like the 20-story The Arts residences and Thompson Hotel, Texas’ first mass timber office building with The Soto, and multiple affordable housing projects will attract more San Antonians to downtown life.

Central to San Antonio’s smart development is the partnership between industry and education. The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) recently broke ground on its $90 million School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC), the first in a series of planned new buildings as part of its Downtown Campus expansion. Currently operating on the UTSA Main Campus, the NSCC includes more than 50 embedded federal, state, and industry partners like Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, USAA, Raytheon, and Southwest Research Institute. The NSCC expansion will bring the opportunity for collaboration to businesses' front door. The downtown center will increase industry partner access to the technical expertise of UTSA faculty and highly trained students, and specialized lab and R&D facilities.

The San Antonio region is already home to more than 160,000 students pursuing their higher education across 15 institutions – and more than 30,000 graduate across all fields and enter the workforce each year. UTSA’s new School of Data Science will further enrich that pool of graduates by adding 6,500 students to the downtown area studying cybersecurity, cloud computing, data analytics, and artificial intelligence.

With continued partnership and smart investments, San Antonio is building the best possible place for people to thrive.