Talking about solutions is critical. Seeing them in action takes it one step further. Mobile workshops take you beyond the spirited discussions within the conference to see works in progress.

Narrated by San Antonio’s city leaders, you’ll hear about strategies for success and lessons learned along the way.

Get a firsthand look at large-scale projects and how they are striking a unique balance between city history and modern improvements, while engaging community members in change. Find strength and inspiration in a community of leaders who face similar challenges and bring new ideas home to build on your community’s story.

Experience the power of City Summit from a new perspective at this year’s mobile workshops—spaces are limited for these tours, so register early.

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Host City Mobile Workshops

Brooks City Base Redevelopment Tour

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:00am - 12:00pm

Attendees will tour Brooks City Base and discover how it has been transformed from a former military base. It has become home to several City operations – including Animal Care Services, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). It has also been designated one of 3 Innovation Zones in San Antonio. Participants will tour of the EOC and PSAP will be provided a briefing on the 311 mobile app. Travel time to Brooks City Base is 20 minutes from Convention Center. The tour will require walking.

City Hall and San Pedro Creek Hard Hat Tour

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:00am - 12:00pm

San Antonio’s historic 130 year old City Hall is an icon of public service and municipal government.  Originally designed as a grand statement of Renaissance Revival architecture, the current structure size sits at roughly 52,000 sq. ft.  It will undergo a much needed renovation at a cost of 38 million as approved by council under the 2017 bond.  The renovation will take into account the vast history of the structure as well as incorporate much needed upgrades that allow for better inclusion of the community.  While keeping in line with the sensitivity of the design ADA ramps will also be incorporated for better accessibility and inclusivity to City Hall.  Along the way the tour will showcase the Alameda Theater which was originally built in 1949.  The theater will be restored and reopen as a multi-media live performing arts and film center featuring the American Latino-Multicultural Story.  The tour will conclude with the newly completed Phase 1 San Pedro Creek improvements.  This segment will highlight the city’s art culture as well as art murals indicative of the creeks history.  Phase 1 was completed on May 5, 2018 and is part of four phases that will span 2.2 miles long. Travel time to City Hall is 7 minutes from Convention Center. This is a walking tour, and hard sole, closed toe shoes and pants are required.

Innovation in Education: Municipal Pre K and Library Public/Private Partnership

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:00am - 12:00pm

San Antonio, Texas takes bold and innovate approaches in education through leveraging partnerships, employing creative ideas, and thinking strategically.  Learn about the thought processes and partnerships San Antonio undertook to ignite new passions about the importance of prekindergarten in overall education levels and the role of public libraries in communities.  San Antonio Public Library’s 29th location, the Potranco Branch Library, is co-located in a repurposed building within a YMCA featuring the latest in self-service technology.  San Antonio’s high quality full-day prekindergarten program, Pre-K 4 SA, launched in the fall of 2013 and today operates four full-day Prekindergarten schools that serve 500 students each and awarded $4.2 million in competitive grants to public school districts, private schools, and childcare development centers. Travel time to the site is 20 minutes from the Convention Center.

Military City USA – Military/Public Partnerships

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:00am - 12:30pm

Join us as we look at innovative collaborations with the United States military to improve healthcare for service members and veterans, their families, and civilians. The tour highlights include conversations with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, the Director of Bexar County’s Military and Veterans Service Center, and a command brief from a member of Brooke Army Medical Center’s (BAMC) senior leadership team. A tour will be provided of BAMC’s Simulation Center, Emergency Department, and Center for the Intrepid. Each area focuses on the partnerships between public, private and military agencies. Travel time to BAMC is 12 – 20 minutes from the Convention Center. The tour will require walking. Registration for this tour will close October 18, 2019, and tour registrants must provide required information no later than October 29, 2019 for pre-security clearance and access to JBSA. This is a firm deadline established by JBSA. Photo ID will be needed day of tour.

Morgan’s Wonderland

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:00am - 12:00pm

Morgan’s Wonderland held its grand opening on April 10, 2010, and became the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment in an atmosphere of inclusion. The completely wheelchair-accessible, non-profit park features more than 25 elements including rides, playgrounds and other colorful attractions. More than 1.6 million guests from all 50 states and 73 other countries have visited.  From the very beginning, anyone with a special need has been admitted free of charge, no questions asked.  The same is true of Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, which TIME Magazine named to its list of World’s Greatest Places.  This ultra-accessible™, tropically-themed park includes lots of ways to get wet as well as waterproof wheelchairs for maximum fun in the sun.  The tour will include a presentation by Gordon V. Hartman, the visionary founder of Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island, and a walking tour. Travel time to City Hall is 20 minutes from Convention Center. The tour will require walking.

Tour the Riverwalk

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:00am - 12:00pm

This section of our community has been completely transformed with ADA updates and improvements to the River Walk. Come learn how public- private partnerships made all of this possible, and how this framework can be applied in any community. The tour, via river barge will include a look at ADA improvements within the historical setting of the River Walk, and view the Museum Reach River Walk extension that is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. The Museum Reach provides access to the San Antonio Zoo, Japanese Tea Garden, Brackenridge Park, the Witte, Doseum and the San Antonio Museum of Art. The tour will conclude with a discussion of history and future plans at the historic La Villita. Travel time to the river barge grotto pickup area is 5 minutes from the Convention Center. The tour will require walking.

NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 8:30am - 12:00pm

Goodwill Industries of San Antonio and Communities in Schools-San Antonio have joined forces with the City of San Antonio to open the city’s first comprehensive youth opportunity center, NXT Level. Attendees will hear a panel discussion with young adults served at the center, along with a comprehensive overview of the services provided to San Antonio’s ”opportunity youth”—16 to 24 year olds who are not working nor in school–in this innovative collaborative.  The facility also provides full-service recreation programming year-round and is home to Metro Health’s newest initiative, SA Kids B.R.E.A.T.H.E.: Building Relationships, Effective Asthma Teaching in Home Environments. Travel time to the site is 30 minutes from the Convention Center.

Exploring the Arts

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Arts and Culture are an important part of San Antonio’s identity and what has made the city an internationally-renowned cultural destination. Workshop attendees will experience first-hand San Antonio’s vibrant arts and culture with a tour of two City of San Antonio galleries – Culture Commons at Plaza de Armas and Centro de Artes at Historic Market Square. While attendees view works by artists from San Antonio and beyond, the Department of Arts & Culture will share how it helps enrich the quality of life for San Antonio residents and visitors by leading and investing in arts and culture with a focus on policies for funding public art and community programs.  Attendees will also enjoy a tour of some of San Antonio’s notable public art installations.  This tour will require walking.

Haven for Hope Tour

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Since 2010, Haven for hope has provided comprehensive homeless services located on one 22-acre campus. Haven for Hope is a public/private partnership designed to address the root causes of homelessness and provide the necessary services to help individuals attain stable housing. Learn about the history, lessons learned over almost 10 years of operation, and efforts to ensure long term sustainability of the effort as you tour the Courtyard, a low-barrier safe sleeping and basic needs program, and the Transformational Campus, where over 67 on-campus partners provide support services. Travel time to Haven for Hope is 10 minutes from Convention Center. The tour will require walking. 

Howard W. Peak Greenway Trails System

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Funded by a voter-approved sales tax initiative for Linear Parks, the City of San Antonio has acquired over 1500 acres of land and completed approximately 69 miles of greenway trails along Salado Creek, Leon Creek, Medina River, Westside Creeks, and other tributary creeks.  Participants will receive a briefing on the program and a Bicycle Tour of a portion of the trails. Travel time is 30 minutes and the tour will require walking and cycling, helmets will be provided.

Leveraging Living Heritage: Legacy Business Program

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm

The Office of Historic Preservation’s Legacy Business Program pays tribute to businesses that have been family-owned and in existence for at least 20 years and contributes to the history, culture and authentic identity of San Antonio. The program includes a toolkit for business owners to connect to resources available to strengthen or expand their business. In the World Heritage Buffer there is a grant available for façade improvements. The tour will visit several of these businesses and attendees will meet with the business owner and enjoy a demonstration of their specialty. Travel time to the first stop is 10 minutes from the Convention Center. The tour will require walking.

SAWS Groundwater Desalination and Supply Diversification

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm

In order to serve the needs of a growing region, the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), San Antonio’s water utility, takes continuous steps to diversify and expand their water supply operations to ensure San Antonio’s water security into the future. The tour will visit SAWS’s H2Oaks water facility which is home to three different sources of water including their newest, groundwater desalination. Learn about the process of turning brackish groundwater into highly treated drinking water as well as SAWS process of diversifying their water portfolio to reduce reliance on the prolific but regulated Edwards Aquifer. Travel time is 20 minutes and the tour will require walking.

Host City Mobile Workshops

Creative City of Gastronomy

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 11:30am

Attendees will receive an overview and briefing on the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy designation, tour of the Culinary Institute of America, and a visit to The Pearl and to the Hotel Emma. The Pearl, located north of downtown San Antonio, provides a unique experience as a top culinary and cultural destination, as well as an example of sustainable urban development. The tour of the Culinary Institute of America will share a glimpse into the culinary legacy of San Antonio as a confluence of cultures. The tour will include a cooking demonstration and food sampling related to the variety of culinary influences of San Antonio’s unique gastronomy. At The Pearl, attendees will stop at some of the most iconic restaurants, and visit Hotel Emma, where they will have the opportunity to explore the importance of the local breweries and explore the German influences of San Antonio’s culinary heritage. The tour will require walking.

Neighborhood Stabilization and Enhancement

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 11:30am

How do we make neighborhoods safer, stronger and more resilient? Attendees will learn about several of the innovative approaches San Antonio employs to maintain and strengthen the opportunities for our residents, regardless of socioeconomic status. The tour will visit areas where public private partnerships have produced quality affordable housing, as well as areas where community efforts are providing a stabilizing force in a changing housing environment. Participants will also learn about efforts to preserve the character and story of historic neighborhoods, ensure the safety and stability of mobile home park communities, and efforts to connect resident and neighborhood needs to the City organization.  Travel time to first stop is 10 minutes from the Convention Center. The tour will require walking.

Northeast Senior Center Tour

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 11:30am

The Northeast Senior Center, one of 10 comprehensive senior centers managed by the city of San Antonio, serves about 500 seniors (ages 60 and older) daily. The state-of-the-art facility contains a full gym, three classrooms, a computer lab, a fitness room, and a large dining hall. A free membership to the center provides seniors with a nutritious lunch, equipment access, and a range of programming options. Travel time to the Northeast Senior Center is 30 minutes from the Convention Center.  The tour will require walking.

San Antonio Municipal Court

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 11:30am

Justice Lives!  Learn to build public trust and confidence through procedural justice at your court. Attendees will hear presenter Mark Goodner, Deputy Counsel and Director of Judicial Education at the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center, speak of the creative ways we can communicate with citizens, via our websites and signage. Procedural justice seeks to ensure the justice system treats each person with dignity, respect and neutrality. You’ll also learn techniques for a “paper lite” court – lessening our carbon footprint. Travel time to the San Antonio Municipal Court is 20 minutes from the Convention Center.

The Alamo

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 11:30am

Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo, is one of the five Spanish Catholic missions recently designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Learn about what is planned for the coming years and what challenges lie ahead as the master plan is implemented in preparation for the Alamo’s tricentennial in 2024. Travel time to the Alamo is a 10-minute walk from the convention center.

World Heritage Mission Tour

Thursday, November 21, 2019 | 8:00am - 11:30am

Attendees will receive an overview and briefing on the World Heritage Work Plan and tour of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site which includes the five historic missions – Mission San Antonio de Valero, Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada.  Attendees will receive tour of the San Antonio Mission Reach Project and a glimpse into the past when visiting Mission San Jose and Mission San Juan’s historic 5 acre demonstration garden in which a 300 year old acequia irrigates the farmland, replicating the traditional farming methods of the Mission inhabitants. Travel time to the Mission San Jose is 20 minutes from Convention Center. The tour will require walking.


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