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FUTURE INNOVATORS

The Future Starts Here SAN ANTONIO’S 300-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BY JIM BRAZELL, PEARSON EDUCATION

San Antonio. What do you think of? Alamo. River Walk. Missions. Tejano music. Fiesta. Military. Rodeo. Visitors by the millions are drawn to San Antonio’s meandering River Walk, the eighteenth-century Spanish missions, and the ä“êòȊnÒ´¨ÔďĪÔĉòÄď´ë®´ķë´®ÔëďÒ´Ò´“ąďĉ and minds of tourists and locals alike by the archetypes listed above. On May 5, 2018, San Antonio marks the 300-year anniversary of the founding of the Alamo, the Presidio, and Villa de Bexar. As the city turns its attention to celebrating its culture and heritage, the Tricentennial Commission is working diligently to organize key events for May 1-5, 2018, and throughout the year. According to John Tafolla, a native of San Antonio and owner of Rio Design, Riodesign.com, “This celebration marks an opportunity for the city’s businesses, public institutions, and citizens to celebrate and tell our story of innovation as a continuous path from past to present.” With San Antonio being long known as the “Biggest Small Town in America,” John sees

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the Tricentennial as a platform to enhance the image of the city to include the concept that the future starts here. Like Disney’s Epcot starting with early human hunter-gather tribes using stone and ĸÔëďďòòäĉ“ë®´ë®ÔëÅĤÔďÒÒÔÅÒď´¨ÒëòäòÅĪ ķ§´ąòĂďÔ¨¨òêêĔëÔ¨“ďÔòëĉ“뮨òêĂĔďÔëÅȅ San Antonio is one of the oldest cities in the Americas bolstered by thousands of years of human presence and technology use. San Antonio is today a living laboratory for what is next in the grand experiment of American cultural transformation. Linking Water to Innovation According to the Edwards Aquifer website, Harriet Prescott Spofford, writing for Harper’s New Monthly Magazine in 1877, ąò®´òëòë´òÄďÒ´ķąĉďﱓÔëĉďòi“ëëďòëÔò and declared, “On a more enchanting spot the eye of poet never rested. There is probably nothing like it in America.” In 1691 Spaniards camped with the Payaya Indians on the stream they called Yanaguana. It was the day of Saint Anthony de Padua, and the Spaniards held mass and named the stream San Antonio. San Antonio is a city of springs and rivers from which ¨ĔäďĔą´“ë®ď´¨ÒëòäòÅĪĸòĤÄąòêďÒ´Óĉďďò the future. Excavations in 2013 unearthed a dam in the northern area of Brackenridge Park estimated to have been constructed in 1719. According to UTSA, archeologists interviewed by the Express News in May of 2013 determined the dam to be part of the Acequia Madre serving the Alamo, Mission San Antonio de Valero. The acequias, or aqueducts—the utilization of waterways for irrigation forming a

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The Future Starts Here is a multi-part series linking the city’s history to innovation in medicine, aerospace, information technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing, tourism, education, and the arts. It’s a storyline from Rio Design linking the city’s history to the people and institutions ÔëĸĔ´ë¨ÔëÅďÒ´Ĥòąä®Ȋ

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San Antonio Influence  

April/ May 2017

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April/ May 2017