Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sister Cities Conference July 2013 in San Antonio





The Sister City International Conference is being held in San Antonio, Texas. Great conference, with attendees from all over the world. 





Tom Halbert, Gayle Maxey, Shirley Gossett, Ray Gossett, Beth Ruyle Hullinger, and Craig Hullinger attneded from Sarasota Sister Cities.

Gayle Maxey and Tom Halbert at the SSI Conference.



The Riverwalk in San Antonio is one of the great urban spaces of the world. According to Wikipedia it was nearly paved over and replaced by a storm sewer. This plan was blocked. 

"In San Antonio native and architect Robert Hugman submitted his plans for what would become the River Walk. The leadership of former mayor Jack White was instrumental in passage of a bond issue that raised funds to empower the 1938 “San Antonio River Beautification Project”.

The plan was controversial and took a long time to implement. Today it is a very special and popular place and the heart of San Antonio.






The Conference theme is "The Power of Exchange - Creating Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Relationships". The San Antonio River Walk is a great example of sustainable development. 










Sister City International CEO Mary Kane Tweeting after advising conference attendees to learn social media, including Twitter.  Practicing what she preaches.

Click for a Video of the River Walk.

Click for a Video of a Band on the River Walk

More Photos


Bob Rivard is a San Antonio journalist who gave the Sister Cities Conference an excellent presentation on the use of media and on San Antonio. His excellent web site on San Antonio below: