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Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

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Laura McKieran, CI:Now Director

CI:Now provides tools to turn data into local news and information that Texas communities can use to improve our common well-being.  We find, collect, link and analyze, and visually display the data that our neighbors need to improve neighborhood and regional conditions.  We work to expand people’s access data that is understandable, trustworthy, neutral, and timely.


CI:Now serves Bexar (San Antonio ) and 11 surrounding counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson) in south-central Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border. While covering the full 12-county area with county- and zip-code level data, CI:Now works to make small-area (e.g., block group or parcel-level) data accessible wherever those data are available.

viz screenshotCI:Now supports both general and focused community information needs. On one track, CI:Now gathers, processes, and engages the broader community around data and stories of perennial and general interest, such as poverty and child immunization rates. On a parallel track, CI:Now responds to the information needs of targeted change-oriented initiatives or topical focus areas.

CI:Now, formerly called the Alamo Area Community Information System (AACIS), is by design unincorporated to ensure broad community ownership.  The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has served as fiscal agent since CI:Now’s founding in the late 1990s.  All staffing is by contract, which since 2008 has been with the San Antonio Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health.  Learn more about our governance and staffing here.

In 2010 CI:Now became the 35th local partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP)

Courtney Denton
Research Coordinator
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Norma Garza
Research Coordinator I
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Clarissa Ozuna
Program Manager - Research



July 24, 2017
Presentation - By: Laura McKieran

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

May 18, 2017
Presentation - By: Laura McKieran

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

February 16, 2017
Presentation - By: Courtney Denton

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

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January 12, 2017
News article - By: Camille Garcia, Rivard Report

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

Link to article, View or download the pdf 2016 Impact Report
January 12, 2017
News article - By: Erin Nichols, News4 San Antonio

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

Link to article, View or download the pdf 2016 Impact Report

Partner Webinars

February 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

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Presenters Maxwell Austensen, NYU Furman Center, John Cruz, Rise , Courtney Denton, CI:NOW, Jennifer Newcomer, Shift Research Lab
April 16, 2015 - 1:00pm

In May and August, after partners expressed the desire for more interactions among partners between in-person meetings, we held our first two virtual idea showcases. It gave several partners the... [read more]

Presenters Kathy Pettit, Leah Hendey, Peter Tatian, Beth Anthony, Taryn Gress, Vicki Mack, Clarissa Ozuna