CI:Now and Growing Local Data Capacity
Community Information Now (CI:Now) is NNIP’s San Antonio partner. CI:Now provides tools to turn data into information that Texas communities can use to improve community well-being. They find, collect, link and analyze, and visually display data that neighbors need to improve neighborhood and regional conditions. Originally founded in the late 1990s as the Alamo Area Community Information System (AACIS), CI:Now serves a 12-county region around San Antonio in south-central Texas. In the past year San Antonio has experienced a resurgence of interest in expanding local data capacity, with leadership from the Mayor’s Office, the San Antonio Area Foundation, and many new community stakeholders. In the first part of this session, NNIP welcomes Leilah Powell, Chief of Policy for Mayor Ivy Taylor, who will provide an overview of this re-commitment to building local data capacity. Laura McKieran, Director of CI:Now, will provide an overview of CI:Now’s current capacities and work as well as key areas of growth, situating CI:Now within the bigger picture of San Antonio’s overall data capacity.