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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


September 2017
CI:Now’s new Viz-a-lyzer is an interactive tool for people to visually explore and analyze (visual… viz… viz-a-lyze… get it?) Bexar County data... [read more]
March 11, 2017
NNIP participated in this National League of Cities University Training Seminar to share our experience with data-driven partnerships and policymaking with 50 local elected leaders.  John Chesser... [read more]
March 1, 2017
The San Antonio Area Foundation has awarded $50,000 to help fund backbone staffing support to the Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA) ... [read more]


November 30, 2017
Presentation - By: Norma Garza

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

NGarza CINOW The Viz-a-lyzer 20171127.pptx
October 12, 2017
Meeting Materials - By: Norma Garza

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

October 12, 2017
Meeting Materials - By: Norma Garza

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

Session Notes
October 11, 2017
Presentation - By: Laura McKieran

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)

October 6, 2017
Meeting Materials - By: Alamo Regional Data Alliance

Community Information Now (CI:NOW)


Partner Webinars

November 30, 2017 - 1:00pm

Ryan Ferriman, Shift Research Lab-- Mile High Data Day- Experience fostering connections, skills, and open data Anise Vance, Boston Indicators -- Responding... [read more]

Presenters Ryan Ferriman , Anise Vance, Marc Rostan, Norma Garza, Dan Brown
February 16, 2017 - 1:00pm

... [read more]

Presenters Maxwell Austensen, NYU Furman Center, John Cruz, Rise , Courtney Denton, CI:NOW, Jennifer Newcomer, Shift Research Lab