U of M Joins National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership
By Will Craig, CURA, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis is now officially part of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. NNIP is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood-level information systems in local policymaking and community building. Some two dozen were local partners. Minneapolis and New York City were added in January 2007.
Minneapolis is represented by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota. CURA has been helping neighborhoods take advantage of GIS for more than a decade. As a result, we were invited to apply. Members need to demonstrate a mission of:
(1) building and operating an advanced information system with integrated and recurrently updated information on neighborhood conditions in its city;
(2) facilitating and promoting the direct practical use of data by community and city leaders in community building and local policymaking; and
(3) giving emphasis to using information to build the capacities of institutions and residents in distressed neighborhoods.
For more information on NNIP and CURA’s activities, see http://www2.urban.org/nnip/