WE’RE A FINALIST in the Knight Community Information Challenge!

Exciting news-- our community has made it to the SECOND ROUND in the Knight Community Information Challenge!  This means we have the opportunity to participate in a NATIONAL challenge.  As the Knight Foundation explains on their website here, the challenge is to develop creative and innovative local approaches to:

  • Increase our ability as community members to engage in change
  • Develop in ourselves as community members a strong sense of belonging and caring
  • Increase our timely access to relevant information about our community
  • Improve our ability to understand information about our own community, and
  • Strengthen our motivation, opportunities and skills as community members to take sustainable action on a range of issues throughout our lives.

This is exactly what the Community Data Collaborative of Sarasota County is all about, so we are well poised as a community to compete in this national challenge!  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Allison Pinto at SCOPE at apinto@scopexcel.org.

And a quick shout out to the Knight Foundation - thanks for establishing this challenge, and for promoting an orientation that "supports transformational ideas" and believes that "democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged."  YES.