CHARLOTTE — The internet has made the possibilities for gathering data almost limitless. Community leaders gathered in Charlotte Tuesday to figure out how best use it all.
UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute hosted its first Data Day.
It was an event aimed at harnessing the power of information to improve city services and make life better for residents in our area. The Institute collaborated with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to host the day-long event.
Attendees from the public and private sector attended workshops on an assortment of topics from how to make an effective visual presentation of data to finding the best online sources for data.
"If we really do work together and we use this data strategically, we can make smarter decisions in how we invest those limited resources. If we do so, hopefully we'll build a better community." said Jeff Michael of UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute.
Leaders from the City of Charlotte are hoping that the partnerships formed at the forum will lead to improved collaborations between the city and its private sector partners.
"Bringing all the people together that have the information is really important for us to be able to mine that information so that we can explain what's going on in our community and make better policies around what's going on in our city." said Tom Warshauer, Neighborhood and Business Services Community Engagement Manager for the City of Charlotte.
Leaders at UNC Charlotte's Urban Institute say Data Day could become an annual conference.