Community Nonprofits Assess Needs with EI2 Assistance

CONYERS — Members of local nonprofits gathered Tuesday to find ways to better identify and address community needs through a unique data mapping project conducted by Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute.

Rockdale is one of four counties targeted by the mapping project, which collected data on various layers including information from the latest U.S. Census, labor and housing statistics and interviews with community leaders. The other counties are Cherokee, Clayton and Butts.

The project is a partnership between the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Families First Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Jason Chernock of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute explained during the meeting that the five foundations sought to find out more about the communities and how the current economic recession has affected nonprofits and needs they attempt to address locally.

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