Harness the power of data: Charlotte Data Day

On March 26 the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will host a forum in uptown Charlotte designed to tell the public about powerful sources of data and how to use them.

Data Day details

The event is free and open to the public, lunch included, but registration is required. Click here to register. Agenda available here.

Whether the word data makes you yawn, or scoot to the edge of your seat and eagerly await what comes next, there are more tools than ever for finding and using data in innovative ways. But most people don’t know they exist or don’t know how to use them. Enter Charlotte Data Day, free and open to the public.

This event is aimed at everyone from academics to neighborhood groups to students, and will feature discussions and hands-on workshops. Speakers will show how public data is for everyone, not just statisticians.

Topics to be explored include using data to measure community assets and needs, using data for education policy-making, using data to understand neighborhoods, the importance of data in the nonprofit sector and innovations in visualizing data.  The event workshops will cover some local resources, including the 2012 Neighborhood Quality of Life Study and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute's Charlotte Regional Indicators, as well as national sources like the U.S. Census and the Federal Reserve’s home mortgage data.

The inaugural “Charlotte Data Day: Using data for community development” will be 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 26 at the UNC Charlotte Center City campus, 320 E. Ninth St., in uptown Charlotte.

The event includes a boxed lunch, but registration is required. To register or for more information, click here.


Parking information for UNC Charlotte Center City Buildiing:

The surface parking lot for the UNC Charlotte Center City Building is at 707 N. Brevard St. (see map). Parking is $4 (cash only) per day.  This lot has no attendant, so please have exact change.  Additional paid parking lots are listed here. The building is a five-minute walk from the Seventh Street station on the Lynx light rail line.

View event invitation here.