Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Community Matters 07 Conference

The Community Matters 07 conference will be held October 23-25, 2007, in Burlington, Vermont. The theme is "Growth and Character: Having It All." Many of the sessions will be of particular interest to community indicators folks who want to know more about how to identify data sets and use that data for planning and community building.

Among the presenters are Maureen Hart, from Sustainable Measures; Doug Walker, from Placeways; and a bunch of really interesting folks from GIS and geographic web organizations. You can see the full program here.

If you're going and would be willing to share your experiences at the conference, please leave a comment here. Unfortunately, I'll be at the other corner of the U.S. at the Regards to Rural V conference. (Not that it's unfortunate to be at that conference -- I'm pretty excited about it, actually -- but I can't do both.)

The PCJ +plus blog will also be providing some conference feedback, and I'll provide a link when that's available as well.


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