An Update on the Center for Civic Innovation

CCI LogoLike many non-profits, the pandemic continues to have a profound impact on our ability to achieve our objectives in 2020.  Mostly notable, our desire to expand and grow the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI), our primary project.

At it’s core, the CCI is a public space that thrives on human interaction and in-person events.  This summer we had to make the very tough decision to move out of the CCI in it’s current space, something effective September 15.  Out of concern for public safety, we were not holding events and we needed to budget our limited funds toward reenvisioing the mission of the CCI in a post-pandemic world.  That’s the bad news.

The good news is that today, with the support from our Board of Directors and the LinkLab / University of Virginia Department of Engineering, we’re posting to hire an Executive Director to develop and implement our post-pandemic strategy (apply).  With the right person, we truly believe the CCI will build off all the energy generated in its early days, prior to COVID-19.

Please head over to the jobs past and share the listing with your networks.

How will CCI related to Smart Cville?  We’re still figuring on the details of this plan, but the vision is for Smart Cville to become the Center for Civic Innovation formally.  The distinction between the two is confusing, even for us, and we believe making things clearer will help the mission of both Smart Cville and our most important project, the CCI.

While we complete this hiring process, we’re still working hard.  We’ve in the middle of a great project with the School of Architecture called “Networked Public Spaces.”  We’re kicking off an exciting police data transparency project with the School of Data Science and exploring deepening that work with a partnership with a national advocacy organization.  We’re finishing up work with the City on an exciting dashboard related to greenhouse gas emissions, among other projects.

If you have feedback or thoughts for us as we go, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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