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Posted by Allegra East on Jun 8, 2016

SAVI Talks! IndyVitals

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Don’t miss this great chance to learn about the IndyVitals digital tool at the first SAVI Talks! event of 2016 on Thursday, June 30, at WFYI, 1630 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202!

Find out why city leaders for the Indianapolis Bicentennial Plan envisioned technology helping to strategize and track the plan’s impact. Experience IndyVitals yourself by discovering how to identify neighborhood assets, problems, and gaps, and learn how data helps to inform place-based decision making. We guarantee that you’ll walk away pumped up about how you can use it to make a difference!

Guest speakers include:

  • Brad Beaubien, Long Range Planning Administrator, City of Indianapolis
  • Brooke Thomas, Deputy Director, The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee
  • Sharon Kandris, SAVI Director, The Polis Center at IUPUI
  • Leigh Evans, CEO, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation

Breakfast and networking start at 7:45 a.m. with the presentation at 8:00 a.m. followed by discussion. Highlights from roundtables and conclusion will wrap things up at 9:45 a.m.

SAVI Talks! is sponsored by IUPUI and IU School of Liberal Arts

To register, click here.  Space is limited so sign up now!

 

 

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Posted by Allegra East on Jun 8, 2016

IndyVitals!

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett pledged his commitment to the City’s “2020 Bicentennial” agenda, designed to make life better for people in Indianapolis. It’s made up of six parts — Choose, Connect, Love, Serve, Thrive and Work Indy.

IndyVitals, a new digital neighborhood monitoring tool for Marion County that is powered by SAVI, debuted June 7 to mark the City of Indianapolis’ official community-wide unveiling of its Bicentennial Plan.

The Polis Center developed IndyVitals for Plan 2020, the city-planning initiative that includes representatives from the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Department of Metropolitan Development, the Department of Public Works, the Indy Chamber, and other community leaders.

“Plan 2020 is the name of the Bicentennial Planning process for Indianapolis and Marion County that involves the creation of a broad, values-based vision, a set of actions steps that partners have committed to completing by the city’s Bicentennial in 2020, and updates to six technical city plans,” said Brad M. Beaubien, AICP, Administrator for Long Range Planning, Department of Metropolitan Development, City of Indianapolis-Marion County.

The tool is one of the four main elements of the city’s bicentennial plan (the other elements are the agenda, the plan, and engagement evaluation). It will help organize the Plan 2020 endeavor and monitor the impact of the blueprint within neighborhoods so that Plan 2020 members can determine if the results match the desired outcome. See more.

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Posted by Allegra East on Apr 14, 2016

Kelly Davila Named Senior Research Analyst

Kelly Davila websiteThe Polis Center at IUPUI has named Kelly Davila Senior Research Analyst. In this role, Davila will manage ongoing research and evaluation projects involving the SAVI digital community information system (savi.org), analyzing data, and explaining research findings and their implications with clear risk recommendations. SAVI helps nonprofits, academia, government, and health organizations assess trends and conditions, identify service gaps, and better target areas of concern based on the social, economic and other demographic realities in more than 2,000 Central Indiana communities.

Davila has a background in public policy research and urban development with specific experience in academic research, applied social science (archaeology, museum curation, and oral history), and transportation planning for city government.  Her major areas of emphasis include spatial analysis, spatial statistics, public policy analysis, and demographically-informed policy research. Prior to joining The Polis Center, Davila worked as a project engineer with the Trapeze Group in Cedar Rapids, IA.

She earned Master’s Degrees in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, where she attended as a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellow, and Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Davila is a native of San Antonio and obtained a BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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