April 2022

Dear Past, Present, and Potential Members,

It is an honor to serve as your 2022 Community Indicators Consortium (CIC) president. In partnership with all of you and supported by our outstanding Board of Directors and our managing partners at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC), I look forward to advancing the work of community indicators and fulfilling CIC’s mission to support measurable, equitable and sustainable improvements in the quality of community life.

The last couple of years have been hard as the pandemic disrupted all aspects of our lives: our work, school, health, and social well-being. It also greatly affected the data needed to measure the impact the pandemic was having on our children, families, and communities. This reality solidified the importance of data and the importance of community indicators projects in telling the story, producing change, and capturing the reality of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the ground. Thank you for all the work you and your organizations have done to continue to educate, advocate, and use data to improve outcomes for communities around the world.

I am heartened that amidst these challenges, the Community Indicators Consortium remains a hub for communities and practitioners from around the world looking to advance the practice and effective use of community indicators. Our members find great value in the resources, programming, and peer exchange the CIC provides. In 2022, we are hosting several trainings (e.g., Beginner and Intermediate R, Tableau, Research Leadership, and Applied Indicators), continuing our monthly newsletter and First Friday coffee breaks, adding a virtual technical Symposium this Spring (May 4-5), and holding the annual CIC Impact Summit in-person in the Washington, DC area this Fall (September 20-21) to provide opportunities to share and to learn from one another. If you are interested to learn more about these opportunities and are not yet connected, please join our email list and become a CIC member today.

Before I say goodbye, I am asking that you complete this short survey to help CIC ensure our programming and services are in line with your needs.

I look forward to connecting with many of you virtually and hopefully in-person this Fall at the CIC Impact Summit.

Until then please keep in touch!

Florencia Gutierrez