Center for Civic Innovation Opens New Location in Downtown Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A new organization that aims to bring more innovation to Charlottesville is officially making its debut.
The Center for Civic Innovation is focused on partnering with people in Charlottesville to tackle some of the region's biggest challenges. The organization is now located along 4th Street and includes community members, University of Virginia faculty and staff, and local governments.
CCI aims to use creative problem-solving methods, technology, and data to make Charlottesville a better place to work and live. The group believes solutions to problems come from building human capacity and civic engagement.
"In the next 30 years, we'll have cultural changes that are comparable to the last 100 years and we need very new methods to test and finance and to prototype these changes to upgrade our cities and this is not possible without civic engagement," said CCI advisory board member Mona El Khaff.
The group says effective problem solving is a difficult, long-term process that is driven by growth in understanding and trust.
CCI will have workshops and events throughout the year for the public. The group says they are always looking for more people to become members to help solve more problems.