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We are excited to announce this year’s Governmental Research Association conference will take place at Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. between July 26-July 29, 2020. We will be staying at the lovely Kimpton Hotel Monaco just across from Pew in bustling Chinatown. Please think of GRA as professional development and bring your team!

You don’t want to miss this year’s highlight. James Ford and David Williams will lead a conversation about Opportunity Insights and their work using big data to solve social problems at the local level. In 2014, the Chetty study ranked Charlotte last among the 50 largest US cities and Mecklenburg 99 out of 100 counties in upward mobility. Ford is the co-chair of Leading on Opportunity in Charlotte, an organization whose mission is to create pathways of opportunity so every child, youth and family in Charlotte-Mecklenburg can rise through community-informed strategies. Leading on Opportunity is using the research of Opportunity Insights to take a systemic approach to addressing the key determinants of early care and education, college and career readiness, and child and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on the cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital.

David Williams serves as the policy director at Opportunity Insights, a research and public policy lab based at Harvard University dedicated to using big data to improve upward mobility in America. Current projects include Creating Moves to Opportunity, a national housing mobility initiative, as well as the work in Charlotte.

On February 6, Joe Adams of Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama hosted a 1-hour webinar focused on using Tableau to map layers, show trends, links, and other data on maps. See his webinar and other important and helpful resources here.

2020 matters. When we teach people about our work, we create awareness about public problems, we reorient the focus towards the solutions, and we lay the groundwork for change. Join us in DC.

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