CS Mott Flint Community visualization
The GIS Center, partnering with University Outreach, has received a grant from the CS Mott Foundation to expand our existing spatial data repository and develop a prototype interactive geospatial website that will enable various community members to access, visualize, manipulate, and analyze baseline data. The data repository will allow for an inventory, organization, and storage of local and regional data, as well as data from community organizations. These datasets will then be made available to the various community stakeholders and the public for viewing, downloading, and basic spatial analysis. Community stakeholders include organizations such as Flint Community Schools, Flint Chamber of Commerce, Ruth Mott Foundation, Community Foundation, CRIM Fitness Foundation, City of Flint, among others.
department of justice byrne program
The GIS Center will be the lead GIS analysts on a $1 million grant from the Department of Justice Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. They will be collaborating with researchers from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, and Kettering University, along with area community organizations. The overarching goal of this project is to reduce blight and crime in the University Avenue Corridor within the City of Flint.
FOOD ACCESS IN MICHIGAN
Access to healthy foods is a valid and growing concern for many people in the U.S. Across the nation, more than 50 million Americans live in a food insecure household. The GIS Center (GISC) at UM-Flint is currently assisting in understanding what causes food insecurity in Michigan through a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant entitled: “Examining Disparities in Food Access and Enhancing the Food Security of Underserved Populations in Michigan.” Using the resources available in the GISC, research assistants are currently using GIS software and robust spatial analysis techniques to understand the geography of food in Michigan. The cartographic and spatial statistical outputs will help produce a comprehensive assessment that will help in understanding what tangible and intangible barriers exit in obtaining healthy food. For more information please contact Dr. Rybarczyk at email@example.com or visit the USDA project award announcement here. You can view an explanatory poster here.