Who we are
CI:Now provides tools to turn data into local news and information that Texas communities can use to improve our common well-being. We find, collect, link and analyze, and visually display the data that our neighbors need to improve neighborhood and regional conditions. We work to expand people’s access to data that is understandable, trustworthy, neutral, and timely.
CI:Now is a nonprofit serving Bexar (San Antonio ) and 11 surrounding counties (Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson) in south-central Texas, near the U.S.-Mexico border. While covering the full 12-county area with county- and zip-code level data, CI:Now works to make small-area (e.g., block group or parcel-level) data accessible wherever those data are available.
CI:Now supports both general and focused community information needs. On one track, CI:Now gathers, processes, and engages the broader community around data and stories of perennial and general interest, such as poverty and child immunization rates. On a parallel track, CI:Now responds to the information needs of targeted change-oriented initiatives or topical focus areas.
Formerly called the Alamo Area Community Information System (AACIS) and for two decades an unincorporated confederation, CI:Now became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2017. CI:Now’s staffing is by partnership and contract with the UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio, our physical and institutional “home” since 2008. Learn more about our governance and staffing here.
In 2010 CI:Now became the 35th local partner in the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). Staffed by The Urban Institute, NNIP is working to democratize information, promoting the use of neighborhood-level information to create better policy and build stronger communities. Check out CI:Now’s NNIP Partner Profile.
CI:Now is also a member of the Community Indicators Consortium.