Sara Blakely and the Center for Civic Innovation Join Forces Again to Invest in Atlanta-based Female Civic Entrepreneurs

On May 10, 2018, the Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) once again teamed up with Sara Blakely, founder and CEO of Spanx, to invest in eight women entrepreneurs with products, services, and programs that solve civic and social challenges in Atlanta. These women will become part of CCI’s Civic Innovation Residency program. 

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#CCIIntern: Risha Parikh

I love that CCI doesn’t try to assume it knows everything about the Atlanta community at the forefront. The Atlanta community can be really easy to get wrong because it’s more like a salad bowl with a lot of unique subcultures and ethnographic differences. It trusts that the fellows are the experts--that they understand and the needs of their “users” (forgive me for using a tech term) the best.

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Team CCIcci interns
Show Us the Money: Understanding the City Budget (recap)

With rising concerns about the state of Atlanta, audience members were eager to know how the City can be held accountable to its proposed budget in addition to how citizens can become more involved in the budget process. Cynthia Searcy noted that the city provides monthly expenditure reports to the public but could increase its accountability by linking its spending to tangible outcomes through a performance-based approach.

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#CCIIntern: Bailey Thompson

I am a marketing major at Kennesaw State University with a specialty in social media marketing. After I graduate, I want to be a social media specialist. In the long run, I want to own a marketing firm that has a strong holding in the community because of the pro-bono non-profit work the firm does in the local area.

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Team CCIcci interns
#CCIInterns: LaBreshia Taylor

I work with the People Happiness and Experience team. If there was ever an opportunity to be on a team named after three things I love this was the time. Dayle, Alex, and I have a very special job. If I could describe our team in one song lyric it would be “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna”- Lil Wayne.

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Team CCIcci interns
Center for Civic Innovation Hosts Interactive Mayoral Forum

On Monday, October 30, 2017, the Center for Civic Innovation hosted an interactive forum with the Atlanta mayoral candidates. The sold-out forum, hosted at Dad's Garage, brought out more than 200 attendees and prompted watch parties across the city. The theme of the evening was community engagement and the forum was treated as a job interview for the office of mayor.

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Center for Civic Innovation Announces 2018 Civic Innovation Fellows

The Center for Civic Innovation is proud to announce the 2018 class of Civic Innovation Fellows. The Civic Innovation Fellowship is a leadership and business development program for social entrepreneurs in Atlanta. This fellowship brings together a cohort of individuals with innovative, outcome-driven ideas to tackle social challenges in Atlanta and provides them with business development workshops, free workspace, mentorship, advising, and leadership development training.

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Andrea Cervonecci fellows